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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL. 60018
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2017 SHOW HOURS ARE SATURDAY NOV 18, 2017 9AM - 9PM & SUNDAY NOV 19, 2017 9AM - 5PM


 2017 MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS FEATURES

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50th Anniversary F-Body Invitational

FEATURING : 13 of the rarest and most significant First Generation Pontiac Firebirds and 13 of the rarest and most significant First Generation Chevrolet Camaros Ever gathered under One Roof.

 

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

1967- 1969 G.M. F-Bodies ever built. Each and every one of them is real and fully documented! This will include several one-off's, several "firsts" and some very special race cars, many seldom if ever shown to the public.

 


2017 SPECIAL INVITATIONAL DISPLAYS

 

Kars of Kar Kraft Invitational

Sponsored by Trailex

Kar-Kraft’s story doesn’t begin and end with the GT40 that took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Cars were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition with Mustangs, Talladegas/Cyclone Spoilers and Boss Cougars among them. Street versions of the Boss 429 and Boss 351 Mustangs and prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, Boss 429 Maverick, Composite Mustang(s), Special Bronco and Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford's contracted race shop. And then, out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970. See a variety of the cars and the Bronco that came out of the Kar Kraft facility.

Trailex Aluminum Trailers

Corvette Triple Diamond Showcase and Competition

Sponsored by CORVETTE CENTRAL

 

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 and certification, considered one of the industries most prestigious. Entrants will be joining us from across the country and Canada.

 

Corvette Central Official Sponsor of the Triple Diamond Gallery

1969 Mustang Boss 429 #KK 1213 Cars of Kar Kraft Invitational Owned by Russell Ruff of Idaho

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Invitational

 

This group will spotlight documented and real examples of the earliest Z/28's from 1967, including the very first. A mere 602 of these Trans Am inspired cars were built, making them among the most desirable G.M. muscle cars of them all. Hosted by Z/28 aficionado Jon Mello, you will see factory stock cars along with owner modified cars and racers that were done "back in the day" including several very significant racers. Featuring one of the original Penske Sunoco team cars!

 

Class of '72:  45th Anniversary Display

The writing was on the wall for all out performance and horsepower, but if you knew your way around an order sheet, you could still buy a 440+6 Mopar or a 455 powered Oldsmobile, Pontiac or Buick. If you were a Camaro enthusiast, this would be the last year for the 396 and Chevelle and Corvette buyers could opt for a 454 and if it was AMC, you could still get the 401. It is true that 1972 marked the end of an era. This group will spotlight the hottest offerings from the Big Three and AMC. Featuring a special group of five Stage 1 4-speed Buick G. S. convertibles!

 

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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 2016. 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!

 

Fabulous Formulas

Featuring High Performance 70-74 Formula Firebirds

 

This one will feature the often overshadowed second generation 1970-74 Pontiac Formula Firebirds. Everyone recognizes the Trans Ams, but did you know Pontiac also offered high performance versions of the Formula? H/O  and Super Duty 455 engines along with high output versions of the 400 were among the  offerings, along with a wide variety of handling and performance goodies. See fifteen of the hottest and rarest examples in this very special display.

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Vintage Certification

Presented by American Performance LLC

 

We are proud to host our Vintage Certification Program for un-restored, original Muscle Cars and Corvettes. This program is designed to encourage owners to maintain their cars in original un-restored condition, as they left the factory. "Preservation, not Restoration" is the theme. Learn all about this outstanding program by clicking here; http://www.mcacn.com/vintagecert.htm

 

Frank Badalson's American Performance LLC

Corvette Legends Invitational

Presented by Dr. Pete Gimenez

 

This special display will return with an entirely new group of very special

Corvettes with an emphasis on the 1967 model year, each representing the high point for Corvette performance and engineering. The outrageous 427 L/88 was introduced as a factory option package in '67, and we will feature some of the finest examples in existence, in both factory stock and race trim along with several ultra low mile originals.

Corvette Legends Vettura Publishing

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Muscle Cars & Muscle Bikes

Sponsored by Koolestuff, Inc

This "show within a show" will return for 2016 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.

