A Sneak Peek at Special Cars
Larry Jewett - November 11, 2011 12:06 PM
One of the coolest things about the upcoming MCACN show is being able to see cars that are being shown for the very first time after extensive restoration.
Thanks to organizer Bob Ashton, we have a sneak peek at what will be unveiled Saturday.
“This year we literally have close to 100 Muscle Cars and Corvettes that will be shown, fresh from restoration, for the first time, and of the 400-plus additional cars that are in the show, over half have never been shown in the Chicagoland area.,” said Ashton. “Cars are coming in from 27 different states and several countries. We are truly honored to be able to host these ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Rarest of the Rare’.”
The first to be displayed at 10 a.m. is a 1967 Shelby GT-500 convertible that is the only one of its kind. To get a sneak peek and learn all about the car, owned by Samantha and Brian Styles, see www.1967shelbyconvertible.com
At 10:30, the work of Muscle Car Designs of Minooka, Illinois, will be seen with the Bill Thomas 1969 Nova, presented by Dean Klein. This authentic Day-2 Nova has all the tricks and is restored to exactly the way Bill Thomas built it back in the day, utilizing real vintage performance parts.
At 10:45, a gorgeous 1968 Yenko 427 Super Camaro goes public. Presented by Dana Hurt, the car was restored by Muscle Car Restoration and Design of Pleasant Plaines, Illinois. While the company is known for its LS6 Chevelles, they took their attention to detail to this showstopper.
When the clock strikes 11, it will be time for the world to see a 1967 Chevy II Nova L-79, presented by Kurt Hofbauer and restored by Tom Migut. There’s an incredible number of NOS parts on the car, making it even more desirable to the collector.
The final cover is removed at 11:15 and there’s going to be a Baldwin-Motion Make Shark there, presented by Dan McMichael. After a multi-year frame-off restoration, this Mr. Motion interpretation of the Chevrolet Concept Car will be shown, with paint applied by the very same guy that did it when it was new, for the very first time since restoration.
The unveilings are just one of the many highlights. With over 500 cars registered and over 200 automotive vendor booths offering everything from restoration services to all kinds of parts, the MCACN will fill your days. The event will be held Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois. The website is