In 1998, police, the mayor, and every peace-loving denizen of sleepy Du Quoin, Illinois, banded together with the proverbial pitchfork to drive the heathen street-machine guy out of town. Satisfied with their win, they failed to notice the deflated Pro Street heroes pushing their glory machines back into the black of the garage, unpopular, and unloved.
Years after Du Quoin’s trend-setting and influential car culture slowly evaporated into the cracked earth, someone dared to consider a resurrection of the Street Machine Nationals in 2013. The idea began on social media and grew from there. Boys who were now men uncovered their cars and grabbed their kids to show them what they loved and remembered from so long ago. The police prepared the tear gas and lined the streets like the gathering of Vader’s clone army ready to deliver the gavel, only to be greeted by grinning families packed into clean and tidy muscle cars, row upon row of them. Du Quoin was back.
Rick Cox of Lansing, Michigan, and his wife, Kelly, are also veterans of the Street Machin
This month’s Horsepower! spread featured Tony Mifflin’s Camaro. His brother, Bob, and thei
The Pro Street look dominated the show. We could probably count on one hand the number of
We were there, too, without a clue as to what to expect. Could we resurrect the past glory of this show? Could this version of the show live up to anyone’s expectations? Would people even show up?
Meet Greg Scribner. He stopped to show us his variety of Car Craft Street Machine National
Well, people did show up, and the turnout was better than we, or our corporate bean counters, had predicted. Passion ran high among the attendees, and nearly everyone we met thanked us profusely for bringing the show back to Illinois, while regaling us with tales of personal experiences from shows past. We listened with rapt attention.
To those who couldn’t make it, study these pictures. Back home in Los Angeles, words fell short of describing the weekend to friends and family. Instead, we would invariably reach for the laptop, saying, "Wait, you just have to look at these pictures." If you like what you see, plan on joining us next year. If your car isn’t ready, who cares? If it’s driveable, bring it! Take pictures of it, if it’s not; we want to see what you’re working on. Your passion is what fuels us to make this magazine and host these shows.
Editor’s Choice Awards
|Other award-winners are as follows:
||1962 Bel Air
||1969 AMC Rebel
Like any good car show, we gave awards out to our favorites. Editor Glad doled out the pla
The Pro Street and Best of Show award went to Stan Hutchinson and his awesome ’70 Chevelle