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

Title Sponsor

 

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Monday, May 16, 2016

HEADING TO DANA MECUM'S 29TH ORIGINAL SPRING CLASSIC- INDY!

 
1971 GTO 455 HO
Class of ‘71 Invitational Participant
Owners; Dan & Julie McGuire
 

 HEADING TO DANA MECUM'S 29th ORIGINAL SPRING CLASSIC
Dana Mecum's 29th Original Spring Classic- Indy
 
 
January may be known as the big month for car auctions, but for those of us into Muscle, Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic is always a must do event. Whether you are buying or selling, with 2,000 vehicles crossing the block between May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, this is the place to be. Mecum Auctions is the leader and we are proud to have them on board as or Official Title Sponsor. Who could forget the incredible display the Mecum Auctions team had at our 2015 show? Several Hemi and 6-pack B and E-body Mopar convertibles, a ‘69 Trans Am convertible, a Superbird with under 1,000 miles along with several COPO’s, Yenko’s and Boss Mustangs were among the featured cars, and Dana and his team have since sold nearly every one of them. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year, when we return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, November 19-20! Yes indeed, they know how to get results so if you’re in the market, you really need to talk to the Mecum Auctions team. Dana Mecum's 29th Original Spring Classic-- Indy
 
The MCACN crew will be onsite at the auction with a display to talk about our show. We have some great things happening, so please make a point of stopping by, or stopping me if I happen to be running by! We will be accepting applications for cars, muscle bicycles and automotive related vendors. If you are considering joining us, don’t hesitate, as we are filling all area’s of our show faster than ever, and it certainly is not too soon. And remember, if you aren’t able to see us in Indy, you can submit your application online through our website right now. Enter soon because prices increase on June 1, 2016.
  SPECIAL DISPLAYS; Our Invitational and Special displays are filling fast and the cars that will be in these displays are absolutely incredible. As always, we have many cars that are seldom (if ever) shown and many that are being shown for the very first time after extensive restorations. To see what special displays we have in store for you this year, click here. Take a look and if you have an outstanding example for one of these displays, please send pictures and information asap to bashton426@gmail.com for consideration. We strictly limit the amount of cars in these displays and we’re looking for the best of the best, the rarest of the rare and we especially love seeing vehicles that are “off the radar” or seldom shown. Of course, if you own a prime example of massively overpowered American Muscle that does not match one of these displays, we would still love to have you join us! With over 500 cars on the show floor, we are looking for all makes and models of real factory muscle, so please consider joining us this year.
Photo Credit: Tim Costello Images
 
MODERN MUSCLE; Last year we launched our all new Modern Muscle section. The response was outstanding, and we are pleased to host this special gathering again for 2016 with a whole new group of cars. With just 39 cars total from 1984 to present in this section, it will be one of the first area’s of the show to be sold out. We will feature three separate blocks, each holding 13 cars; one block for GM, one block for Mopars and one featuring Fords. We have already received some truly outstanding entries, so if you want to be a part of the MCACN show and be on the inside, click here to submit your entry now; This area is for tastefully modified examples or uncommon special editions, not for factory stock late models.
 
Hoping to see many of you in Indy, stop by and let’s talk MCACN.
 
NEXT WEEK; Announcing a Very Special Guest; think Indy 500...and Pikes Peak!
 
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. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm, filling nearly 400,000 square feet of the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions, Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Friday, May 6, 2016

Boss 351's To Be Featured At MCACN

 
1971 Boss 351 Mustang
MCACN Boss 351 Invitational Participant
Owner: Al Thomas, Wisconsin

GREAT YEAR FOR FORDS! BOSS 351 INVITATIONAL AT MCACN
 
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is about all brands of massively over-powered American Muscle and the finest Corvettes. Of course, each year certain brands tend to come to the forefront of our show. We announced a while back that we will be hosting a special Cars of Shelby Invitational display this year that will rival last years Hemi E-Body convertible display, (think Cobra’s, One-offs, GT40’s and the rarest Shelby’s!) featuring 26 of the absolute best Shelby American automobiles ever built. Shelby’s to the left and Cobra’s and GT40’s to the right!
 
