Presenting Sponsor

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

Title Sponsor

 

Official MCACN Transporter

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

WELCOMING TROY ANGELLY RESTORATIONS TO THE MCACN SPONSOR FAMILY!

MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
 


Owned by Jim Keyes / Michigan*
1967 Coronet R/T
Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Display
 

WELCOMING TROY ANGELLY RESTORATIONS TO THE
MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS
 
Troy Angelly Restorations
Once again, we are pleased and honored to announce a new Official Sponsor for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. With sponsorship being key to our continued success and viability, it is with great pleasure we announce Troy Angelly and his crew from T/A Restorations has joined us as one of our newest Official Sponsors. You may remember the Sassy Grass Green factory sunroof equipped 1971 GTX owned by Jeff and Jacki Seawert that we had in our Color My World display, or perhaps the over-the top ‘78 Trans Am that may well be the finest example in existence, shown by Troy and owner Fred Harris. These are just two examples of the high quality automobiles that come out of the T/A Restorations shop.
 

Photo Credit: Tim Costello Images

Although Troy may be best known for the many Mopars he has restored, rest assured he is ready, willing and able to take on a wide variety of cars and services. We have seen some amazing vehicles over the years come out of his shop, and each has been a consistent show-stopper. Troy Angelly Restorations & Collision Center in Eldorado, Illinois is a family owned auto restoration service company. Right now, they have some exceptionally rare cars in the shop, so stay tuned for updates on what they will be showing this year at MCACN. I can assure you, even among all of the prime muscle you will see at our show, the cars from T/A Restorations will be stand-outs. Please make a point of meeting Troy and his crew at the show, and see what they can do for you.
 

NEW FEATURE DISPLAYS IN THE WORKS; The MCACN team is always looking for ways to keep the show fresh and exciting. Of course, the primary focus of the show will always be 60’s and 70’s factory original Muscle Cars and Corvettes, but as you know, we like to stir things up. We are in the process of working out the details on an all new Rocket Car display, that I promise will blow you away. Did you know that even to this day, the Rocket cars of the 70’s and 80’s are the fastest vehicles ever to run down a drag strip? Stay tuned for details on this in the coming months.
 
Jeff Schwartz MotoCross

Vintage Motocross Motorcycle Display; Many of you know Jeff Schwartz, owner of Schwartz Performance as he has shown various cars with us over the years. His company produces outstanding products and services that are known nationwide. What you may not
know is that Jeff is very passionate about 60’s and 70’s Motocross motorcycles,and owns one of the finest collections in the world. You see, when he isn’t working, he relaxes by meticulously restoring these bikes to as new condition. Now think about it; who among us hasn’t lusted for, or maybe even owned, a Yamaha YZ ora Honda Elsinore? What about those Pentons, Maicos and Can-Ams that we all wanted when we were younger? Well, Jeff will be bringing in a full circle of twelve or more, with some of the rarest and most sought after MX bikes of our youth ever shown. Once again, a true “show within a show” for your enjoyment.
 

Schwartz Collection

The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals will return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois. The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm, so please mark your calendars now and book your rooms. We will fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space with over 500 prime examples of massively overpowered American Muscle along with the finest and rarest Corvettes.
 


We are now accepting applications for cars by clicking here.  If you would like to join us with your Muscle Bicycle, click here.  If you are a quality automotive related (only!) vendor or service provider and would like to join us to showcase your products or services to the highest quality potential buyers, click here.

Although the weather here in the midwest has been somewhat disappointing lately, don’t let that diminish your excitement for our great hobby. Soon we will all be able to enjoy our cars, bicycles...and motorcycles!
 
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Spring is coming soon!
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Official Title Sponsor is Mecum Auctions, and ourPresenting Sponsor is Bill Stasek Chevrolet
Please make a point of doing businesswith all of our Official Sponsors, as they allow us to continue to produce the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and Corvettes.

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

*Photo Credit: Tim Costello Images

Sunday, April 3, 2016

MCACN Vintage Certification Gets Some National Coverage!



MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1967 Pontiac GTO
Owned by Terry Weiner, Illinois
2016 MCACN Participant
Windy City Goats Display

MCACN EXCLUSIVE VINTAGE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM THRIVES
 
There are many different aspects of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. We refer to some of them, like the Muscle Bicycles area, as a “show within a show” as they highlight a very specific segment of our hobby. One of the most popular and educational is our Vintage Certification area, Sponsored by Frank Badalsons American Performance, LLC.
 


The Vintage Certification area focuses on Preservation instead of Restoration. Led by MCACN Member Steve Shauger, a team of highly recognized marque authorities pore over every square inch inside, outside, and underneath of the subject vehicles. The program focuses on unrestored cars and provides status, recognition, provenance and appreciation for these rare vehicles. Our certification team provides each owner with a comprehensive listing of findings in a full detailed report. The ultimate goal is to uncover new information, share it with the participant and act as a repository for factory standards and processes. Each of the cars are inspected on the ground and then on a lift, supplied by the MCACN Official Lift Company, Titan Lifts. If you want to learn about how these cars really were built back in the day, this is the place!
 
Photo Credit Gary Gerstner


This year we will be expanding the display area for our Vintage Certification program. Moving Vintage Certification to the ballroom, previously used as our awards, seminar and band area, will allow greater access for our spectators. Although the cars are stanchioned, they will be placed in a way that will allow expanded viewing. You will also be able to better see exactly how our team inspects the vehicles, especially when they are up in the air on the Titan Lifts.


In the new issue of Muscle Car Review magazine, you will see an awesome full feature devoted to our Vintage program, and the 2015 participants. Editor Drew Hardin did a great job telling the stories of some of the cars and also shot some great pictures. As you can imagine, each and every one of these cars has amazing history! Check out the online version of the feature. As I always say, show your support for Muscle Car Review magazine by buying this issue, or better yet, subscribing! This is the third full feature in Muscle Car Review on the 2015 MCACN show this year, so if you were a participant, you may just find your own car in the coverage. Check out our media section on our website to see these features, along with over 100 other national features.
 
Photo Credit Gary Gerstner


If you are interested in having your unrestored car Vintage Certified, please send information about your car to Steve Shauger at vintagecert@optimum.net or call Steve at 613-514-9765. This area always sells out well in advance and slots are limited, so don’t hesitate!


HOST HOTELS; We have made very special arrangements with FIVE area Official Host Hotels for your convenience. Each is offering special perks and great rates for our MCACN participants and spectators and all five are conveniently located. Hotels are already reporting brisk early booking, (especially the DoubleTree O’Hare!) so click here for direct booking links.


CAR AND BICYCLE ENTRY; We are now accepting applications for cars and Muscle Bicycles. To submit your car entry, click here.  To enter your Muscle Bicycle, click here.


VENDOR ENTRY; We are now accepting applications for automotive (only) vendors. Spaces start as low as $200 per 10 x 12’ spot. We offer unprecedented access to highly qualified buyers that want the best of the best, so if you offer quality products or services and are the best in your field, please consider joining us. No “headset-hawkers” at this show! To submit your vendor application, 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 19, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


Next week...introducing another New Official Sponsor!


We truly appreciate your continued support.
Please remember to tell a friend to help us spread the word!
Bob Ashton

MCACN LLC

Managing Member