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Shaker E-Body Invitational

Sponsored by Wellborn Musclecar Museum

 

Featuring more than 20 of the most desirable N96 Shaker equipped Dodge Challengers and Plymouth ‘cuda;s from 1970 and 1971. 340, 383, 440-6 and 426 Hemis, coupes and convertibles will be featured, with the rarest of the rare. Among the cars will be a 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T originally sold in Switzerland and never shown in the U.S.

 

Wellborn Muscle Car Museum

 

 

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Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race Display

Featuring real cars of the PSMCDR group

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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The Class of 1967 Invitational

Sponsored by NCM Insurance

 

Featuring the absolute  “Top Dog”  1967 performance cars including early examples of the Dodge Coronet R/T and Plymouth GTX's. Also featured are 442's GTO's, G.S's. Shelbys, Firebirds, Big-Bodies and more. This display will feature prime examples from GM, Ford and Chrysler, along with an additional separate display of the very first Z/28 Camaros in both stock and race trim.

 

National Corvette Museum Insurance

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Studebaker Legends II

With the huge success of our initial Studebaker Legends Invitational display last year, Eddie George is again hosting a very special group of South Bends hottest. With an emphasis on the early supercharged models, this gathering is sure to once again raise the bar for the high performance Studebaker enthusiasts, and will certainly raise awareness of the many innovations that started long before what you may have thought.

Shelby & Mustang PINNACLE Display and Competition.

 

 

This special gathering will showcase select examples of the country's finest and rarest examples of  Mustangs and Shelbys that have already achieved both SAAC and MCA Gold certification. This is an intensive judging program which includes putting these cars on a lift for inspection inside, outside and underneath.

 

 

1963 Studebaker Avanti Ron Hall Bonneville Racer Owner: Luanna Hall- MCACN 2016 Studebaker Performance Display

 

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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 for 2017

Courtney Hansen

Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce Courtney Hansen of Overhaulin' and past host of the Spike TV Power Block will be returning to the MCACN show. Courtney will kick off her activities with the Premiere Unveiling of Jason Lines 1970 Buick G.S. convertible at 9:45 Saturday morning. Courtney will be appearing both Saturday and Sunday.

Courtney Hansen

Dennis Pittsenbarger

 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 also hosting some of our Official Unveilings along with doing onsite interviews throughout the weekend. It's all about having fun!

Dennis Pittsenbarger

 

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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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 including how the Pete Estes convertible 1968 Z/28 as featured in our 50th Anniversary F-body Invitational display came into existence.

Jim Mattison

Additional Automotive Celebrity Appearances To be Announced.


 

2017 FEATURED ARTIST

 

Dan McCrary 2017 Featured Artist

 

Dan McCrary

 

Dan has been one of the most recognized automotive artists of our generation. Joining us from North Carolina, he will show several new works including several studebaker pieces along with a variety of muscle cars, Corvettes, exotics and even some classics.

 

2018 Nominations now being accepted. E-mail to bashton426@gmail.com

 

 

 

 2016 Featured Artist: Branden Hochstetler

2015 Featured Artist: Dana Forrester

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

2009 Featured Artist: David Snyder


SEMINARS

 

Presenting The Norwood Ambassadors F-Body aficionado and author Phil Borris will host a panel discussion with seven original key employees of the Norwood, Ohio General Motors plant. This is where most of the  Camaro's and Firebirds were assembled and where the very last Norwood built Camaro left the line. Get the stories right from the source. These  guys were there when the Last Camaro left the line and many also participated in the launch of the first Gen Camaro's and Firebirds. Archival footage will also be shown and a Q&A session will follow.

 

 

Jim Mattison

 
Jim Mattison; Jim has an entirely new seminar this year titled The Chevrolet COPO Program; Behind the Scenes. Many of you think of Jim as being the Pontiac guy, as owner of Pontiac Historical Services. Did you know he also spent years working with the Chevy COPO program? Here is your chance to learn from the source! Saturday at 3:00 and Sunday at Noon.

