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

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Friday, September 1, 2017

MCACN Team Announces 2017 Featured Artist: Dan McCrary

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1968 Gibb 427 Chevy II Nova
Owner; Roland Paulsgrove, Illinois
2017 MCACN Participant

DAN McCRARY NAMED MCACN 2017 OFFICIAL FEATURED ARTIST
Dan McCrary Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals 2017 Featured Artist


Each year at the Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals show we choose a Featured Artist that exemplifies our hobby and what we are all about. We met Dan McCrary several years ago and we were instantly drawn to his unique and reflective style. Working primarily in water colors, his diversified portfolio covers all kinds of wheeled wonders, and even a few guitars!
"Like Vintage Wine" By Dan McCrary


This year we are honored to name Dan McCrary as our Official Featured Artist. Dan will be joining us from Charlotte, North Carolina along with his wife of 42 years, Lynn. Dan will have an incredible collection of Limited Edition Giclee prints available along with several of his originals. I have said it before and will say it again; automotive art is a wonderful gift for your favorite car nut! And there is nothing better than buying it directly from the artist, and getting his (or her) insight as to what motivated them to create the actual pieces you see. For Dan, his inspiration comes from many places and whether you are a Corvette, Muscle Car or even classic or exotic enthusiast, he can certainly help you brighten your walls. Dan has been travelling all year to some of the best events and it is great having him join us. Make a point of checking out his display on the left side of the big room in our new Artists Row. Along with Dan, you will also find MCACN Official Sponsors David Snyder and Michael Irvine (note; Michaels display is on the right) along with our good friends Steve Macy, Mary Watt Yeadon and our 2016 Featured Artist Branden Hochstetler. To get an advance look at Dan’s work and to pre-order art for delivery to the show, go to www.dmccraryart.com

The DoubleTree Hotel in Rosemont Illinois


Hotel Update; DoubleTree O’Hare is down to the last ten available rooms, so if you want to be in “party central” click here.  The Embassy Suites O’Hare is also tracking ahead, and is likely to be the next hotel to sell out. Here is a direct link to book your rooms at the Embassy. Of course, we have three additional Official Host Hotels, so take a look at our website to see the great deals, extra perks and for direct booking links. Do it now to be in the middle of the action!


Vendor Update; We are down to just two Commercial A (big room) spots and Commercial B is filling fast also. With rates starting at just $200 per 10 x 12’ spot, we will again be sold out well in advance of the show. If you are automotive related, (only!) and want to join us to showcase your goods and services, this is an excellent opportunity. Click here to submit your vendor application now; 
Please note; If you are not automotive related, don’t bother asking!


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.


Wishing you and your family an excellent and fun filled holiday weekend.


We would also like to extend our thoughts and prayers to
everyone affected by the adverse weather conditions.



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

Bob Ashton

MCACN LLC

Managing Member

Friday, August 25, 2017

Corvettes Invade Carlisle...Right Now!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1968 Corvette Roadster
Owner; Len Besinger, Illinois
2017 Corvette Central Triple Diamond Contender
MCACN Triple Diamond Gallery Sponsored by Corvette Central
 

CORVETTES AT CARLISLE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW


There is a reason that the Corvettes at Carlisle event continues to thrive. Being the largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world. Corvettes at Carlisle features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car. The Corvette enthusiasm is contagious with plenty to do and lots to see. In addition to the huge show and swap, they have an autocross, the burnout contest and even a parade through historic downtown Carlisle. The excitement continues with an an all-Corvette car corral, the Manufacturers Midway and the cool Installation Alley. You can count on having fun and if you are looking to buy a car or parts, you’re likely to find it at Carlisle!
Corvettes at Carlisle 2017


We are honored to have the Carlisle Events team as an Official Sponsor of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Each year we are inspired by the truly outstanding job they do at their events. Whether you are a Ford, GM, Mopar, truck or even sport compact and import enthusiast, they have the bases covered with their twelve different events. And let’s not forget the the Spring and Fall Carlisle swap meets and the Lakeland, Florida Autofests! For full information on this weeks festivities, check it out! And for the full schedule of all of the Carlisle Events, see this link. Special thanks go out to the entire Carlisle Events team for their continued support and sponsorship of MCACN and especially for hosting so many great events.

