Bowtie Brigade Is Front and Center Again at Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals

Chevrolet fans and owners could probably find some other reason to make their way to the Windy City the weekend before Thanksgiving, but most of the ones we know in the collecting and restoration business have one big reason for traditionally being in the suburb town of Rosemont, Illinois - the annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals. With fresh restos from the Supercar Workshop, the reborn Nickey franchise, Bill Stasek Chevrolet and more, this is becoming the place to show off your best work, while some of the most notable collectors in the country are there with important cars from their personal holdings.

Encompassing almost a half-million square feet, this event is not just for Chevrolets; it is open to mixed makes by invitation. Nonetheless, what is may lack in brand exclusivity is more than made up for by vehicle exclusivity, as most of the cars here are either rarely shown in public or of great historical significance. Moreover, the managers of the show, led by Bob Ashton, work hard all year gathering specific groupings of exclusive cars. This year, that included an L88 Corvette area with cars that were almost all raced, an L89 area featuring both 396 and 427 aluminum-head motored vehicles, a Real Pace Cars display featuring the vehicles that actually paced events, not their street replicas, and much more. Add in a large number of rarities in the Vintage Certified and the Barn Finds areas, plus a tribute to the 1967 Camaro, and assorted cars in the general show field (also invitational but not based on the grouped criteria), and it is easy to see why people sometimes think the two-day event is over too soon.

Whether you like them stock or hot, original or restored, raced or rare, it seems there is always something for everybody at MCACN. We are going to show you a few of the highlights of the 2014 running of this show, and unfortunately can’t promise you these same cars will ever be back. In 2015, instead it against will be something new, something fresh, something worth finding your way to Chicago for on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

SOURCES – 2015 Dates – November 21-22 

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One of the highlights for many attendees may well have been this L89 427 Corvette; the L89, of course, designates the big-block engine under the hood received aluminum heads. Using the COPO ordering process, this particular one was built in 1967 and was one of 16 created that year. However, it was also the personal car of then-incoming GM President Ed Cole. D&M Corvettes did the restoration, which was in the ring of L89 cars.