Last weekend we kicked off our pre-turkey day festivities by hitting up the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago. For 2 days hundreds of muscle cars, Corvettes, customs, and racers took over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont in what’s become one of the best indoor shows around. Click past the jump to see some of our favorites from MCACN 2014.
This is one of our favorite shows to attend each year. The quality of cars never ceases to amaze and the selection of invitational displays assembled by Bob Ashton and his MCACN team is always top notch. In addition to all of the great cars there are book signings, seminars, and even bands playing throughout the weekend.
Several fresh restorations are revealed each year at MCACN. While there weren’t any Corvette reveals this year, we were quite smitten with a silver prototype Trans Am, 2 real deal track used 1969 Camaro Indy Pace Cars, and a Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible. Speaking of Indy, Bloomington Gold was present showing off their proposed show layout for 2015 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There’s so much happening within this one show you really need 2 full days to get through everything. If you have ADD, this is the place for you.
The Class of ’64 and ’74 invitational displays saluted 40 and 50 year old classics including some wonderful Corvettes. The Triple Diamond judging again evaluated the correctness of select Corvettes that have previously achieved NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards.
The special invitational displays this year included a 50th anniversary celebration of the Chrysler Hemi which really stole the show for this Corvette Blogger (blasphemous, I know). Another circle featured a selection of Cobra Jet Mustangs and Cougars while another display showcased 60′s and 70′s fiberglass drag racers. Barn fresh classics were displayed in all of their aged and rusty and greasy glory including a unique 1969 Boss 429 Mustang and hauler. We’re big pushers of driving your classic car and as such MCACN includes a display of cars that run in the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Racing displays. There’s even a display for classic bicycles. Other displays will included a 45th anniversary celebration of the 1969 model year, a 50th anniversary celebration for the Pontiac GTO, and a selection of L89 Corvettes, Camaros, El Caminos, and Chevelles.
But this is CorvetteBlogger after all and you (and us) want to see Corvettes. Some of our favorites at MCACN 2014 were a rare copper 1955 and a mean 1969 L88 coupe in the Triple Diamond judging, a countless shiny mid years, and the last Baldwin-Motion Corvette – a blue 1974 L88 coupe with white Motion stripes. In addition, many significant racers were shown in the Corvette Race Car Invitational. We’ll take a separate look at that display in the next day or 2.
We’re big fans of the MCACN. It’s the diversity and rarity of the cars that sets it apart from other indoor shows. It’s all there – all makes of wild customs, pristinely restored and preserved classics, and ratty old barn finds. Whatever you want to see, it’ll probably be there at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.
We can’t wait for 2015.
Enough words already! Let’s check some of the beauties from MCACN 2014.