 

 
Rusty “Tires” Small; Inside look at collector car tires. If you know me, you know how much I despise Radial T/A’s on 60’s and early 70’s Muscle Cars. Sure...they are great tires for driving, but your E-Body Mopar, Boss 429 or Corvette L/88 should be on the proper Bias Ply tires. Learn all about what is available now in reproduction tires that will provide the proper look without sacrificing safety. You will also learn about dating vintage tires and how to see if those vintage tires that look good could be a real safety hazard. Saturday at 4:00.

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Jim Luikens In 2009 Daytona International Speedway celebrated its 50th Anniversary. No less than Road & Track magazine reviewed Daytona’s first half century and declared one certain race as “The Most Dominating Victory in the History of Daytona International Speedway.”

Veteran MCACN speaker Jim Luikens has selected this race as the topic for his presentation this year. For good measure he’ll be bringing along the now 92-year old winner of that historic race. Make sure you don’t miss Jim’s presentation on Saturday to find out what made this race so historic and to meet its hall-of-fame winner. Saturday Time TBA

 


 

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.


2017 PREMIER Unveilings

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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 and Kevin Oeste of V8TV along with several very special guests.

 

EXACT SCHEDULE TBA

 


1969 Dodge Super Bee 440-6 Pack

Originally shown in our 2014 Barn Finds & Hidden Gems display!

Owners; Dave & Kelly Molnar, Texas

 

1970 Buick G.S. Stage 1 Convertible

Presented by NHRA Pro Stock World Champion, Jason Line, North Carolina

 

1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible

Originally shown in our 2016 Barn Finds & Hidden Gems display!

Presented by MCACN Official Sponsor Magnum Auto Restorations, Inc.

Owners; Jeff & JoHanna Stolowski, Traverse City, MI.

 

1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT w/Factory Sunroof

Presented by
Restored by MCACN Official Sponsor Magnum Auto Restoration, Inc

 

1968 Pontiac firebird Ram Air II

The Original Hard Times Firebird

Restored to exact Day 2 Period correct race trim

Presented by Mark Weymouth, MI.

 

1968 Yenko 427 Super Camaro YS 803

Presented by Kevin Suydam, Alaska

Restored by Super Car Workshop

 

1968 Shelby GT 500 KR

Factory Paxton Supercharged and  Fuel Injected

Presented by Kevin Suydam, Alaska

Restored by Timothy Lee Restorations
 

1969 SC/Rambler

You'll Have to See This to Believe it!

Presented by Scott Tedro

Restored by MASCAR
 

1969 Ford Mustang 428 Super Cobra Jet Convertible

Presented by MCACN Official Sponsor MASCAR

Owner; T. Scott Tedro, Costa Mesa, CA.

 

1973 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty

Presented by MCACN Official Sponsor MASCAR

Owner; T. Scott Tedro, Costa Mesa, CA.


1969 Shelby GT-500 Convertible #000025

Owners; Rick & Peg Campbell, IN.

Restored by Rick Campbell and Jim Cunningham

 

1970 Plymouth 'cuda 440+6 Convertible

Owner; Jurgen Stanley, NC

Restored by MCACN Official Sponsor, Apex Autosport

 

1971 Plymough 440+6 'cuda

Owner; Darryl Wischnewski, TX

Restored by MCACN Official Sponsor, Apex Autosport

 

1969 Dodge Daytona

Presented by Mike Mancini, RI

Restored by MCACN Official Sponsor, American Muscle Car Restoration, Inc.

 

1969 Ford Mustang CJ 428 Super Stock

Ford Performance Drag Team East Coast Car

Owner; Dave Steine, Wisconsin

Restored by Bob Perkins

 

1969 Ford Mustang 427 Pro Stock

Ford Performance Drag Team East Coast Car

Owner; Dave Steine, Wisconsin

Restored by Bob Perkins

 

1971 Hemi 'cuda

The "Blood Money" 'cuda

Owned by The Buzby Family, VA.

Restored by Frank Badalson's American Performance, LLC

 

1969 Pontiac GTO RA IV Convertible

Owners; The Brothers Collection, U.S.A.

Restored by Level One, CO.

