Official Transporter of MCACN
MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*
1967 Shelby GT-500; The Prison Car
2016 Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational
Owner; Lowell Otter, Michigan
Many call Chuck Cantwell “The Father of the GT350” but that is just the tip of the iceberg. You see, in addition to being the guy that truly deserves that title, he is also a whole lot more. In addition to being a project engineer for the GT350 program, he was also the driving force behind the design and production of the street and track-attacking R model. He also spent some time as a GT350R test driver and is an avid SCCA racer. “That became the fun part of my job,” he said in a recent interview with Automobile magazine, which you can read here. In addition, he explained “The object of the GT350 program was to beat the Corvettes in SCCA racing. So we had to first get a car the SCCA would accept as a sports car.” And that is exactly what they did. We are truly honored to have Mr. Cantwell joining us for our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational display both Saturday and Sunday.
So in addition to hosting the very first 427 Cobra, early GT350’s and what many consider the best GT350R, one of the four 1966 GT350 convertibles, the one and only surviving unrestored original GT40 Roadster Prototype, a Fuel Injected 1969 Shelby GT350, and the one and only 1967 GT-500 convertible, you’ll be able to see a full row on the right of Cobra’s and GT40’s along with the row of GT350’s and GT-500’s on the left. Many of these are one-offs and several are prototypes. And we have the first 1969 GT-500 convertible that will be unveiled after an extensive and research filled restoration along with an amazing collection of one-off and unique parts and some very special guests. And that’s also just the tip of the iceberg. Oh yeah...another neat thing; see that GT-500 shown above? The owner of this car, commonly referred to as “The Prison Car” in Shelby circles, tells us that it is yet another car that Mr. Cantwell spent some time in that you will see. Mr. Cantwell will be in our Cars of Carroll Shelby Invitational display, appearing both Saturday and Sunday.
LIVE MUSIC AT MCACN! We love music and we love keeping the show fun and interesting. This year we have live music both Saturday and Sunday.
SATURDAY; Boys and Toys will bring their high energy show to us Saturday kicking off at 6:15 pm for several sets. They have an awesome blend of tunes that span several decades and they know how to put on a fun show. After walking the aisles of great cars, please plan on taking a break and watching these guys in the Awards/Ballroom area. Don’t be surprised if you get the urge to do a little dancing!
SUNDAY; You know we like to keep things interesting, unexpected and fun, right? On Sunday before our awards presentation, we will host a lovely young lady from the Detroit area. I have been following Carmel Liburdi for several years now. She is a truly outstanding singer/songwriter with what some may call a “quirky” style. She is an awesome performer, lots of fun and I can assure you that you have never seen or heard anyone like her. Carmel has produced several cool CD’s and she will be performing at 2:30 pm Sunday, right before our awards presentation on our Awards/Seminar stage. Everyone is welcome! To see a preview of Carmels work, click here.
SOLD OUT...AS IN FULL! Yes...all area’s of the show are now completely full, (sold-out) with the possible exception of the standard Car For Sale area, which may have a few remaining spots. We have standby lists for cars and automotive vendors, but to be honest, we don’t usually get very many cancellations. This may be our best show to date, so please plan on joining us and wear comfortable shoes. I also highly recommend coming both days, as there is a a whole lot to see!
UNDER 21 AND WANT TO GET IN FREE...AND MAYBE WIN A 4-POST LIFT? We want everyone to join us, but thanks to our Official Lift Company, Titan Lifts, we have a very special offer for anyone 21 or younger that joins us this year. First, you’ll get into the show FREE (must have proof of age) and we’ll also give you an entry to win a FREE Titan 4-post lift! Click here to read all about how. Of course Kids 12 and under always get in FREE with an Adult, and they get an entry for the lift too! This is all about planting the seed to keep this great hobby going.*
The countdown is on and we are geared up and ready. 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.
Hope to see you at the show!!!