Those won’t be the only Ford’s and Mercury’s you’ll see at MCACN this year. We will have several Official Unveilings for Ford Muscle, including what may be the rarest and most unexpected Mercury you’ll ever see, and something very special to go along with our “Class of ‘71” Anniversary display. Over the years we played host to an incredible Boss 429 display featuring all of the production colors, and of course last years Boss 302 Invitational display. These two were coordinated by Bob Perkins along with Rick Campbell and Jim Cunningham. This year Rick will be unveiling an incredible ‘69 Shelby G.T. 500, and Bob will be joining us with his own personal Boss 351, an absolutely incredible unrestored original with a mere 1,200 miles on the odometer!
Coordinated by Rick Ybarra, Jr., we will be hosting a gathering which will feature the finest Boss 351’s in the world. You will see unrestored originals (like Bob’s), original owner cars and with any luck, we will again showcase all of the available colors. To make things even better, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Ybarra recently completed an outstanding book dedicated to the Boss 351’s titled Boss 351, A Comprehensive Owners Guide and Story. I received my copy last week and let me just say it is hands down the most complete book ever written on these cars. With well over 200 pages in an easy to use spiral-bound format, Rick covers everything from drivetrains and options to VIN information, along with a variety of owner stories, Marti reports and full information on restoring your Boss 351. There are pages of pictures and even a chapter on the ultra rare 1972 R-Code Mustangs. I especially enjoy the variety of photos with VINS and registry information on known cars. This is an absolute must have for any Boss 351 enthusiast, and Rick will be selling and signing them at the show. We are thrilled to add this “feature within a feature” to our Class of ‘71 Invitational display. If you own or know of a real Boss 351, whether stock or modified, we would love to hear from you! bashton426@gmail.com

Dana Mecum's 29th Original Spring Classic- Indy
 
We are now preparing for Dana Mecums 29th Annual Spring Classic, May 17-21. We will have an onsite display, so please make a point of stopping by. I will be accepting applications for cars and automotive related vendors, or if you prefer, sign up now through our website, www.mcacn.com. We have an incredible amount of cool things locked in already and we are committed to “raising the bar” again this year. I would love to hear your thoughts and idea’s and I welcome all input.
 
The 8th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm. 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. Join us to see over 500 of the hottest massively overpowered examples of American Muscle, many rarely or ever shown to the public, along with the best automotive related only vendors and restorers.
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions, Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
 
We would like to say Happy Mothers
Day to all of the Mom’s out there.
How about taking Mom out for a cruise this weekend?
 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Sunday, May 1, 2016

First Lady of Motorsports, Linda Vaughn, Presented by CarTech Books!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1967 Camaro Indy Official Pace Car
Owned By Bruce Hoffberger, Maryland
2016 MCACN Entrant

CARTECH BOOKS  TO HOST LINDA VAUGHN AT THE MCACN SHOW!
 
When it comes to notable ladies in the World of Motorsports, Linda Vaughn will always be at the top of the list. Certainly one of the most loved and recognized people in our hobby, there is no denying that many of us had posters of Lovely Linda on the wall! With her big smile and extremely approachable demeanor, she has brought smiles to many generations of Race and Muscle Car enthusiasts for many years. The First Lady of Motorsports-Linda Vaughn
 
In late October, a brand new book titled The First Lady of Motorsports, Linda Vaughn will be released by CarTech Books. Now this book is special, because it is actually written by Linda along with Rob Kinnan. You know there are going to be some great stories, and the list of contributors is like the who’s who of Motorsports. It includes Don Garlits, Danica Patrick, George Follmer, Shirley Muldowney, Don Prudhomme, Mario Andretti and our good friend Courtney Hansen, to name just a few. (and YES...Courtney will be joining us at MCACN this year too!) First Lady of Motorsports-Linda Vaughn
 
We have had the honor of hosting Linda at MCACN several times since our inception. Remember when she climbed up onto the big platform on the back of The Brothers Collection 1969 Hurst/Olds convertible for the Official Unveiling? We are pleased to announce our friends at CarTech will be bringing her back to our show to give hugs and sign her new book. Linda will be in the Car Tech Books display in the “big” room, both Saturday and Sunday along with Rob Kinnan. And to make  things even better, they will also be bringing in additional authors, which we will talk about in the upcoming months. Thanks go out to Wes Eisenschenk and the entire CarTech Books crew for making this happen. Additional authors along with signing times will be announced soon and posted on our website, so stay tuned!


