The Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals (www.mcacn.com) in Rosemont, Ill., on Nov. 22-23, features many special Corvettes and muscle cars. The show is held at the Donald E. Stephens convention center, close to O’Hare Airport. Each year the attractions the show lines up are impressive.
Car personalities who attended MCACN include Linda Vaughn, Jim Wangers, Mondello and Grumpy Jenkins Joel Rosen of Baldwin-Motion fame has shown up, as has writer Joe Oldham, who penned many muscle car road tests.
Of course, the cars are the big attraction. They have included the Hemi-powered Dodge Diamante dream car, the Hemi Under Glass Barracuda, the 1970 Baldwin-Motion Maco Shark Corvette, the 1969 Mr. Norm’s Garage Mod Top Plymouth Barracuda, the Packer Pontiac 1963 lightweight Super-Duty Catalina, the Oldsmobile “Fournado” and countless other one-of-a-kind cars.
Visitors to the show are extremely impressed when they come upon special exhibits featuring multiple COPO Camaros or row after row of Yenko Camaros, Chevelles and Novas. A display of ’69 Pontiac Trans Am convertibles it included six of the total eight-car production run. That was an exhibit that many muscle car experts thought would be impossible to arrange, but there they were!
Features lined up for the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals include: The First Cobra 427 serial number CSX3002; the 1956 Corvette SR2 roadster; a Chrysler Hemi 50th anniversary exhibit; a “Color My World” grouping featuring mod colored muscle cars; the Buick GSX Invitational; “Real Pace Cars” presented by the Sloane Museum of Transportation; a Mustang Madness Anniversary exhibit; Ford “Cat House” featuring Cobra-Jet cars; Plastic Fantastic real vintage racing cars and the “Class of 1964” invitational. Also, the winner of a giveaway 1970 Oldsmobile Pace Car will be announced on Nov. 23.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals also includes vendors throughout the convention center, plus a swap meet and flea market featuring the real hardware and the research materials that collectors need to restore muscle cars and products to take care of them once the work is done.