2017 SEASON KICKS
INTO HIGH GEAR WITH MECUM AUCTION IN KISSIMMEE
2016 was certainly a memorable year for many reasons. For the MCACN
team, we enjoyed our best show to date, thanks to you. We set an all
time record for attendance, and the overall quality and diversity of
the vehicles on display was off the hook.
1963 Studebaker Avanti
#9 Racer Owned by John Hora- Photo Credit Tim Costello Images
OK...so if you are a
Mopar fan, perhaps the overall dollar value of the Mopars wasn’t as
high as in 2015, but nobody can deny the fact that the Mopars that
were in attendance were incredible. Multiple wing cars, Hemi’s,
440+6’s, 383’s, 340’s and even prime A and C-bodies took the
spotlight. And have you ever seen as many factory sunroof equipped
Mopars in one place?
Lance Miller and Kelly
Molnar - Photo Credit -Tim Costello Images
General Motors fans saw the “hot ones” including the one and only red
on red ‘69 ZL1 Camaro, several LS6’s including John Hills red on red
LS6 Chevelle convertible that was unveiled Saturday morning, and
speaking of Official Unveilings, how about the “lost” Trans Am
Convertible and the 1 of 8 Ram Air II ‘68 Firebird convertible, (a car
that is as rare as the Trans Am convert), that Rick Mahoney pulled the
covers off of; can it get any better?
Bobby Unser with Pikes
Peak Race Car- Photo Credit Tim Costello Images
Well...Ford fans would say YES! Our Cars of Carroll Shelby
Invitational raised the bar with some of the absolute rarest creations
that ever left Shelby American headquarters. Several prototypes, a row
of Cobra’s and several firsts and lasts were lined up, and the
incredible GT40 Roadster Prototype and special guest Chuck Cantwell
certainly set the tone. And then we had the incredible display of Boss
351’s and the Torino’s, Fairlanes and Cyclones. Hopefully you had a
chance to meet Bobby Unser and check out his Pike Peak record setting
Boss 429 powered Torino from
The Brothers Collection! What a great car
and what a gentleman. We also launched our Shelby and Mustang Pinnacle
Award and judging program, assuring that the best of the best from the
Shelby and Mustang world will continue to join us in the future. And what
about those Studebakers? Yes, our friends from South Bend stepped up,
once again proving that you never know what you will see at MCACN. And
that is just a small sampling of what we did for our 2016 show.
The national media again joined us in full force from across the
country and even outside of our country, and the online features are
plentiful. (check out
youtube; search mcacn). And be sure
to watch your newsstands, as full features will be hitting the stands
real soon, and you just might find your own car in there!
So before we announce what we have in store for you this year, let’s
talk about the kick-off to the collector car season. Everyone knows
that January is all about the auctions and there sure are plenty of
them. This week the action kicks into high gear with the huge Mecum
Kissimmee, Florida auction.
“Where the Cars Are” is the theme, and if its Muscle you want, you
don’t want to miss this one. With well over 3,000(!) lots being
offered over nine days, if you can’t find it here, you aren’t looking
hard enough. Of course, you’ll see some past MCACN cars crossing the
block, including prime cars from long time MCACN supporter/participant
Tom Lembeck. Remember the Spring Green 426 Hemi Daytona or the
Black/Blue interior 440+6 ‘70 ‘cuda convertible? And speaking of MCACN
participant/supporters, our good friend Gary Runyon is offering prime
muscle cars, drag cars and even some trucks from his truly best of the
best collection. Tim and Pam Wellborn were so pleased with what Dana
Mecum did for them a few years ago, (remember those record setting
sales?) that they decided to offer up some prime muscle from their
always changing collection again. And if you are a Drag Race
enthusiast, Don Fezell is offering what may be the finest collection
of fully documented and incredibly historical drag cars, along with
prime muscle, again, as seen at MCACN. And what may be the best
collection of ultra rare parts ever to cross an auction block is on
deck. Yes, those are bold statements, but have you ever seen N.O.S.
Z-11 parts? Covering G.M. Ford and Mopar, Don is offering complete
engines, incredibly rare parts and sheet metal and much more. What is
being offered is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
This is just a small sampling of what the Mecum team have lined up.
Nine full days of auction action kick off Friday, January 6, at 8 am
and will continue to Saturday, January 15. And don’t forget, if you
aren’t able to head to Florida in person, you can bid online or watch
the action in real time by registering through the cool Mecum Infonet
system. If you haven’t done this yet, do it now as it is free to
register and it really keeps you in the loop. And of course, NBC
Sports is covering many hours of the auction. To see the full
click here. To view the full
lineup of cars, motorcycles, road art and more,
We are honored to have
Mecum Auctions as our Official Title Sponsor
and wish Dana and his team the best of luck, not only this month, but
throughout the year. I have no doubt that we will see records set and
plenty of happy buyers and sellers this year, as our hobby is clearly
geared up for plenty of fun and excitement. It is a great time to be a
part of this and to quote my friend Lance Miller, "Life is Good!"
In the coming weeks we will be announcing our 2017 Invitational and
Special displays. Several have been in the works for many years and
will allow us to continue to produce a show unlike any other.
Registration is now open and as always, we are looking for the best of
the best, the rarest of the rare and of course, cars with interesting
history, especially those that are rarely, if ever, shown. If you have
a car that you would like to show with us, please e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an idea for a display or would like
to help us coordinate something special, please let me know. Your
thoughts, feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.
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 host over 500 of
the best of the best of the best, filling nearly 400,000 square feet
of the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont,
(suburban Chicago) Illinois. As always, our show will take place the
weekend before Thanksgiving, which is November 18-19, 2017. Title
Mecum Auctions. Presenting Sponsor;
Bill Stasek Chevrolet.
Thanks for a great year and your continued support,
and Best Wishes to you
and your family for a truly outstanding New Year.