2016 marks our Forty Fifth year and were still Going Strong!
1971 TO 1980: THE EARLY TIN DUSTERS MET PEOPLE FROM OTHER CLUBS AND PARTICIPATED IN A ROAD TOUR FROM QUINCY, TO PITTSFIELD, TO LOUISIANA MO., AND BACK TO HANNIBAL, AND THEN HAD A FAMILY STYLE PICNIC.
1981: WE HOSTED OUR FIRST ACTUAL ROD RUN ON QUINSIPPI ISLAND. THIS BECAME KNOWN AS THE EARLY TIN DUSTERS COLOR RUN AND PICNIC. WITH THE PICNIC STILL BEING ONE OF OUR MAIN CONCERNS.
WE HAVE NO RECORDS OF HOW MANY CARS ATTENDED THE 7TH ANNUAL TIN DUSTERS COLOR RUN IN 1982, BUT ONCE AGAIN, IT WAS HELD ON QUINSIPPI ISLAND.
1983: THE 8TH COLOR RUN AND PICNIC WAS HELD AND WE DECIDED TO OPEN THE ROD RUN TO THE NEWER CARS ALSO. THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT THE CLUB DECIDED TO TAKE ON A CHARITY. THIS YEAR WE HAD 103 CARS.
1984: THE 9TH COLOR RUN AND PICNIC WAS HELD, AND IT WAS DECIDED THAT SINCE WE WERE A STREET ROD CLUB, WE WOULD GO BACK TO THE FORMAT OF PRE-1949 CARS FOR OUR SHOW.
1985: WE CELEBRATED THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY. OUR ROD RUN AGAIN STARTED TO INCREASE IN SIZE THIS YEAR WITH THE SAME FORMAT AS BEFORE. WE HAD 69 CARS.
1986: WITH THE 11TH ROD RUN, THINGS REALLY BEGAN TO CHANGE FOR US. A GROUP OF STREET RODDERS FROM ST. LOUIS ASK US TO EXPAND TO TWO DAYS BECAUSE THEY WERE COMING TO QUINCY ON SATURDAY ANYWAY. THE HOLIDAY INN INFORMED US THAT IF WE COULD BOOK 50 ROOMS FOR THEM THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A FREE HOG ROAST FOR US, WE BOOKED EVERY ROOM IN THEIR MOTEL. THAT YEAR WE HAD 223 CARS. ALL OF THEM STREET RODS, AND WITH THEIR HELP, THAT YEAR WE DONATED $515.00 TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
WE DO NOT HAVE ANY RECORDS FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL 1987 ROD RUN.
13TH: THE CONVENTION BUREAU, UPTOWN QUINCY AND THE CITY OF QUINCY TOOK NOTICE OF THE COLOR RUN. THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE GAVE AWAY A MAJOR DOOR PRIZE, A NEW CHEVROLET MOTOR. DURING THE YEAR, DENNY MILFS, JOHN CLARK, HAROLD BROWNING, AND CHARLIE BRYSON, DID A LOT OF PROMOTING IN DIFFERENT STATES TO GET PEOPLE TO COME TO QUINCY. THIS PROMOTION WAS CALLED JR. AND THE FAT BOYS, WITH CHARLIE BRYSON, BEING JR. THE WHOLE PROMOTION WAS DEVELOPED AROUND SOME SHIRTS THAT WE HAD MADE, ADVERTISING THE ROD RUN. IT MUST HAVE WORKED, BECAUSE THAT YEAR WE HAD 382 CARS IN ATTENDANCE. THIS WAS ALSO THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE HAD A DANCE FOR THE PEOPLE ON SATURDAY NIGHT. SOME OF THE STREET RODDERS FROM ST. LOUIS DECIDED THAT THEY WANTED THE SHIRTS WE HAD WORN. SO WE PUT THEM UP FOR AUCTION. THE FOUR SHIRTS BROUGHT $402. ALL OF THIS MONEY WENT TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS, ALONG WITH OUR 50/50 DRAWING ON SUNDAY, WHICH BROUGHT IN ANOTHER $982.00. IF YOU CANT TELL BY NOW, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK A STREET RODDER TO HELP A KID IN NEED.
