Last weekend hundreds of the country’s finest Corvettes, muscle cars, and customs stormed into Chicago for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. We had a blast on our inaugural trip to this show. We’ve already shown you the Motion Maco Corvette, Mid America’s prototype C5’s, and the LS6’s in the Class of 1971 display. Click past the break to see more of the fantastic Corvettes from the 2011 MCACN.
Corvettes-a-plenty were in attendance throughout the MCACN show floor. ProTeam’s Stars and Stripes L88 was front and center in the lobby greeting visitors as they arrived at the Stephens Convention Center. There were 6 additional Corvettes in the Baldwin-Motion display including 2 of their rare Spyders. One of which had just been recently discovered and was shown in unrestored form. The Ed Cole ’67 L89 was presented as part of the COPO display while an awesome gasser and a big brake fuelie showed up in the Class of 1961 invitational. Also in there was a 1961 racer formerly piloted by Dick Guldstrand. A separate display showcased 16 Corvettes owned by one person. Included in the collection was a set of 1958 fuelies consisting of 1 in each available color that year. Elsewhere, the Triple Diamond Corvettes shined as the judges poured over them checking for correctness, originality, and cleanliness.
Vendors like Corvette Central setup shop to help connect patrons with the parts and accessories they were looking for. They also hosted a seminar each day with their neat cutaway C4. Adam Boca and the NCM insurance team gave free quotes and answered questions throughout the weekend. Those getting a quote were given a free Corvette poster.
In addition to the Corvettes, there were GTO’s, Shelby’s, Cobra’s, and even a display of AMC’s. Our favorite non-vette displays were the collection of 16 (of the 69) ZL-1 Camaro’s and the display of the 4 (of the 11) 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles. Tuners like Yenko, Mr. Norm’s, Berger, and Nickey all had phenomenal displays with both old and new cars showing off their work.
The overall quality of the cars at this show was amazing. It seemed like every car there was a “1 of” some low production number. If you have the chance next year, make it a point to get to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.
We’ve given you a sneak peak of some of the cars from MCACN on our Facebook page, but you can see more from the show in our gallery below.
MCACN 2011: The Corvette Class of 1971
MCACN 2011: Mid America’s Prototype C5 Corvettes
MCACN 2011: Motion Maco Corvette Unveiling
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