The 2012 edition of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) will take place this weekend just outside Chicago. The 2-day celebration of horsepower and chrome sets up shop inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Saturday and Sunday November 17th – 18th. Show hours are 9am-9pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. A $20 bill will get you in the door.
We Corvette fans will have a number of displays for our ogling throughout the weekend. The Class of ’62 and ’72 invitational displays will celebrate 40 and 50 year old classics including Corvettes. Meanwhile our friends at Corvette Central will sponsor the Triple Diamond judging and display. This competition is strictly for Corvettes that have previously achieved NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards.
In addition to Corvettes, there will be metal cars present for all muscle car lovers as well. Special displays will include Mr. Norm’s, Nickey, and 60+ Yenko cars while the Aero Warriors display will showcase 40+ Superbirds, Daytona’s, Talladega’s and more. Challenger T/A’s, Z-28’s, and others will comprise the Trans Am Terrors group. Ford and Shelby fans can check out the Shelby Snake Pit IV. The Bee Hive will chronicle Coronet Super Bee’s and the one-year-only 1971 Charger Super Bee. Finally, the Going Topless showcase highlights convertible muscle cars from 1965 – 1971. Several fresh restorations will be unveiled in addition to all of the other treasures mentioned above.
Numerous seminars will take place throughout the weekend. Topics range from collector car appraisals to carburetors.
Mecum Auctions will be streaming coverage of their Anaheim sale in their Mecum Lounge.
Celebrities appearances this year include Dr. Lynn Yenko Zoioppulas (Daughter of Don Yenko), Buddy Martin and Diane Sox (and some Sox & Martin racers), Linda Vaughan, Mr. Norm Kraus, Jo Coddington (Wife of Boyd Coddington), drag racers Wally Booth and Hubert Platt, pro touring builder Mark Steilow, Hot Rod Magazine Radio’s Dennis Pittsenbarger, and GM documentation guru Jim Mattison.
If you’re looking to make a purchase at the show be sure to take a stroll through the swap meet, car corral, and vendor areas. Young gearheads and the young at heart can compete in the model car contest. The 2012 featured artist is Mary Watt Yeadon.
Tickets to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals are $20 at the door, but you can grab discount tix at one of several local supporters prior to the show. The show runs 9-9 on Saturday and 9-5 on Sunday. Check out the MCACN website for more details on the show.