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Sunday, September 28, 2014

MCACN Presents 50th Anniversary Class of 1964 Display in 2014!

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Rick Mahoney 1964 426 Hemi Dodge
Rico Petrini 1964 426 Hemi Plymouth
2014 MCACN Class of 1964


 
MCACN “Class of 1964” 50th Anniversary Invitational Display Taking Shape!
 
We are now another month closer to the 6th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, which will take place November 22-23, at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (greater Chicago), Illinois. For many of us, looking at our cars means a visit to the garage and pulling back the cover, where they are safely tucked away from the elements. If you are fortunate enough to not be dealing with the cold and snow, well let me just say...I’m jealous!
 
The MCACN team has confirmed many of our Invitational and Special displays for 2014, and over the next few weeks we will be telling you about them. As you know, these displays showcase the absolute best of the best and the rarest of the rare. This is where you will see many cars that are rarely seen by the public, from private collections that join us from across the country. Each and every one of these cars is something special, and in many cases, worth the price of admission alone for the opportunity to see them and meet the owners. Outstanding cars and awesome people that would love to tell you all about them!
 
This week we would like to talk about our 50th Anniversary “Class of 1964” Invitational display. This one is coming together in a big way with some unexpected surprises in store. Of course, 1964 was a significant year for Muscle Car enthusiasts for many reasons; the launch of Chryslers 426 Hemi, the introduction of the Pontiac GTO and Fords Mustang are among the highlights. You can bet these milestones will be celebrated, not only in this display but additional special gatherings this year.  As mentioned, 1964 was the year that Mother Mopar made the outrageous 426 Hemi available to just about anyone who knew their way around an order sheet. Although very few were actually sold, the 426 Hemi certainly did exactly what it set out to do, which is make a major impact on both the Nascar and Drag Racing world. Nobody can dispute the fact that auto racing would never be the same after the introduction of this instantly recognized engine. So with that being said, expect to see several of the finest original factory built 1964 426 Hemi cars from both Dodge and Plymouth. But wait....things get even better for Hemi fans this year! (more on that in the coming weeks)

Michael Anderson 1964 Ford Galaxie R Code 427 Convertible
Michael Anderson 1964 Ford Galaxie R Code 427 Convertible
 
We have some other really cool stuff lined up for this display. Those who know me know that I love the big body performance cars, especially the ones with a big block and a 4-speed. Well...how would you like to see not just one, not even two, but a whole row of 1964 R-code 427 4-speed Galaxie convertibles? Seeing even one of these is cool, but we have confirmed four of them, all documented real 427 R-code cars, several of which are being restored as we speak. Whew...what a sight! Of course this is just the beginning of what will be on display. If you own a real 409 powered Chevy, a Max Wedge Mopar, maybe a 2+2 Pontiac or dual quad Buick Riviera or Wildcat, a Paxton supercharged Studebaker or maybe even a 427 powered Mercury, please consider being a part of this very special gathering. We also have several very real ‘64 vintage drag cars lined up and would certainly like to see some more, so let us know what you have. As is the case with all of our invitational displays, cars must be real documented factory built examples, absolutely no “clones” or “tributes.” Just like Coca-Cola, this is all about being The Real Thing!

Dean Klein 1964 Ford Galaxie 427 R Code Convertible
Dean Klein 1964 Ford Galaxie 427 R Code Convertible

Friday, September 26, 2014

Great Vendors Return to MCACN in 2014

AUTOMOTIVE RELATED VENDOR LIST GROWS FOR 2014 MCACN SHOW!

 

Of course, the cars are what draw us to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, but there is a whole lot more to it! We have talked about all the cool family and kids activities, and of course, it is the people and the stories that really make the MCACN show what it is. Today, we want to talk about another aspect of the show, which is our fine group of vendors.
Photo Credit: Tim Costello

 