Call Out for Certain Cars


SEARCHING FOR SOME SPECIAL CARS; My “hit list” is pretty small, as nearly everything I set out to find has officially signed up to participate in this years show. There are a few more cars that I would love to add to the mix, especially for a few of our special displays. For the Class of ‘67 I would like to add high performance Mustangs and a Cougars along with RO/WO Mopars. For Class of ‘72, we have five 4-speed Stage 1 Buick convertibles, so if there are any more out there it would be great to see them! Over in the Shaker E-Body Invitational, I’d like to add some 340 cars, as we have 383, 440-6 and Hemi’s. For our Kars of Kar Kraft display, we’re set for Boss 9’s but would certainly like to see a few more of their other creations. We also have limited openings in our Corvette Central Triple Diamond Corvette area, as we are gearing up to host our largest field of contenders to date. We have passed the 300 cars officially registered mark and many of the classes are full, so if you are considering joining us with your special car, don’t hesitate to let us know what you would like to show. Send pics and info directly to me at bashton426@gmail.com


HOTEL UPDATE; As expected, the DoubleTree O’Hare is close to sold out and the Embassy Suites is also tracking ahead, sure to sell out soon. Not to worry as we have FIVE Official Host Hotels, all offering great rates and special perks for our MCACN participants and spectators alike. To see the rates and perks and the direct MCACN special booking links, click here. Book your rooms now! Note; all five of these hotels are convenient to our show, with four being directly across the street and the fifth offering door to door free shuttle service.


As the summer winds down and schools are opening, we are getting even more excited about this years show. We are now down to less than 90 days until we return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Please plan on joining us to see over 500+ of the best of the best and the rarest of the rare in American Muscle and Corvettes along with over 200 automotive only 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


Wishing you safe and happy motoring!
 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Heading to Mopar Nationals This Week!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1967 Plymouth GTX 426 Hemi
2017 MCACN Class of ‘67 Invitational Participant
Class of '67 Sponsored by NCM Insurance
Owner; James Daniels, Ohio

 
Spreading The MCACN Gospel This Week at The Mopar Nationals
 
It has been a busy summer for the MCACN crew, and it isn’t even close to over yet. We enjoyed spreading the word about the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show at the beautiful Concours d’Elegance of America, and my Muscle Car group took home top honors and outstanding response. Congrats to all who participated in the Concurs d'Elegance, and thanks to both participants and to all who stopped by our booth.
 
This week we are heading over to The Mopar Nationals, (officially now The Nationals) in the Columbus, Ohio area, with a huge display right in the midway. I have participated in this event for over 30 years, showing various cars, as a vendor and of course, to spread the word about the MCACN show for the past eight years. This is always a bit of a homecoming for us, as I see old friends from back in my Auto Know days, see lots of MCACN participants and enthusiasts and get another opportunity to talk about the show. It is amazing how many people come through our booth to give us feedback and share memories. Wellborn Muscle Car Museum
And of course, I will be accepting applications for cars and vendors and as always, looking for great cars for the show. I am especially searching for RO and WO Hemi cars for our class of ‘67 and 340 Dusters and Demons for Class of ‘72, along with cars factory equipped with the N96 Shaker hood setup for our Shaker Hood Invitational display, Sponsored by the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum. And of course, all other prime examples of Mopar Muscle are always on the list, so let me know what you would like to show.

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Wear a MCACN Shirt or MCACN Hat, Get a FREE Shirt or Hat! Since we are on a mission to keep spreading the word about our show, we have something for our loyal MCACN supporters. If you come to our display at The Nationals wearing a Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals hat or T-shirt, I’ll give you a nice fresh hat or T-shirt! And if you don’t have one, you can pick one of our Hemi E-Body convertible special T-shirts for just $10 for S-L and $15 for XL and XXL. Limited supplies available and first come, first served. 
 
  David Snyder Car Art
 
Our display is right on the end of Row Zero, (look for the MCACN Banners) and MCACN Official Sponsor David Snyder is set up right beside us with his outstanding art. David has several new pieces, so make a point of checking out his display and taking home some new art. For full information on the Nationals, go to http://www.moparnats.org/
 
Looking forward to seeing you at The Nationals!
 
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 along with the best automotive related vendors. 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 Chicago’s 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.
 
