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

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bloomington Gold, GM Carlisle and Mecum Denver; Whew!!

1965 Corvette Coupe
2015 Triple Diamond Contender
Owner: David Harris, Louisiana


I love ifs, ands or buts. The only problem is, sometimes there is so much going on, I wish I could clone myself! This is one of those weekends. First off, we have the Grand-daddy of Corvette shows, Bloomington Gold. This year they are moving to a new home, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is worth the trip even if there wasn’t a car show there. Next we have Mecum Auctions hitting Denver, Colorado. And if you prefer to head east, then we have the awesome GM Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Whew...what a weekend! You can’t go wrong at any of these events, so don’t sit on the couch and watch re-runs of I Love Lucy this weekend, get out there and mix it up!
Corvette Central Triple Diamond Award
Photo Credit Gary Gerstner
The MCACN crew will be setting up a BIG display this year at the Bloomington Gold show, Thursday the 25th – Saturday the 27th. Actually, to call this a show would be an understatement, as there is so much more to this event. Show, swap, road tour, ladies area, vendors galore and even an opportunity to drive your own Corvette on the famous Indianapolis race track. It really couldn’t get any better, and we are thrilled to be a part of the move to Indy. You will find us in a beautiful covered display in a Garage Suite on the main aisle in space #GG-19. We will be geared up and ready to sign you up for Corvette Central Triple Diamond competition or any other part of the show, whether you want to show or be a vendor. I will be on the grounds shooting pictures of our participating cars for our new magazine too, so if you see me, be sure to grab me and show me your car, if I don’t find you first! If you don’t see me, go to our booth and tell Vicki, and she’ll make sure I shoot it. for full show information. Bloomington Gold 2015 Indianapolis
A number of our Official Sponsors will be at Bloomington Gold, including our Title Sponsor Mecum Auctions, with their beautiful new display trailer, (you gotta see this!), our Presenting Sponsor, Bill Stasek Chevrolet showcasing some awesome Corvettes offered for sale, our 2015 MCACN Featured Artist Dana Forrester, Carlisle Events, Our Official Triple Diamond Sponsor Corvette Central, our Official Detailer DFT Detailing, Mid America Motoroworks, Trailex and NCM Insurance. If it is Corvette related, you can pretty much be sure they’ll be here, whether showing, in the vendor midway or swap area, or in the big Car For Sale area!
Speaking of our MCACN Featured Artist Dana Forrester, you will have a chance to WIN a gorgeous Limited Edition Giclee Corvette print, #120 of a 1,000 run, titled “The Predator”. This one features a sinister looking black Corvette. Be sure to stop by our booth to sign up to get your FREE MCACN 72 page magazine and a chance to win this beautiful print "The Predator" by Dana Forrester

Mecum Auctions
2015 Mecum Denver  June 26-27, 2015
Over in Denver, the Mecum Auctions team will be hosting over 700 cars, motorcycles and as always plenty of Road Art. I know several of our regular MCACN participants are offering some great cars, so this is sure to be another winner. And the case of the Mecum Auctions team, they can be in two places at once!
Carllisle GM Nationals 2015
Carlisle Events  Carlisle GM Nationals 2015
Over in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, another MCACN Official Sponsor, Carlisle Events, is geared up for their awesome GM Nationals event from the 26-28th. (Looks like they can be in two places at once too!) You’ll remember that Carlisle Events sponsored our L89 Invitational display last year and this year they are sponsoring our big LS6 Invitational. They will also be presenting four very special “Pick” awards at our show, one for a GM car, one for a Corvette, one for a Mopar or AMC and one for a Ford or Mercury. With row after row of cars and row after row of vendors, this is another must do event. Oh...and while you’re there, be sure to see our 2014 MCACN Featured Artist, Dave Snyder, and check out his latest works, including his newest Guitar. We hear he is working on another guitar that will be unveiled at MCACN!
"Lambrecht Delivery" by David Snyder matter where you end up, you can rest assured that these events are going to be awesome. Hope you make it to one or all three of them, and if it is Bloomington Gold, be sure to stop by 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. Muscle Car Review magazine says we are “The best Muscle Car show on the planet!” Please plan on joining us Saturday, November 22, from 9 am – 9 pm,  and Sunday, November 23 from 9 am – 5 pm. Applications for cars and automotive (only) vendors are now being accepted. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Happy and safe travels to all and good luck to our Bloomington Gold competitors!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Friday, June 19, 2015

Great Weekend To Be In Michigan!

