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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL. 60018
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2015 SHOW HOURS ARE SATURDAY 9AM - 9PM & SUNDAY 9AM - 5PM


 2015 MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS FEATURES

1971 426 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible The Brothers Collection Photo Credit Al Rogers/Freeze Frame Image LLC

Photo Credit: Al Rogers/Freeze Frame Image, LLC

1971 426 Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible
The Brothers Collection

Mopar E-Body 426 Hemi Convertible Display

Sponsored by the Brothers Collection & The Supercar Registry

 

This is your opportunity to see some of the rarest and most sought after

American Muscle Cars ever built up close and in person. We are now up to an incredible twenty-six 1970 and 1971 426 Hemi 'Cuda and 1970 Challenger R/T convertibles confirmed. Each and every one of them is real and fully documented!


2015 SPECIAL INVITATIONAL DISPLAYS:

Note: Additional Invitational and Special Displays TBA

The Chrysler Hemi E-Body Convertible Invitational Display

Sponsored By The Brothers Collection & The Supercar Registry

 

The Brothers Collection  & Super Car Registry

 

We have over twenty 1970 & 1971 426 Hemi 'Cuda and 1970 Challenger R/T 426 Hemi convertibles confirmed! A rare opportunity to see some of the most sought after and valuable examples of American muscle ever produced.

 

Chevrolet LS6 Invitational Display

Sponsored By Carlisle Events

 

Carlisle Events

 

Featuring 1970 Chevelles and El Camino's featuring the legendary 454 cubic inch 450 horsepower drive train. Included in this display will be several documented original LS6 Chevelle convertibles and several historic race cars.

 

 

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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 unrestored 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 will be joining us from across the country and Canada.

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Buick Stage 1, 4-Speed Convertible Special Display


We pride ourselves in showcasing the rare ones, and this display will feature another "show within a show" for your viewing pleasure. You will see an entire circle of 1970 Buick Stage 1, 4-speed Convertibles. Among the rarest and most desirable Buick Muscle Machines ever built, this will surely be the largest gathering of these prime examples of American Muscle ever shown.

 

Class of '70:  45th Anniversary Display

1970 is clearly one of the hottest years for the Muscle Car. The 426 Hemi and 440+6 engines were offered in various Mopars, Chevrolet offered the outrageous 396 L78 and 454 LS5 and LS6's and Ford offered their Cobra Jet's and the 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 and AMC.

 

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Barn Finds/Hidden Gems

Hosted by Ryan Brutt, the Automotive Archeologist

 

 

 

 

We launched our Barn Find/Hidden Gems display, hosted by The Automotive Archeologist, Ryan Brutt, in 2012. It continues to be a huge hit, with 24 cars and a truck featured in 2014. 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. Expect to see the rare and unusual in this area, with a whole new group of off the radar cars!

The Class of 1965 Invitational

Featuring the Z16 396 Chevelle

Sponsored by NCM Insurance

 

National Corvette Museum Insurance

 

Featuring the absolute  “Top Dog”  1965 performance cars including early examples of the Dodge and Plymouth Max Wedges and Hemi's. This display will also showcase a very special gathering of Z16 Chevelles, Chevy's first 396 powered intermediates, and additional vehicles from Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Ford, Mercury and Buick.

 

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Corvette Legends Invitational

Presented by Dr. Pete Gimenez

 

Corvette Legends Vettura Publishing

In this very special display you will see a wide variety of special 1965 and 1970 Corvettes. Among them is a Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT, a very unique 396/425 Roadster and several notable racers.

 

Gasser Madness

Presented by Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine

Official Sponsor of the Rodz Deluxe Magazine

See some fine examples of real straight axle cars, Gassers and vintage hot rods in this section. Special awards to be by Car Kulture Deluxe magazine!

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Muscle Cars & Muscle Bikes

Sponsored by Koolestuff, Inc

 

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This "show within a show" will return for 2015 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 first Schwinn Stingray, and one by one, kids everywhere jumped on the bandwagon. 1968 brought the introduction of the Schwinn Krate bikes, along with 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 and relive the memories.

 

Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race Display

Featuring real cars of the PSMCDR group

 

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We are pleased to announce the PSMCDR display will return with another all new group of 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.

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409 Invitational Display

The legendary 409 engine was introduced in late 1961 as the first big block Chevrolet engine offered in a passenger car, and it would continue until 1965. History would be made at race tracks and on the streets. See some of the finest examples of real, documented factory built 409 cars in this very special invitational display, including a rare 1963 Z11 racer, one of the finest examples in existence.

