Presenting Sponsor

Bill Stasek Chevrolet- The Official Chevrolet Dealer of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show

Title Sponsor

Mecum Auctions Title Sponsor of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals


Official Transporter of MCACN

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MCACN 2016 Sneak Peek*


1972 Buick G.S. Stage 1, Owned by Gary Steele of Tennesee, 2016 MCACN Barn Finds/Hidden Gems

1972 Buick G.S. Stage 1
2016 MCACN Barn Find/Hidden Gems Entry
Owned by Gary Steele, Tennessee

The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show has quickly established a reputation as the place to show the best of the best and the rarest of the rare. And of course, we also are the place for the “Premier Unveilings” that kick off the show when we open to the public Saturday morning. In 2015, we played host to a record setting fifteen Premier Unveilings, and each and every one was a significant car, and the stories and history are truly amazing. More on that in the coming weeks...
Today we would like to talk about another area of the MCACN show that is also unique to our event, and clearly one of the most popular and flat out fun features. We are talking about our Barn Find & Hidden Gems section, hosted by the Automotive Archeologist, Ryan Brutt. Now, if you have been to our show, you know this is a hot spot, jam packed with cool and unusual cars (and even the occasional truck!) and lots of people. The stories that come out of this corner of the show are always amazing. The vehicles that we accept for this section are not your typical abandoned projects or forgotten beaters...No Sir-ee! Each and every one is either a rare example of American Muscle or it has an amazing story and history. We have hosted a 1971 GTO Judge convertible that was thought to be long lost, a Pilot Hemi Roadrunner, several Boss 429’s, including the wild Don Nicholson Boss ‘9 Cougar that Ed Meyer brought out, several very real Yenko’s and COPO’s and even a very historical 1955 Chevy Station Wagon, currently owned by Mopar aficionado, MCACN Sponsor and long time supporter of our show, Frank Badalson, (really!) That one is the actual car owned and driven by Lee Harvey Oswald. Yep...certainly some unexpected historical significance there!

Wes Eisenschenk -2016 Barn Finds

Wes Eisenschenk -2016 Barn Finds

This year we are pleased to again be off and running with this special section. Yes...others may have a few Barn Finds at their shows, but at MCACN you will see as many as 25-30 of them all together, and again let me emphasize...these aren’t just old average beaters!
We have already accepted several unique entries, and they are good ones. AMC will be well represented with a real-deal 401, 4-speed with a/c Javelin/AMX and a wild vintage Trans Am raced Camaro. The above Buick is another rarity; a real-deal documented 1972 Stage 1, G.S., one of just 728 produced. Think about; in ‘72 the writing was on the wall, and there weren’t very many people checking the box that got you the 455 cubic inch, Stage 1 under the hood, one of the last true muscle car drivetrains. And this one was just pulled out into the daylight after nearly 25 years of storage. Whew...can’t wait to see it up close and in person!
This is a sampling of what you’ll see this year at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show. And here is another neat fact; it seems that this section has done more than just get people to drag out their long forgotten muscle. Remember that gorgeous 1972 440+6 sunroof equipped Roadrunner/GTX that the Magnum Restorations crew unveiled last November, from The Brothers Collection? Well that one was in our Barn Finds area back in 2012, after being stashed for many years. And we know of another couple of past participants, Dave and Kelly Molnar from Texas, (yes...that Kelly!) who are hard at work restoring their M-Code 69.5 Super Bee that they showed in Barn Finds in 2014, which will be Unveiled fresh as new in 2017!

2014 MCACN Kelly and Dave Molnar Barn Finds/Hidden Gems

Photo Credit: Marc Rozman

So...if you have a Barn Find or Hidden Gem that needs to come out and play, please consider joining us this year. As stated, this is not for your abandoned average project car, it is for significant or rare muscle, with the occasional exception for something that is just flat out cool or unusual, like the ‘55 mentioned. Send us pictures, history and information for consideration to
Of course, you know what a “Barn Find” is, but what about a Hidden Gem? Well, that may be a car that isn’t fresh or mint, but is significant, rare, or maybe an unrestored original with some bumps and bruises. It doesn’t have to run, (we’ll help you unload it and get it set up!) It may even be a Day2 car with blistered old metalflake paint or maybe even something like the wild Pro-Street ‘69 Camaro that was shown last year, dressed as a Z/28, but actually a very real 427 Yenko Super Camaro! Let us know what you have, as I can guarantee, you will have a blast and there is a very good chance that you may stir up some memories from folks that remember your car that help add to the history.

1955 Nomad Barn Finds MCACN


We are now accepting applications for cars, muscle bicycles and also for automotive (only) vendors.

We will again fill nearly 400,000 square feet of exhibit space at the beautiful Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago), Illinois. Although it may seem like

 it is a long way off, we always fill (as in sell out) all area’s of our show well in advance, and in some cases months ahead of the show. (THANKS!)


The show will take place Saturday, November 19, from 9 am – 9 pm, and

Sunday, November 20, from 9 am – 5 pm. Title Sponsor; Mecum Auctions.

Presenting Sponsor; Bill Stasek Chevrolet. See for more show information

and to book your room at one of our FIVE Official Host Hotels, all offering special rates

and extra perks for our MCACN participants and spectators.


Thanks for your continued support, and please help us spread the word by sharing this e-mail* and also clicking “like” on our facebook page, which I update nearly every day.
BTW; keep an eye out for the next issue of Muscle Car Review magazine for a full feature specifically devoted to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals 2015 Barn Fund and Hidden Gems section!
Bob Ashton
Managing Member

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