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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL. 60018
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2014 SHOW HOURS ARE SATURDAY 9AM - 9PM & SUNDAY 9AM - 5PM


 2014 MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS FEATURES

Great American Muscle Car Giveaway 2014

2nd ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR GIVEAWAY

We will be announcing the Winner of the 1970 Oldsmobile Pace Car, November 23, time TBA.

Special Thanks go out to Jeff and Johanna Stolowski who have made their vision a reality by giving back to the hobby they love with their incredible generosity. 100% of the $10.00 per raffle ticket sales go directly to WKTV Media in conjunction with Rescue 1 Fire Safety for Kids and the Beja Shriners  Childrens Charities Fire Prevention Education.

 Click Here to learn more about the Great American Muscle Car Giveaway

Congratulations to 2013 Winner of the 1970 Oldsmobile Rally 350; Marilyn T. of Ohio!

The 2014 Great American Muscle Car Giveaway car has been fully  restored by Thornton Muscle Cars in Quakertown, Pennsylvania! Click Here to learn about the 2014 Restoration.
 


 

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1966 Shelby Cobra 427 CSX 3002

The very first 427 Cobra that was the combined effort of Shelby American, AC, and the Ford Motor Company was featured at our 2013 show. Special Thanks go out to Richard and Pam Ellis.


 

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1956 Corvette SR2 Racer

The actual SR2 Racer, the car that Zora Arkus-Duntov created to instill fear in all competitors, was featured at our 2013 show. Special thanks go out to Greg Boehme.


NICKEY CHICAGO Special Display:

Nickey Chicago

Check out a historical display of the very best cars from Nickey Chicago. This display will feature  only real documented Nickey cars from this Chicago Icon. You will also be able to meet current and past staff members.. 

 

2014 SPECIAL INVITATIONAL DISPLAYS:

The Chrysler Hemi

50th Anniversary Celebration

Presented by

 

Magnum Auto Restoration

 

This display will feature a single example of the Dodge and Plymouth Hemi powered vehicles from the years 1964-1971. again, nothing but the rarest of the rare and best of the best, including several one-off

Color My World Invitational Display

Featuring the "mod" colors of the late 60's and early 70's

Presented by

"Featuring G & L Guitars"

Of course, we all recognize and covet the wild Mopars painted in Plum Crazy, Curious Yellow and Panther Pink, but let's not forget AMC's "Big Bad" colors, Carousel Red from Pontiac, the "Grabber" colors from Ford and more. This colorful display will feature nearly all makes, and the rarest of the rare.

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 Buick GSX Invitational

 

 

Most recognize the 1970 Buick GSX, but did you know they offered the GSX in 1971 and 1972 also? These rare and sought after cars are the epitome of Buick performance with a wild visual 70's twist. You will see all of the available colors and prime examples from each year.

The REAL Pace Cars

Presented by the Sloan Museum Auto Fair

Anyone can put together a group of Pace Car replicas, but how many real Pace Cars, (as in the actual cars that led the race), have you seen in person? Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars will be featured, but you will also see additional real Pace Cars. To make things even better, we will be hosting our first "twin" unveiling Saturday morning, with the #1 and the #2 1969 Camaro Official Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars!

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MUSTANG MADNESS; An Anniversary  Celebration featuring  the Hottest High Performance Mustangs from 1964-1971

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang, we will be hosting some of the rarest and most sought after examples ever seen in the Chicagoland area. You will see Boss 429 Mustangs along with a staggering collection of Ford and Shelby American performance cars.

Ford Performance/The Cat House

Featuring Cobra Jet Cougars and Mustangs


We pride ourselves in showcasing the rare ones, and this display brings something new to the show floor. You will see a row of 428 Cobra Jet Cougar Convertibles and hardtops and a variety of 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs

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Photo Credit; Al Rogers/Freeze Frame Image, LLC

 

Photo Credit; Al Rogers/Freeze Frame Image, LLC

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

Featuring REAL Vintage Race Cars

Here is something entirely new for 2014. In this special display, you will see prime examples of fiberglass race cars from the 60's and 70's. Among them will be Devins and some incredible original Funny Cars.