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet
 
 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Class of '72 Display Proves That it Wasn't Over!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1972 Buick G.S. Stage 1, 4 speed Convertible
MCACN 2017 Class of ‘72 Invitational Participant
Owner; Mike Guarise, Illinois

 
MCACN CLASS OF ‘72 INVITATIONAL DISPLAY PROMISES PLENTY OF MUSCLE!
 
Many think that 1971 marked the end of the true Muscle Car era. Although there was certainly a shift in emphasis and advertising, in light of increased insurance costs and government regulations, there were still some great Muscle Cars available if you knew your way around an order sheet. Mother Mopar still had the 440 available in the B-Bodies, and even a few 6-packs slipped out. Ford had the HO 351’s, which were basically Boss 351’s without all the stripes. AMC was putting 401’s in the Javelin/AMX and for General Motors, you had quite a few choices. H.O. 455’s could be had in Firebirds and GTO’s, Oldsmobile had the W-30 455’s, Chevy offered the 402’s and 454’s in the Chevelle and of course, Buick offered the stout Stage 1 455. So was performance dead? Absolutely not, and we’re going to prove it!
 
Two years ago in our Class of '70 Invitational display, we featured seven of the sixty-seven Stage 1, four speed Buick G.S. convertibles, roughly 10% of the cars built. This year in our Class of '72 Invitational display, we already have registered five of the fifteen Stage 1, four speed convertibles built for the model year. By comparison, that represents more than 25% of this rare model's production. We also have four W-30 equipped Olds 442’s signed up, including several prime unrestored examples. This promises to be a banner year for Buick and Oldsmobile muscle car participation in this display and throughout the show, and the search continues for more of these elusive four speed Stage 1 converts. Special Displays at MCACN
 
The Anniversary displays at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals are always a hit, and this year we have several. The Class of 1967 and Class of ‘72 along with the displays within the displays spotlighting the 1967 Z-28 and of course our incredible feature display commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the First Generation Camaro and Firebird. This display will blow you away with the absolute rarest of the rare, many never shown, including Concept, Race, Firsts and more. It just keeps getting better and better!
 
The search continues for a few specific cars; Of course, we are always searching for all makes and models of prime American Muscle for the show. We have about 300 cars already signed up, and entries are being received faster than ever. If you have something prime that you would like to show with us, please submit your application now by clicking here;  or e-mail me directly with information; bashton426@gmail.com. There are still a few specific cars from my “Hit List” that I really want to see, so if you own a muscular Mercury Cougar, a Duster 340 or Demon 340, (especially 1972!) an AMC product, a supercharged Studebaker, a RO or WO Mopar, a 1967 L/88 Corvette or an interesting candidate for our Barn Finds & Hidden Gems area, let’s hear from you. We also have a few more openings in our Corvette Central Triple Diamond certification area.
 
VENDOR UPDATE; We are down to the last few Commercial A spots in the “big” room and we are well over half full in our Commercial B area. With 10 x 12 spots starting at just $200, this is an excellent opportunity for you to get your automotive related (only!) business in front of the most qualified buyers you’ll ever see. Our spectators join us from all over the world, so this is a great way to see plenty of new prospects, if you are among the best of the best.
 
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
 
Wishing you the best for another great week. Next week; Mopar Nationals!
 
Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Maximum Muscle Invades Concours d’ Elegance of America THIS SUNDAY

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
 
 
1973 Super Duty 455 Formula Firebird
2017 MCACN Fabulous Formula’s Invitational Participant
Owner; Rick Mahoney, Pennsylvania
 

Maximum Muscle Invades Concours d’ Elegance of America THIS SUNDAY
 


When it comes to prestigious Concours events, the Concours d’Elegance of America is among the best in the world. There is Pebble Beach, (which we are often compared to!), the Amelia Island Concours and then the Concours d’ Elegance of America here in the Detroit area, formerly known as The Meadowbrook Concours. This will be the 39th year for this event, and I joined the team several years ago. Here is what they say about this outstanding weekend of events;

"In keeping with our tradition of showcasing classic, rare and magnificent automobiles, the car selection committee continues to invite a unique collection of vehicles to be displayed. What was once a one day show is now an esteemed lifestyle event with many activities throughout the weekend. Including the Concours Invitational Art Exhibition featuring fine automotive artists from around the world and the Mode du Concours fashions compliments of Productions Plus. Of course it all culminates in the beautiful show on Sunday, July 30, held on the immaculate grounds of the Inn at St. John in Plymouth, Michigan."
 