1989: WE DO NOT HAVE ANY RECORDS, BUT WE HAD 420 CARS IN ATTENDANCE. WE HAD GOTTEN SO LARGE, AND WITH THE CONSTRUCTION ON QUINSIPPI ISLAND WE MOVED THAT YEAR TO UPPER MOORMAN PARK.
1990: FOR OUR 15TH ANNUAL COLOR RUN THINGS REALLY STARTED TO HAPPENING FOR US. TRIPLE R WAS STILL DONATING A CHEVROLET MOTOR, GENES TRANSMISSION GAVE US CHEVROLET TRANSMISSION TO GIVE AWAY, AND QUINCY COMPRESSOR JUMPED ON BOARD GIVING US AN AIR COMPRESSOR TO GIVE AWAY. WE STARTED GIVING TO A CHARITY THAT WOULD STAY IN THE COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF BEING DISBURST NATIONALLY. CAMP CALLAHAN RECEIVED ALL THE DONATIONS AND FUNDS RAISED. SOMETHING ELSE THAT WAS ADDED THIS YEAR WAS THE BLOCKING OFF OF UPTOWN QUINCY ON SATURDAY FOR STREET ROD PARKING ONLY. THIS LET THE CITIZENS OF QUINCY SEE THE CARS AND ALSO TALK WITH THE OWNERS. THIS WAS RECEIVED VERY WELL BY THE STREET RODDERS AND THE COMMUNITY. WITH OUR 50/50 DRAWINGS INCREASING EVERY YEAR THAT YEAR WE DONATED $2622.00 TO CAMP CALLAHAN. WE HAD 497 CARS REGISTERED.
1991: FOR THE 16th ANNUAL RUN THE CLUB DECIDED TO DEVELOP A PROJECT FOR CAMP CALLAHAN. THE KIDS THAT ATTEND CAMP NEEDED A TRAIL FROM THEIR BARRACKS AREA TO THE MESS HALL, SO THE EARLY TIN DUSTERS AGREED TO FINANCE IT UNTIL COMPLETION, WITH THE LABOR ALSO BEING THE CLUB MEMBERS. THIS WAS ANOTHER BANNER YEAR FOR US INCREASING OUR ATTENDANCE TO 538 CAR. WITH EVEN MORE MAJOR DOOR PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY. WITH THE GENEROUS DONATIONS OF THE STREET RODDERS AND THE 50/50 DRAWING WE STARTED TO BUILD THE TRAIL WITH $1600.00
1992: THE 17th ANNUAL COLOR RUN WAS ONCE AGAIN A BIG SUCCESS WITH 534 CARS IN ATTENDANCE AND MONEY STILL BEING DONATED TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL. THIS YEAR THE 50/50 NETTED $1620.00 TOWARD IT.
1993: THE 18TH ANNUAL COLOR RUN WAS THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD. EVERYONE STILL HAD A GREAT TIME BUT WE DID SEE A DROP IN CARS. THE STREET RODDERS THAT DID ATTEND WERE STARTING TO COME IN ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND WANTING US TO DO SOMETHING FOR THEM. AGAIN THIS YEAR WE DONATED $1450.00 TO THE TRAIL FOR THE KIDS.
1994: FOR THE 19th COLOR RUN WE HAD EVEN MORE FOR THE STREET RODDERS TO DO. THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR UPTOWN QUINCY PROMOTION OF GO FOR THE GOLD. THIS REALLY WENT OVER WELL WITH THE WOMEN, THEY MAKE A TOUR OF THE BUSINESSES UPTOWN AND RECEIVE A TICKET FROM EACH STORE, ON SUNDAY 3 TICKETS ARE DRAWN AND $750.00 WORTH OF GOLD JEWELRY IS GIVEN AWAY. OUR ATTENDANCE WENT BACK UP AGAIN THIS YEAR TO 499 CARS. THIS YEAR THE 50/50 DRAWING AMOUNTED TO $2231.00 ALL GOING TO THE TRAIL. ANOTHER THING THAT WAS STARTED THAT YEAR WAS THE TOUR OF THE OLD HOMES IN QUINCY FOR THE LADIES. HOWEVER, THE MEN WENT ON THE TOUR AND ENJOYED IT JUST AS MUCH AS THE LADIES.
