While the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is always an exceptional show, the sheer scope of the event means that locating the best examples of any single marque can require a bit of sifting. We enjoy muscle cars as much as anyone, but Corvettes are in a category all by themselves, so we'll be limiting the focus of this round-up to just those displays. (If you need to see what else was on hand at the MCACN, check out our brother-in-arms, Muscle Car Review.)
Whatever your vehicular preference, this year's event in Chicago was a veritable Jules Verne time machine, the closest you could get to day-tripping back to the Golden Era of the '60s and early '70s, when big-inch Detroit iron ruled the streets of America. More than 600 of the most desirable cars ever built filled the aisles, and most were restored to as-new or better condition.
Besides exhibits of vintage muscle and collectible Corvettes, there were guest appearances that included Joel "Mr. Motion" Rosen, Linda "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" Vaughn, and Jack "Doc" Watson. Historic racing cars were plentiful, such as the Baldwin Motion "Ko-Motion" '67 L88 Corvette, along with an amazing barn find: a '67 427/435 Tri-power Vette from Minnesota. Original, right down to the Wittek tower hose clamps, this time capsule had enthusiasts arguing about whether to leave it in as-found condition or treat it to a full restoration.
The Windy City is the ideal location for the MCACN, as the Midwest has the mother lode when it comes to period-correct muscle cars and Corvettes. And this event perfectly captures the essence of the era, putting the spotlight directly on these amazing vehicles. If you missed the MCACN this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2011—you'll be glad you did.