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

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Thursday, January 5, 2017


MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II convertible
MCACN 2017 50th Anniversary F-Body Invitational Participant
Owners; Brian and Samantha Styles, Florida


2016 was certainly a memorable year for many reasons. For the MCACN team, we enjoyed our best show to date, thanks to you. We set an all time record for attendance, and the overall quality and diversity of the vehicles on display was off the hook.

 1963 Studebaker # 9 Racer Owned by John Hora- Photo Credit :Tim Costello Images
1963 Studebaker Avanti #9 Racer Owned by John Hora- Photo Credit Tim Costello Images if you are a Mopar fan, perhaps the overall dollar value of the Mopars wasn’t as high as in 2015, but nobody can deny the fact that the Mopars that were in attendance were incredible. Multiple wing cars, Hemi’s, 440+6’s, 383’s, 340’s and even prime A and C-bodies took the spotlight. And have you ever seen as many factory sunroof equipped Mopars in one place?

Lance Miller and Kelly Molnar - Photo Credit -Tim Costello Images

General Motors fans saw the “hot ones” including the one and only red on red ‘69 ZL1 Camaro, several LS6’s including John Hills red on red LS6 Chevelle convertible that was unveiled Saturday morning, and speaking of Official Unveilings, how about the “lost” Trans Am Convertible and the 1 of 8 Ram Air II ‘68 Firebird convertible, (a car that is as rare as the Trans Am convert), that Rick Mahoney pulled the covers off of; can it get any better?

Bobby Unser with Pikes Peak Race Car- Photo Credit Tim Costello Images

Well...Ford fans would say YES! Our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational raised the bar with some of the absolute rarest creations that ever left Shelby American headquarters. Several prototypes, a row of Cobra’s and several firsts and lasts were lined up, and the incredible GT40 Roadster Prototype and special guest Chuck Cantwell certainly set the tone. And then we had the incredible display of Boss 351’s and the Torino’s, Fairlanes and Cyclones. Hopefully you had a chance to meet Bobby Unser and check out his Pike Peak record setting Boss 429 powered Torino from The Brothers Collection! What a great car and what a gentleman. We also launched our Shelby and Mustang Pinnacle Award and judging program, assuring that the best of the best from the Shelby and Mustang world will continue to join us in the future. And what about those Studebakers? Yes, our friends from South Bend stepped up, once again proving that you never know what you will see at MCACN. And that is just a small sampling of what we did for our 2016 show.

The national media again joined us in full force from across the country and even outside of our country, and the online features are plentiful. (check out facebook and youtube; search mcacn). And be sure to watch your newsstands, as full features will be hitting the stands real soon, and you just might find your own car in there!

Mecum Auctions
Mecum Kissimmee 2017

So before we announce what we have in store for you this year, let’s talk about the kick-off to the collector car season. Everyone knows that January is all about the auctions and there sure are plenty of them. This week the action kicks into high gear with the huge Mecum Kissimmee, Florida auction.

Mecum in Kissimmee

“Where the Cars Are” is the theme, and if its Muscle you want, you don’t want to miss this one. With well over 3,000(!) lots being offered over nine days, if you can’t find it here, you aren’t looking hard enough. Of course, you’ll see some past MCACN cars crossing the block, including prime cars from long time MCACN supporter/participant Tom Lembeck. Remember the Spring Green 426 Hemi Daytona or the Black/Blue interior 440+6 ‘70 ‘cuda convertible? And speaking of MCACN participant/supporters, our good friend Gary Runyon is offering prime muscle cars, drag cars and even some trucks from his truly best of the best collection. Tim and Pam Wellborn were so pleased with what Dana Mecum did for them a few years ago, (remember those record setting sales?) that they decided to offer up some prime muscle from their always changing collection again. And if you are a Drag Race enthusiast, Don Fezell is offering what may be the finest collection of fully documented and incredibly historical drag cars, along with prime muscle, again, as seen at MCACN. And what may be the best collection of ultra rare parts ever to cross an auction block is on deck. Yes, those are bold statements, but have you ever seen N.O.S. Z-11 parts? Covering G.M. Ford and Mopar, Don is offering complete engines, incredibly rare parts and sheet metal and much more. What is being offered is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

