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Classics10th Anniversary Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals: Greatest Muscle Car Show on the Planet

00:05  19 december  2018
00:05  19 december  2018 Source:   hotrod.com

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No other muscle car show comes close to the annual gathering of the faithful in Chicago on that crisp weekend just prior to Thanksgiving. MCACN show manager Bob Ashton, his wonderful wife Vicki, and the MCACN Board believed that they could build the greatest muscle car show on the planet .

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The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) has become a dynasty in automotive entertainment. No other muscle car show comes close to the annual gathering of the faithful in Chicago on that crisp weekend just prior to Thanksgiving. The rise to glory could not have been scripted better, with a cast as colorful and charismatic as any Hollywood blockbuster. It's been my privilege to attend every one of the MCACN shows, and the 10th Anniversary MCACN gives rise to a few subjective observations that might translate to significant life lessons.

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First: Success takes hard work and commitment to goals and objectives that you believe to be worthwhile. MCACN show manager Bob Ashton, his wonderful wife Vicki, and the MCACN Board believed that they could build the greatest muscle car show on the planet. Ten years after, the thousands of people who have now included MCACN on their yearly calendar of events have proved the Ashtons and the MCACN partners correct.

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Second: One can never rest on one's laurels. The show began with the priority that no muscle car, no matter how awesome, would be in the show more than two consecutive years. The MCACN partners knew that "same as last year" reviews would bring certain death to the venture. In some respects, bringing back some of the muscle cars presented in the first few years of MCACN could be justified. But Ashton and the MCACN partners have never faltered in presenting fresh offerings to keep the show from getting stale. Ten years after, muscle car enthusiasts anxiously await what next year's MCACN will produce.

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Another great aspect of the MCACN show is the paying attendees are there to see the cars and not If it's not part of the muscle car hobby or relevant to the automotive lifestyle and culture, it'll not be at the show . One of the many features this year was the 50 th Anniversary F-Body Invitational that

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Third: You can always do better than your best effort. When the 27 of the 42 Hemi E-Body convertibles showed up at MCACN VII, the conventional wisdom was that there was no way MCACN could ever be better ("MCACN Resets Perfection," Mar. 2016; bit.ly/2BoAg9k). The thought was Ashton had made the show so good that the following year would certainly be a letdown. But MCACN VIII was even better ("Great at 8," Mar. 2017; bit.ly/2QYhlMk). When I would ask Bob how he could top the 27 Hemi E-Body convertibles, he was genuinely convinced that the next MCACN would be better, and it was. Ten years after, MCACN continues to reach for the better show.

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An overarching 10th Anniversary observation boils down to MCACN's formula for success: It has always been about the people. MCACN breathes life into the simple philosophy that, while on the surface this muscle car obsession is about the cars, it's really about the people. There were so many times over the 10 years that Ashton would describe an incredible muscle car find, and then quickly brag up how great the owner was. Ten years after, that genuine friendship and respect continue to be infectious.

10th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, Illinois

10th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, Illinois There can be no denying that if you are into muscle cars and Corvettes then the once a year get together in suburban Chicago is the place for all of us. This is the 10th year for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (Mecum Auctions is the title sponsor and Bill Stasek Chevrolet is the presenting sponsor) and once again it has proven to be an eye opener. We may never be able to get our "fix" when it comes to muscle cars and Corvettes but the two-day MCACN event goes a long way toward satisfying our "thirst". The term "muscle car" and Corvette have since the earliest days been synonymous.

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The Muscle Car and Corvette National is held at the Donald Stephen's Expo Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Dan Schmitt and the Team Chicago crew first talked

The formula for creating the world's greatest muscle car show is simple. Get about half a dozen brilliant business professionals who are passionate about muscle cars, who are never satisfied with their past achievements, who never lose focus, who never stop reaching, and who know the importance of treating people with respect and friendship. Then you can also have the most successful muscle car show in history, even 10 years after.

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Editor's note: You can start preparation by marking November 23-24, 2019, in your calendar as the dates for the next MCACN show. Visit mcacn.com for full results of the 10th Anniversary show and information on the 11th.

Here a few highlights from the show. See the slideshow (at the top of the page) for many more.

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1970 Superbird, Mike Fitzgerald
The Chrysler wing cars, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, have long piqued the interest of many. They recall a day of stock car racing when games were played and deception was employed to gain advantage. Unearthing mysteries and rumors about these cars has been sport for many racing fans.

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For example, the scoops on the front fenders were not functional on the street car. They were functional on the race cars, though, with holes cut open underneath reportedly for tire clearance. But Chrysler had found that the scoops served as air extractors that reduced drag by 3 percent. Altering a fender for tire clearance was legal in NASCAR, but creating an air extractor in a fender was not.

