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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mecum Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Big Indy Spring Classic!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1972 Pontiac GTO
Owner; Jody Traylor, Illinois
2017 Class of ‘72 Invitational Participant
 

Another Absolute Must Do Event from the Mecum Team
 

We are truly honored to have Mecum Auctions as our Official Title Sponsor for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. This week we join Dana and his team to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Spring Classic Auction, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. With over 2,000 lots crossing the block, there is no doubt that this is yet another must do event for any Muscle Car and Corvette enthusiast!


There are plenty of great cars being offered, with quality consignments at all price points. What I want to do today is point out a few of the truly exceptional cars, which coincidentally, have all been shown at MCACN. When it comes to truly rare and sought after muscle, there are few that equal the LS6 Chevelle convertible. If you were at our most recent show, you hopefully witnessed the Premier Unveiling of the red on red LS6 convertible that joined us from Arizona. This particular car is one of the highest optioned examples and the documentation is absolutely bullet proof. Mix in a Gold level MCACN Concours award winning restoration and you have a recipe for what is truly one of the best of the best, and a rare opportunity.
 
Photo Credit: Tim Costello Images


Speaking of MCACN Official Unveiling cars that earned Gold Concours Day 2 certification, you will see another notable Chevrolet crossing the block that was unveiled with us. Last November, Jim Mattison pulled the cover off of a show stopping black ‘62 Z-11 Impala with notable drag race history. With just a tick over 300 miles on the odometer and a full freshening by Scott Tiemann and Dan Jensen, this is one of the finest examples of a real aluminum front end Z-11 in existence, and it will hit the block Saturday.
 
Photo Credit: Tim Costello Images


For the Buick fans, MCACN Member Mike Guarise is offering five prime examples from his personal collection. My favorite is his Gold Concours award winning red 1970 G.S. Stage 1, 4-speed convertible that he showed in our Class of ‘70 Invitational a few years ago. Once again, this 1 of just 67 built automobile is truly the best of the best, with full documentation including the original window sticker.
 


And the list of MCACN friends offerings continues with prime cars from Jim Lynch, including yet another red convertible. This time it is a ‘70 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, and that is one of nine vehicles from The Lynch Collection. And then we have offerings from Dennis Albaugh, which includes 60, 61, 63 and 66 Impala convertibles and a 64 Duntov award winning Corvette coupe. And here’s another tip for you; take a close look at The Virginia Collection. Again, you’ll see some familiar cars that you have seen at MCACN, and I can assure you, these cars are prime, offered from a very good friend of ours. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Whether you’re looking for a cool cruise night driver or something worthy of showing at MCACN, they have the bases covered. We’ll be onsite talking about what we have in store for MCACN IX in November and accepting applications, so look us up. And remember, if you aren’t able to make it to the auction in person, be sure to sign up for the Mecum Infonet, where you get real-time results and can watch the auction action live from beginning to end. And the best part is, it is totally free to sign up by clicking here;


The auctions run from Tuesday, May 16 to Saturday, May 20. To get the full schedule including the NBCSN television schedule, click here; https://www.mecum.com/auctions/indianapolis-2017/


Hope to see you there, and best of luck to all of the buyers and sellers, and a big congrats to the Mecum Family and their outstanding team on the big 30th Anniversary!


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the finest and rarest Corvettes. We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. We have great deals at our Official Host Hotels, all offering special rates and extra perks for our participants and our spectators. For Hotel information and direct booking links, click here;  We are now accepting applications for cars, muscle bicycles and automotive (only) related vendors.
 
 
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


 

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

SDC Michiana Hosts Big Annual Show and Gears Up for MCACN 2017

 
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk
Owner; Glinda Gassman, Virginia
2017 MCACN Studebaker Legends Display
 

SDC Michiana Hosts Big Annual Show and Gears Up for MCACN 2017
 
Photo Credit: Tim Costello Images


If you were at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show last year, you saw the incredible showing of exceptionally significant high performance Studebakers. We had a Bonneville record holding Avanti welcoming you when you came into the lobby, and that was just a tease as to what we had inside. Our good friend Ed George and his family coordinated what may have been the coolest gathering of high performance supercharged Studeys ever assembled under one roof. Several national record holders, several first time shown cars and each and every one of them had a factory installed supercharger under the hood. Yes...it is true that Studebaker created some pretty amazing high performance cars way before there was even the thought of jamming a big engine into a smaller car, ala GTO!
 