2017 Mecum Kissimmee Road Art

This is just a small sampling of what the Mecum team have lined up. Nine full days of auction action kick off Friday, January 6, at 8 am and will continue to Saturday, January 15. And don’t forget, if you aren’t able to head to Florida in person, you can bid online or watch the action in real time by registering through the cool Mecum Infonet system. If you haven’t done this yet, do it now as it is free to register and it really keeps you in the loop. And of course, NBC Sports is covering many hours of the auction. To see the full television schedule, click here.  To view the full lineup of cars, motorcycles, road art and more, click here

We are honored to have Mecum Auctions as our Official Title Sponsor and wish Dana and his team the best of luck, not only this month, but throughout the year. I have no doubt that we will see records set and plenty of happy buyers and sellers this year, as our hobby is clearly geared up for plenty of fun and excitement. It is a great time to be a part of this and to quote my friend Lance Miller, Life is Good!

2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

In the coming weeks we will be announcing our 2017 Invitational and Special displays. Several have been in the works for many years and will allow us to continue to produce a show unlike any other. Registration is now open and as always, we are looking for the best of the best, the rarest of the rare and of course, cars with interesting history, especially those that are rarely, if ever, shown. If you have a car that you would like to show with us, please e-mail me at If you have an idea for a display or would like to help us coordinate something special, please let me know. Your thoughts, feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.

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 host over 500 of the best of the best of the best, filling nearly 400,000 square feet of the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago) Illinois. As always, our show will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving, which is November 18-19, 2017. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


Thanks for a great year and your continued support,
and Best Wishes to you and your family for a truly outstanding New Year.
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Two Ends of the Corvette Spectrum at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals THIS WEEKEND!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1958 Nickey “Purple People Eater” Corvette
2016 MCACN Feature Car
Offered For Sale


With the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show just days away, I am often asked about cars that may be offered for sale at our show. Well, today I’d like to tell you about two Corvettes that are available. These two could not be further apart. The first is one of the most significant C1 Corvette race cars in existence with direct Chicago ties. The Purple People Eater, as raced by Nickey Chevrolet will be right up front in one of our “hot spots”. This is the actual car as raced back in the day. Chip Miller found this car for sale at the inaugural Corvettes at Carlisle event, and owned it for years before realizing exactly what he had. After an extensive restoration to near perfection, it is now like a step back in time. Make a point of checking it out and reading the history; there is not another like it, and YES...this car is being offered for sale at our show!


The second is something you normally wouldn’t see at the MCACN show. This 1987 Corvette was recently found by our good friend Jeff Filz languishing in a western Michigan garage. Well, actually it was about half in the garage, and half hanging out of it! Jeff struck a deal and loaded this beast on his trailer. Not knowing exactly what to do with it, he came up with an idea that is really cool. This car will be on display in our Barn Finds & Hidden Gems area, exactly as he found it. So here’s where things get really interesting; Jeff is going to offer this car for sale in “Silent Auction” style, with a minimum bid of just $2,500.00. If bidding exceeds just $3,000.00(!) all money above 3k will be donated to Honor Flight Network.

Honor Flight Network

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans from WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Preference is given to those who may be terminally ill.

Jeff had this to say; “My father participated in this a few years ago. Witnessing the reception these veterans received at the airport when they arrived home was one of the most touching experiences of my life.” Jeff never forgot this and with Veterans Day just past, what a great way to again honor our Veterans. Someone is going to go home with a Corvette! Hats off to Jeff and his family for allowing us to be a part of this. Another example that shows that the MCACN show is really about a whole lot more then just the cars!

Stasek Chevrolet Line Up

 Of course, there will be other cars offered for sale in the VIP Car Corral, the regular Car Corral, a great bunch of Mopars from South Oak Dodge and a fine group of outstanding Corvettes from our Presenting Sponsor, Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Show hours are Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm. Please plan on joining us to see well over 500 of the finest examples of American Muscle and the best of the best Corvettes, joining us from all across the country and Canada, and even some ‘67 GTO owners joining us from North Pole, Alaska! Tickets are available at the door or you can get Pre-Sale discount tickets at our area outlets and online by clicking here.  Remember; Discount ticket sales end Friday!!