The Class of 1964 Invitational

 


Featuring the absolute  “Top Dog”  1964 performance cars including the earliest examples of the Dodge and Plymouth Hemi. You will also see a fine group of 427 R-code Ford convertibles and additional vehicles from Chevrolet, Pontiac and Studebaker

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Vintage Certification

Presented by American Performance LLC

 

Frank Badalson's American Performance LLC

 

We are proud to host our Vintage Certification Program for unrestored, original Muscle Cars and Corvettes. This program is designed to encourage owners to maintain their cars in original condition, as they left the factory. Learn all about this outstanding program by clicking here; http://www.mcacn.com/vintagecert.htm

 

Corvette Triple Diamond Showcase and Competition,

Sponsored by CORVETTE CENTRAL:

Corvette Central Official Sponsor of the Triple Diamond Gallery

 

Featuring a historic walk through time with the country's finest restored and original Corvettes that have already achieved NCRS Top Flight AND Bloomington Gold status. Owners will compete for the coveted Triple Diamond award, considered one of the industries most prestigious. Entrants range from 1954-1988 and will be joining us from across the country and Canada.

 

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Barn Finds/Hidden Gems

We launched our Barn Find/Hidden Gems display, hosted by The Automotive Archeologist, Ryan Brutt, in 2012. It was a huge hit, and was expanded in 2013 with over 20 rare gems. Featuring "off the map" rare Muscle Cars and Corvettes fresh from the fields and barns, or maybe just packed away for years for one reason or another, unknown. Expect to see the rare and unusual in this area, with a whole new group of off the radar cars!

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Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race Display

We had so much fun with this last year, we are pleased to announce the PSMCDR display will return with all new cars. If you think that all the cars at our show are "Trailer Queens" you are in for a big surprise. See twelve of the fastest Muscle Cars that appear exactly as they left the assembly line....but with some rubber on the quarters! These show stoppers are used exactly as they were intended, and each is show ready. AMC, Buick, Chevy, Ford, Mopar, Oldsmobile and Mercury will all be represented.

 

 

Class of '69; 45th Anniversary Display

For many, 1969 is the ultimate year for the Muscle Car. The 426 Hemi was offered in various cars, the 440+6 came out, Chevrolet offered the outrageous 427 ZL1 and Ford brought out their own Hemi headed Boss 429. Small block screamers were also in the mix with the Boss 302 and Mopars hot 340's. This group will spotlight the hottest offerings from the Big Three.

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THE PONTIAC GTO; A 50th  ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Sponsored by Ride On Appraisals

 

Ride On Appraisals

 

Many consider the Pontiac GTO as the original Muscle Car. Shoehorning a big block engine under the hood, (contrary to GM's corporate ban) and creating a memorable advertising campaign led to the GTO being among the most recognized muscle cars ever built. Wild colors and higher performance drivetrains and more great advertising made the GTO among the most desired Muscle Cars ever built. See prime examples of 1964-1974 GTO's in this very special display.

 

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Muscle Cars & Muscle Bikes

Sponsored by Koolestuff, Inc

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This has been such a hit and so much fun, this "show within a show" will return for 2014 for your enjoyment. For many of us, it was bicycles that started the fever. A revolution began in June of 1963 with the introduction of the very first Schwinn Stingray, and one by one, kids everywhere jumped on the bandwagon. 1968 brought the introduction of the Schwinn Krate bikes, along with the Raleigh Choppers out of England, and bike companies everywhere started producing "Muscle bikes", inspired by Drag Racers and the hot cars of the era. Join us in celebrating these cool bikes, which in some cases, will be paired with the cars that inspired them.

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A Celebration of the Chevrolet L89

Sponsored by Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events

 

Over the years, Chevy has offered some outstanding high performance engines. LS5 and LS6, ZL1, and L78 come to mind, but are you familiar with the aluminum head L89 396's? Offered for just a few years, those in the know could check the box and own one of the hottest performance engines ever dropped into a select few Chevelles, Camaro's and Corvettes. See the best of the best in documented L89's in this gathering.

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If you have an idea for a special display or would like to help coordinate one, please contact Bob Ashton at bashton426@gmail.com

 

CELEBRITY APPEARANCES:

   
Dennis Pittsenbarger

As host of Hot Rod Magazine Radio, Dennis is living his dream, traveling throughout the country talking about cars with some of the coolest people ever; Car Folks! Dennis will be serving as our Offficial "MC" and will be broadcasting LIVE at the show Saturday, and also taping for future segments both Saturday & Sunday.

Dennis Pittsenbarger Hot Rod Radio

Jim Mattison

 

Jim is known world-wide for his Pontiac Historical Services, but he also played a key role in COPO programs and the ZL1 "back in the day." Jim will host several seminars this year, and will also share some great stories about his personal experiences with many interesting personalities.

