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Ponderings on Du Quion Street Machine Nationals

Now that I have returned from the Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin, I have had some time to reflect back on the weekend a bit. Here are some of my ponderings (in no particular order):

  • Never believe the forecast!
  • Wear comfortable shoes!
  • You need sunscreen even if you think you don’t.
  • Doing the speed limit to Carbondale is like Bingo, you never know what number you’re going to see next!
  • There is never enough time in the day to do all you want to do.
  • You can never get a clear shot of the car you really want a picture of.
  • The food line is always the longest when you realize you are starving.
  • You can never find the owner of a car you want to talk to, but you can always find the owner of a car you don’t want to talk to.
  • Some people (and cars) haven’t been updated since SMN left (and that’s totally fine with me!).
  • Great advancements have been made in cooling system (thank goodness).
  • The roads within the grounds might as well be gravel – at least then you could grade them!
  • You will always be furthest away from the stage when you figure out something is going on there that you want to see.
  • You’ll always see some crazy car that makes you ask ‘Why?”
  • Someone will always explode a tire at the burnout contest.
  • It is still one of the coolest venues for a car show.
  • The building architecture should put the place on the Historic Register.
  • Turbos may have overtaken blowers in the horsepower awards, but you still can’t beat the sound of a surging blower for WOW factor.
  • Pro Street is indeed NOT dead! As long as there are drag cars with big tires, someone will always make a street version.

 

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