Many people have theorized that the crazy rear wing was high in order to clear the trunk opening. However, John Pointer, the Chrysler engineer who conceived the wing and the nosecone, did not care about the trunk opening. He put the wing up high in order to get it into clean air. By doing so, racers could make proper adjustments for effective downforce at high speeds without having to deal with the turbulence coming off the roof.

The 1970 Plymouth Superbird owned by Mike Fitzgerald is a recent acquisition for him. Previously it belonged to the owner of a pizzeria in New Lenox, Illinois, who had stuffed it away for a future restoration. Unfortunately, he passed away before realizing that goal, and Fitzgerald bought the car. He then sent it to Magnum Auto Restoration in LaSalle, Illinois. I had seen the car while it was undergoing metal surgery, and, to put it mildly, it was not an easy task. But it was one of the Premiere Unveilings at MCACN this year, to the delight of Mopar wing car fans from all over the world.

Speed is the New Black in this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette

Speed is the New Black in this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette John Pantanella got the C1 1962 Chevrolet Corvette by heading over to Classic Car Studios in St Louis.

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1970 'Cuda 440 Six Barrel, Darryl Wischnewski
Apex Autosports presented Darryl Wischnewski's 1970 'Cuda as one of the 2018 MCACN Premier Unveilings. The Apex Autosports team performed the complete rotisserie restoration in 2017 and 2018, under the watchful eye of owner Andrew White. Apex is a rising star in Midwest, having presented high-quality restoration work on very special Mopars in the past few years at MCACN.

Power for Wischnewski's 1970 'Cuda comes from the E87 440 Six Barrel 390hp engine. The 'Cuda had spent some time at the dragstrip, so part of the restoration included returning the car to OE standards. Having seen the Apex facility firsthand, it is immediately evident that its cars are right. The Black Velvet paint on this 'Cuda is hypnotic.

Speaking of commitment to excellence in restoration, many might be concerned about the roadworthiness of a newly restored muscle car. Apex is a shop that cares about the details. It has a chassis dyno that helps the crew dial in all the powertrain systems. The attention to detail and care for the final drivable product is something that speaks of a commitment to excellence.

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1962 Catalina Super Duty, Duane Strohschein
If one were to open the annals of automotive history in the 1950s and 1960s, there would be a record of economy runs or performance trials among oil companies and auto manufacturers. Economy runs would be organized typically by oil companies to offer objective information on a vehicle's performance, fuel economy, and braking ability. The automotive manufacturers competed to rise above other brands.

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The Mobilgas Economy Run was probably the most famous, though other companies certainly were involved. Not surprisingly, the long game for the oil companies was the promotion of their products to a car-crazy generation. Automotive manufacturers would benefit when their particular model outperformed the competition.

Economy runs and performance trials might involve a long road trip to gather data on a vehicle's capabilities, or it might be hosted at a particular race track for various tests and trials. The Pure Oil Performance Trials of 1962 were held at Daytona International Speedway. Pontiac sent the featured 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty to compete. The Super Duty Pontiac did very well, scoring the highest percentage of potential points for all classes and events.

Duane Strohschein was thrilled to discover the history of his 1962 Catalina, which he had found in a Michigan junkyard. He concluded that only the very best restoration would do for this very special Pontiac. He enlisted the services of Scott Tiemann and the team at Supercar Specialties. The Pontiac was restored to as-participated condition at the Performance and Economy Trials at Daytona.

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1971 Mustang Mach 1 429 Super Cobra Jet, Stefano Bimbi
The majority of automotive enthusiasts will cite the 1971 Mustang, with its longer and more portly dimensions, as a tragic redesign. I call it Mustang's best year. Radical styling cues, including the almost-flat backlight, turned off many customers. Others believe the 1971 Mustang, especially when equipped with the 429 Super Cobra Jet engine, was pure big-block Pony perfection. Growing popularity among collectors seems to indicate that the 1971 Mustang has gotten better with age.

The 1971 Mustang offered the best performance selections ever available. True, the Boss 429 was gone, but in its place the customer who knew his way around the order sheet could be driving the potent Boss 351 with factory-rated 330 hp. The new-for-1971 429 Super Cobra Jet, even in the heftier Mustang, was an impressive performer. As an aside, no car wears a set of Magnum 500s better than a 1971 Mustang fastback.

Stefano Bimbi of Nickey Performance heard that the second owner of this factory black 1971 Mustang Mach 1 429 SCJ was interested in selling. The 429 SCJ car came with a numbers-matching drivetrain, Drag Pack option, and all original metal. Bimbi had a friend check the car out, and ran the Marti report for verification. He discovered the car was one of 531 equipped with the 429 SCJ engine/Drag Pack option, and one of only 351 four-speed versions.

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