So first off, we want to tell you about the outstanding show and swap that is happening right now in South Bend, Indiana at the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds, from May 3-6. Actually it is two shows; the 53rd Annual International Studebakers Drivers Club meet along with the 36th Annual Studebaker show and swap. This is one of the most fun events I have ever been to. Let me just say that Studebaker owners are truly among the most passionate car people out there and they love to have fun. And as if the show isn’t enough, you also have to check out the Studebaker National Museum downtown. This is one of the neatest and most interesting car museums I have ever been to, and I have been to quite a few. To get the full information on the show and swap,  click here.  To learn more about the Studebaker Museum, go to; studebakermuseum.org
 
 


So what does this all have to do with MCACN? Well, let me tell you. With the huge success and excellent response we received from last years Studebaker Invitational display, Eddie and the gang, with support from the Studebaker National Museum, will be returning with a whole new group of supercharged Studebakers. This year we will step back in time with a display featuring the Hawks. You will see some of the finest and rarest examples and again, each one is packed with high performance features and loads of horsepower. Did you know that in 1956 McCullough offered a supercharger kit for the Golden Hawk? Well it was even easier in 1957 when the supercharged engine package, rated at 275 horsepower, became a factory option. Was this the first real muscle car? Some people certainly think so. Be sure to plan on spending some time talking to Eddie and all of the owners, as there is an incredible amount of knowledge and enthusiasm. This very special display will be one for the record books, and we cant wait to again feature something truly unexpected.
 



Special Displays; We are now accepting applications for all aspects of the show. If you have a prime example of American Muscle or a prime Corvette, now is the time to submit your app as we are tracking way ahead of last year. I do have a few “must have” cars on my hit list for our Class of ‘67 display. This includes Shelby’s and Mustangs, Mercury Cougars, Olds 442’s, and prime examples of 426 Hemi cars. We need some AMC representation for Class of ‘67 and Class of ‘72 and I would love to have a ‘72 LT1 4-speed a/c Corvette in the mix, or better yet, both a hardtop and a convertible side by side. We are also considering commemorating the year 1962, so if you have a prime example of ‘62 muscle that you’d like to show, let me know! We have a few more openings in our Barn Find & Hidden Gems area, (and what a great mix we have already!) and just a couple more for our 50th Anniversary First Gen Firebird side, reserved only for the absolute rarest and best ‘67-‘69 Firebirds. (We are all set on the Camaro side, and it is going to blow you away!) Would love to have a few more N96 Mopar E-bodies in our Shaker Hood Showdown display, Sponsored by the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum. Of course, even if it doesn’t fit in with our special or Invitational displays, if it is a prime example of American Muscle or a best of the best Corvette, we’d love to have you join us, especially if it is rarely, if ever shown. Whether it is restored, an unrestored original or even just dragged out of the barn, if it has way too much horsepower, let us know what you have.


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and Corvettes. We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space with 500+ cars and 200+ automotive (only) related vendor spots, at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from the Chicago O’Hare Airport.
 
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


Hope to see you soon!

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

MCACN Muscle Bike "Show Within a Show" All About Fun!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1968 Schwinn Orange Krate
Owner; Gary Wold, North Carolina
2017 MCACN Muscle Bike Display Sponsored by Koolestuff


