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Friday, July 14, 2017

Long Hidden 426 Hemi Challenger RT/SE To Appear at MCACN

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1970 426 Hemi Challenger RT/SE
2017 Shaker Invitational Display Participant
Owners: The Qualls Family



Long Hidden 426 Hemi Challenger RT/SE To Appear at MCACN




Many of you know I have lived in the Detroit area all my life. Well, back in the late 70’s I was known to frequent the local street racing scene. I would often hear stories of a certain black on black Hemi Challenger that was owned by a Detroit Police officer. This car was known to be among the fastest street cars on Gratiot...one to avoid unless you were willing to be beat! Years would pass and the stories would continue about this elusive black Mopar that must have only come out at night...


Fast forward to a few years ago; a friend who happens to be an appraiser called me to ask for assistance with a certain Hemi Mopar he was about to check out. This car had been packed away in a Detroit garage for over 30 years ago. The owner, a Detroit motorcycle cop and decorated veteran who had the incredible foresight to order up what is likely a one-off car, had passed and his son inherited the family jewel. The car? a black on black 426 Hemi Challenger RT/SE! He described the elusive car exactly as I had been hearing; 426 Hemi, 4-speed and lots of options. Could this be the same car?


For reasons unknown, the car would again be elusive and when I asked my friend, he said he’d let me know when the owner was ready to have us look at it. Then a call came from another friend just a few months ago, who happens to be a long time Mopar aficionado that is one of those guys that is always coming up with great cars and really knows his stuff. When he told me about the car and mentioned that he had actually wrenched on it for the original owner back in the 70’s, I knew it had to be the car. And that led to my meeting with the family that are the caretakers of this incredible bit of Mopar Muscle Car history.
Mr. & Mrs. Qualls with Detroit Police Chief James Craig
Mr. & Mrs. Qualls with Detroit Police Chief James Craig



Last week I had the honor of being a part of the first public showing of this car. Darryl and Katie of Karrs Automotive played host to a really fun show held at Executive Towing headquarters in Detroit. This was the place where the car was shown for the very first time after the long term storage. So what is it? Well sit down for this! It is a totally unrestored original 1970 426 Hemi, 4-speed RT/SE Challenger with a mere 45,570 miles on the odometer. It may be the only black Hemi RT/SE with a Gator Grain top. The option list continues with the Super Track Pak with 4:10 gears, rim-blow wheel, remote racing mirrors, rallye dash, 15 x 7 steel wheels, a wide variety of trim options, the light package, rear defroster, center console, power steering and much more. Forgoing the wild colors of the era, this car is somewhat of a sleeper in stealthy black with a white bumblebee stripe. With all of these options, you may ask, why no Shaker hood? Well that is a whole other story...and we plan to tell it. Yes, the owner ordered this car with the N96 Shaker hood and no, it came in without it, and he was not happy. In fact, he was so mad he actually sued the Chrysler Corporation!


I am pleased to announce this car will be featured at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, November 18-19. You are going to find it in our Shaker Hood Invitational display, Sponsored by The Wellborn Muscle Car Museum. Why will it be in that display? Guess you need to join us, meet the owners and find out! Once again, this is reason alone to join us...and believe me when I say we have plenty of other reasons to make this years show another must do.


Special thanks go out to Greg and his family for allowing me to be a part of another chapter in Muscle Car history. Once again we show that it isn’t just about the cars, but most importantly about the people and the stories. Make a point of checking out this incredible machine at the show, meet Greg and his family along with Darryl and Katie and hear the whole story. The history and documentation for this car is truly incredible and Greg and his family will be showing it with us in honor of his Father. We would also like to thank Darryl and Katie for their hospitality and commitment to sharing the passion and the history, not only with this car but for our hobby.

