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

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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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

David Snyder Introduces “It’s Fun”...Something Really Different!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
 
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-31
Owner; David Bunch, Florida
2017 MCACN Participant

David Snyder Introduces “It’s Fun”...Something Really Different!

I’m not sure if the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals “show within a show” featuring Muscle Bicycles, Sponsored by Koolestuff was the inspiration, but I do know that in addition to being a real car guy, long time MCACN Official Sponsor and supporter David Snyder is also a real bike guy! You see, back in the day, Dave spent some time working at his local Schwinn dealer in Ohio. Yes, he assembled a number of bikes that we all wish we owned. (OK...some of us do own them! lol). We have swapped stories about bikes for years, and I was thrilled to hear of his latest offering, “It’s Fun.”
 


Known for his depictions of times gone by, David's art portrays memories of growing up with cars (and now bikes!) from the '50's through the American Muscle era. He takes you down memory lane inviting you to "step right in" to his paintings and visit the past. The period architecture, signage, oil cans in the garage bay - no detail is too small-are all a part of his passion. Known for fidelity of detail he spends countless hours on research before beginning a painting.
 


The original painting for It’s Fun has already been sold, but the Limited Edition run of just 500 prints is available right now here. And of course, if not sold out, at the MCACN show in the David Snyder Art display. Each print is signed and numbered and measures 22” x 28”. Price is $100.00 plus shipping. I also understand that our Muscle Bike “Show within a Show” Official Sponsor, Gary Wold of Koolestuff will have these available at the upcoming Ann Arbor, Michigan Bicycle show, Sunday, April 30.  Of course, this is just one example of David’s fine work, and no matter what make or model you prefer, whether Muscle, Exotic or even Bicycles, he has the bases covered, so take some time to check out his website and of course, his display at our show.



Pictures Needed; As most of you know, when we create promotional materials for the MCACN show, we always use either cars that have been shown with us or cars that are officially registered with us this year. We never use generic pics from the web or anything that is not actually a part of our show. With that being said, it is amazing how many people that own great cars have lousy photos. Of course, I personally invite quite a few of the cars that join us, and I nearly always have my trusty Nikon with me, but sometimes we accept cars through our online application or a referral from someone we trust. If you have entered a car or bicycle and gave us subpar pictures, we cant let everyone know about it and we aren’t likely to use it in our ads, flyers, on our facebook page or most importantly, in our new 84 page full color magazine. So if you have already signed up, please send your best pictures to bashton426@gmail.com, even if you already sent us something. If you haven’t signed up yet, we are now accepting applications and have in fact already processed well over 100 entries from 19 different states and Saskatchewan!


Whether it fits in with one of our Special or Invitational displays or not, if it is a prime example of massively overpowered American Muscle or is a “best of the best” Corvette or even an unusual Barn Find with a great story, we hope you will consider joining us. Since we pride ourselves in presenting a fresh show every year with minimal repeats, we give priority to vehicles that are rarely, if ever shown. To submit your entry now, click here.
(Prices increase soon)


Vendor Renewals and New Vendors; We recently sent out the Returning Vendors Same Space renewal form.
 As always, we hold same spaces for returning vendors until 4-15. After that, all remaining spots are released on a first paid basis. For new vendors, you can submit your application now by clicking here. Remember, to be a vendor with us you must be automotive related. We are not interested and will not accept any travel agencies, headset hawkers, home improvement companies or other non car related businesses, so please don’t ask!
 

Next Week; Let’s talk about Vegas, Baby! Muscle Cars at the Strip takes place April 21-23, and they are now accepting applications here.  I’ll be 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. 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 will host over 500 of the best of the best along with 200 automotive related vendor spots filled to capacity. Muscle Car Review magazine recently called us “The center of the Muscle Car universe” so please plan on joining us, Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19.