Muscle Bike “Show Within a Show” Is All About FUN!
At the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, we pride ourselves in keeping the show interesting and most importantly, fun. A few years back we added our “Show within a Show” sponsored by Koolestuff, featuring 60’s and 70’s Muscle Bicycles. Many of you know we have a rather extensive collection, and like many, dreamed of owning a Schwinn Orange Krate back in the day. Well for my birthday back in 1968, my Dad took me to Bob’s Bike Shop in Washington, Michigan. Although I couldn’t talk him into buying me that Orange Krate, (it was an outrageous $86.95!) I did go home with a beautiful blue DeLuxe Stingray. Of course, I would add the tall sissy bar and a variety of other accessories and the rest, as they say, is history! Fast forward to the 80’s when Ian was born. As he grew up, Ian started getting into bikes, although they would be of the BMX and Freestyle variety. We would visit our local bike shop weekly and Ian would even end up attending the world famous Camp Woodward freestyle bike camp in Pennsylvania. We would go to garage sales and flea markets, hoping to find one of the elusive Krate bikes. Although we never found one, we did end up with a collection of Stingrays, and we would soon find out that the eight bikes we had collected were all different years. And that is how we ended up being somewhat out of control Muscle Bike collectors!
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Those of you who have shown with us over the years know that I get around the show floor during set-up on a bicycle. It is not uncommon for participants to stop me and say “Hey, I have my old bike like that back in the barn!” And so a few years back we asked participants to bring their bikes, just for fun for a small display. And that is where our “Show within a Show” started. No competition, no judging, just a fun display, where we encourage you to join us with your Muscle Bike, whether it has some bumps and bruises or has been restored to perfection. It’s all about fun and believe me, explaining to your son or daughter why bikes don’t have that funny stick shift thing is worth the effort!
Photo Credit Marc Rozman

Of course, with our goal of always keeping things fresh, we will be adding something new this year. In addition to the variety of Schwinn, Ross, Raleigh, Sears, Murray and other Muscle Bikes, we will also have a fantastic group of ten Schwinn BMX bikes from the Wayne Shurson Collection. Wayne has some of the finest vintage Schwinn BMX bikes in the country and he will show the history of these pedal powered beasts from 1976-1980. But wait...that’s not all! Gary Wold owner of Koolestuff and our Official Sponsor of our bicycle show, will also present our very first Official Unveiling of a freshly restored and first time show Muscle Bike this year! Yep...always keeping things fresh!
We are committed to making sure the show is always fun and family friendly and never stale. This is just one of the many family friendly activities we have, which also includes our Free Model Car “make and take”, the Hot Wheels races, our kids scavenger hunt and more. We need to keep this great hobby going, so please plan on joining us and bring the whole family! And remember, kids 12 and under always get in FREE with an Adult.

 
Ann Arbor Classic Bike Show
We will be attending the huge Ann Arbor, Michigan 37th Annual Bicycle show, Sunday, April 30 to spread the word about the MCACN show. If you are interested in bicycles, no matter what type, you need to attend this awesome event. This is the largest bicycle show and swap in the world with literally thousands of bikes and row after row of bicycle vendors. For full information, click here.
Photo Credit Gary Gerstner
Hope to see you there!
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the finest and rarest Corvettes. Bone Stock magazine called us “The greatest muscle car show on the planet” in their Spring 2017 issue. (Thanks Bone Stock!) We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. To submit your application for your car, click here. If you are an automotive related (only) vendor and would like to join us to showcase your goods and/or services, click here.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.




Hope to see you soon!


Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Corvette Central Presents MCACN Triple Diamond Corvette Display and Competition

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427
2017 Triple Diamond Contender
Owner; Robert Lopez, Florida

MCACN Triple Diamond Competition; For The Best of the Best
 
 
 
One of the most popular and certainly most prestigious parts of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is our Triple Diamond Corvette display and competition, Sponsored by Corvette Central. You see, you can’t just sign up to be a Triple Diamond contender. First, you must not only compete, but achieve National Corvette Restorers Society (N.C.R.S.) Top Flight certification AND Bloomington Gold certification.


Knowing that the credibility of any award is only as good as what is behind it, we have assembled a team of experienced Judges that have literally hundreds of years of combined experience in the Corvette hobby. The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals judging team is led by Judging Chairman Bill Braun, who previously served as the Judging Chairman for Chicago's Chevy Vettefest for 30 years. Mr. Braun is an active collector who currently owns several of the country's finest restored Corvettes, and he is also the current Region V Director for N.C.R.S, a position he has held for over seven years, and he is a past Illinois. N.C.R.S. President.
 
