Presenting Sponsor

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

Title Sponsor

 

Official MCACN Transporter

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
 

WANT TO BECOME A CORVETTE OWNER THIS WEEKEND? Carlisle Events

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!

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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!

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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
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

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). Whew..now that’s stepping up!


RediscoverRadio

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
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

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
 

  
SHELBY LEGEND CHUCK CANTWELL TO APPEAR AT MCACN! Chuck Cantwell
 
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
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
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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.
 
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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.
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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 bashton426@gmail.com. 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
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hitting the Road One Last Time- Morris Show and Swap

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
2016 Corvette Central Triple Diamond Contender
Owner; Gene & Linda Castrovillo, Pennsylvania
 

 
Hitting the Road One More Time; Morris Lions Show and Swap Sunday
 
Although we certainly have plenty to do here at the MCACN headquarters, we never miss the huge Morris Lions Club Fall show and swap, Sunday, October 30 in Morris, Illinois. It is a few weeks later this year, but the weather is looking good. Last year we are told the show had nearly 1,000 cars and there were row after row of vendors in the swap area. Well...that’s where we’ll be, spreading the word about the upcoming Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, November 19-20. We have two spots in the swap area, Row H, #20-21, so look for the MCACN banners on our EZ-Ups. We will be handing out our brand new MCACN 80 page magazine, filled with features on this years show, and also offering Discount Pre-Sale tickets for $25.00, a $5.00 savings from the at the door price. And don’t forget...kids 12 and under always get in FREE with an Adult. Also, if you are 21 or under, ask us how YOU can get into the show for FREE and possibly win a brand spankin’ new Titan 4-post lift. For information on the Morris Lions show and swap, click here.
 
We are thrilled to say the show is now full in all area’s except for the Car For Sale area, and we have an entirely new show lined up for you. Whether you like Fords, Chevy’s, Mercury’s, Mopars, AMC’s, Oldsmobiles, Buick’s, Pontiacs or even Studebakers and Cadillacs, we have the bases covered. Again we have well over 500 cars signed up and a minimum amount of repeat cars. Yes...you will be seeing a very fresh show indeed. The amount of cars entered this year that have never been shown anywhere near the Chicago area or are being shown for the very first time is truly astounding. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to each and every one of you that have made the commitment to show your cars. Prepare to be blown away...
 
I am also pleased to announce that we have more vendors this year than ever before. Of course, this is not a swap meet, but expect to find national and local vendors offering the best products and services available, along with the “whose who” of the very finest restoration businesses. Remember, we allow only automotive related vendors and absolutely no headset hawkers, travel agencies or yahoos selling pots and pans and sharp knives!
Sell Your Car at MCACN; We have just a few more openings in our VIP Car Corral and our regular Car For Sale area’s. If you have a prime Muscle Car or Corvette and want to put it in front of plenty of well qualified buyers at a minimum price, please consider joining us. VIP Car Corral is in the center hall, stanchioned with larger display spots, and we have a staff member stationed with the cars during all open show hours. Price per car is $250.00 (just two left). Our standard Car Corral area is at the back of the “big room” with cars parked nose to tail, parking lot style. We move the standard Car Corral cars in Saturday morning and spots are just $100.00 each. No additional fees are accessed, making this an awesome opportunity to sell your collectible car at a truly affordable rate. (Nice cars only, no projects or heaps)
 
PreSale Tickets Available Now; As mentioned above, I’ll have discount pre-sale tickets with me at the Morris show and swap this Sunday. We also have these available online by clicking here, or at our Presale Ticket outlets including Nickey Performance in St. Charles, Bill Stasek Chevrolet in Wheeling, Tamraz Parts Warehouse in Plainfield, The State Farm Insurance office of Chris Bimbi in McHenry, Todd Wenzel Chevrolet in Hudsonville, Michigan and we are pleased to announce we have added South Oak Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Matteson as our newest outlet. Click here for addresses for these businesses.
 
We are now down to less than a month and we are pumped up and ready. As always, we ask that you help us spread the word and bring a friend, or better yet, bring a whole busload of friends for what is affectionately called “The Pebble Beach of Muscle Cars” and The Greatest Muscle Car show on the Planet. Yes...I’m bragging, since I am very proud of what we have created, thanks to the continued support and participation of YOU.
 
With Sincere Appreciation!
 
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 in the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm. Special guests this year include Courtney Hansen, Linda Vaughn and Charles Handler and Trey Hansen of the new History Channel TV show Big Easy Motors, who are all appearing Saturday and Sunday and very special guest Racing Legend Bobby Unser who will be joining us on Sunday.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com