With a rule that restricts our vendors to being automotive related or of direct service to our spectators and participants, you won’t find any hawking headset vendors selling knives or travel packages. We pride ourselves in hosting the very best quality vendors offering goods and services that you want to see. We have vendors from across the country and from right around the Chicagoland area. You’ll find some of the best collectible car dealers and restorers like Corvette Mike Midwest, the finest automotive artists, automobilia vendors including Burkett’s Antiques, Rodney Brockman and Carl Mantegna and if you want to expand your die-cast and collectible car collection, be sure to see Model Empire, Randy Pratl Die Cast, Supercar Collectibles and of course, Bob and Sharon Morgan. Battery Service returns as does Muskegon Brake and Inline Tube, each specializing in the best products on the market. Coffman Corvette will be onsite ready to talk Corvette parts needs and also offering some onsite installs. If it is carburetors you need, be sure to check out the Quad Shop display and make a note of checking out Jim’s seminars in the center hall.
Photo Credit: Tim Costello
 Also in the center hall you’ll find Jack and Kathy Podell with Jack talking Fuel Injection and Kathy offering some of the coolest licensed wearables you’ll ever see. Tom Bauer returns with a fine assortment of vintage license plates, including numerous hard to find N.O.S. plates. And just in case you were wondering why we have a lady selling purses, make a point of checking out the Peggy Stella Totes display near The Finer Details, as they are made from actual automotive seat material! Check out her hounds tooth and ModTop purses...they are awesome and make a great gift!
Photo Credit: David Newhardt

 

All of these vendors have been with us for years, and we truly appreciate their continued support. As I say...they “get it” and are a pleasure to work with. THANKS go out to each and every one of them!

 

We have limited vendor space available starting at just $200 per 10 x 12’ spot. Commercial “A” space in the big room is nearly sold out with just a few more spots remaining, and Commercial “B” is filling fast. Also, if you are considering selling your collectible car, we have few more spots in our VIP Sales area for select/approved high end cars*, and about eight spots remaining in our regular car corral area in the back for just $100 per spot.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Trans-Am Boss 302s at Riverside Raceway, “The Champion”, Artist Michael Irvine’s Latest Painting

FOR IMMEDIATE release SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

The third installment in automotive artist Michael Irvine’s Racing Legends Series, “The Champion”, pays homage to the powerful Boss 302 Mustang’s racing history.
Race rules dictated, that in order to qualify, a number of cars had to be made available to the public. So, for a lucky few who would own one, Ford built a street version Boss 302. I like the idea of getting behind the wheel of a powerful machine that was originally built to race! In this painting, I wanted to pay tribute to the history of the Boss 302s and the legendary men that raced them.  MICHAEL IRVINE
Trans-Am was a highly competitive, no-holds-barred, flat-out, fender-bending racing series. And 1970 would prove to be it’s greatest year. In order to reclaim the manufacturer’s championship, in 1969 Ford called upon Nascar engineer Bud Moore to spearhead the Boss 302 Mustang Team, along with drivers Parnelli Jones and George Follmer.
“George Follmer and I were selected to be the drivers, and we came into that program with an aggressive win-or-else attitude. We had the fastest cars in the 1969 series ...” — PARNELLI JONES  
In 1970 they did it — winning five races, Parnelli Jones took victory at Riverside Raceway—once again securing the manufacturer's championship for Ford.
 
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Limited Edition Print 30 x 21” (only 800 produced) $150
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About artist Michael Irvine
Michael Irvine is one of North America’s premier automotive artists, capturing vintage and modern muscle and sports cars in hand drawn, hand painted, high impact, captivatingly vibrant watercolor. Incredibly detailed, powerful, imaginative and creative, the surrealism of Michael’s paintings brings to life scenes that draw us in and unfold to tell a story.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jim Wangers to Appear at MCACN to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Pontiac GTO!

 
 Tenney Fairchild, California
1964 Royal Bobcat GTO
GTO 50th Anniversary Display Sponsored by Ride On Appraisals
 

 
CELEBRATING GTO’s WITH THE GODFATHER OF THE GTO
 
There are plenty of Anniversaries in the car world this year, and at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, we will be celebrating several. The Class of 1964 will be one to remember and The Class of ‘69 will be another hit. Although we decided to not jump on the Mustang Anniversary bandwagon, we have incredibly significant Mustangs and Shelby’s throughout the show, including the very first USA sold Mustang, and some of the highest performance versions. (think Cobra Jet and Boss).
 