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 in the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago O’Hare airport.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Hope to see you this weekend!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Encouraging the Next Generation--RediRad Steps up with a NEW Award!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1969.5 Dodge Super Bee 440-6
2016 MCACN Mopar Alley Participant
Owner; Jeff & Brent Kultgen, Wisconsin

 Encouraging the Next Generation, 
RediRad Steps up With NEW Award
  Titan Lifts- The Official Lift Company of MCACN
Titan Lifts

We are truly committed to keeping this great hobby going and encouraging those who may be younger than most of us to join us, whether as a participant or a spectator. Earlier we introduced the Titan Lifts program, which invites everyone 21 years of age and under to join us at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show for FREE, and to add even more incentive, those 21 and under that join us also get a chance to win a 4-post Titan Lift, ($2,500.00 value). that’s stepping up!


Today we are pleased to announce our good friend Matthew Planning also wants to help us encourage the younger folks. Unfamiliar with RediRad? In short, think of RediRad
as a way to seamlessly enjoy your choice of music from any smart phone, i-device, MP-3 or portable CD player to WITHOUT dash-hacking, wire-cutting or radio-gutting. Imagine adding an auxiliary input capability to the factory radio in your vintage vehicle or daily driver for under a hundred dollars!

Redi Rad Product

The RediRad is fast becoming the proper choice among car collectors who want to listen to more than broadcast radio but also demand originality and preservation of their Freedom Machines' dashboards. Of course, Matthew will have his display at MCACN showcasing his products, located in the “big” room in front of the Barn Find/Hidden Gems area.

So Matthew decided to create and present a very special award specifically for one of our participants that is 21 or under. This award will be personally presented by Matthew on Saturday Nov 19 to a participant that not only has a great car, but also exemplifies the spirit of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show and our hobby. This year we have more younger participants than ever, and we want to do everything within our power to make sure this trend continues.

Hagerty Insurance

This fine award, combined with the new Titan Lifts program and of course our Shining Star awards, Sponsored by ProArc for participants under 25 years of age, and the Hagerty Youth Judging Program,  certainly help us in our quest to bring and keep more younger people in this hobby, assuring the future for the MCACN show and all of us with the true passion for horsepower that we all enjoy, for many years to come.

PROARC Electrial Contracting

Shining Star Award Recipient 2014

Special Thanks go out to RediRad/Matthew Planning, the Titan Lift Company, Hagerty Insurance and Dominic and Stacy of ProArc!

The 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 again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space in the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from the Chicago O’Hare Airport with well over 500 examples of overpowered American Muscle along with over 200 automotive (only) vendor spots.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Hope to see you at the show!!!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

We Welcome Chuck Cantwell, Father of the GT350 to MCACN!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1967 Shelby GT-500; The Prison Car
2016 Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational
Owner; Lowell Otter, Michigan

