MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
Owner: Barry Blomquist, WI.
2016 MCACN Entry
This week among the 3,000 or so cars crossing the block in Kissimmee at the huge Mecum auction, there are three that really stand out. Certainly among the most valuable and sought after examples of American muscle ever produced, you know what I’m talking about! The 1970 Sublime 426 Hemi Challenger R/T convertible, the 1970 Hemi ‘cuda convertible in Lemon Twist along with the Alpine White ‘71 Hemi ‘cuda convertible are certainly going to be the talk of the muscle car world for quite some time. All eyes will be on these three cars, and I truly believe records will again be set. Of course, we were truly honored to have these three cars, along with 24 additional Hemi E-body convertibles at the recent Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. What a sight to see! This is certainly a rare opportunity, not only to buy one of these cars, but to see them all in one place.
With that being said, have you ever wondered what the story is behind these cars? Who was it that actually spent Cadillac money on a Dodge or Plymouth back in the day? Why would someone also check the convertible box when everyone knows a Hemi was built to move, and who would need all that extra weight? And then there was the price of the 426 Hemi option; nearly a third of the base cost of the entire car!
When we were working on assembling the incredible display of these cars for MCACN, I did a lot of research. I was able to talk to the owners, many who are acknowledged experts on these cars. The stories that were revealed are pretty amazing, and incredibly interesting. A decision was made to create a commemorative book for the owners of these cars, sort of a memento to put as much of the unknown information, (gathered right from the sources) in one place. "In Search of the Holy Grail" was born, the title suggested by Tom Lembeck. Calls were made, trips were planned and photos were taken. Well...somebody had to do it! Once into the process, our good friend and long time MCACN supporter Wade Ogle suggested we do a slightly larger run and offer them to interested enthusiasts. The decision was made to do an extremely short run of 250 books. Just 200 would be offered for sale to the general public, and we gifted the first 50 to the owners and contributors. About a week before the show, we allowed pre-orders. Within hours, nearly half of the run was accounted for, so we decided to stop pre-orders to make sure we had enough to sell at the show. Sales at the show were brisk, but after getting the trailers unloaded, we found we have a few more remaining books to offer to you. This book is an 11 x 8” 72 page all color hardcover. It has individual stories on each and every one of the 27 cars that were on display at the MCACN show. This is not a technical book with facts and figures, as that information is readily available. What you will read are many stories never before told, telling you about who bought these cars, what they did with them, and in many cases why. Some of the stories have been told, but many are being shared for the very first time. The best part is, the information was gathered directly from many of the owners, both current and previous.
It was truly an honor to be able to be a part of American Muscle Car history, and adding a new chapter to the many stories. If you would like to get your very own copy of "In Search of the Holy Grail" for your collection, the remaining books are being offered at $100.00 each plus shipping. When they are gone they are gone, and we will not be doing a second run, making this a true Limited Edition. This is sure to be a sought after collectible for any Muscle Car enthusiast, so don’t hesitate to reserve your copy now before they are gone. To secure yours, click here.
And to those interested in adding some significant muscle to your car collection, Mecum Kissimmee 2016 is your opportunity. We are anxious to see who will be the next caretaker or caretakers of these incredible cars. If you have the opportunity to see these cars, whether in Kissimmee this week or on TV or on the Mecum Infonet, don’t miss it. For more information on these cars and all of the others, go to www.mecum.com
Official MCACN Host Hotels are ready- All five of our convenient Official Host Hotels are now ready. As always, we worked hard to make sure we have plenty of options for you, with prices starting at $108.00 per night. All have special additional perks for our participants and our spectators and all are conveniently located. For full information and direct booking links, click here.
That’s it for now. Hope the New Year is off the a good start for you and you will be able to enjoy some of the auction action this month, whether in Florida or out west!
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the finest and rarest Corvettes. “The Pebble Beach of Muscle Cars” says Muscle Car Review magazine! We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago) Illinois, right in the shadow of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, including lists of 2015 award winners and links to our national media coverage, go to www.mcacn.com. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.