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It’s the weekend before Turkey Day which means that it’s time for the annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN). The yearly gathering of Corvettes, muscle, and sports cars of all makes takes place inside the cozy confines of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois (greater Chicago) this Saturday and Sunday November 22nd – 23rd. Show hours are 9am-9pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Cost is $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free.
We always look forward to this show each year and are excited to attend again after a 1 year hiatus. As always there are collections of cars all makes and models. The Class of ’64 and ’74 invitational displays will celebrate 40 and 50 year old classics including some wonderful Corvettes. Corvette Central will sponsor the Triple Diamond judging and display again this year. Triple Diamond judging is strictly for Corvettes that have previously achieved NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards.
While there won’t be any freshly restored Corvettes unveiled this year, there will be some significant Camaros, Firebirds, and even a Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible all being shown for the first time at MCACN.
The special invitational displays this year include a 50th anniversary celebration of the Chrysler Hemi, a selection of Cobra Jet Mustangs and Cougars, and display of 60’s and 70’s real deal fiberglass drag racers. Back again are the Barn Finds and Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Racing displays. Unrestored Corvettes and muscle cars will be presented in Vintage Certification section. There’s even a display for classic bicycles. Other displays will include a 45th anniversary celebration of the 1969 model year and a 50th anniversary celebration for the Pontiac GTO.
Numerous seminars will take place throughout the weekend. Topics range from collector car appraisals to reproduction tires to carburetor restoration.
Celebrity appearances this year include former Corvette racer Tony DeLorenzo, GTO godfather Jim Wangers, Berger Chevrolet’s Jim Luikins, and Pontiac historian Jim Mattison, and Discovery’s Dennis Pittsenbarger.
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 2014 featured artist is David Snyder.
We’ll be in Chicago all weekend so keep an on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates photos from the show. If you’re going to the show this weekend too be sure to post some of your photos on our Facebook wall or tweet us @CorvetteBlogger.
Tickets to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals are $20 at the door. The show runs 9-9 on Saturday and 9-5 on Sunday. Check out the MCACN website for more details on the show.