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

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Official Host Hotels Gear Up for MCACN 2017!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1969 Plymouth 440 ‘cuda
2017 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Display
Owner; Norm VerHage, Michigan


If there is one thing I have learned from attending plenty of shows across the country, it is to make things as easy as possible for both the participants and the spectators. And knowing how expensive it is to attend shows and how much planning is needed, I make it a high priority to get the best possible deals at the most convenient hotels for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. Of course, with the amount of people that join us from out of state and even out of the country, the hotels are anxious to get in on the action. With that being said, today we are pleased to announce that we have again confirmed great deals for you, all with some extra perks at FOUR area hotels, and all within walking distance of our show.
DoubleTree O'Hare Hotel
DoubleTree O’Hare; Yep, this is the one that has become our official “Party Central” since our inception in 2009, and it is located right across the street. If you want to be smack dab in the middle of the action, this is the place to be. We have secured a MCACN special rate of just $127.00 per night, Double or King. You’ll also be able to join us for our Official Kick-off party Friday night and get daily parking at the attached garage behind the Embassy Suites for $13.00. Pool, hot tub and health center too! Two night minimum, prepaid 1st night. This is always the first one to sell out, so click here to book your rooms now.

Embassy Suites O'Hare Hotel
The Embassy Suites Hotel in Rosemont Illinois
Embassy Suites O’Hare; Right next door to the DoubleTree and also right across the street, this all suites hotel is the choice of many, especially families. Included is an excellent full breakfast with outstanding made to order omelets, my personal favorite. The special MCACN rate here is $145.00 for King Suites and $155.00 for the Dbl/Dbl Suites. Again, they offer a special daily parking rate of just $13 in their attached parking structure. This one also features a nice pool, hot tub and work out facilities. Two night minimum, prepaid 1st night. To book now, click here;

aLoft Chicago O’Hare
The aLoft Hotel in Rosemont Illinois

The aLoft; If you want something a little different with a very high-tech look and feel, this is the one! One of the newest hotels in the area, it is located a few blocks away and right across from the 130+ store outlet center. You can walk to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center or jump in their free shuttle that drops you off right at the lobby. Special MCACN rate of just $125.00 per night and they offer $10.00 daily parking with in and out privileges. Check out their Splash indoor pool, kids pool and re-charge gym. Book your room at the aLoft now by clicking here;

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Hyatt Regency Hotel O'Hare

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare; If you want to stay indoors all week, this one is connected to the convention center via the overhead walkways. In traditional Hyatt style, this super nice facility has everything you need including several restaurants and bars onsite. Our special MCACN rate is $124.00 for Dbl/Dbl or King and they offer a special daily parking rate of just $15.00. Book your room now at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare by clicking here;

The Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosemont Illinois

Crowne Plaza O’Hare; Contract is pending, so stay tuned for details on this one!

Please note that we arrange these great deals for your convenience well in advance to make sure you get the best rates at the most convenient hotels. These hotels all sell out, and we recommend booking your rooms asap!

We are now accepting applications for cars and vendors and will be sending out same-space applications for our vendors within the next week.

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 with over 500 cars and 200+ all automotive 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
It is not too early to lock in your MCACN 2017 plans!

We truly appreciate your continued support and participation. Please plan on joining us and bring a friend and the whole family!

Bob Ashton
Managing Member

Thursday, February 9, 2017

MCACN Team Announces First Round of Special Displays for 2017 Show!

MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1969 Mustang Boss 429 #KK 1213
Cars of Kar Kraft Invitational
Owner; Russell Ruff, Idaho

Celebrating Anniversaries and Much More

Now that the holidays and first round of major auctions are behind us, it is time to dive in head first with preparations for the 2017 edition of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. Coming off of our most successful event of our nearly nine year history, we would like to say THANKS to all of our participants, Official Sponsors, awesome team members and of course, our spectators that allow us to produce what has become known as the Super Bowl of the Muscle Car and Corvette world. We again played host to well over 500 of the finest, rarest and downright coolest cars, sold out each and every car and commercial space well in advance, and enjoyed our largest spectator gate ever. Whew!

Drum roll please...and with that being said, today we would like to announce our first round of Invitational and Special displays. This is a huge year for Anniversaries and we plan on pulling out all the stops. The up front and center Invitational display will spotlight the
50th Anniversary of the First Generation Firebirds and Camaro’s. Covering the years of 1967-1969, you will see 13 of the most significant first gen Firebirds on the right, with 13 equally as significant first gen Camaro’s on the left. Ram Air II and IV convertibles, very special Trans Ams and more on the right. Over on the Camaro side, COPO and ZL1’s will join the best Nickey, Bill Thomas and Yenko Day 2 cars along with racers and even a concept car. And you will see some familiar names too; think Penske and Harrell to name few! Each and every car in this grouping is real, incredibly important, and in many cases, one off.