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

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Thursday, March 9, 2017

National Print Media Gives MCACN VIII Rave Reviews

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1967 Chevrolet El Camino 396
2017 MCACN Class of ‘67 Invitational
Owner; Bill Wente, Ohio
 

National Print Media Gives MCACN VIII Rave Reviews


Of course, I love seeing all of the great coverage of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show online. It seems like every year, we see more and more, and that is really rewarding and humbling. Being a bit of an “old school” guy, another thing that puts a smile on my face is getting one of my favorite magazines in my mail box and seeing print coverage. Even better is hitting my local Barnes & Noble or Walmart and seeing a bunch of magazines with MCACN coverage! Last week I stopped by B&N and have to say I was a bit overwhelmed to find FIVE different magazines on the rack with full features. Even better is knowing there are more to come. With that being said, allow me to spotlight a few of them;
 


Muscle Car Review, March 2017.This one is almost a MCACN issue! On the cover is the incredible ‘70 Chevelle Pilot car that was shown with us, and on page 26 is David Beems LS6 Chevelle that was in our Vintage Certification area in 2015. There is a full feature on the outstanding ‘70 W-30 442 restored by MASCAR that stole the show, and when you flip to page 42, you’ll see “Great at 8” with some really cool pictures. Allow me to quote; “MCACN is the Center of the Muscle Car Universe.” Whew! Thanks go out to Arvid Svendsen and Drew Hardin, who are huge supporters and advocates of what we do.
 


Mopar Muscle, May 2017; What could be better than a full feature on the MCACN show? How about TWO of them in one issue! Geoff Stunkard knocked it out of the park with this one, with help from Dale Mathews. First up is a feature titled “22 Coolest Mopars from MCACN” with stories and pics of each and every one of them. Then, flip over to page 70 to read “Top Drop Tops” which spotlights all 27 of the Hemi E-Body convertibles we played host to in 2015. A definite must have issue!
 

Hemmings Muscle Machines, March 2017; Once again, we are truly honored to have a full feature in this awesome magazine. Titled “The Greatest Hits; There were no B sides at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals biggest show ever.” Barry Klucyk did a great job of explaining what we’re all about and Gary Gerstner added some truly outstanding photos to take it over the top. This feature has a whopping 29 different photos, so it does a great job of capturing some of the excitement that was in the air.



Performance Mopars Chrysler Power, April 2017; Our friend Roland Osborne has been dealing with some pretty heavy health issues, but he made sure we got some ink by sending out Scott Smith. This one takes a different approach with a feature titled “The verdict is in with the Mopar Judge at MCACN.” You see, Scott was a part of our Mopar judging team, so in addition to some great photos, he also gives a bit of an “inside peek” at what goes on behind the scenes. Neat stuff, Scott, and get better soon, Roland!
 


Poncho Perfection, February 2017; Hopefully by now you know our good friend Don Keefe launched a brand new Pontiac magazine last year titled Pontiac Perfection. He is doing a great job, and if you wondered if we had Pontiacs at the show, you have to see this issue! In addition to the feature story, you’ll find 30 beautiful photos of Pontiacs that were at our show. Don is a guy who “get’s it” and has been a huge supporter of what we do since our inception. Click Here to subscribe.
 


Mopar Collectors Guide, April 2017; Robert Wolf is another who “get’s it” and has been on board with us since the start. You’ll remember that before the show, MCG devoted an entire issue to cars that were preparing to show with us. Well in this issue, each and every car feature is something from our show. Several of these features were shot right onsite by Tim Costello, once again proving that if you want your car featured in a national magazine, MCACN is the place. We really appreciate the continued support, and we are already talking about what we are doing with MCG for the 2017 show. Thanks Rob Wolf and Tim Costello!


All of these features will be online on our website, along with well over 100 more full features dating back to 2009. We truly appreciate the continued support from the national media and look forward to many more years and many more features. Oh...and speaking of more features, look for the next TWO issues of Muscle Car Review for features on our Vintage Certification (April issue) and our Barn Finds and Hidden Gems, (May issue) another from our friends from north of the border at V8 Passion and also Bone Stock magazine, and Mustang coverage from Mustang Monthly. Please show your support by subscribing to these awesome magazines and letting them know we all appreciate the coverage. Congrats to all who received some well deserved attention.


