There can be no denying that if you are into muscle cars and Corvettes then the once a year get together in suburban Chicago is the place for all of us. This is the 10th year for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (Mecum Auctions is the title sponsor and Bill Stasek Chevrolet is the presenting sponsor) and once again it has proven to be an eye opener. We may never be able to get our “fix” when it comes to muscle cars and Corvettes but the two-day MCACN event goes a long way toward satisfying our “thirst”.
The term “muscle car” and Corvette have since the earliest days been synonymous. Zora Arkus-Duntov had it right when he envisioned the Corvette as the jumping off point for all things performance under the Chevy banner and even more so when he thought it best that all Corvettes be ordered by their new owners so each car would be a personalized expression. Because the event crosses over all brands it’s fun to see what pops up each year. This being the 50th anniversary of 1968 (heyday for muscle cars and Corvettes) it was very interesting to see what each of the major manufactures dragged out of the performance vault from 50 years ago. Included was the gathering of significant Hurst built 426 Hemi powered Dodge Darts and Barracudas. For fans of the General the Oldsmobile W31’s from ‘68-‘70 were on display. Other special displays will feature the ultra-rare 1968 Hurst/Olds and Buick GS/X models. Corvettes always play a key role in the MCACN show and several very special displays will be featured. The Corvette Legends Invitational will showcase the L88 powered ‘68 and ‘69’s, while the highly coveted Corvette Central Triple Diamond display and competition chronicles the history of the Corvette while recognizing the intense dedication to restoring and preserving these cars as they were originally assembled. There were 500-plus cars on display along with many great looking display and vendors to give any muscle car lover or Corvette fan all they could want on this weekend.
For more information about next year’s event, which should prove to be just as exciting and rewarding, check in at www.mcacn.com Vette
Photography by John Machaqueiro