Class of 1962, 1967 and ‘72 Anniversary displays. As I mentioned, this is a huge year for Anniversaries! Think about it; 1962 brought forth some incredible drag race influenced cars like the first Z-11 Impala’s and Super Duty Pontiacs, 426 Max Wedges were tearing up the strip and Pontiac introduced the Grand Prix. Ford and Mercury offered some great cars packed with big cubic inch engines with multiple carbs. In 1967 we saw the introduction of the WO and RO Hemi Mopars, the previously mentioned Camaro and Firebird that quite honestly, changed the entire market, the new GTX and the Coronet R/T, the all new personal luxury Mercury Cougar and more. Suffice it to say ‘67 was a great year for muscle. And what about the L/88 Corvettes and even the 427/435 cars? Just imagine going down to your local (insert your favorite make) dealership with your checkbook and ordering up something special! And then we have 1972. Although the writing was on the wall, those in the know could still order up a 440+6 barrel Mopar, a 396 Camaro, a Stage 1 455 Buick. a 455 W-30 Olds or a 455 H/O Pontiac or a big block Corvette to name a few! Gas prices and insurance regulations be damned...

Corvette Legends Invitational; And speaking of Corvettes, Dr. Pete Gimenez returns with an all new theme for our Corvette Legends Invitational. Yes, 1967 saw the introduction of the L/88 427 as an RPO, and you will see a variety of them at this years show.

Cars of Kar Kraft Invitational; Or should that be Kars? Actually, this group will also include a truck, as Kar Kraft, known as the home base for the Boss 302’s and Boss 429’s, also built other special rides, including the much modified “Boss” Bronco that you will see at our show this year. Yes, Boss 9’s and Boss 302’s will be present, including several very significant race cars. Ever heard of the Quarter Horse? This group is going to be incredible!

1967 Camaro Z/28 Invitational; This is where it all began for the performance era Camaro. Led by ‘67 Z/28 aficionado and owner of the very first ‘67 Z, recently featured in Muscle Car Review magazine, Jon Mello is a walking encyclopedia on these cars and he is joining us from California with his Z/28. Did you know there were 15 colors originally offered for the first 602 Z/28’s? We may see them all, along with some very special race cars. Emphasis on special!

Formula’s For Success; I love when someone comes to me with an idea for something different, and that is exactly what our good friend Dennis Jensen did. This group will showcase all kinds of High Performance 1970-1974 2nd Gen Firebirds of the Formula variation. RA III,s, Super Dutys and H/O’s will be featured ranging from stripped down sleepers to executive supercars loaded with options.

This is just the beginning of what we have in store for you for MCACN 2017. In the coming weeks we’ll tell you about what we have lined up for our Mopar, Studebaker and Mercury enthusiasts, along with additional special features that are in the works.

And speaking of something different...In 2016 we featured one of our “Displays within a Display” with a group of Stroppe Baja Bronco’s. The response was incredible, ranging from why are those here? to Wow, I never knew these things existed! Well, as you now know, these truly represent what a Day2 modified high performance SUV is. And as mentioned earlier, we have a Kar Kraft modified Boss Bronco confirmed for this year. With that being said, I am putting out the call for other performance oriented SUV’s. If you own a best of the best, rarest of the rare performance oriented pre-1977 Bronco, Blazer, Scout, Jeep CJ, Jeep Wagoneer/Cherokee, Dodge Ramcharger that is period correct we would love to hear from you. We understand that at this years Milwaukee Concours there will be a featured Bronco class with 12 fantastic trucks including the 1969 Mexican 1000 winning race truck. What if we were to take this idea a step further? If you own or know of any suitable performance oriented vehicles like this, please let me know! Send info and pics to

As always, I could go on and on, but rest assured, we are hard at work making sure we once again present an entirely new and exciting show for you. We will return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19, 2017. This is just a sampling of what we have in the works, and we will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space. If you own a prime example of American Muscle or one of the best Corvettes, please consider joining us, whether it fits one of our special displays or not. Applications are now being accepted or you can e-mail me at with any questions. Returning displays will include our Corvette Central Triple Diamond display and competition, the ever popular Barn Finds & Hidden Gems, our new Mustang and Shelby Pinnacle Certification program, Vintage Certification program, Sponsored by American Performance, LLC , and of course, our “Show within a Show” featuring Muscle Bicycles, Sponsored by Koolestuff.

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

Next Week; Hotels are Geared up and READY!

Bob Ashton

Thursday, January 5, 2017


MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II convertible
MCACN 2017 50th Anniversary F-Body Invitational Participant
Owners; Brian and Samantha Styles, Florida


2016 was certainly a memorable year for many reasons. For the MCACN team, we enjoyed our best show to date, thanks to you. We set an all time record for attendance, and the overall quality and diversity of the vehicles on display was off the hook.

 1963 Studebaker # 9 Racer Owned by John Hora- Photo Credit :Tim Costello Images
1963 Studebaker Avanti #9 Racer Owned by John Hora- Photo Credit Tim Costello Images if you are a Mopar fan, perhaps the overall dollar value of the Mopars wasn’t as high as in 2015, but nobody can deny the fact that the Mopars that were in attendance were incredible. Multiple wing cars, Hemi’s, 440+6’s, 383’s, 340’s and even prime A and C-bodies took the spotlight. And have you ever seen as many factory sunroof equipped Mopars in one place?