Saturday & Sunday.

Jim Mattison Pontiac Historical Services

Additional Automotive Celebrity Appearances To be Announced.

 

2014 FEATURED ARTIST:

David Snyder CarArt

David Snyder CarArt 2014 MCACN Featured Artist

 

Nominations for 2015 Featured Artist can be sent to bashton426@gmail.com

(2013 Featured Artists Michael Irvine)

(2012 Featured Artist Mary Watt Yeadon)

(2011 Featured Artist Steven Macy)

(2010 Featured Artist; Dan McCrary)

(2009 Featured Artist: David Snyder)

 

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL FEATURES:

Triple Diamond Corvette Gallery and Competition, Sponsored by CORVETTE Central:

Corvette Central Official Sponsor of the Triple Diamond Gallery

Corvette Central Triple Diamond Award


See the finest restored and original Corvettes that have already achieved Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight status. These are truly the “best of the best” in the Corvette world! Display is set up in chronological order to show the history of the Corvette featuring Corvettes from 1953-1993.

 

 LIVE MUSIC SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON!

See REDLINE 7000 Featuring John Kraman

 

They will be playing Saturday night, November 22

 

See Marty "Mad-dog" Mercer

 

Performing the Blues Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm

 

2014 PREMIERE Unveilings;

We are pleased to host "Unveilings"  of very notable Muscle Cars, all being shown for the very first time after extensive restorations and uncovered for your exclusive viewing pleasure Saturday morning. Special Host; Dennis Pittsenbarger of Hot Rod Magazine Radio.

EXACT SCHEDULE OF 2014 UNVEILINGS TBA

1969 Pontiac Trans Am Prototype, Shown by Curt Richards, Lexington, Kentucky

1970 Plymouth 426 Hemi Superbird, Restored by Magnum Auto Restoration, LaSalle, Illinois

1969 Camaro Indianapolis Official Pace Car #1, Restored by Level One Restorations of  Arvada, Colorado

1969 Camaro Official Pace Car #2, Restored by Level One Restorations of Arvada, Colorado.

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 427 R-code Convertible, Shown by Dean Klein, North Oaks, Minnesota

1964 Cheetah Drag Racer, Shown by Clark Rand, Fairgrove, Missouri

1972 Pontiac Trans Am 1 of 1 "Adrian", Shown by Greg SanMarco, San Antonio, Texas

 

If you own a significant Muscle Car or Corvette that is currently under restoration and would like to show it for the very first time at the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, please send information to Bob Ashton at bashton426@gmail.com. Car must be fully documented and real and have significant full history, or interesting story to be considered for Official Unveiling.

Vintage Certification Program for Unrestored Original Muscle Cars
We are proud to host our Vintage Certification Program for unrestored, original Muscle Cars and Corvettes. This program is designed to encourage owners to maintain their cars in original condition, as they left the factory. These cars are used to document build methods and other significant and historical features. this year we will be inspecting a variety of factory muscle cars and corvettes including a 1966 L78 Chevelle and a 1978 Official Pace Car Corvette.

3rd Annual  MCACN COVER GIRL SEARCH, Presented by Mopar Collectors Guide

We are proud to present our THIRD annual  Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Cover Girl Search, Presented by Mopar Collectors Guide magazine. You can enter to win an ONSITE pro photo shoot with noted photographer Al Rogers/Freeze Frame Image, LLC, who will shoot for upcoming covers of Mopar Collectors Guide magazine right at the show. The winners will be announced Friday and Saturday, and the actual photo shoots will take place at the show in our onsite photo studio. For details and to enter, click here; Our first two Cover Girl searches resulted in ELEVEN magazine covers and several full features!

 

Rescue 1 Fire Safety For Kids:
Meet Driver/Fire Fighter Jeff Steere and see their latest projects in the Great American Muscle Car Giveaway display. Kids will get the latest Fire Safety coloring books and other neat stuff while learning the importance of home fire safety. www.firesafetyforkids.org.

INDOOR COMMERCIAL VENDORS:
See a variety of automotive related vendors offering goods and services. Join Mid America Motorworks,  Reliable Carriers, Inc.,  Hagerty Insurance, DFT Detailing, Motorbooks and restoration specialists including, The Finer Details, American Muscle Car Restoration, Inc. Apex Motorsports and others. Your chance to talk directly to the best nationally recognized service providers in the industry! 