 

1969 Hurst/Olds Prototype

Owners; The Brothers Collection, U.S.A.

Restored by Level One, CO.

 

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hemi

Owner; Lowell McAdam, AZ

Restored by Ward Gappa



 


 

LIVE MUSIC SATURDAY NIGHT!

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We are pleased to announce the return of Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee Marty "Big Dog" Mercer and his incredible band. Marty and his band will be performing live Saturday night, kicking off at 6:15 pm. These guys are known nationwide as being among the best blues rock band in the country, garnering national acclaim and numerous awards. This is your chance to see some real Chicago blues up close and in person.

 

LIVE MUSIC SUNDAY!

Carmel Liburdi Musician

SUNDAY; Last year we introduced you to Carmel Liburdi, who was a huge hit. Carmel is a singer/songwriter from the outskirts of Detroit, MI who is out to change the way we look at solo acoustic artists. Her unique blend of influences includes: jazz, punk, blues, ragtime, and folk and her music is full of rhythm, soul, and wit. Whether political or personal, Carmel's music has energy and humor that will lift your spirits and make you want to dance. Please plan on joining us Saturday in the Awards/Ballroom area, kicking of at 2:30 before the awards presentation. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a spectator or a participant. Check out http://www.carmelliburdi.com for a preview!

Redline 7000

Flying in directly from the Las Vegas Mecum auction, John Kramann leads his band Redline 7000. You'll hear rockin' favorites from the 60's, 70's and 80's and you may even want to get up and dance! Word on the street is there may be a special guest sitting in on the drums, right before our Awards Presentation.

Sunday at 2:30

 


 

Vintage Certification Program for Unrestored Original Muscle Cars

Sponsored by Frank Badalson's

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. 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 Shulteis Corvette,  Reliable Carriers, Inc.,  Hagerty Insurance, DFT Detailing, Motorbooks, CarTech and restoration specialists including American Muscle Car Restoration, Inc., Magnum Restorations, Apex AutoSports 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

 

CELEBRITY BOOK SIGNINGS

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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Dr. Pete Gimenez: 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.

Corvette Legends Vettura Publishing

"Corvette Racing Legends" by Dr. Pete Gimenez

 

Diego Rosenberg - "Selling the American Muscle Car: Marketing Detroit Iron in the 60s and 70s. This is a must read! See what went on behind the scenes with great stories of how the manufacturers fought for the attention of the many anxious and ready muscle car buyers.

 

"Selling the American Muscle Car" by Diego Rosenberg

 

Geoff Stunkard- "Landy's Dodges- The Mighty Mopars of Dandy Dick Landy" and several others. Geoff will be on hand Saturday and Sunday.

Geoff Stunkard "Landy's Dodges"

 

Wes Eisenschenk - "Kars of Kar Kraft" Wes played an important role working with Larry Henry on this truly outstanding book. Wes will be signing in our Kars of Kar Kraft Invitational display Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrity Book Signings Presented by Motorbooks

See their booth at the show and stay tuned for their  complete list of 2017 signings.

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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 and many others. Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles; Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes

 

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."

"Top Muscle" by Randy Leffingwell

 

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

"Art of the Muscle Car" By David Newhardt

 

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.

Amazing Barn Finds by MCACN Barn Find Coordinator Ryan Brutt

Tom Cotter: Tom  may be most recognized for his Cobra in a Barn book, but he has since authored countless others. Met Tom and read all about the many adventures and the hundreds of incredible cars he has found.

 

 


 

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.

Operation Ignite

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!

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Model Car "Make and Take"

 

This awesome feature allows kids to participate with a hands-on actual build, supervised by our staff. 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.

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KIDS COLORING CONTEST (NEW!)

Join us in our kids area  and relax while the kids do some coloring. Certificates will be given to all who participate, and we can display the artwork right on our wall for your viewing pleasure, or you can take it home and put it on your fridge.

HOT WHEELS RACING

Another just for fun feature for the kids. Have the young ones stop by our Kids Zone, pick out a FREE car and try it out on our old school orange track. nothing fancy here, just some fun for all! Certificates will be given to al kids who participate.