Every year once the race trailers around the country have been parked and the hype of SEMA is over, for the most part, the season of horsepower is over. But for those of us in the know there is always that perfect way to wrap up the show car season. Located inside the halls of the Donald E. Stephens Convention center in Chicago, Illinois is what some might call “the greatest show on earth” – to coin a phrase. The annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals…or MCACN, pronounced “Macackin” if you’re one of the cool kids, is to some including myself – one of the “you do not miss” shows each year.
Attempting to explain this show to car nuts who have not attended (in case you have not) is sometimes difficult, but I’ll give you an example of how I try.
Let’s say your “baby” your “pride and joy” is a well sorted 1963 Corvette Coupe and of all things it was lucky enough to come out of the St. Louis plant sporting a 360-hp, "L84" 327-cubic-inch small-block V-8 capped off by a Rochester mechanical fuel injection system…well at the MCACN show I might walk right by it on the way to check out the half dozen L88 ‘67s or a matching pair of L98 ‘vettes sitting right there next to them – that’s the only way to really put it into perspective. From outrageous drag C2s to perfectly restored C1s, even toss in a 1,200 horsepower C5, if your heart belongs to the cross flags wrapped in fiberglass this is the place to be.
Then there is the man behind this overwhelming cornucopia of Corvette greatness and that man has a name – Bob Ashton. Bob is one of the hardest working guys you will ever meet and equally as much a coinsurer of all things performance. Under his umbrella of duties wrapped up into the show each year is finding that sweet spot of tetris-like planning of where you place the hundreds of rare and collectible Corvettes among others each year. At the MCACN show, something you see as the cream of the crop, might just be mundane, but that’s what makes the MCACN so great. If you want to see the best of the best I can’t recommend this show enough.
Stay updated on the event website at www.mcacn.com – dates are set for November 19 and 20th, 2016.