1995: THE 20TH ANNUAL ROD RUN WAS SPECIAL TO US BECAUSE THIS WAS THE YEAR THAT WE HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL FOR THE KIDS. WE HAD OUR LARGEST ATTENDANCE YET, WITH 577 CARS, AND $2750.00 DONATED TO CAMP CALLAHAN. WITH THINGS GETTING LARGER AND LARGER EVERY YEAR AND UPTOWN QUINCY IS GETTING FULLER AND FULLER.
1996: WE HAD 632 CARS IN ATTENDANCE FOR OUR 21ST ANNUAL COLOR RUN. QUINCY COMPRESSOR JUMPED ON THE BAND WAGON THAT YEAR, GIVING US TWO COMPRESSORS. ONE OF THEM WAS TO BE AUCTIONED OFF. THIS BROUGHT AROUND $650.00 WHICH WAS DONATED TO CAMP CALLAHAN IN THEIR NAME FOR CAMPING SCHOLORSHIPS. WITH THE PEOPLE OF QUINCY GETTING TO SEE THE CARS BOTH IN UPTOWN QUINCY ON SATURDAY, AND UPPER MOORMAN PARK ON SUNDAY, A GOOD ESTIMATE WOULD PROBABLY BE AROUND 10,000 PEOPLE CAME TO SEE THE CARS. WITH OUR TRAIL PROJECT COMPLETED A NEW PROJECT WAS STARTED WITH IT BEING HANDICAPPED ACCESSABLE RESTROOMS AT THE CAMP. THIS YEAR THE 50/50 DRAWING NETTED $4055.00.
1997: OUR 22ND ANNUAL COLOR RUN CONTINUED TO GROW WITH 677 CARS REGISTERED. THIS WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR THE EARLY TIN DUSTERS BY BEING PRESENTED THE FIRST AND ONLY "BRICK", FROM UPTOWN QUINCY INCORPORATED FOR THE PROMOTION OF UPTOWN QUINCY AND GENERATING 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE TO QUINCY IN A SINGLE WEEKEND. WITH THE CLOSING OF THE ROD RUN ON SUNDAY, OUR 50/50 DRAWING THAT YEAR WAS $3630.00 ALL GOING TO THE NEW PROJECT.
2005: THE 30TH ANNUAL EARLY TIN DUSTERS COLOR RUN WAS WELL ATTENDED WITH 860 VEHICLES. THE STREETRODDERS HAD A GREAT TIME AND $7450 WAS RAISED FOR CAMP CALLAHAN.
2006:THE 31ST ANNUAL EARLY TIN DUSTERS FALL COLOR RUN HAD 832 STREETRODS AT THE SHOW. IT WAS VERY COOL AND WINDY ALMOST ALL WEEKEND. THE EARLY TIN DUSTERS WERE STILL ABLE TO RAISE $8210 FOR CAMP CALLAHAN KIDS.
2007: OUR 32ND EARLY TIN DUSTERS COLOR RUN WAS FANTASTIC THIS YEAR! THERE WERE 919 VEHICLES REGISTERED OUR LARGEST SHOW SO FAR. THIS YEAR, THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF THE STREETRODDERS, $10,275 WAS RAISED FOR THE CHILDREN. STREETRODDERS PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL ACTIVITIES DURING THE WEEKEND; FRIDAY TOURS OF QUINCY AND WINE TASTING WERE AVAILABLE, AND THE QUINCY MALL INVITED STREETRODDERS TO COME AND ENJOY SOME MUSIC AND SHOPPING AT THEIR PARKING LOT, SATURDAY A SHOW AND SHINE DAY WAS HELD IN UPTOWN QUINCY AND LIL RONNIE AND THE CLASSICS PLAYED A SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE THAT WAS PACKED, SUNDAY A POKER RUN AND SHOW AND SHINE DAY WAS HELD AT UPPER MOORMAN PARK BEFORE THE AWARDS CEREMONYS. THE EARLY TIN DUSTERS ARE CLOSING IN ON THE $100,000 MARK FOR DONATIONS TO CAMP CALLAHAN. HOPEFULLY, NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE YEAR.
