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Bill Stasek Chevrolet- The Official Chevrolet Dealer of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Writing the Book on Hemi E Body Convertibles

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1964 Corvette
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

Registration is now OPEN for cars and automotive only vendors. If you own a prime example of American muscle or an outstanding Corvette, please consider joining us. To apply with your car, click here. To apply for vendor space, click here.

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 Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.

Bob Ashton


Managing Member

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 MCACN Show: Making History and Creating Memories!


2015 MCACN Hemi E Body Convertible Invitational Display
Sponsored by The Brothers Collection and sYc
Photo Credit :Tim Costello Images

It has been over a month already, but memories of the 7th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show are still fresh in our minds. I am sure that we added several new chapters when it comes to Muscle Car and Corvette history. In fact...I even literally wrote a book!
Of course, the centerpiece and certainly one of the most talked about features was our 1970 and ‘71 426 Hemi ‘cuda Convertible and 1970 Challenger R/T 426 Hemi Convertible Invitational display. In the works for two years, we played host to an incredible group that included 27 of the 42 that originally left the assembly line. There has never been more than 5-6 in one place, (ever) so this one indeed goes down in history!

Photo Credit : Geoff Stunkard for Car Craft Magazine
The two Richard Petty cars up front were a hit, and Buick fans flipped when they saw the circle of eight 1970 G.S. Stage 1 convertibles along with the 3-speed drop-top, a group larger then ever shown in one place. Perhaps you are a Corvette fan? Well we know Corvette enthusiasts went home happy after seeing FIVE of the finest 1968 and 1969 L/88’s along with the awesome Corvette Legends display, featuring some truly significant ‘65 and ‘70 Corvettes, sponsored by Dr. Pete Gimenez. And of course our Corvette Central Triple Diamond display and competition was a hit, with one of our largest fields of C1-C4 Corvettes ever. This was the first year that each and every contestant went home with the coveted Triple Diamond crystal and certification, which truly shows the level of commitment and passion our participants have. Congrats go out to all of our winners.

Photo Credit - Tim Costello Images
Ford fans had plenty to see, with two very significant drag cars unveiled, kicking things off with the recently found Phil Bonner Thunderbolt. In the middle of the show floor we uncovered the one of two ‘65 Fairlane factory drag cars that joined us from Texas. Tom Marcucci stole the spotlight when he uncovered his early Boss 429 Mustang, a true black beauty that was across from the incredible group of Boss 302's put together by Bob Perkins and Rick Campbell. And speaking of unveilings, we certainly left our mark in the Mopar community! The Last Hemi Charger R/T, the only known 440+6 barrel 1972 Roadrunner/GTX, (complete with a factory sunroof!), and a show-stopping ‘71  InViolet Hemi ‘cuda were each unveiled by Official MCACN Sponsors, Apex Autosports, Magnum Restorations and American Muscle Car Restorations, Inc. and then we had the “surprise” unveiling of the original owner Challenger R/T convertible. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place and clearly, the owner was indeed totally taken by surprise. And speaking of surprises, what about the In Violet ‘70 Hemi ‘cuda convertible presented by the Blake family out of Phoenix? If you read the book, In Search of the Holy Grail, you know the story, and to say there were some surprised people in the building when they saw that this car was finally back out after nearly thirty years of hibernation is again a major understatement.

Photo Credit Tim Costello Images

Pontiac enthusiasts loved the ultra rare Ram Air IV ‘69 Firebird shown for the very first time by The Brothers Collection. Of course, we didn’t leave out the Chevy loyal when it comes to unveilings, and once again, significant was the name of the game. Uncovered for the very first time was a 1968 Yenko 427 Super Camaro and the highest known option ‘69 Camaro RS Z/28, amazingly both in eye catching Rally Green, and another black beauty, the stunning Chevy II that was featured in our L79 Invitational display that certainly raised the bar for first gen Chevy II’s. And to make it even better, the MASCAR crew out of California, one of our newest Official Sponsors, brought out three 1970 Yenko Deuces, uncovering their Cranberry Red stunner Saturday morning for the very first time.

