Every fall the most amazing collection of vintage muscle cars and Corvettes assembles in Chicago for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN). Think of it as an invitational of the best of the best, the rarest of the rare and, well, the jaw-droppingist of the jaw-dropping.
Different themes and special collections each year bring variety and cohesion to the event, and for 2016 the “day two” display showed modifications typically made the day after a car was purchased. That included dealer- and tuner-prepped cars from Nickey, Baldwin Motion and more, as well as owner-modified cars still wearing their vintage speed parts.
Event organizer Bob Ashton knows just about every muscle car owner in the Midwest and beyond, ensuring the show is stocked with amazing cars you’re not likely to see anywhere else. Longtime muscle car collector Jim Mattison, for example, debuted his restored, authentic Impala Z11 factory lightweight car at MCACN – a car with a strong competition history. Additionally, a collection of unrestored “barn-find” cars also fueled the imaginations of those still hoping to find a long-lost muscle car treasure. Among the dust-covered Camaros was Jeff Makovich’s recently rescued 1969 Z/28 Trans Am racecar originally campaigned by Ken Stoddart. It’s just a rolling chassis right now, but a solid one. Makovich plans to restore the car to its road-racing glory.
We’ll even grudgingly admit that there were some stunning non-Chevrolet vehicles on display, making MCACN a bucket list event for every muscle car enthusiast. It’s held the weekend before Thanksgiving, in the suburb of Rosemont, out near O’Hare airport, so pencil it into your event calendar.
Pack a warm coat, but leave the pumpkin spice at home. We’ve had enough of it.