Some hoping "Street Machine Nationals" comes back to Du Quoin

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - An event that left town more than a decade ago amid a controversy of bad behavior could make a comeback. And facebook may have helped rev-up new support to bring the Street Machine Nationals back to Du Quoin.

Some people hope to change the show's reputation and bring it back to life.

Ames Smith loves restoring classic cars for him, it's a labor of love and he says it all started at the Du Quoin Street Machine Nationals around 1986.

"It was just amazing to me to see the craftsmanship and skill that went into those cars to make them what they are, it really hit me hard. I was like this is what I want to do with my life," said Smith.

Twenty-five years later reminiscing about the event that sparked that passion prompted smith to create a facebook page. It's called bring the Street Machine Nationals back to Du Quoin and has more than 35,000 followers.

"They got out their old photos from the 80s and put them on here," Smith said.

Many complained though about the partying in the streets.

Du Quoin Police Chief Mike Ward saw the fallout from the event for 13 years.

He says when the event shut down for the day thousands of cars and people poured out onto Du Quoin streets and continued to party.

Smith and others may just get their chance to change the image of the Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin.

State fairground organizers say plans are in the works to possibly bring the event back in 2013.

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