VIP COLLECTION, CARS FOR SALE:
This area is reserved for the finest collector cars offered directly by the owners. Cars must apply to be accepted in this very special gathering! Only a few more spots available!

COLLECTOR CAR CORRAL:

Sell your Muscle Car or Corvette at our show. Deal directly with potential buyers. No commissions or buyers/seller fees! We have just a few available spots remaining and all applicants must be approved in advance with photos and information to bashton426@gmail.com

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REVELL Model Car "Make and Take"

This awesome feature allows kids to participate with a hands-on actual build, supervised by our friends from Revell. This is totally FREE and all participants get to take home the model car that they build right at the show. We encourage parents to bring the kids in and introduce them to the great hobby of model car building, which is where many of us started. Located in Hall B.

 

Hagerty Insurance

Operation Ignite; Presented by Hagerty Insurance

Kids get a behind the scenes peek and a chance to meet some of our participants, and then do some actual judging right at the show. Kids Pick awards will be presented to the participants of their choice.

 

CELEBRITY BOOK SIGNINGS, Presented by Motorbooks International

Meet some of the very best nationally known automotive writers and expand your library with a personally signed copy of their latest releases. 

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Colin Comer: Author of Million Dollar Muscle Cars and his beautiful book; The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles; Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes. Saturday and Sunday.

Randy Leffingwell: Randy has authored a wide variety of titles, including my personal favorite, "American Muscle" that told the story of the Otis Chandler Collection and a brand new offering featuring prime Muscle from The Brothers Collection. Randy will be joining us Saturday and Sunday.

David Newhardt; Noted Author and Photographer David Newhardt has shot thousands of the finest collectible automobiles and has his work in many beautiful books.

Chris Petris: Info TBA

 

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John Gunnell: John has authored way too many books to list here, including the popular Standard Catalog series, and he currently writes for several national magazines. Saturday and Sunday.

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Dr. Pete Giminez: Dr. Pete will be signing his “Corvette Racing Legends, The Story of the L-88 Option Packages” book in our 1967 Corvette L/88 Invitational display. Saturday and Sunday.

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Mike Yager: Mike is the Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks. In addition to creating one of the world's greatest American Dream success stories, he has authored an outstanding book titled "The Corvette Bible." The new revised Second Edition was recently released, and mike will be signing in the Mid America Motorworks display. Saturday and Sunday.

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Don Keefe: In addition to being Editor of The Smoke Signals magazine, Don has authored numerous articles and an outstanding book titled "Grand Prix, Pontiac's Performance Luxury Car". Don will be signing his book and will also host several interesting seminars. Saturday and Sunday.

KIDS FREE SCAVENGER HUNT:
MCACN is devoted to making this event for ALL of the family, so we have created a Kids Scavenger Hunt. Kids will get a special game card and map at the Info Booth so they can search for “clues” at our Sponsor booths and other show landmarks. When they complete the search and turn in their cards, they will be awarded free prizes. REMEMBER; Kids 12 and under always get in free!

SEMINARS

We will be hosting a variety of FREE informative Seminars throughout the weekend. Subject matter for each of the seminars along with exact times will be announced prior to the show. Seminars will be conducted by the following;

Chris Petris: Mr. Petris will be joining us with something totally new this year. Details to follow! Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 in the Corvette Central display.

Dennis Parus; All About collector car appraisals, the how and why. Dennis is the proprietor of RideOn appraisals, and will explain why you really need the proper written appraisal for your collector car. Saturday and Sunday on the ballroom stage, Times TBA

Rusty Tires Presents "Where the Rubber Meets the Road" which is all about current offerings and the ins and outs of reproduction tires for your Muscle Car and Corvette. Presented by Rusty Small, Saturday and Sunday on the ballroom stage. Times TBA

John Gunnell; Noted Author and Historian. John will join Al Rogers to share with you what it takes to get YOUR car into the magazines. Saturday and Sunday on the Ballroom stage. Times TBA

Don Keefe; Editor of Smoke Signals and noted Author and Historian. Don will cover "Pontiac, The Future and the Past", covering the current state of collectible Pontiacs of all years. Saturday & Sunday on the Ballroom stage, Times TBA.

Jim Mattison; Jim will be joining us again for 2014. Subjects covered TBA. Saturday & Sunday. Ballroom stage.

Jim McGowen: Quad Shop proprietor Jim McGowen has been rebuilding and restoring carbs for many years. See what it takes to bring your carb up to the highest standards both mechanically and visually. Saturday at 1:30 in Hall B.