Many call Chuck Cantwell “The Father of the GT350” but that is just the tip of the iceberg. You see, in addition to being the guy that truly deserves that title, he is also a whole lot more. In addition to being a project engineer for the GT350 program, he was also the driving force behind the design and production of the street and track-attacking R model. He also spent some time as a GT350R test driver and is an avid SCCA racer. “That became the fun part of my job,” he said in a recent interview with Automobile magazine, which you can read here. In addition, he explained “The object of the GT350 program was to beat the Corvettes in SCCA racing. So we had to first get a car the SCCA would accept as a sports car.” And that is exactly what they did. We are truly honored to have Mr. Cantwell joining us for our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational display both Saturday and Sunday.
So in addition to hosting the very first 427 Cobra, early GT350’s and what many consider the best GT350R, one of the four 1966 GT350 convertibles, the one and only surviving unrestored original GT40 Roadster Prototype, a Fuel Injected 1969 Shelby GT350, and the one and only 1967 GT-500 convertible, you’ll be able to see a full row on the right of Cobra’s and GT40’s along with the row of GT350’s and GT-500’s on the left. Many of these are one-offs and several are prototypes. And we have the first 1969 GT-500 convertible that will be unveiled after an extensive and research filled restoration along with an amazing collection of one-off and unique parts and some very special guests. And that’s also just the tip of the iceberg. Oh yeah...another neat thing; see that GT-500 shown above? The owner of this car, commonly referred to as “The Prison Car” in Shelby circles, tells us that it is yet another car that Mr. Cantwell spent some time in that you will see. Mr. Cantwell will be in our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational display, appearing both Saturday and Sunday.
LIVE MUSIC AT MCACN! We love music and we love keeping the show fun and interesting. This year we have live music both Saturday and Sunday. Boys and Toys Band
SATURDAY; Boys and Toys will bring their high energy show to us Saturday kicking off at 6:15 pm for several sets. They have an awesome blend of tunes that span several decades and they know how to put on a fun show. After walking the aisles of great cars, please plan on taking a break and watching these guys in the Awards/Ballroom area. Don’t be surprised if you get the urge to do a little dancing! Carmel Liburdi Musician
SUNDAY; You know we like to keep things interesting, unexpected and fun, right? On Sunday before our awards presentation, we will host a lovely young lady from the Detroit area. I have been following Carmel Liburdi for several years now. She is a truly outstanding singer/songwriter with what some may call a “quirky” style. She is an awesome performer, lots of fun and I can assure you that you have never seen or heard anyone like her. Carmel has produced several cool CD’s and she will be performing at 2:30 pm Sunday, right before our awards presentation on our Awards/Seminar stage. Everyone is welcome! To see a preview of Carmels work, click here.
SOLD OUT...AS IN FULL! Yes...all area’s of the show are now completely full, (sold-out) with the possible exception of the standard Car For Sale area, which may have a few remaining spots. We have standby lists for cars and automotive vendors, but to be honest, we don’t usually get very many cancellations. This may be our best show to date, so please plan on joining us and wear comfortable shoes. I also highly recommend coming both days, as there is a a whole lot to see!
Titan Lifts- The Official Lift Company of MCACN
UNDER 21 AND WANT TO GET IN FREE...AND MAYBE WIN A 4-POST LIFT? We want everyone to join us, but thanks to our Official Lift Company, Titan Lifts, we have a very special offer for anyone 21 or younger that joins us this year. First, you’ll get into the show FREE (must have proof of age) and we’ll also give you an entry to win a FREE Titan 4-post lift! Click here to read all about how. Of course Kids 12 and under always get in FREE with an Adult, and they get an entry for the lift too! This is all about planting the seed to keep this great hobby going.*
The countdown is on and we are geared up and ready. The 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 again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space in the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from the Chicago O’Hare Airport with well over 500 examples of overpowered American Muscle along with over 200 automotive (only) vendor spots.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Hope to see you at the show!!!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Even More Reasons to Attend the MCACN Show

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1968 Hurst/Olds
2016 MCACN Pure Stock Muscle Car Display Participant
Owner; Charles Lingenfelter, North Carolina

