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Cars of yesteryear fill downtown Quincy as part of annual car Tin Dusters event

Danny and Judy Mittelberg, of Ewing, Mo., admire tin dusters as they amble down Maine Street on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. An estimated 800 old cars will visit Quincy as they gather for their annual color run along the Mississippi River on Sunday. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 19, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Every car has a story. Just ask Phil and Jeanette Prather, who traveled from their home in Roselle, to bring their black 1932 Ford roadster to Quincy to be a part of the 44th Annual Early Tin Dusters Color Run.

"The cars are like your child or grandchild; you never get tired of talking about them," Jeanette said.

Phil agreed, saying, "When you are driving and nearly every time you stop for gas, it turns into a five- or 10- minute conversation with someone else. I guess it is part of our hobby that we want to have more people become interested in these classics."

The Prathers purchased the car from a fellow vintage car enthusiast in Denver seven years ago. It and the Prathers have made the annual trek to Quincy nearly every year since.

"We've put 50,000 miles on it since we bought it," Phil said. "We've been to a lot of places, and Quincy is one of our favorite places to go to."

The couple has been coming to Quincy for nearly a dozen years. Before they owned the roadster, they drove a brown 1931 Ford Victoria, which they owned for 27 years.

Rick Chapman, Early Tin Dusters immediate past president, said the Prathers, who always book their hotel room a year in advance, are just one example of the nostalgic, tin duster-owning couples who are visiting Quincy this weekend.

The event opened Friday downtown and continues until Sunday afternoon in Upper Moorman Park. More than 650 vehicles, which roamed America's roads before 1949, are expected to be in Quincy this weekend.

"It is not just the nostalgia of the cars, but of the history that they represent," Chapman said. "It is also that people miss cars that have character and personality. The cars of today don't have the character or the personality that the cars of yesteryear had. I mean, you look at the chrome, the grille work, the face of the car and you see the personality of that car and the story it tells."

Richard Johnson and Keith Krogmeier are co-chairman of the event.

Johnson, who became interested in restoring vintage cars in high school, said he agreed with Chapman that newer vehicles lack the character and personality of vintage ones.

"It is, and I know it sounds funny, but I know if my baby is sick," Johnson said, referring to his vehicle.

Both men said each of the car owners will have a story to share.

"There absolutely is a story to be told about each car, and not just how they've been updated but also how they've been cared for," Chapman said.

He recounted how he met a woman Friday evening who is painstakingly restoring a Ford F-1 pickup truck that had been handed down by her grandfather.

The car show, which is free for spectators, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, downtown. The car show will move to the a park for another show at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Food, craft and car part vendors will be available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the park.

The multi-day car show is expected to draw 20,000 spectators throughout the weekend.

The Prathers, Chapman, and Johnson agree that first-time and longtime spectators are welcomed, even if those admiring the cars don't consider themselves vintage car-savvy.

"The people at a car show are always very friendly," Jeanette said. "Every one loves their car and wants to tell others about it."

On Sunday afternoon, various trophies will be presented, including Mayor's Choice, Queen's Choice, which is selected by Miss Adams County, and Kid's Choice, which is selected by one camper from Camp Callahan.

Money raised from various raffles and auction items benefit Camp Callahan, a camp for adults and children with disabilities. To date, the annual car show has raised more than $200,000 for the camp. Car show officials are hoping to eclipse the $260,000 mark this year.

Johnson said he would encourage first-time car show attendees and spectators to see the cars crossing the bridge at Upper Moorman Park on Sunday afternoon when the cars begin to leave after the closing ceremony at 2 p.m.

"It is quite the sight to see," Johnson said. "I love Upper Moorman Park. There is only one way in or out of that park, so you get to see all of the cars in motion. It is awesome to watch."

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