John McAlister of South Carolina with a 1972 Corvette LT1 for Triple Diamond Contention


As long time supporters of Bloomington Gold and N.C.R.S. events, including being an Official Sponsor for this years N.C.R.S. National event in Texas, we encourage owners to participate in all of these events. In addition to adding significant value to your car, it is also a whole lot of fun. Yes...it is a whole lot of work, which is another reason why our Triple Diamond award winners truly represent the best of the best, but it is worth it in more ways than one!


Last year we played host to our largest field ever of Corvette Central Triple Diamond contenders, and we are already off to a big start for 2017. If you are planning on getting your Corvette certified with both N.C.R.S. and Bloomington Gold this year, (or you have within the past five years), we encourage you to join us. In addition to the actual certificate, if you achieve MCACN Triple Diamond status you will also receive a beautiful personally engraved Crystal award that has your name and your cars serial number. There is no better way to have your hard work and effort acknowledged!


For our spectators, our Triple Diamond display is a definite must see. Set up in chronological order, you will see the history of the Corvette right before your eyes. Last year we had nearly 40 Corvettes from 1954-1990 from 24 states and Canada competing, and 34 competitors went home with the Triple Diamond award and certification. To apply now with your N.C.R.S. and Bloomington Gold certified Corvette, click here;


For information on the N.C.R.S. and the national convention in July, check out www.ncrs.org


For information on Bloomington Gold, June 22-24, see www.bloomingtongold.com
 
Ed Nieves of Florida with a 1995 Corvette for Triple Diamond Contention
 


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the finest and rarest Corvettes. We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from the Chicago O’Hare Airport. We have lined up FIVE Official Host Hotels, all offering special rates and extra perks and all conveniently located for our participants and spectators. To book your rooms now, click here;


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


Hope to see you soon!
 

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Heading West for Muscle Cars at the Strip!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
 
1970 Hemi ‘cuda
2017 MCACN Participant
Northwest Indiana Mopar Association
Owner; Tom Mackey, Indiana
 

Muscle Cars At The Strip Countdown!
 


Over the next few months, we kick into high gear spreading the word about the upcoming Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show at events across the country, and right around the corner. In a few weeks, I am heading west to hit the big Muscle Cars at the Strip event in Las Vegas. Formerly known as Mopars at the Strip, our friend Phil Painter witnessed what we were doing in Chi-town and listened to plenty of requests, and decided to open the gates to all makes of American Muscle. Of course, there will be plenty of Mopars of all eras, but now you can see a variety of makes and models, both on the show field and on the track. Yep, plan on seeing Chevelles, Mustangs, GTO’s, Shelby’s, Corvettes and much more along with the ‘cuda’s, Roadrunners, Chargers and other Mopars!


Along with a huge show field and non stop racing, this year you will be able to witness the final run with Bob Riggle blasting the Hemi Under Glass down the track, along with a very special guest appearance by Jay Leno. Now if you’ve been paying attention, you may know what happened the last time Bob ran the Hemi Under Glass down the track! With Jay Leno riding along, things took an unexpected turn for the worse and to quote R&T Online, “Jay Leno's "Hemi Under Glass" Wheelie Went About as Wrong as Possible”. Now that’s an understatement! The results can be seen here.  Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.


In addition to the cars, drag racing, the autocross, a huge swap and a manufacturers midway, Phil and his team also host full on rock concerts at the Official Host Hotel, The Cannery Hotel & Casino. Saturday night the featured band is Bostyx, with Led Zepagain playing Friday. Nothing but fun, all weekend long, and I can’t wait. For full information, check out www.matslv.com/. Registration is open now, and we highly recommend this event, whether you bring your car or not. Hope to see you there!
 




Registration for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is now open for cars and automotive (only) vendors. To submit your application for your car, click here. For vendors, same space pre-registrations are held until 4-15, at which time all remaining spaces are sold on a first paid basis. To sign up now for vendor space, click here.


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the finest and rarest Corvettes. We will fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from the Chicago O’Hare Airport. The show will take place Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 19, from 9 am – 5 pm. Please plan on joining us to see why Muscle Car Review magazine calls us “the center of the Muscle Car Universe”.




Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com