1965 Oldsmobile 442
Class of 1965 Invitational Participant
Owner: Jasen Ramsey, Michigan

Photo Credit : Al Rogers Freeze Frame Image, LLC
Many of you know that although the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is in the Chicago area, Vicki and I actually live in Michigan. Well...being near the Motor City, you know there are always plenty of car shows and cruises around here! This weekend is one of my favorites, as we have two of the best shows of the summer. First off is the big Oldsmobile Homecoming in Lansing, Michigan. This long running marque specific show will take place Saturday, June 20 from 9 am – 3 pm, and it is the largest all Oldsmobile show in the country. We will be set up there to spread the word and see who we can recruit to join us at the MCACN show. I am especially looking for 1965 and 1970 cars for our Anniversary Invitational displays, but any high-horsepower Olds, especially W-Machines, are always welcome at our show. If you are planning on heading over to the Oldsmobile Homecoming, please make a point of stopping by our display. Vicki and I will both be there, and we will also have a very special young lady with us that would love to meet you! For full information on the Saturday show and also the Friday cruise and Saturday night events at the Oldsmobile Museum, go to;

EyesOn Design Car Show Fathers Day 2015
On Sunday we will converge on the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores for one of the most prestigious events in Michigan. The 28th Annual EyesOn Design show is a Concours style show that is a benefit event for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a very worthy cause. I was the Event Chairman last year, and I am very involved in various aspects of the show. I coordinate the Muscle Car group, (of course!) and also the Tuner group, which is exclusive for this type of event. This year we have several past MCACN participants joining us in both categories, and of course, the rest will be invited to join us this year! The variety we have showcased in the muscle group is something I am very proud of, and over in the Tuner group, we have Baldwin-Motion and Nickey representing! The setting for this show is just beautiful and the Ford House will be open for tours. This has become a Fathers Day Tradition for many, myself included, now with three generations of Ashton’s on hand, with Ian and Laura and my Grandson Robbie joining us. The show will take place from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday, and we will host nearly 300 cars and motorcycles of all types, from 1905-2015, including full classics, exotics, and just about everything else you can imagine. Being a design-based show, you will see some really unique and unexpected vehicles, including a variety of concept and one-off cars.
Please see for full information on the show and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology and their mission.
Power Tour was awesome, and I would like to say THANKS to Stefano and Beth Bimbi from Nickey, along with Denny Barker, who provided a brand spankin’ new Stage II Nickey Hot Rod Special Edition Camaro for my use. I had the car on display in the Magnuson booth, (Thanks Magnuson!) which allowed me to talk about MCACN at every stop. I distributed several thousand postcards, flyers and magazines and found that the recognition and excitement level for the MCACN show is exceptionally high. Was great seeing plenty of old friends and MCACN supporters and meeting lots of new ones! Oh...and having close to 560 Magnuson supercharged ponies under the hood sure made for a whole lot of fun! I am still amazed that after 2,000 miles, I didn’t get any tickets...or end up in jail! Nickey Super Camaro on 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour
Next week we head to Indianapolis for the big Bloomington Gold Corvette show. We will have a much larger display this year, as we are very excited about their new home. The Indy 500 grounds are worth seeing any time, but when you add the Granddaddy of Corvette Shows to the mix, it becomes and absolute must do event! for show information.
Summer is in full swing now, so get out there and enjoy it...I know I am!
Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Monday, June 8, 2015

