Celebrity Appearances 2021

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Courtney Hansen

We are pleased to announce Courtney Hansen will be joining us at the MCACN show. Known as the host of Overhaulin' and The Power Block, Courtney has been hard at work not only starring, but also producing her brand new show, Ride of Your Life at her very own shop, The ROYL Garage in Atlanta. The new show once again proves that dreams really do come true, and also that Courtney is not afraid to get her hands dirty! Courtney will be joining us Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, and she will be Co-Hosting many of our Premier Unveilings Saturday morning.

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Herb McCandless

Truly a Mopar living legend, Herb McCandless was an American Pro Stock drag racer. With a long career in racing, McCandless won NHRA's Modified Eliminator title at the 1970 Gatornats in a Plymouth Barracuda. He also won the 1970 NHRA U.S. Nationals in Pro Stock driving a 426 ci. 1970 Plymouth Duster for the Sox & Martin team, and was on top of the drag racing world from 1970 through 1974. After retiring from driving, McCandless became a respected engine builder.Herb is still active in many aspects of our hobby, and he will be with us both Saturday and Sunday. Herb will also be participating in a special panel discussion moderated by Geoff Stunkard with other Drag Racing Legends Saturday.

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Butch Leal-The California Flash

When it comes to an interesting career in Drag Racing, nobody can top Butch "The California Flash" Leal. During his career Butch was an 11-time NHRA Champion, recipient of Car Craft Magazines coveted “All-Star Driver of the Year” (four times), and one of the most successful drivers to compete in the sport over the years: 01960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.Butch will be joining us with one of his Plymouth Dusters and will be joining us a for panel discussion with Herb McCandless moderated by Geoff Stunkard Saturday.

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Bob Riggle

Bob Riggle, Hemi Under Glass: When it comes to recognition in the world of 60’s drag racing, nothing tops the Hemi Under Glass. What started as an experiment wound up being one of the most popular draws for tracks worldwide, with driver Bob Riggle at the controls. As if he wasn’t famous enough, a few years ago Bob went for a “wild” ride with Jay Leno that resulted in a massive rollover that could have been disastrous, but luckily wasn’t. Yes…Bob (and Jay) walked away unscathed, and we are honored to have him joining us with one of the Hemi Under Glass Barracudas thanks to current caretaker Joe Spagnoli.

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Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick

We are pleased to announce that Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick will be joining us Saturday and Sunday. With an incredible career spanning back near 70 years, Arnie has plenty of stories to share. Be sure to meet Arnie and pick up a copy of his new book, available at the show, which he will be signing along with author Dean Fait. And yes...he really is a farmer!

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CherieLynn Westrich

Cherielynn may be best known as a Car Builder on the A-Team on the hit show Overhaulin', with Chip Foose. She’s helped build over 70 cars and appeared on over 75 episodes on that amazing show. She brings all of the car fab skills to the table, welding, fabricating, wiring and gauge restoration. She also is the proud owner of a company that specializes in Hydraulic clutch pedal kits, Malwood USA. And believe it or not, she has added to her extensive resume and it now includes Iowa State Representative. Cherielynn will be with us Saturday and Sunday.

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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.

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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."