Tin Dusters "rev up" for another fall color run

The cars in the parking lot of the Town and Country Inn and Suites in Quincy were a unique mix of cotemporary and classic cars.

Street rod enthusiasts gathered at the hotel to sign up for the annual

Early Tin Dusters

Fall Color Run this weekend.

The guys who collect and restore these classic vehicles are a special breed.

Men like event chairman Dennis Milfs and Chuck Hofmann from the Old Hippie Street Rods club out of Chillicothe, Illinois.

If you want to understand their love for these vehicles Dennis Milfs says all you have to do is watch the classic film, " American Graffiti".

"This is the way we grew up and running around like they did in "American Graffiti" is exactly what we did on Friday night, Saturday night," Dennis Milfs said. "That's what we did and these are the cars that we had back then."

Chuck Hofmann says that there is a special kind of pride that comes from introducing your restored street rod for the first time.

"Like having your first kid," Hofmann said. "It's, you really want to show it off and everybody appreciates it. You know you never hear any, regardless of what they look like, everybody's got their own little touches that they put on it and everybody appreciates it. That's what makes what makes you feel good. Kind of stick your chest out."

But the annual event is about more than classic cars.

"Years ago we picked

Camp Callahan

as our club charity," Dennis Milfs said. "And over the last probably 25 years we've raised well over $150,000 for Camp Callahan."

Classic cars and a good cause...not a bad way to spend a weekend in the tri-states.

There are several opportunities to get closer look at these classic street rods.

You can see them at the Quincy Mall Friday night from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

On Saturday the cars will be parked along Maine Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on this weekend's tin duster events, you can visit their