 
We will be attending Dana Mecum’s 29th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis May 17-21 with an onsite display to talk about MCACN. Dana tells us they have just a few more openings for consignments, so if you have a prime example of American Muscle you are considering selling, call their offices now to lock in your spot. And of course, if you are in the market to buy, the Spring Classic is the place to be. Commission rates start as low as 5% with different positions available for all budgets and all types of vehicles. Call (262) 275-5050 to speak with a consignment agent today. I know that among the nearly 2,000 offerings, one of our MCACN Members will be offering three of the finest Buick Stage 1 convertibles ever to roll across an auction block, including two that were featured at MCACN!
Planning for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show has kicked into high gear. Car entries are coming in faster than ever, and once again, the quality of the entries will allow us to continue to “raise the bar” as I often say. We are already close to sold out of Commercial “A” (big room) space. Please don’t hesitate to submit your car entry or sign up for your automotive related only vendor space. We are always looking for the best of the best and the rarest of the rare, whether they fit into one of our special displays or not, so let’s hear about what you have. We are entering our 8th year now, and it gets better every year!
 
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to the finest examples of American Muscle and the best 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. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 20,
from 9 am – 5 pm. See over 500 prime cars, nearly 100 Muscle Bicycles and over 200 automotive related (only) vendor spots filling the building to capacity. We have negotiated great rates and special perks at FIVE area hotels, so click here to book your rooms now and be in the middle of all of the action.
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet
 
Hope to see you soon at the Mecum Spring Classic or one
of the other great events that are coming up!
 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fun with Muscle Bikes!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1970 Schwinn Orange Krate

2016 MCACN Muscle Bike Entrant


MUSCLE BIKES ARE FUN TOO!

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Those who know me know that I am a, well...out of control bicycle collector. Yes, it all started when I begged for a Schwinn Orange Krate, but my Dad thought the $85.95 price tag was a bit much. Of course, this was back in 1968. Alas, on my 8th birthday I did leave our local Schwinn dealer with a shiny blue Stingray Deluxe! Even though I added plenty of accessories, I still dreamed of that Orange Krate. And so, life goes on and when my son Ian started getting interested in bikes, I told him all about the cool Muscle Bikes of my era. And then it started. The hunt was on at every possible garage sale for the elusive Krate bike. Although we never found one, we did manage to find a variety of Stingrays. Then someone told us about the Ann Arbor, Michigan Bicycle show. Literally the biggest vintage bike show in the country, we were blown away! Hundreds of bikes, all kinds of parts and lots of people having fun. Just like a good car swap meet, but with rows of old bikes! Needless to say, we were hooked. That was in the early 90’s, so we were just a little bit ahead of bicycle mania. Since then, some might say we have accumulated far too many bikes. Yes...it is true that we now own every year Stingray, from 1963-1979, most of the Krates and now, a wide variety of off brand bikes. Simply put, we have a blast with these two wheeled treasures, and that is how the Muscle Bike “Show within a Show” Sponsored by Koolestuff started at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

 
Ann Arbor Bike Show 
 This week, we will return to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday the 24th for this annual event. Dubbed “The Biggest, the Oldest, The Best” I am here to tell you that is a very true statement. The show opens at 8 am and is one day only. Held at the Washtenaw Fairgrounds, it is an absolute must do for anyone interested in pretty much any kind of two-wheeled pedaled vehicle, and even mini-bikes. For full information along with directions, go to www.ann-arbor-bicycleshow.com

Muscle Bikes at MCACN
With that being said, we are already gearing up for our own Muscle Bike gathering at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Last year (see above photo!) we had over 80 bikes on display and several mini-bikes. This year you will again see a variety of Schwinn Sting-Rays, Fastbacks and Krates, Sears Spyders, Ross Apollos and Barracuda’s and all kinds of others. Since we launched this feature in 2012, it has grown substantially each year, and when Gary Wold of Koolestuff, one of the country’s premier sellers of Vintage Muscle Bikes and accessories joined us as our Official Sponsor, things went to another level. Thanks Gary! Be sure to make a point of checking out the MCACN Muscle Bike display and if you own one, please plan on showing it off with us. To enter your Muscle Bicycle into the MCACN “Show within a Show” click here;


So, this weekend we will be at the Ann Arbor Bike show to spread the word about MCACN and especially our fun Muscle Bike feature, with a display in Building D, right at the door on the show side. And if you are looking to buy a cool old vintage Muscle Bike for your own collection, we will have several original paint Krate bikes along with some other interesting bikes for sale. And of course, the Koolestuff crew will be there with some great bikes and lots of ultra rare accessories, also in Building D, right in the center. Gary is the master of finding the good, (or should I say Koole!) stuff, so c’mon out and see us.
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. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 20, from

9 am – 5 pm. To submit your application for your car, click here; To submit your application for vendor space, (automotive related only!) click here. Don't delay, prices for show car entries increase on June 1, 2016.