Since we are all about Muscle, we knew we had to celebrate what most consider to be the first real Muscle Car. Yes, some may argue this point, bringing up the Chrysler C-300, various multi-carb Chevy’s and even the early high performance Buicks, but let’s face it. The GTO is the one that created an entirely new genre of automobiles that would affectionately be referred to as Muscle Cars. You know the story; take a big engine, drop it into an intermediate body, mix in an incredible marketing campaign and a catchy name, (that may refer to something...) and put an affordable price on it. Voila!; Instant and unexpected success! Nobody can dispute the impact the GTO has had on our hobby, and it continues to this day. Car and Driver March 1964
 
And so we are gearing up to host a gathering of Pontiac’s iconic Muscle Car with an incredible group of the finest and rarest examples ever shown under one roof. Ride On Appraisals is our Official Sponsor for this one, so you know it will be good! Kicking things off is the actual 1964 “ringer” Royal Bobcat GTO. Yep...this is the one from the famous Car and Driver magazine GTO vs GTO cover story! Restored by Scott Tiemann and the Supercar Specialties team, it will be joining us from California. To make things even better, we are pleased to announce that you will be able to hear the behind the scenes real story of this car and much more right from the source. Yes...we are pleased to announce The Godfather of the GTO himself, Jim Wangers will be joining us both Saturday and Sunday! Jim will be mixing it up with our spectators and participants right in the GTO Invitational display and he will also present a very special and intimate seminar Saturday titled How Pontiac took racing off the track...and put it on the street! (yes...you are reading that right). What an awesome opportunity to step back in time, right at the MCACN show. Does it get any better? Jim Wangers God father of the GTO
 
Well, yes...yes it does! This display will tell the story from 1964-1974 with prime examples of Tri-power, Ram Air IV, H/O and more. We have several original owners, hardtops, post sedans and convertibles. Would you like to see a Palladium Silver RA IV ‘69 Judge? How about a RA IV Judge convertible? And of course, several of the cars in this display will be shown, fresh from restoration for the very first time. This is going to be an absolute must see display with a lot of interaction and a lot of fun.
 
We have openings for a few more select GTO’s, so if you have something special, please e-mail me asap at bashton426@gmail.com. I would like to add one more 66, 67 and 72 to the mix and I really need a ‘74! Ride On Appraisals
 
We would like to thank all of the people that have stepped up to make this one a memory maker, including one of our newest MCACN Official Sponsors, Ride On Appraisals. Dennis Parus of Ride On Appraisals will also be conducting several seminars over the weekend to explain the importance of having a proper appraisal for your collector car. (Exact seminar times TBA as we get closer to the show, and will also include special presentations from Jim Mattison of PHS and Jim Luikens of Berger fame).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Koolestuff Presents Muscle Bikes at MCACN- You gotta see em!

Gary Wold- Koolestuff  All Original/Unrestored 1968 Schwinn Apple Krate

Gary Wold- Koolestuff
All Original/Unrestored 1968 Schwinn Apple Krate
MCACN 2014 Vintage Bicycles



 
Sponsorship is a key ingredient to any major events success, and at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, we really do have the finest. There is no disputing that we work with the absolute best people in the industry, and what makes it even better is the fact that our sponsors aren’t just check writers, but enthusiasts that participate not only in our show, but our hobby as well at many levels. At the MCACN show you are able to work directly with the “movers and shakers” including several of the owners of these companies. You’ll even see some of them showing cars (and bikes) from their own personal collections! We can not express how much we appreciate our sponsors and we encourage you to support them, as they support what we do, and they truly “get it.”
With that being said, we would like to introduce two new sponsors that are joining us, not only for 2014, but for 2015 too!
Koolestuff
KooleStuff
Hopefully you had a chance to meet Gary Wold and his crew, who have joined us from North Carolina the past several years against the wall in the “big room.” Gary has shown some beautiful Muscle Bikes along with some awesome automobilia in his display, adding a fun element to our show floor. Gary has also participated in our Muscle Bike show with bikes from his own personal collection, and he may be as bike crazy as me! Koolestuff will be the Official Sponsor of our 3rd Annual show within a show, featuring all brands of Muscle Bikes. You will see Schwinn Stingrays, Krates and Fastbacks, Raleigh Choppers, Ross Barracuda’s and more from Iverson, CCM, Sears and many others. Muscle Bikes are what brought many of us into this hobby, and many of us have bikes, so we are pleased to be able to “raise the bar” for 2014 in this area.
Photo Credit Tim Costello MCACN 2013 Vintage Bike Display
We will be moving the bike show to a central location, and you will find the Koolestuff display right in the middle of the action. Along with some great bikes, Gary will be bringing in some vintage style gas pumps, N.O.S. vintage bike parts and more fun stuff this year. For a preview of what Koolestuff has to offer, check out his website; www.koolestuff.com and be sure to make a point of checking out his display and our expanded Muscle Bike “show within a show” this year. And remember...if you own a vintage Muscle Bike and want to be a part of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, please consider showing it this year! To enter your bike, click here-  https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/21026074501944