This week we are heading to the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, July 14-16. This is an absolute must do event with a huge car show, car corral and swap meet, along with great food and a whole lot more. The Carlisle team do a truly outstanding job and they are gearing up to host several thousand Mopars of all generations. We are also excited about the Mopar Collectors Guide Hall of Fame celebration Saturday night. And as if that isn’t enough, this year the Carlisle team is adding the Hurst Nationals event. This is basically an additional show going on all weekend, and an actual stand alone event for all Hurst vehicles, including AMC’s, Oldsmobiles and anything else that has the Hurst touch. Expect to see more Hurst cars, new and old, than you have seen in a long time! For full information on these events, click here.
Hope to see you this weekend and remember to say THANKS to the Carlisle crew, as they are an Official Sponsor for the MCACN 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 the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois. The show will feature over 500 of the coolest examples of Detroit Muscle, many from private collections rarely if ever shown to the public along with a variety of the best automotive (only) related vendors and restorers. We are “The Center of the Muscle Car Universe” according to Muscle Car Review magazine! Please plan on joining us Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 19, from 9 am – 5 pm. Great rates are available now at our FIVE Official Host Hotels, all conveniently located and offering special rates and extra perks for our spectators and participants.

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


 
Looking forward to seeing you!


Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Corvette Heaven; Bloomington Gold This Week!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1967 Corvette 427 Roadster
Owner; Frank Karabetsos, Illinois
2017 MCACN Triple Diamond Contender
 

Bloomington Gold, the Granddaddy of Corvette Shows
 


There is no doubt that Bloomington Gold has truly earned the name “The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows” and we are excited to be a part of all of the action. The show kicks off Thursday, June 22 and culminates Saturday, June 24. Believe me when I say, you need to be there all three days to take it in. Along with the huge show, Corvette certification and Survivor judging, there is the Special Collection featuring the 1967 model year, a large swap meet and also indoor vendors, the Gold Tour, a variety of seminars, the Gold Mine car for sale area and even the opportunity to drive your own Corvette on the Indy track. Yes, the event takes place at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is reason enough to attend. Whether you are showing your Corvette, looking for parts or coming out to see what we are up to at MCACN, this is an absolute must do event for the whole family.
 
 
Here is what they say about this event; "Bloomington Gold Corvettes is the longest running all Corvette event in the country and is attended by well over 30,000 people each year. Bloomington Gold is recognized world wide among car owners for its prestigious judging process of Corvettes and the authentication a Bloomington Gold Certification brings to a Corvette. In addition to judging, Bloomington Gold offers attendees three days of fun filled events including fast laps, autocross, laps on the Iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and more!"
 
 
The 2017 Event will run June 22-24 and will once again be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bloomington Gold IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


We will have a nice display on the main aisle in Garage 22, (GG 22) so look for the MCACN banner above our garage. Of course, we will be accepting applications for our Corvette Central Triple Diamond display and competition and looking for prime examples for our Corvette Legends Invitational display, Sponsored by Dr. Pete Gimenez. And as always, I’ll be looking for outstanding Corvettes for other areas of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, whether you have a Barn Find/Hidden Gem or other prime Corvette. C’mon by our garage to apply, as we are filling faster than ever! We have a limited amount of vendor space available for automotive related vendors only, and will be signing up vendors as well.


At the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, we have had the opportunity to host some of the finest Corvettes in the country and again this year, you will see a whole new group of the absolute “best of the best.” We have some prime race cars, several one-offs and I can assure you, many that are rarely if ever shown in public. C’mon by and see what we’re up to for the 2017 show and let us know what you would like to 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 fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois. The show has been dubbed “The Pebble Beach of Muscle Cars” and we will host well over 500 cars along with 200+ all automotive vendor spaces. The show takes place Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 19, from 9 am – 5 pm. Please consider joining us and be sure to bring the whole family, as we have all kinds of stuff to do and see.

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

 
Looking forward to seeing you!

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oldsmobile Homecoming Returns to Lansing, 30th Annual EyesOn Design & Mecum Portland Auction This Weekend!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1970 Buick G.S.
2017 Barn Find & Hidden Gems Display
Owner; Kenneth Peare, New Jersey



This Weekend!
Oldsmobile Homecoming Returns to Lansing,
30th Annual EyesOn Design & Mecum Portland Auction




One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Oldsmobile Homecoming car show and swap meet in Lansing, Michigan. Always held the Saturday before Fathers Day, this is the world’s largest one-day all Oldsmobile car show. This year they are moving to a new larger facility that is super nice. The event will take place Saturday, June 17, from 9 am – 3 pm. The MCACN Crew will be set up in the swap area to spread the word about the upcoming Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, so c’mon by and see what we’re up to.