Lance Miller and Kelly Molnar - Photo Credit -Tim Costello Images

General Motors fans saw the “hot ones” including the one and only red on red ‘69 ZL1 Camaro, several LS6’s including John Hills red on red LS6 Chevelle convertible that was unveiled Saturday morning, and speaking of Official Unveilings, how about the “lost” Trans Am Convertible and the 1 of 8 Ram Air II ‘68 Firebird convertible, (a car that is as rare as the Trans Am convert), that Rick Mahoney pulled the covers off of; can it get any better?

Bobby Unser with Pikes Peak Race Car- Photo Credit Tim Costello Images

Well...Ford fans would say YES! Our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational raised the bar with some of the absolute rarest creations that ever left Shelby American headquarters. Several prototypes, a row of Cobra’s and several firsts and lasts were lined up, and the incredible GT40 Roadster Prototype and special guest Chuck Cantwell certainly set the tone. And then we had the incredible display of Boss 351’s and the Torino’s, Fairlanes and Cyclones. Hopefully you had a chance to meet Bobby Unser and check out his Pike Peak record setting Boss 429 powered Torino from The Brothers Collection! What a great car and what a gentleman. We also launched our Shelby and Mustang Pinnacle Award and judging program, assuring that the best of the best from the Shelby and Mustang world will continue to join us in the future. And what about those Studebakers? Yes, our friends from South Bend stepped up, once again proving that you never know what you will see at MCACN. And that is just a small sampling of what we did for our 2016 show.

The national media again joined us in full force from across the country and even outside of our country, and the online features are plentiful. (check out facebook and youtube; search mcacn). And be sure to watch your newsstands, as full features will be hitting the stands real soon, and you just might find your own car in there!

Mecum Auctions
Mecum Kissimmee 2017

So before we announce what we have in store for you this year, let’s talk about the kick-off to the collector car season. Everyone knows that January is all about the auctions and there sure are plenty of them. This week the action kicks into high gear with the huge Mecum Kissimmee, Florida auction.

Mecum in Kissimmee

“Where the Cars Are” is the theme, and if its Muscle you want, you don’t want to miss this one. With well over 3,000(!) lots being offered over nine days, if you can’t find it here, you aren’t looking hard enough. Of course, you’ll see some past MCACN cars crossing the block, including prime cars from long time MCACN supporter/participant Tom Lembeck. Remember the Spring Green 426 Hemi Daytona or the Black/Blue interior 440+6 ‘70 ‘cuda convertible? And speaking of MCACN participant/supporters, our good friend Gary Runyon is offering prime muscle cars, drag cars and even some trucks from his truly best of the best collection. Tim and Pam Wellborn were so pleased with what Dana Mecum did for them a few years ago, (remember those record setting sales?) that they decided to offer up some prime muscle from their always changing collection again. And if you are a Drag Race enthusiast, Don Fezell is offering what may be the finest collection of fully documented and incredibly historical drag cars, along with prime muscle, again, as seen at MCACN. And what may be the best collection of ultra rare parts ever to cross an auction block is on deck. Yes, those are bold statements, but have you ever seen N.O.S. Z-11 parts? Covering G.M. Ford and Mopar, Don is offering complete engines, incredibly rare parts and sheet metal and much more. What is being offered is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

2017 Mecum Kissimmee Road Art

This is just a small sampling of what the Mecum team have lined up. Nine full days of auction action kick off Friday, January 6, at 8 am and will continue to Saturday, January 15. And don’t forget, if you aren’t able to head to Florida in person, you can bid online or watch the action in real time by registering through the cool Mecum Infonet system. If you haven’t done this yet, do it now as it is free to register and it really keeps you in the loop. And of course, NBC Sports is covering many hours of the auction. To see the full television schedule, click here.  To view the full lineup of cars, motorcycles, road art and more, click here

We are honored to have Mecum Auctions as our Official Title Sponsor and wish Dana and his team the best of luck, not only this month, but throughout the year. I have no doubt that we will see records set and plenty of happy buyers and sellers this year, as our hobby is clearly geared up for plenty of fun and excitement. It is a great time to be a part of this and to quote my friend Lance Miller, Life is Good!

2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

In the coming weeks we will be announcing our 2017 Invitational and Special displays. Several have been in the works for many years and will allow us to continue to produce a show unlike any other. Registration is now open and as always, we are looking for the best of the best, the rarest of the rare and of course, cars with interesting history, especially those that are rarely, if ever, shown. If you have a car that you would like to show with us, please e-mail me at If you have an idea for a display or would like to help us coordinate something special, please let me know. Your thoughts, feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.

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 host over 500 of the best of the best of the best, filling nearly 400,000 square feet of the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago) Illinois. As always, our show will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving, which is November 18-19, 2017. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet.


Thanks for a great year and your continued support,
and Best Wishes to you and your family for a truly outstanding New Year.
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

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


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!


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!

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
Managing Member

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). that’s stepping up!


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
Managing Member