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Super Cars 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. Applications are now being accepted for cars and automotive only vendors, and Official Host Hotels are now accepting reservations with some really great deals here;


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


Thanks and please remember to help us spread the word!


Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Friday, February 24, 2017

Official Host Hotels Gear Up for MCACN 2017!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1969 Plymouth 440 ‘cuda
2017 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Display
Owner; Norm VerHage, Michigan

OFFICIAL HOST HOTELS OFFER GREAT DEALS AND EXTRA PERKS!

If there is one thing I have learned from attending plenty of shows across the country, it is to make things as easy as possible for both the participants and the spectators. And knowing how expensive it is to attend shows and how much planning is needed, I make it a high priority to get the best possible deals at the most convenient hotels for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. Of course, with the amount of people that join us from out of state and even out of the country, the hotels are anxious to get in on the action. With that being said, today we are pleased to announce that we have again confirmed great deals for you, all with some extra perks at FOUR area hotels, and all within walking distance of our show.
 
DoubleTree O'Hare Hotel
DoubleTree O’Hare; Yep, this is the one that has become our official “Party Central” since our inception in 2009, and it is located right across the street. If you want to be smack dab in the middle of the action, this is the place to be. We have secured a MCACN special rate of just $127.00 per night, Double or King. You’ll also be able to join us for our Official Kick-off party Friday night and get daily parking at the attached garage behind the Embassy Suites for $13.00. Pool, hot tub and health center too! Two night minimum, prepaid 1st night. This is always the first one to sell out, so click here to book your rooms now.
 


Embassy Suites O'Hare Hotel
The Embassy Suites Hotel in Rosemont Illinois
Embassy Suites O’Hare; Right next door to the DoubleTree and also right across the street, this all suites hotel is the choice of many, especially families. Included is an excellent full breakfast with outstanding made to order omelets, my personal favorite. The special MCACN rate here is $145.00 for King Suites and $155.00 for the Dbl/Dbl Suites. Again, they offer a special daily parking rate of just $13 in their attached parking structure. This one also features a nice pool, hot tub and work out facilities. Two night minimum, prepaid 1st night. To book now, click here;

aLoft Chicago O’Hare
The aLoft Hotel in Rosemont Illinois

The aLoft; If you want something a little different with a very high-tech look and feel, this is the one! One of the newest hotels in the area, it is located a few blocks away and right across from the 130+ store outlet center. You can walk to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center or jump in their free shuttle that drops you off right at the lobby. Special MCACN rate of just $125.00 per night and they offer $10.00 daily parking with in and out privileges. Check out their Splash indoor pool, kids pool and re-charge gym. Book your room at the aLoft now by clicking here;

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Hyatt Regency Hotel O'Hare

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare; If you want to stay indoors all week, this one is connected to the convention center via the overhead walkways. In traditional Hyatt style, this super nice facility has everything you need including several restaurants and bars onsite. Our special MCACN rate is $124.00 for Dbl/Dbl or King and they offer a special daily parking rate of just $15.00. Book your room now at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare by clicking here;

CROWNE PLAZA - O'HARE
The Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosemont Illinois

Crowne Plaza O’Hare; Contract is pending, so stay tuned for details on this one!

Please note that we arrange these great deals for your convenience well in advance to make sure you get the best rates at the most convenient hotels. These hotels all sell out, and we recommend booking your rooms asap!

We are now accepting applications for cars and vendors and will be sending out same-space applications for our vendors within the next week.

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 with over 500 cars and 200+ all automotive vendor spots. The show will take place Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 19, from 9 am – 5 pm. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet
It is not too early to lock in your MCACN 2017 plans!

We truly appreciate your continued support and participation. Please plan on joining us and bring a friend and the whole family!

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com