Official Transporter of MCACN
MCACN 2017 Sneak Peek*
1968 Schwinn Orange Krate
Owner; Gary Wold, North Carolina
2017 MCACN Muscle Bike Display Sponsored by Koolestuff
At the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, we pride ourselves in keeping the show interesting and most importantly, fun. A few years back we added our “Show within a Show” sponsored by Koolestuff, featuring 60’s and 70’s Muscle Bicycles. Many of you know we have a rather extensive collection, and like many, dreamed of owning a Schwinn Orange Krate back in the day. Well for my birthday back in 1968, my Dad took me to Bob’s Bike Shop in Washington, Michigan. Although I couldn’t talk him into buying me that Orange Krate, (it was an outrageous $86.95!) I did go home with a beautiful blue DeLuxe Stingray. Of course, I would add the tall sissy bar and a variety of other accessories and the rest, as they say, is history! Fast forward to the 80’s when Ian was born. As he grew up, Ian started getting into bikes, although they would be of the BMX and Freestyle variety. We would visit our local bike shop weekly and Ian would even end up attending the world famous Camp Woodward freestyle bike camp in Pennsylvania. We would go to garage sales and flea markets, hoping to find one of the elusive Krate bikes. Although we never found one, we did end up with a collection of Stingrays, and we would soon find out that the eight bikes we had collected were all different years. And that is how we ended up being somewhat out of control Muscle Bike collectors!
Those of you who have shown with us over the years know that I get around the show floor during set-up on a bicycle. It is not uncommon for participants to stop me and say “Hey, I have my old bike like that back in the barn!” And so a few years back we asked participants to bring their bikes, just for fun for a small display. And that is where our “Show within a Show” started. No competition, no judging, just a fun display, where we encourage you to join us with your Muscle Bike, whether it has some bumps and bruises or has been restored to perfection. It’s all about fun and believe me, explaining to your son or daughter why bikes don’t have that funny stick shift thing is worth the effort!
Photo Credit Marc Rozman
Of course, with our goal of always keeping things fresh, we will be adding something new this year. In addition to the variety of Schwinn, Ross, Raleigh, Sears, Murray and other Muscle Bikes, we will also have a fantastic group of ten Schwinn BMX bikes from the Wayne Shurson Collection. Wayne has some of the finest vintage Schwinn BMX bikes in the country and he will show the history of these pedal powered beasts from 1976-1980. But wait...that’s not all! Gary Wold owner of Koolestuff and our Official Sponsor of our bicycle show, will also present our very first Official Unveiling of a freshly restored and first time show Muscle Bike this year! Yep...always keeping things fresh!
We are committed to making sure the show is always fun and family friendly and never stale. This is just one of the many family friendly activities we have, which also includes our Free Model Car “make and take”, the Hot Wheels races, our kids scavenger hunt and more. We need to keep this great hobby going, so please plan on joining us and bring the whole family! And remember, kids 12 and under always get in FREE with an Adult.
We will be attending the huge Ann Arbor, Michigan 37th Annual Bicycle show, Sunday, April 30 to spread the word about the MCACN show. If you are interested in bicycles, no matter what type, you need to attend this awesome event. This is the largest bicycle show and swap in the world with literally thousands of bikes and row after row of bicycle vendors. For full information, click here.
Photo Credit Gary Gerstner
Hope to see you there!
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. Bone Stock magazine called us “The greatest muscle car show on the planet” in their Spring 2017 issue. (Thanks Bone Stock!) 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, just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. To submit your application for your car, click here. If you are an automotive related (only) vendor and would like to join us to showcase your goods and/or services, click here.