Decatur, IL is the new home for the Hunnert Car Pile Up that was formerly held in Morris, IL for the past eight years. This past friday Oct. 8 a group of us from the Honda Chopper and Chopper Underground online forums met at Friends Creek Campground between Argenta & Cisco, IL to camp for the weekend, do some riding & partying, and to attend the Pile Up! We arrived friday evening to a warm welcome from the attendees that were already on site. That evening we saddled up and rode to the square in Clinton, IL for dinner, where the Pile Up organizers arranged for a pre-party that included cars, bikes and live music.
Once at Progress City on the east side of town, where the event was being held, we were coralled into the bike parking lot. Acres upon acres of old hot rods littered the grounds, with a two wheeled machine scattered in here and there for good measure. There was a great mix of cars, trucks and vans. Everything from "rusty & crusty" to "the nines & shiny" were well represented. The vendors and swap meet areas had a lot of decent vendors too, hocking everything from shifter knobs & paintings, to tee shirts and old vintage steel for your project. Some overpriced, and some a helluva deal!
Around 3 p.m. everyone decided we'd pretty much seen what we wanted to see and needed some rest from the unseasonably warm sun beating down on us, so we gathered up the remainder of our crew, picking up a few more peeps throughout the day, and headed back to the shady confines of camp.
After scarfing down some pizzas and washing them down with a few cold beverages, we once again manned our machines and headed out to local hot rod aficianado, Aaron Grote's house for his after-party. Upon pulling up to the property we were flagged as where to park by some fellas at the entrance. The place was packed with more of the same old rides that had been at the Pile Up hours prior.
It was a great weekend with unseasonably high temps in the mid 80's. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The riding was great and the company was even better. I can't wait for next year when the Pile Up returns to Decatur, IL!!!