Photo Credit : MASCAR
But wait....that isn’t the only car the MASCAR team uncovered! After years of inviting a very significant collector to join us, the MASCAR team made it happen by presenting his 1970 Trans Am Javelin, certainly looking better than new. And then, adding our lovely Co-hosts Courtney Hansen and Kelly, who joined us from Texas, to our Official Unveilings, certainly made host Dennis Pittsenbargers job a lot more fun! And that is just the unveilings. We had well over 550 show cars in the building and this covers a small portion of them. We could go on and on, but suffice it to say no matter what make or model you like best, we had something for you. Barn finds? Check! Studebaker? Check! Race cars? Check! Gassers? Yepper! Muscle Trucks? Check! 409’s, Z16’s and LS6’s; You bet! And what about the cool Post Sedan, Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race and F.A.S.T. displays? Checkeroo! Dont forget about our Anniversary displays, featuring the years 1965 and 1970. They were  both a hit with plenty of true rarities proudly on display, including several with the original owners. And if you were in the market to expand your collection, we know of several great cars that sold at the show. If you saw what was in the VIP Car Corral area, you know we really raised the bar over there. Among the offerings; Hemi and 440+6 Mopars, a gorgeous C2 Corvette, a truly one-off ‘68 Camaro SS, a beautiful 409 Bel Air and not just one, but TWO Dodge Daytona’s, one recently restored 426 Hemi and one true Day2 440 4-speed; Whew!! And again, no matter what brand you like best, you had to be totally blown away by the Mecum Auctions display, which showcased a variety of examples of "Monumental Muscle" that will cross the block in a few weeks at their huge Kissimmee, Florida auction. Hats off to our Official Title Sponsor, and best of luck in 2016!
Muscle Bikes at MCACN 2015 Sponsored by Koolestuff
I often use the term “raise the bar” when I talk about the show and this year, I truly believe we achieved that goal. Our vendors share my passion and we were pleased to have a return rate of over 80% of all automotive related vendors. And the new vendors that joined us again helped us achieve our goal. No head-set hawkers or resort agencies here! Also returning due to popular demand was our Muscle Bicycle display, Sponsored by Koolestuff, which was bigger and better than ever. Just plain old fun for all ages in that area!
It is hard to condense the highlights of the show in one e-mail, so I’ll just say we proudly presented our finest show to date, and we have been getting rave reviews. Online feedback has been tremendous (thanks!) and the YouTube videos and facebook posts are helping us spread the word. Please make a point of checking out our Official Video’s on YouTube that the V8TV team has already started posting, and watch for more over the coming weeks, along with additional special segments that are being developed now by Dennis Pittsenbarger and his team. We are also anxiously awaiting the Legendary Motorcars TV show featuring MCACN that you will see in the spring. Although I had a blast being followed by the camera man, Vicki may not share my enthusiasm! Not to isn’t “that” kind of show! lol
  MCACN 2016: So every year we are faced with the same question; “How will you top it?” Well, I am here to say the entire MCACN team is committed to doing exactly that. Remember the Yenko display or perhaps the Hurst display? What about the gatherings of ZL1’s, Boss 429’s, Aero Warriors or ‘69 Trans Am convertibles? Well, each year was history in the making, much like the Hemi E-Body convertible display we played host to this year, and our commitment to making more history continues. I will say that we have been working on a very special gathering of some of Carroll Shelby’s most significant cars. In addition to the country’s finest and rarest GT-500 Shelby Mustangs, you’ll see some of the most significant Cobra’s and GT40’s ever shown together under one roof. Of course...if you own one of these amazing machines, we would love to talk to you. Additional special displays will feature Factory Sunroof cars, Boss 351 Mustangs and of course our Anniversary displays which will be the “Class of 1966” and the “Class of ‘71.” Additional special invitational displays will be announced, and as always, if you would like to join us to help coordinate or host something special, let me know asap at Returning special gatherings will include a fresh, (or perhaps not so fresh) Barn Finds/Hidden Gems display, our Triple Diamond and Corvette Legends displays, our Vintage Certification area and our always hot Muscle Bicycles display. If you own a significant car that may be a fit for any of these special displays, please send pictures, information and the history to me asap. As you know, we want only the best of the best and the rarest of the rare in real, documented examples with an emphasis on first time or rarely shown cars. Online registration is open for cars and vendors.
We can not express enough how much we appreciate the continued support and participation of our fine Official Sponsors. Without a doubt, we could not do this without their support, especially in light of this years lousy Saturday weather. Please make an effort to do business with them whenever possible, as we all need to support those who truly participate and support what we all love. We also want to take this opportunity to thank our many participants, whether with a car, a bicycle or as a vendor. YOU are what make our show what it is, which as far as I’m concerned is the best show in the world! Heartfelt thanks from me to you...
IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY GRAIL BOOK: The response to our book In Search of the Holy Grail has been very humbling. We offered just 200 copies of the book at $100.00 each. This 72 page hardcover book chronicles the stories of all 27 of the 426 Hemi ‘cuda and 426 Hemi Challenger R/T convertibles that we played host to at the MCACN show. This is not a technical book with facts and figures, as we know that type of information is readily available. What you will find are stories, many directly from the owners, of these incredibly significant examples of the most desirable American Muscle Cars ever built. If you ever wanted to know who bought these cars when they were new and what the history is, this is the book for you. Plenty of easy to read information that has never been published along with some awesome photos, many directly from the personal collections of the owners, again, never before seen. We have a limited amount of books remaining and when they are gone, they are gone! Sure to be a collectors item, you can order yours now by clicking here;
So this is the latest from the MCACN team. We all wish you and your family and friends a safe and prosperous New Year. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions as we strive to continue to “raise the bar” and our commitment continues.
With sincere appreciation!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Friday, November 6, 2015

