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Official Transporter of MCACN
Sneak Peek 2013 Show*
MCACN 2013 Vintage Certification
PROMOTES PRESERVATION INSTEAD OF RESTORATION!
I often say we work with the absolute best in the industry when it comes to our sponsors. They aren’t just sending checks, they are participating in our show. With that being said, I am pleased to announce Frank Badalson, long known as the go-to guy when it comes to original and unrestored Mopars, has stepped up to be the Official Sponsor of our Vintage Certification program for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. If you are into unrestored cars, you know Franks name and have undoubtedly read the many articles he has written for Mopar Collectors Guide and many other publications. Frank, along with Roger Gibson, have been a part of our Vintage Certification team in the past, and we are truly honored to have them joining us again this year, in an even larger capacity!
Frank Badalson has been involved with Mopars since the late 60’s and early 70’s. His first car being a 1970 Barracuda, 318, 2-bbl. That was the smallest engine he was destined to own. His first ride in a Hemi came at the hands of longtime buddy Steve Sowar around 72-73. In early 1975 Frank owned his first Hemi, a 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda. Over the years Frank has owned 55 other original performance Mopars, five of which were original Hemi cars. Since 1973, Frank has amassed a large collection of technical material, factory literature and bulletins, as well as original photographs which are a valuable reference source now used in his everyday business.
Frank's restoration business, American Performance, LLC, now specializes in restoration services, and has become known as one of the finest sources for these services and for Frank’s vast knowledge and experience. Since these cars are so special and altering them can really change not only the value, but the information learned, the proper handling is extremely important. If you want to learn more about Frank and his services, make a point of talking to him in our Vintage Certification area at the show, November 23-24 and check out their website www.rogergibsonautorestoration.com
Speaking of our Vintage Certification area, which is led by MCACN Member Steve Shauger, I am pleased to announce that we will have our largest and most diversified lineup to date. Starting with a 1954 and a 1965 Corvette, we will also host a 1964 GTO, 1967 and 1969 Chevelles, a Challenger T/A, a ‘72 Trans Am, a ‘73 Z/28 and something entirely different for the MCACN show; a pair of Dodge Little Red Express trucks, one 1978 and one 1979! Each of these cars and trucks represent the finest examples of unrestored muscle, and they offer a wealth of information for the restorer and for owners of other unrestored vehicles. What could be better for learning than actually seeing and documenting real unaltered vehicles that have survived the test of time? To learn more about this program, which promotes Preservation, Not Restoration, please see www.mcacn.com/vintagecert.htm and plan on spending some time watching our team of marque experts in action at our show. Oh...and one other thing; our program goes international this year, as one of the Red Express owners is joining us from Canada! We would also like to point out our Official Lift Company, Thielsen Enterprises returns as our exclusive supplier of quality lifts. See what the Thielsen Enterprises team can do for you, as they handle all types of lifts and a wide variety of other goodies. Hats off to our Judging team also, as they certainly put in the hours to make sure this is one of the coolest features of the MCACN show.
HOST HOTEL AVAILABILITY; Yes, both the DoubleTree O’Hare and the Embassy Suites’ O’Hare are now full, but not to worry! We have rooms for you at both the Crowne Plaza O’Hare ($92.00 MCACN special rate) and the aLoft Hotel ($114.00 MCACN special rate) for MCACN participants and spectators. The Crowne is right across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and the aLoft is behind the Crowne, across from the brand new 150+ store outlet mall. Click here now to book your rooms and don’t forget to say “Muscle Car” to get these rates and the extra perks these hotels are offering us. CAR ENTRY INFORMATION; I am pleased to announce that we are now completely full for car entries and have started a “stand-by” list to fill any possible cancellations. This applies to both Judged and Non-Judged cars. We have again blasted past the 500 car mark and I can assure you, the lineup is the best and most diversified to date. Thanks to all of you who have registered, (especially those who registered early!) as without you, we wouldn’t have a show! VENDOR/CAR CORRAL INFORMATION; We are also sold out in both Commercial A and Commercial B area’s. Our vendor list is long and has all the bases covered if you are a car person! You won’t find any hawking window vendors, travel agencies or other junk...just the finest automotive related vendors, artists and restoration shops in the country. Special thanks go out to each and every one of our vendors. Let’s not forget that Christmas shopping can and should be done right at the MCACN show! If you need some assistance in getting some idea’s for unique gifts for your favorite car person, ask Bob, he knows exactly what will be offered! to see our vendor list; click here; As of this writing, I have ONE VIP Car Corral spot and FOUR standard Car Corral spots available. If you want to lock in for one or more of these;
click here now; Once these are sold, the links will be turned off, so don’t hesitate!
Well, we are now less than 30 days away from what I promise will be the finest collection of rare and desirable Muscle Cars, Dealer-built Supercars and Corvettes ever gathered under one roof. Presale discount tickets are available now through our website and through several Chicago area outlets, including Presenting Sponsor Bill Stasek Chevrolet in Wheeling and Show Sponsor Nickey in St. Charles. Click here to secure your advance tickets and remember, kids 12 and under always get in FREE with an adult, so bring them along! We have also launched a great Free Ticket contest and Super-Duper Prize Package Promotion through our facebook page, so check that out too!
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