Incredible Original Altered
Wheelbase Mopars To Be Featured at MCACN
“The Early Funny Car
Revolution - Too Much was Just Enough" Geoff Stunkard
It is true that the primary focus of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
show is the finest and rarest examples of 60’s and 70’s American Muscle
and Corvettes. Of course, we are committed to making sure we always keep
you interested by adding some spice to the recipe. They can’t all be
factory stock and showroom fresh! Sometimes they are completely off the
wall, like the ‘48 Tucker or the vintage VW Bus we have featured in the
lobby in the past. Other times, it makes sense and tells a story. That is
the case with an incredible pair of Mopars we have joining us this year
when we return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont,
(suburban Chicago), Illinois, November 18-19.
To see an original Altered Wheelbase Mopar drag car up close and in person
is a real treat. What we have for you are two of them; the 1965 Plymouth
known as the UFO and the 1965 Dodge known as The Hemi Honker. And talk
about stories and history!
The UFO was recently found somewhat complete and living in Canada. This
car was originally campaigned by the Tignanelli Brothers of the Shadowoods
Auto Center out of Detroit, Michigan. Shadowoods was known for their
expertise in building Chrysler race engines, and Tom Tignanelli served as
the driver. This car was one of the earliest and wildest of the original
cars to run in the new C/SX class. Powered by a 426 Hemi, the beautiful
gold and black paint was complimented by the red tinted plexiglas windows
making it a real stand out. It was also the only A/WB Mopar to run a far
ahead of its time Aero front end cap at one time. This car was recently
meticulously restored using only period correct parts.
1965 Dodge A/WB
The Hemi Honker
Owner; Jim Kramer, Pennsylvania
As if that isn’t enough to get your heart pumping, right beside it will be
Bud Faubel’s Hemi Honker ‘65 Altered wheelbase Dodge. Now when it comes to
stories, this one has ‘em! Let’s start with the one about Bud driving this
car home from the Amblewagon facilities in Detroit to his home in
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in rather cold weather. Yes...again this is the
actual car that Bud ran throughout the ‘65 AHRA and NHRA season. Notable
victories include winning $1,000.00 in cash and prizes at one event and
countless other victories. By the way...did we mention that before Bud
took to the strip he was a fighter pilot and occasional NASCAR racer?
Stories...we’ve got them! Jim Kramer restored this one, and it is like
stepping back in time.
The Altered Wheelbase cars would eventually morph into what we now know as
Funny Cars. It is often said that the term “Funny Car” was one that came
to be because people often referred to these cars as funny looking due to
their shortened wheelbases and unusual wheel placement. The fact is, the
drag racing world would be changed forever and we will be able to get up
close and personal with two of the most significant examples in existence.
Special Thanks go out to Clark Rand and Jim Kramer who are the owners of
these cars. Both have been restored to as raced back in the day, and they
are truly sights to behold. We encourage you to talk to Jim and Clark and
their crews, as they have encyclopedic knowledge of what these cars are
I am pleased to announce that our good friend, noted author and historian
Geoff Stunkard will host a panel discussion with Tom Tignanelli and Jim
Kramer at the show Saturday. Hear what it was like to be right there
driving The UFO when history was being made, and hear how Jim found and
restored the Hemi Honker!
We have rooms available at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare ($115.00 per night),
the aLoft ($125.00 per night) and the Hyatt O’Hare ($124.00 per night).
direct booking links for these great rates and special perks for
all of our MCACN participants and spectators. All three of these hotels
are conveniently located near the convention center and the Rosemont
Entertainment District, so sign up now and be right in the middle of the
PRESALE DISCOUNT TICKETS
AVAILABLE NOW! Save $5.00
for every Adult admission ticket purchased by
clicking here; If you prefer
“hard” tickets, you can buy Adult Presale discount tickets at our Chicago
area outlets and also from Denny Barker in Hudson, Michigan and Jim Thoren
of Supercar Collectibles in Minnesota.
Click here for the locations of our
Presale outlets, and remember, Kids 12 and Under always get in FREE with
MCACN ANNUAL MAGAZINE ON
THE WAY! Mailing of our
new 80 page MCACN magazine has commenced. If you are on our mailing list,
yours should be hitting your mail box any day now. If you aren’t on our
mailing list, you will be able to get one from
Nickey Performance in St.
Charles, Illinois. We will also being posting the entire magazine online
with free access soon. Note; we will not be able to mail individual copies
at this time, as we quite simply are buried in show preparation!
SELL YOUR CAR AT MCACN;
The show portion is now sold-out (full) and our “standby” list is quite
long. The only openings for cars are in our VIP Car For Sale area, (just
three remaining at $250.00 per car) and our regular Car For Sale area in
the rear of the big room at $100.00 per car. If you want to sell your nice
collectible car at the show,
use this link to sign up now; Cars subject to
final approval from Bob.
Commercial B Vendor Space; Just a few remaining at just $200.00 per 10 x
12’ spot. An excellent opportunity for you to get your automotive related
business in front of plenty of qualified and eager buyers. If you aren’t
automotive related or are a head-set hawker, please don’t ask! Click here
to apply now;
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.
Auctions. Presenting Sponsor;
Bill Stasek Chevrolet
Thanks for the continued support.