DU QUOIN, ILLINOIS (WSIL) — Continental Tire Street Machine Nationals returns to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
The event kicked off Friday morning and continues through Sunday afternoon.
Guests can stroll the grounds checking out antique models, sport and muscle cars, hot rods that come from all across the region.
One person who has fond memories of Street Machine Nationals is Wally Elders, who traveled from St. Louis.
30 years ago, he debuted a 1969 Dodge Daytona at the car show. He later sold the vehicle and regretted giving it up after the buyer couldn’t be convinced to give the car back.
This weekend, Elders is returning with another Daytona that he rebuilt from the frame up over six years.
“I had no intention of trying to make a 30 year anniversary,” he says. “Probably about a year ago I realized where I was with it (restoration), and thought that it was possible to do it at 30 years. So it really feels pretty cool to do it at the same place; same event.”
Other activities at the three-day event include a burn out contest, Swap meet and shopping the midway.
Richard Hope is with the Egyptian Antique Auto club and drives a 1932 Peirce Arrow. His group will be looking over the swamp meet and says its a great way for those who restore older models to buy hard to find parts.
“These are pretty much all used parts,” he explains. “They’ll be from 30s to late model to nearly new.”
Among the vendors, who will be in attendance are: Continental Tire, Mpp Products, Backwoods Speed Shop/ Big Bear Parts and Southern Indiana Jax Wax.
For more activities at the event and ticket information, click here.
Warm muggy conditions could fuel a couple of storms late day…
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