L79 Special Display

Although Chevy may be best known for the legendary 409, 427's and 454's, they also produced a high winding small block known as the L79, that offered incredible performance in a light weight 327 cubic inch package. Offered from 1965-1967 for the Chevy II, Chevelle, El Camino and Corvette, you will see rare and sought after examples of each in this display.

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Muscle TRUCKS Invitational Display

Not all muscle machines have a trunk! In the late 60's and through the 70's Chevy, Ford and Dodge produced some muscle influenced trucks. This year we showcase some of the finest factory built muscle trucks, including the two shown below that are joining us from Colorado.

Modern Muscle Special Collection NEW!

This new section will feature three blocks with thirteen cars in each, one featuring Fords, one for Mopars and one for GM modern muscle machines. Not for the typical shiny Camaro with nice wheels, this area will showcase the finest in tastefully modified examples of modern high horsepower automobiles. To be considered for this area, send pics and specs to bashton426@gmail.com for approval.

 

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F.A.S.T Factory Appearing Stock Tire Drag Racers display.

 

Differing from our Pure Stock display, the F.A.S.T. group allows additional engine internal mods. Don't let the bias ply tires fool you...these twelve show ready and rare examples of American Muscle will certainly amaze you when you see their timeslpis!

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:

Richard Petty's 43 JR Barracuda

Although not a person, this car certainly deserves Celebrity status! As one of two cars that Richard Petty drove (briefly) in 1965 after some "disagreements" with NASCAR, 43 JR is one of the most significant Mopar race cars ever. Yes...this is the real thing, not a clone or replica! You will see this piece of Mopar history on display right next to a factory stock 1965 Barracuda Formula S

 

Dennis Pittsenbarger

As host of the new Discovery show, Highway to Sell, 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 Official "MC" and will be hosting onsite interviews throughout the weekend on our new Celebrity stage, right in the center of the "big" room.

Dennis Pittsenbarger

 

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

 

Jim Luikins

Jim Luikens is known as one of the first people to sell High Performance parts through mail order. As the Performance Manager for Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jim was in the middle of the action in the late 60's and early 70's. Jim will be presenting a special seminar Saturday with stories of what it was like "back in the day."

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Additional Automotive Celebrity Appearances To be Announced.

 

2015 FEATURED ARTIST: DANA FORRESTER

Dana Forrester Named 2015  MCACN Official Featured Artist

 

Nominations for 2016 Featured Artist can be sent to bashton426@gmail.com

2014 Featured Artist David Snyder

2013 Featured Artist Michael Irvine)

2012 Featured Artist Mary Watt Yeadon)

(2011 Featured Artist Steven Macy)

2010 Featured Artist; Dan McCrary)

 

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.


2015 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, Automotive Tomfoolery Expert

 

EXACT SCHEDULE OF 2015 UNVEILINGS TBA

1964 Phil Bonner Ford Thunderbolt

1965 Mr. 5 & 50 Plymouth Drag Car

1965 Ford Fairlane Factory Drag Car

1969 Boss 429 Mustang KK 1365

1969 Camaro Z/28 JL8 Cross Ram

1972 Plymouth Roadrunner/GTX 440+6, Presented by MCACN Sponsor Magnum Restorations, Inc.

TWIN Unveiling; A PAIR of 1970 Trans Am Javelins

1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 #480025

1966 Chevy II L79

TWIN Unveiling; A PAIR of Deuces; 1970 Yenko Deuces

1971 The LAST 426 Hemi Charger, Presented by MCACN Sponsor Apex Auto Sports

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 2016 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. We will be inspecting a variety of factory muscle cars and Corvettes.

 

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 American Muscle Car Restoration, Inc. Apex Motorsports, Magnum Restorations 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 buyer/seller fees! We have room for just 16-18 cars 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 staff, Presented by 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 the center 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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Corvette Legends Vettura Publishing

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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 Legends Invitational display. Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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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.

Ryan Brutt: The "Automotive Archeologist" and host of our Barn Finds/Hidden Gems area will be signing his new book, Amazing Barn Finds and Hidden Relics.

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.

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Don Keefe: In addition to being past Editor of The Smoke Signals magazine and now a brand new Pontiac magazine that he will introduce at our show, 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.

 

Geoff Stunkard: Geoff has been a huge supporter of what we do, and this year, he will be signing his new book "Hemi: Chrysler's Unique V-8 in Competition"

 

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

Below is a list of our 2014 Seminars. Some will be returning due to popular demand, and we will be announcing more in the upcoming months. 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.

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

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 2015. Subjects covered TBA. Saturday & Sunday. Ballroom stage.

Jim Liukens; Jim will join us this year to talk about a variety of 60's and 70's era Supercars, along with his times working as the Parts Manager for Supercar and preformance parts dealer Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Saturday