2008: THE 33RD Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run was a tremendous success. There were a total of 882 registered streetrods. Friday the streetrods started rolling into Quincy and headed for the Oakley-Lindsay Center to check in. New this year was a category for "29 and Under". After the awards were presented, drawing took place for the many prizes given by several different sponsors. Some of the major prizes included, two transmissions, two engines, a compressor, a beautiful gas pump cabinet, and many other prizes from local merchants. All the money raised from selling raffle tickets for these items, went to Camp Callahan. $14,059 was raised and presented this year. The Early Tin Dusters, thanks to the generosity of streetrodders, have given a total of over $100,000 to Camp Callahan since 1990. As the event ended, the streetrodders headed out The Early Tin Duster members were at the bridge wishing them well and asking them to return next year.
2009: OUR 34th Color Run and it still continues to be a "Freebie". The main purpose for having this event is to raise money for Camp Callahan, a summer camp for special needs children and to date over $114,000 has been donated to the camp. The money is raised by selling raffle tickets during the Color Run event. Two Early Tin Dusters, Brian Hackett and Jerry Stone, received plaques from J.R. Heady representing the NSRA, for the assistance they have rendered in the past for stranded streetrodders in our area. The Early Tin Dusters were at the bridge to wave goodbye and wishing everyone a safe trip home. The bridge is the only way in and out of Upper Moorman Park. We wanted all to know that there presence was appreciated, and we certainly hope for their return.
2010: A new location was used for our 35th annual Color Run, The Holiday Inn which was also our host hotel. Registration seemed to go quite well with 918 cars being registered. The Early Tin Dusters, thanks to all the streetrodders, were able to give Camp Callahan $15,600 this year and that's a new record!
2011: Great weather greeted the streetrodders to the 2011 Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run. There were 904 registered streetrodders this year. Friday afternoon was the time to head out to Powder Coat Plus. They showed off their powdercoating operation. They were super host, offering wine, beer, and snacks to the streetrodders. The streetrodders helped raise over $10,000 for Camp Callahan and in addition, Hy-Vee on Harrison added an additional $3,000 to our total.
2012: The 37th annual Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run started with some misty rain and cool weather on Friday but the forecast for Saturday and Sunday was promising. Our streeetrod numbers were down slightly to 831 streetrodders registered before the end of the rod run. The Color Run continues to remain a "Freebie" for pre-1949 vehicles only. Powder-Coat Plus held their 2nd annual open-house. The streetrodders were greeted at their business with drinks and bbq. Powder-Coat Plus took the time to demonstrate the procedures they use to do their powder-coating. The streetrodders witnessed $12,300 being given to Camp Callahan, a summer camp for special needs children. Our thanks to all those who attended the 37th annual Fall Color Run.
2013: The Early Tin Dusters Car Club celebrated the 38th annual Fall Color Run in the city of Quincy, Illinois. Without the support of the merchants, city administrators, and the citizens of Quincy, the event would not be possible. The streetrodders have said many times that they love coming to the Fall Color Run, for many this is the last event of the season before they put their vehicles away for the Winter. Each year the Early Tin Dusters club members pick the Top-Ten vehicles along with a Memorial pick a Mayor's and Adams County Queen's pick and a very special Kid's pick and each award winner receive a very nice plaque.
We offer our thanks to HyVee on Harrison Street for their donation of $2500. This was money raised during summer cruises held at the HyVee. The River City Cruisers from Kansas offered their support by donating $700 to our cause. We also thank the Compressor Parts and Equipment Corporation for their $400 donation. Thank you to all the vendors who donated prizes for the event. Through the generosity of our streetrodders purchasing raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets, the Early Tin Dusters were able to donate $10,000 to Camp Callahan this year!
2015: We celebrated our 40th Annual Color Run this year with over 800 cars. Once again our participants were provided with a variety of activities from Go For The Gold, Vine Tasting and historic home tour on Friday. For Saturday "Show & Shine" in downtown Quincy along with a swap meet and various vendors selling their goods. Saturday night was a special treat for those who like a little Rock-N-Roll with "Fast Eddie & The Corvettes" on tap with their vintage rock and some special entertainment! Our street rod family came through raising over $11,351 for Camp Callahan bringing the total contribution to $178,851, thanks to all of you!