The show will take place at the Auto Owners Insurance Complex at 6101 Anacapri Blvd. in Lansing, Michigan. They are featuring the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 model year, so needless to say, we’ll be searching for some prime 67’s for our Class of ‘67 Invitational display, along with other years of prime Oldsmobile muscle. For the full scoop on this must do event, go to http://www.reolds.org/homecoming.htm
And speaking of Olds muscle, we will be hosting the Premier Unveilings of TWO this year. First, the 1971 442 W30 convertible that you saw last year in our Barn Find & Hidden Gems area will be shown by Jeff and JoHanna Stolowski, looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor. MCACN Official Sponsor Magnum Auto Restoration, Inc. has been hard at work on this car since right after last years show, and it is looking truly outstanding. Over in Colorado, Gary Riley and his team are working on the 1969 Hurst/Olds Prototype. You may have seen this car in various books and magazines over the years. It has a wild larger rear spoiler and a wide variety of one-off features inside and out.
         And YES...it is the real-deal with full history and documentation, and it is another prime example of American Muscle from The Brothers Collection that you will see unveiled Saturday morning, November 18.



Another notable event that takes place this weekend is the prestigious EyesOn Design show on Fathers Day, June 18. This event is much more than a car show, as they always have an exceptionally diversified group of cars along with vintage motorcycles and this year, a stellar group of tractors. Held on the grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, it is a perfect way to spend some quality time with Dad and the family on Fathers Day in a beautiful setting. For full information on this great event, go to www.eyesondesign.org.

Of course we can't forget the Mecum Portland Auction June 16-17 this year. Over 600 cars will be offered in the Portland Expo Center this week.  Portland is known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes. Don't miss the chance to see this beautiful city and the chance to see 600 awesome cars cross the block. All Buyers, Sellers and Spectators are welcome.




Well, it’s the time of year to get out there and enjoy the cars and more importantly, the great people of our hobby. Being Fathers Day weekend and being a Dad myself, (and Granddad!), I encourage everyone to make a point of spending some quality time with your family. And if you are also a Dad and/or Granddad, consider showing some younger folks how much fun we can have, sharing memories and making new memories with some car people. Why? because we’re the coolest ones out there and we know how to have a good time!


Looking forward to seeing you out 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 in the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. We work hard all year long to bring you the best and freshest show in the nation and look forward to having you join us whether you are showing a car, showcasing your automotive products or services or as an all important spectator. Plan on joining is Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.



Next week; we’re off to The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows, Bloomington Gold.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


 


Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SAAC 42 and MCACN Revving up for Shelby & Mustang Pinnacle Judging

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1967 Shelby GT 500 #1797 Owned by Colin Comer of Wisconsin in the MCACN 2017 Class of '67 Invitational
1967 Shelby GT 500 #1797
MCACN 2017 Class of ‘67 Invitational
Owner; Colin Comer, WI.


Shelby National Convention This Week in Indy!

Photo Credit : Tim Costello Images




Last year at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, we launched our new Mustang & Shelby Pinnacle competition and certification. Led by acknowledged Shelby and Mustang authorities Bob Perkins and Rick Campbell, this new program is for cars that have already achieved both MCA (Mustang Club of America) and SAAC (Shelby American Automobile Club) Gold certification. This is certainly no easy feat, meaning that these cars are the best of the best, and we want to give the dedicated owners of these cars another reason to share their history and show them. In 2016, we certified three prime cars; Rick Campbell’s incredible Grabber Blue Boss 429, an outstanding ‘68 Shelby GT500 shown by Colin Comer and Mike Baumans' show stopping Boss 302. These cars are truly among the finest in the country and it was a real pleasure seeing all three certified as our first Pinnacle Award winners. For 2017, we already have several prime candidates signed up and openings for a few more. Due to the amount of time it takes to properly judge these cars, entry is strictly limited. The cars will go on a lift and be inspected thoroughly inside, outside and underneath and nearly all numbers and date codes checked. If you own one of the finest and have earned MCA and SAAC Gold, please consider joining us.
Shelby American Automobile Club




This week I am heading to the SAAC 42 National meet, which will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is an outstanding place for the event, a true American Icon, and we can't wait to see row after row of Shelby Mustangs, Cobra’s, GT40’s and more. Here is what they say about the event;
 “SAAC has been holding a national convention every summer since 1976. These are not cookie-cutter events that use the same hotel and same race track every year. Each of our conventions is a little different and they rotate around the country. A typical convention, spread over three days and nights, includes a judged concours, a popular vote car show, open track driving, a parts swap, a vintage race, evening programs, a sit-down dinner and panels of guest speakers made up of former Shelby team drivers, engineers, designers, fabricators and race mechanics.”
Now that sounds like a great event!
The event takes place Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10.
To get the full scoop, click here. Hope to see you there!


