Grumpys Toy X
GRUMPY’S TOY X VEGA TO BE FEATURED AT MCACN 2012
If you were with us for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show last year, you know we had the honor of hosting legendary Drag Racer Grumpy Jenkins, along with two Grumpy’s Toy tribute cars owned by Mark Pappas. Mark helped us to accommodate The Grump, and it was a real honor for us to be able to have him at the show. Grumpy shared memories and signed autographs for hours Saturday and Sunday and even spent some quality time with another legendary drag racer we had at the show, Wally Booth. Now THAT is history! As you know, in late March, we sadly lost Grumpy. This year, in honor of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, we will have a very special display. Featuring Mark’s latest acquisition, the real Grumpy’s Toy X Vega Pro Stocker, Mark has really stepped up to host not only this historical car, but also a collection of memorabilia relating to Grumpy and his long racing and engine building career.
First off, a bit about the car; working with Grumpy prior to his passing, Mark was able to secure the car and work with him directly, along with his crew, to make sure the car was restored properly to its former glory. The Grump had some parts and pieces on the shelves back in Pennsylvania and the deeper into the project Mark went, the better it became. The original parts that are on this car will absolutely blow you away! Being such a historical car, with many records and incredible press coverage, it was important to both Mark and Grumpy to do it once...and do it right. Well...after the Grump’s passing, Mark become even more devoted to making sure this one was right, down to every last detail. We are proud to say that Mark will present Grumpy’s Toy X, in honor of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins at the MCACN show, November 17-18. This alone is worth the price of admission!
ADDITIONAL MCACN UPDATES; The DoubleTree O’Hare is now sold out and the Embassy Suites O’Hare is approaching sold out status. Not to worry; as of this writing we have rooms available at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare. All three of these hotels are right across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and they all are offering MCACN participants and spectators great deals. Here is a direct link to book your rooms now; http://www.mcacn.com/hotels.htm
SALES AREA’S; Our Commercial “A” (big room) and “B” (middle room) spots are very close to being sold out. We are down to about 20 swap area spots, so if you are planning on joining us to offer your automotive related parts or services this year, please sign up now so you are not left out. Our VIP Car Corral section is now sold out, with 12 PRIME cars being offered for sale in the center hall. Our standard Car Corral area, (Saturday morning move-in) is filling up fast also. Swap spaces and standard car corral spots are just $100 each, so lock yours in now and be a part of the action! Here is a link to secure yours;
LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO MCACN SATURDAY NIGHT; Last year we had the pleasure of hosting Redline 7000 Saturday night in the Awards/Ballroom area. If you were there, you know I took the band up on their offer to allow me to “sit in” and jam on the drums. Well, not being a guy who passes an opportunity to be onstage, well...you know the rest of the story! This year we are pleased to again present a FREE Saturday night concert. The Vinyl Highway Band will be bringing us two sets of jammin’ rock and roll music, and believe me when I say, these guys will blow you away. Special guests? Well...you’ll have to wait and see!
STUFF FOR EVERYONE; We always talk about the cars, but today I want to remind you about some of our other family-friendly features. The Muscle BIKE show is new this year and I am pleased to announce we now have more than 25 vintage muscle bikes signed up. This is for BICYCLES, not motorcycles, (a few people have asked) so if you own one, please consider joining us. Krates, Stingrays, Choppers, Roadrunners, and more! Our Scavenger Hunt is shaping up to be the best ever, with our sponsors kicking in some really cool prizes...Hagerty Insurance will be hosting a very special Kids judging program that will allow an inside peek at what goes into judging for our younger enthusiasts, or future enthusiasts...don’t forget our model car contest, which is FREE ENTRY for everyone with your admission, (kids and adults alike) hosted by the C.A.R.S.Miniature group and Model Empire and our Revell Models “Make and Take”for the kids, with a FREE model kit for participants...we have some great authors coming in, many with brand new offerings. Keep an eye on our website to see who...Unveilings; we have SIX scheduled this year, kicking off with the 1969 Hurst/Olds convertible, with Linda Vaughan on hand, starting at 10 am Saturday....Our Carlisle Events Meet the Mean Ones in Chicago Yenko gathering has surpassed the 50 cars confirmed mark, making it the largest gathering ever under one roof of real-deal Yenko cars....our Wellborn Museum Aero Warriors display is approaching 40 cars, including a Daytona, (one of 7 signed up now) coming in all the way from Saskatchawan, which btw, is one of two cars coming in from Saskatchawan....we did a count on “First Time Shown” cars and it surpasses the 100 car mark. This is for cars being shown for the very first time ever, not just in the Chicago area....total car entries is quickly approaching the 500 mark, meaning we are darn near completely FULL again, assuring you get your moneys worth!
MOPAR COLLECTORS GUIDE MAGAZINE PRESENTS THE 1s ANNUAL MCACN COVER GIRL SEARCH; Remember that cool cover of Mopar Collectors Guide magazine that MCACN Official Photographer Al Rogers shot last year, with Samantha Styles in the ‘67 Hemi GTX convertible in the Totally Auto display? Well, we’re now making this an annual event with a competition to find the best candidate to grace the cover of an upcoming issue of MCG. Al Rogers will again shoot the cover, right at the show. If you are interested in entering, click her for details;
We head over to Morris, IL. this Sunday for the big Morris Lions club show and swap meet. We will have a spot in the swap area and will be running some Super Specials on MCACN wearables. We will also have Adult discount tickets available for $15 each, a savings of $5 off the Adult admission ticket price at the door. Click here for details on the Morris Lions Club show; http://morrislionsclub.com/events/2012-car-show
There is so much more, but we’ll save some for the next update. As always, THANKS for your continued support and please help us spread the word by telling your friends, or better yet, bring them along!