MCACN Welcomes Trailex as Official MCACN Sponsor

For the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, we are pleased to be able to deal with the best in the business when it comes to our vendors and our sponsors. You see, we don’t have to deal with travel agencies and hawkers pushing super-duper gizmos that you “gotta have”. If it isn’t automotive related in one way or another, we quite simply will not allow it in the MCACN show. Of course, we do allow and welcome our automotive based vendors to show some other items or services, but the primary focus must always be automotive related...and most importantly, of the utmost quality.
Today we are pleased to introduce one of our newest Official Sponsors; Trailex Aluminum Trailers. You may have seen the Trailex crew at one of the many Carlisle Events or at Bloomington Gold. As the manufacturer of the world’s lightest aluminum trailers, these guys know how to do it right. They should, as they have been doing it since 1963! If you are in the market for a new car trailer, whether open or closed, we encourage you to check out what they have to offer. They’ll have a nice display at our show this year in the “big” room, but if you are in the market now, be sure to check out what they have right now at and tell them we sent you. You can have your brand new aluminum trailer ready for the show now, and get some good use out of it throughout the summer. Oh...and they also offer a full line of trailers for your kayak, catamaran, canoe or for utility use, or you can have them custom build a show stopping concession trailer made to order per your specs.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Spreading the MCACN Word on Power Tour with a stop at Magnum Open House!

Sneak Peek  2015 MCACN*
1972 Roadrunner/GTX 440+6
2015 Official Unveiling Car
Owners: The Brothers Collection


 2015 Nickey Camaro driven by the MCACN Crew on the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour
Lots of show promoters talk the talk, but how many walk, (or in this case, drive!) the walk? Well for the MCACN team, we live and breathe cars and car stuff each and every day! So in the interest of good old fashioned fun and grass roots marketing, several of us are hitting the highways for the Hot Rod Power Tour. For me, I’ll be breaking in a brand spankin’ new Magnuson supercharged 2015 Nickey Super Camaro. I know, I’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! Yes, the Hornet passed inspection, but when Stefano Bimbi, CEO of Nickey and a MCACN Official Sponsor and Member offered up one of his latest creations, how could I resist? NicKey Super Camaro
 There certainly is something to be said for nearly 600 horsepower, a fine sound system and air conditioning! In addition to this one, which you’ll see in the Magnuson display, you’ll find Stefano and Beth Bimbi in Beth’s ZL1 convertible Nickey Camaro and additional Nickey clients enjoying the best of the best in Modern Muscle. Last year the Nickey crew launched the Hot Rod Magazine Special Edition Nickey Camaro’s during the Power Tour, so plan on seeing several of those, including one that Hot Rod magazine staffers will be leading the pack with. Be sure to take a close look at all of these cars, as each is different. There is a whole lot more to these cars than just bolting on a supercharger! Each one has a long list of mods inside, outside, underneath and of course...under the hood!

Photo Credit Gary Gerstner- Sneak Peek Car Before Restoration
Speaking of MCACN Official Sponsors, you certainly noticed the in progress Sneak Peek 1972 Roadrunner pictured at top. This is the one that was shown in our Barn Find/Hidden Gems area a few years ago, looking...well, kinda rough. This is one of two 1972 Roadrunners built with the GTX package and a 440+6 barrel engine and it is currently owned by The Brothers Collection. YES...Mother Mopar really did build build a V-code 440+6 ‘Runner in 1972, and here it is! Fully documented with known history, this car is currently undergoing a full restoration to as new by MCACN Official Sponsor Magnum Auto Restorations, Inc. in LaSalle, Illinois. You’ll remember the Magnum crew, as they sponsored our Hemi 50th Anniversary display last year and unveiled a show stopping Limelight 426 Hemi Superbird. This year they are stepping up as a Platinum level sponsor, and they will be unveiling this car, fully restored and looking like it just left the factory. Oh...and did I mention this is also a factory electric sunroof car? Whew!
 Magnum Restoration, Inc Open House
If you would like to see the progress of this car and some other prime Mopars, both complete and in progress, Mark Sekula, Owner of Magnum Auto Restorations, Inc. would like to extend a personal invitation to you to join him for their Open House, Sunday, June 6, from 10 am – 2 pm. Their shop is located just a few miles from the Hot Rod Power Tour route on the way to Champaign, IL. from Madison, WI. so make a point of checking them out. I can assure is worth the stop, no matter what brand you prefer! The address is 11 Gunia Dr., LaSalle, IL. and we’ll be stopping by, so hope to see you there. Pro Touring Magazine with Charley Lillards "Hellfire" on the cover
You will also find another MCACN Member, Charley Lillard, out there mixing it up in his Mark Steilow built Pro Touring ‘69 Camaro dubbed “Hellfire”. This beast is the cover and feature car for a brand new magazine called Pro Touring, which just hit the stands. Look for the magazine now to see what state of the art means, and look for Charley and this car during Power Tour. Now let me warn you...keeping up with Charley on the road will be a challenge, so best to check out his ride at one of the stops! Charley has been on all of the Power Tours as a Long Hauler, and believe me, he likes to have fun, so be sure to say HI to him and have a few laughs.
So that is the latest from the MCACN team. We are now accepting applications for cars, muscle bicycles and automotive (only) related vendors. Even though it may be hard to be thinking about November, keep in mind that we are filling at a rate faster than ever, so don’t hesitate to sign up now. I am also in the process of putting together our new MCACN 72 page full color magazine, and if you aren’t officially registered, you won’t be in it! Sign up here to get your FREE copy.
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 occupy nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois with over 550 cars, a fine assortment of vintage muscle bikes and 200+ automotive related vendor spots. Muscle Car Review magazine calls us “The Pebble Beach of muscle cars” and we certainly appreciate that! Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Hope to see you during the Power Tour!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Sunday, May 17, 2015