 
SAAC 42


The 9th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the rarest and finest Corvettes. We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. We have been called “The Center of the Muscle Car Universe” by Muscle Car Review magazine, so please consider joining us, as a spectator or as a participant. The show will take place Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday, November 19, from 9 am – 5 pm. We are gearing up for another truly outstanding and fresh show.
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


 


Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CORVETTE HOMECOMING AND CHEVY INVITATIONAL & CARLISLE EVENTS FORD NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
Ronald Garabed, II, New Jersey
1966 Corvette 427 Roadster
2017 Triple Diamond Contender

CORVETTE HOMECOMING AND CHEVY INVITATIONAL
& CARLISLE EVENTS FORD NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND!
 


This year our good friends Joe and Vera Pruitt have some big changes in store for the Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational, which is happening this week, June 1-3. The biggest change is that it will now take place at the National Corvette Museum, which is right by the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Here is a summary from Joe as to what this show is all about; “As with any brand of car - you buy it, you take it to a show, you meet old friends and make new friends, and it turns out to be the people that brings you to most of your destinations. That is what I believe Homecoming is all about.”
 


If you have been looking for a reason to check out the Corvette plant, this will be your last chance for quite a while, as they are gearing up for big changes shortly after the show, and will be suspending tours. But the tours are just one part of the activities taking place at this show. A long list of activities are planned from Thursday-Saturday, including seminars, a swap meet, activities for the ladies, the manufacturers midway, a car for sale area, a Bar-B-Q and cruise-in, live music and of course, row after row of Corvettes and other Chevrolet products. Yep...in addition to the Corvettes of all years, Joe has expanded the show to include all Bow Tie vehicles, big and small. If you are looking for a nice show run by great people, this one is a must do. Great cars, awesome participants and show staff and all kinds of fun for the whole family; everything a great car show should be! We also recommend that you make a point of meeting our good friend Ken Lingenfelter, who is this years Grand Marshall. He is in good company, as past Grand Marshalls include Guy Larsen, CEO of Bloomington Gold, and Mid America Motorworks Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager!  For more information and the schedule of events, check out www.corvettehomecoming.com
 
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For our Ford fans, this week Carlisle Events is playing Host to the Carlisle Ford Nationals.
The entire family will enjoy the most thrilling all-Ford event in the world. Ford, Mercury and Lincoln fans will have a showcase of over 3,000 vehicles to check out on the National Parts Depot showfield. During this event, you will enjoy great indoor displays of concepts, customs and historically-significant cars and trucks; test drives by Ford Motor Company, a burnout competition, activities for the kids, industry guests, giveaways, autocross for all skill levels and club gatherings. The excitement continues with a shopping experience you won’t soon forget as part of the enormous swap meet, car corral and the Manufacturers Midway for the best in parts buying.
 

Jeff Stolowski 442 which will be freshly restored and unveiled at MCACN 2017


The summer show season is in full swing and our schedule has us traveling back to Indy twice, first for the Shelby American Automobile Club SAAC-42 National Convention June 8-10, then again for Bloomington Gold, “The Grand-daddy of Corvette Shows", June 22-24. And speaking of homecomings, we’ll be heading to the Oldsmobile Homecoming in Lansing, Michigan, June 17. This is where we watched Jeff Stolowski purchase and take delivery of more N.O.S. parts for his 1971 W-30 Olds 442 convertible than I have ever seen in one place last year. This car is being restored right now by MCACN Official Sponsor, Magnum Restorations, Inc. Featured last year in our Barn Finds & Hidden Gems display, and it will be Officially Unveiled Saturday, November 18 at our show.


And this is just the beginning. We hope you and your family get out there and enjoy the cars and the awesome people of our hobby. And don’t forget to tell your friends all about the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals! We are the world’s largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the rarest and most desirable 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. We have secured great deals with extra perks at our FIVE Official Host Hotels, and you can book your rooms now by clicking here;



Hope to see you at the shows!
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.

 

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com