Free Seminars and Presentations and So Much More!
If you have been to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, you know there are many reasons to attend and lots to see. Well, if you haven’t been to the show and may be on the fence, let me tell you about some other things we have going on, in addition to the 500+ cars, the many automotive only vendors and great things to do for the kids to convince you.
FREE Seminars and Presentations; The MCACN show has clearly established itself as the place for anyone who has true passion for massively overpowered examples of American Muscle and the finest and rarest Corvettes. With that being said, we have asked a few of our good friends to share some of their knowledge at our show. We have expanded our Free Seminar series this year with several new guests, along with some that are joining us again, due to popular demand.
Bruce Shaw, Esquire; Bruce is known nationwide for his expertise in legal matters pertaining to collectible cars. He will present a Collector Car Fraud Seminar. This covers unlawful and “gray area” transactions regarding sales and purchases of collector cars to the unwary. Subject areas include internet and auction problems, engine re-stamping, numbers matching, and fraudulent advertising. Do not miss this opportunity to be well informed! Saturday at 1:00.
Brian Styles along with several special guests; Why Only One? Did you see the Unveiling of The one and only 1967 Shelby GT500 convertible at our show back in 2011? Well, after the show, owners Samantha and Brian Styles continued their quest to fill in the blanks. "Why was only one built?" That question has been asked hundreds of times over the last three decades -- ever since the 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 Convertible was first discovered in the late 1970s by Jamie Ventrella. It was only in the last 18 months, that the question was finally put to rest -- not by further scrutiny of the car, but rather by stepping back and taking a closer look at the company that built the car. What's been discovered will surprise everyone that follows the hobby -- spoiler alert: the car was never a "prototype." Saturday at 2:00.
------------------------------------------------------------------ Jim Mattison
Jim Mattison; Jim has an entirely new seminar this year titled The Chevrolet COPO Program; Behind the Scenes. Many of you think of Jim as being the Pontiac guy, as owner of Pontiac Historical Services. Did you know he also spent years working with the Chevy COPO program? Here is your chance to learn from the source! Saturday at 3:00 and Sunday at Noon.
Rusty “Tires” Small; Inside look at collector car tires. If you know me, you know how much I despise Radial T/A’s on 60’s and early 70’s Muscle Cars. Sure...they are great tires for driving, but your E-Body Mopar, Boss 429 or Corvette L/88 should be on the proper Bias Ply tires. Learn all about what is available now in reproduction tires that will provide the proper look without sacrificing safety. You will also learn about dating vintage tires and how to see if those vintage tires that look good could be a real safety hazard. Saturday at 4:00.
Jim Luikens; An Inside Look at the 60’s/70’s Supercar Dealers. As Performance Manager of Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jim was smack-dab in the middle of all of the action. Remember those cool magazine ads with the dashing young man in the Chevy jacket? Jim is that guy and he was one of the first to offer a full line of factory and aftermarket performance goodies right over the counter at a major dealership. As one of the most successful purveyors of High Performance, Jim will step back to those glory days with some great stories and insight...again, right from the source! Saturday at Noon and Sunday at 11:00.
Bobby Unser; Pikes Peak and Beyond; Legendary racer and Motorsports Hall of Famer and all around Ambassador of our hobby, Bobby Unser joins us Sunday (only) along with his 1969 Boss 429 powered Torino. Bobby has set countless records, not only at Pikes Peak but also in all kinds of racing. Hear what it was like to smash the record books, with a money is no object budget that assured that records would be made. There is a reason they call Pikes Peak “Unsers Peak” so plan on joining us for this up close and personal presentation, hosted by Kevin Oeste of V8TV and Presented by The Brothers Collection. Sunday at 1:00.
 Courtney Hansen
Celebrity Appearances; And don’t forget we have an outstanding lineup of special guests this year. Courtney Hansen of Overhaulin’ and Power Block TV fame, Lovely Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”, Chuck Cantwell (Mr. GT350) and Charles Handler and Trey Hansen of the new History Channel TV Show Big Easy Motors will be with us Saturday and Sunday. And of course, our Official EmCee and Head Cheese of Tomfoolery Dennis Pittsenbarger will be on hand, making sure we have fun all weekend long. And as mentioned above, we are truly honored to host Bobby Unser Sunday, who will be signing autographs and sharing stories alongside the incredible unrestored original 1969 Pikes Peak Torino.
  Boys and Toys Band
LIVE MUSIC FROM BOYS AND TOYS, We are pleased to announce live music at MCACN, Saturday night kicking off at 6:15 pm. Powerful and Captivating and just plain old fun, Boys and Toys provides a diverse mix of Rock music and a dynamic stage performance. Please plan on joining us Saturday in the Ballroom/Awards stage area. Might be some special guests joining the guys on stage!
SOLD OUT! All area’s of the show are now sold out/full except for the standard Car Corral/For Sale area, which is down to the last five spots. We have a rather extensive “stand-by” list for cars and vendors in case of cancellations. If you would like to be added to our standby list, send pictures and information on your car to Do not call us, as our phone lines are already jammed and we will not add anyone to the list without clear pics and a good description of your car. Remember, we do not accept non automotive related vendors, so if you are a travel service or sell anything non automotive, please don’t bother asking!
Sell Your Car at MCACN; As mentioned above, we have just a few more open spots in our standard Car For Sale area at the back of the “big” room. The fee is just $100.00 with no additional fees. We move these cars in Saturday morning right before the show opens. Must be nice collector or specialty vehicles and absolutely no beaters allowed. To lock in your spot bow, click here;
MCACN Official Host Hotels; We have availability at great MCACN special rates with extra perks for our participants and our spectators at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare, ($108.00) the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, ($119.00)  and the cool aLoft, ($127.00). The DoubleTree and the Embassy are sold out.
To book your rooms now, click here
Please see our website for exact appearance and seminar times and full show information. The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the worlds largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the best Corvettes. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Thanks and let the countdown continue!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member