Courtney Hansen Joins Stellar Lineup for MCACN Show!

1957 Corvette
2015 Corvette Central Triple Diamond Contender
Owner: Terry Giles, Wisconsin

We Welcome Courtney Hansen To the MCACN Show!
Promoters like to use words like outstanding, incredible, amazing and yes...even Stellar. Of course, I am as guilty as the next guy, but I have to say, as we approach the big weekend, it is hard to contain my excitement. Yes, we really do have a Stellar lineup, and it is not limited to the cars.
Courtney Hansen
Today we are pleased to announce a very special guest will be joining us. Courtney Hansen will be with us both Saturday and Sunday. Kicking things off with our thirteen (!) Première Unveilings, Courtney will be helping us pull the covers off of seven of them, starting at 9:45 with the incredible Phil Bonner Thunderbolt. From there, our good friend Kelly from Texas will step in to assist with the second Unveiling, then back to Courtney. You get the idea! I mean sure, our Official EmCee and Coordinator of Automotive Tomfoolery, Dennis Pittsenbarger may be kinda cute, but he sure isn’t Courtney or Kelly!
Courtney Hansen may be best known as the Original Co-Host of Overhaulin’
and the host of the Spike TV Powerblock.
What you may not know is that she is indeed a real “car girl” having grown up in Minnesota at her families Brainerd Raceway. (Yep...they owned it!) Never afraid to get her hands dirty, she learned all about cars and racing and was anxious to be in the middle of the action. Over the years she has owned and owns some really neat cars, and she has a real passion for massively over-powered examples of American Muscle. Make a point of meeting Courtney at the MCACN show and be sure to check out her very own brand new line of cool clothing, Auto Angel, featuring great wearable's for men, women and kids. To see what Courtney is up to, check out her new website, Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with Courtney many times and I can tell you she is the real thing, a truly fun and passionate enthusiast. Welcome aboard, Courtney.

MCACN Sneak Peek Richard Petty 43 JR

Richard Petty 43 JR Ron & Richard George MCACN 2015 Feature  

Richard Petty 43 JR
Owners; Ron & Richard George
2015 MCACN Feature Car is the Real Thing!

Sunday, November 1, 2015



I often say that we work with the best of the best when it comes to our Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals “Official Sponsors” and I really mean that. You see, we don’t just take a check and make you a Sponsor, you have to “get it” and have an understanding of what we do and who we deal with. So here is another example.

Carl Carbon is the National Sales Manager for Trailex Inc. and to say he is excited about being a part of the MCACN show is an understatement! You may have seen Carl and his crew out there, as they are also big supporters and participants of the Carlisle Events and Bloomington Gold along with many other events. They aren’t new to this, and they are the manufacturer. Carl is a car guy himself, and in fact he is bringing in his very own recent Barn Find, a really amazing and highly optioned 1967 Camaro convertible that you really need to see...and you will!

Anyway, we got to talking and Carl decided to create a special deal for our participants and spectators alike. So here is what he has to offer--

Take $500 off the MSRP on any open car trailer, or take $750 off any enclosed car trailer, and get 50% off the current delivery charge to any state in the continental U.S. If you have been considering the purchase of a top quality lightweight aluminum trailer, now is the time to take advantage of this MCACN Special Offer and show support for those who support what we do! For full product information and details, check out or call 800-282-5042. Sorry, no freight discounts for pick ups. Options sold at MSRP. Whew...our sponsors really are the best!