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

Happy Peddling and hope to see you this weekend!


 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

MORE Media Coverage Including an International Twist!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1971 Chevelle SS
Owned by Gary Lentz
2016 MCACN Participant

V8 PASSION, VETTE & PONCHO PERFECTION SPOTLIGHT MCACN
If you are a car guy like me, nothing can replace the good old print magazine. Sure...online coverage is cool and allows instant access, but being able to sit down in your favorite chair, (aka the “big chair” for me!) and spending some time unwinding with your favorite car magazine is something special. Call it nostalgia if you like, but being able to touch and feel the pages and read about stuff you may not have access to otherwise simply can not be duplicated online. And that is what we are here to talk about today. Here at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, we have been fortunate to receive unprecedented coverage in a wide variety of print magazines. Each year the coverage expands, and I have to say this is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Seeing so many of our participants receiving accolades for all the hard work and dedication to our hobby, and being able to re-live the show, if even for a few minutes is pretty cool.
Did you know our website has a designated area that has nearly 100 feature articles about the MCACN show? You can see the evolution and hopefully, see your own car or maybe the car of your dreams in the coverage that dates back to our inception in 2009. Indeed, we have hundreds of pages of show coverage in articles linked to our website! 
V8 PASSION; This one puts us into the international coverage world. V8 Passion comes out of Quebec and is published by our good friend Fabrice Monceaux. I met Fabrice and his awesome photographer Kiki Dubois in Toronto in the early days of MCACN. I was showing a gorgeous ‘69 Rally Green 427 COPO Camaro for Stefano Bimbi of Nickey Performance. Fabrice and Kiki allowed me to tell them all about what we were doing in Chicagoland, and they accepted my invitation to join us. Now, the V8 Passion team has been with us every year since, and they have done some truly outstanding coverage. This year photographer B. Lavigne captured the essence of the show with some great photos. To see this feature click here.  "27 Sur 42" -"Un titre qui sonne comme une note moyenne, mais il n’en est rien. Bien au contraire!” Thanks V8 Passion; you guys are the best! Click here to learn more about this outstanding magazine.
VETTE; This time our good friends Geoff Stunkard and Official MCACN EmCee Dennis Pittsenbarger covered the show for VETTE magazine. This cool feature is in the June issue and opens with an awesome shot of Dr. Pete Gimenez Corvette Legends Invitational display and the row of L/88’s that Kevin Mackay coordinated. Whew...what a lineup! Here’s a quote; “At the MCACN show, something you see as the cream of the crop at any other car show might just be mundane, but that’s what makes the MCACN so great. If you want to see the best of the best I can’t recommend this show enough.” Thanks Dennis and Geoff! Click here to see this feature
PONCHO PERFECTION; This one holds a special place in my heart for several reasons. First, because publisher Don Keefe and I go back many years, and especially because he launched his new venture right at our show. Don has been involved in the hobby for years with a special passion for Pontiacs. Saying Don is passionate about our hobby is truly an understatement, and he has done an outstanding job with this new venture. The magazine is online and in print, so get on board and sign up now so that you don’t miss anything. In the March issue, you’ll find page after page filled with great shots of many of the prime Pontiacs that were at the MCACN show. Another reason is that much of the coverage was captured by MCACN staffer/photographer Tim Costello. I introduced Tim to Don, and now he is working as one of Don’s staff photographers. Add that to his work at Mopar Collectors Guide and many other magazines, not to mention all the “special assignments” we give him, and Tim is making his mark! Click here to get your subscription.
 
This represents just a few of the many magazine features we have scored this year. Add that to the others dating back to 2009, and I have to say we must be one of the most covered muscle car events in the world! We truly appreciate the continued support from the many magazines, especially considering what a challenge it is to cover an indoor show.
To see many more features, click here.


Next week; we gear up to spread the word about our “Show within a Show” featuring Muscle Bicycles, at the huge Ann Arbor/Saline (Michigan) Bike show.
 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 away from the Chicago O’Hare Airport. You will see over 500 prime collector cars, nearly 100 Muscle Bicycles and the finest automotive related (only) vendors from across the country and around the corner.
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions.
Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
 
Thanks and hope to see you soon!

THANKS!
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com