The Inn at St. John’s is a facility rich with history and beauty. Its story begins in the late 1940s when St. John’s Provincial Seminary opened its doors. In 1955, its remarkable chapel was dedicated. The seminary continued to serve the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit until 1988, when it closed. The property remained dormant until 1994, when Cardinal Adam J. Maida brought to life a vision of reviving the property as a resource for diocesan youth and families. His vision became reality when, in 1996, St. John’s Center for Youth & Family opened on the South side of the property. The Inn is worth seeing even if there weren’t 300 outstanding cars on the grounds, but adding that to the mix makes it an absolute Must Do event. Click here for full information; http://concoursusa.org/


So how does this tie in to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals? Well, each year I personally assemble a group of the best of the best in the Muscle Car world. This year my theme is Maximum Muscle, and this group tells quite a story. Of course, nearly all of the cars in this group have been shown at MCACN, and the ones that have not will be shown with us this year. Starting with 1963, we have Rich Guminski with his 13.5:1 Max Wedge Plymouth, then Steve Whittakers award winning 64 GTO. Of course we have to have a Z16 Chevelle, so Patrick Biase is joining us from Virginia. Gotta have a Shelby, so what could be better than the first big block, aka “The Prison Car” GT500 owned by Lowell Otter that you saw in our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational last year? And then you know we have to have some 426 Hemi’s in the mix, so be sure to check out Patrick O’Leary’s Roadrunner and The Brothers Collection Charger! And don’t think for a minute that I would overlook the wild lift-off hood M-Code cars, because we have the Kultgens joining us from Wisconsin with their 440+6 Super Bee. Boss 429? You bet and it’s a good one, as unveiled with us by Tom Marcucci. And what kind of display would this be if we didn’t include the mighty 1969 427 ZL1 Camaro? Thanks go out to Mark Hassett from Ohio, who joining us with his, certainly one of the best. But then if you are wondering if AMC will be represented, the answer is YES, and in a BIG way, since Wayne Schmeeckle is coming in from Colorado with his very real, very wild Super Stock AMX. OK...so if your heart isn’t pumping yet, let me add Mark Weymouth’s LS6 Chevelle, Dr. Ajesh Parikhs’s Stage 1 GSX, Mark Davinroy’s 442 W30 convertible and one that is being shown for the very first time, direct from a full restoration from our good friend Ken Nagel, and its another rare one; a Ram Air IV GTO convertible! Whew...what a lineup. But I’m not done. To put the cherry on top, we have the beautiful sunroof equipped 1973 Super Duty Trans Am you saw in our Factory Sunroof cars Invitational last year, creating ten years of truly Maximum Muscle.
 
2016 Concours d' Elegance Award Winners

 

And that is just “my” section. We also have a full row of 100% real Cobra’s, a prime group of non Flip-top funny cars including Clark Rand’s UFO Plymouth that you’ll see at MCACN in November, a stellar group of Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts and of course, Duesenbergs, Packards, Ferrari’s and everything you would expect to see, but rarely get the opportunity. This show is truly art on wheels and a celebration of rarity, beauty and so much more.
 
2016 Concours d' Elegance Participants


We will have a display booth in the midway promoting the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, so please plan on joining us and stopping by to see what we have in store for MCACN 2017.



My “Hit List” is getting smaller! Nearly everything I set out to find this year is joining us, but there are a few more that I am still searching for. If you have a truly special 1st Generation Firebird, a 1972 performance Mopar, Ford or Mercury, a 1967 L88 Corvette, a ‘72 G.S. Stage 1 or Olds W30, a Mercury Cougar or Cyclone, an outstanding AMC or an appropriate Barn Find or Hidden Gem, please consider joining us. If you have something else that is an example of American Muscle or is a prime C1/C2 or C3 Corvette, let’s hear about it. We have some openings, but many categories are already full. We are committed to presenting a balanced and fresh show, so don’t hesitate to let us know what you would like to show.


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals has been called “The center of the muscle car universe” by Muscle Car Review magazine. We will again host over 500 of the best and rarest Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and Corvettes along with a wide variety of automotive related vendors and restorers. We will fill nearly 400,000 square feet of all indoor exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The show takes 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.

 
Enjoy Summer and Car Shows Everywhere!

Bob Ashton
MCACN LLC
Managing Member
www.mcacn.com