2014 MCACN Car Show Magazine

2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Magazine- Photo Credit: Al Rogers Freeze Frame Image, LLC
Photo Credit: Al Rogers Freeze Frame Image LLC


Since our inception in 2009, we have produced an annual full color magazine for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. Inside, you’ll find features on what you will see at the show, along with all of the information you need, including directions, official host hotels and much more. What started as a 58 pager has grown into a nice 72 page glossy publication, filled with full color features, stories on many of the cars you will see and of course, our Special and Invitational displays. You see, we have so much to talk about, the hardest part is deciding what and who to put in there!

2013 MCACN Car Show Magazine

2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Car Show Magazine Photo Credit: Al Rogers Freeze Frame Image LLC
Photo Credit: Al Rogers Freeze Frame Image LLC


If you have entered a car, you submitted at least one photo. If you want to have the best chance of making the cut for the magazine, please make sure the pictures we have are good ones. We only include cars and vendors that are officially registered, so if you have some great shots of your car that may be better than what you sent with your app, send them to me at Also, if there is some history or a story about your car that I may not know, please submit it for consideration. Of course, we can’t use them all, but the ones we find to be most interesting certainly have a good chance of being included! We all know there are some great stories, so let’s hear them. If you haven’t yet entered your car, do it now, as you still have a chance to make the cut!  

2012 MCACN Car Show Magazine
Photo Credit: Al Rogers Freeze Frame Image LLC


In addition to the stories and features on the cars, participants and our sponsors, we also have a limited amount of advertising space available. You can place a business card size ad for just $100, or secure a quarter page for $225, a half page for $400 or a full page for $800. We invoice for your ad in October, but you need to place your ad order now. We are gearing up for a 30,000 issue print run, and this is more than many of the specialty monthly magazines. We mail out a majority of them for free to everyone on our mailing list, and we’ll start distributing them in person at several of the big events that are before the MCACN show, like the Mecum Chicago Auction in Schaumburg, Illinois, October 8-10. If you have already signed up to be on our mailing list in the past, you’ll receive yours in the mail, but if you haven’t, click here to make sure you get your very own free copy! Remember...the MCACN official magazine is free, so sign up to get the inside scoop on what you’ll see at the show this year!

2011, 2010 and 2009 MCACN Magazines
  2011 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Car Show Magazine   2010 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Car Show Magazine  2009 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Magazine


The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is the world’s largest All Indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and the best and rarest Corvettes. We will occupy 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 are the “Pebble Beach of muscle cars” according to Muscle Car Review magazine, so please plan on joining us Saturday, November 21, from 9 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, November 23, from 9 am – 5 pm.


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



Bob Ashton
Managing Member