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More than 550 cars at Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Al Rogers - February 20, 2013 11:00 AM

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1 The crowd came early and stayed late. More than 20,000 spectators took in the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

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2 The Mr. Norm’s Challenger could be viewed from all sides and drew constant attention.

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3 Corvette Central was the supporter of the Triple Diamond gallery.

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4 The AMC Muscle collection offered many fine examples for the Kenosha Krew.

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5 There were eight 1969 Trans Am convertibles made and six of them were gathered in one spot.

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6 Remembering the late Carroll Shelby, a collection of Cobras filled the Shelby Snake Pit.

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7 The SYC Showcase was a must see on the agenda of the showgoing public.

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8 Everyone loves a good story and there were some great tales behind these barn finds on display.

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9 Mother Mopar would be proud of the boys.

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10 This is a sampling of the original unrestored examples you could see at the show.

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11 Meet the Mean Ones. More than 60 Yenko creations lined up to be enjoyed.

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12 The go-fast Corvette racecars are a treat to enjoy.

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13 It was a reunion of sorts as the Class of 1962 was honored. Hard for many to believe it has been 50 years.

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14 The Class of ’72 took its right place to be honored for 40 years of service to the automotive history books.

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15 Aero Warriors, crossing brand recognition, lined up shoulder-to-shoulder in one display.

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16 The unique Plymouth DUSTARR made a rare public appearance.

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17,18 & 19 The unveiling of the Hurst/Olds carried a little extra as Linda Vaughn climbed up to a familiar position that brought tears to nostalgia buffs who remember when.

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20 This Yenko Stinger Vega was a pleasant surprise with its unveiling.

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21 You don’t see many Javelins these days, especially in this condition. You can see it all at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

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22 A beautiful 1976 Firebird came out from under the covers to a warm reception.

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23 Author John Gunnell was on hand to sign some of his work. Gunner is a frequent contributor to Auto Enthusiast.

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When many people think of northern Illinois in November, they think weather that’s getting chilly and the desire to get inside.

The car enthusiast thinks only half of that, the part about getting inside. Everyone in the area wants to get inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, for the annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

Bob Ashton and his staff work year round to make it all possible. Every year becomes a bigger challenge. He and his team succeeded to raise the bar in 2012 by assembling many of the finest muscle cars and Corvettes.

A total of 550 examples traveled from across the U.S. and Canada for the two-day event, held the third weekend in November. More than 20,000 muscle car enthusiasts made their way through the gates to take in the happenings. They were in for a treat.

Each of the automobile manufacturers from the ’60s and ’70s had muscle car examples with their nameplates represented. Among the most significant gatherings was a group of Aero Warriors. The owners from Mopar and Ford brought their Superbirds, Talladegas, Daytonas, Cyclone Spoilers and Charger 500s to stand shoulder to shoulder.

Not to be overshadowed, there was a grouping of Yenko-powered GM products nearby that filled 61 slots for the muscle car masses.

The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals allows car builders/restorers an opportunity to showcase their talents. A yearly highlight at the event is the number of unveilings. For 2012, the covers came off some great examples:

•1969 Hurst/Olds convertible, presented by The Collection and restored by Level One Restoration

•1970 Plymouth Roadrunner 440+6 convertible, presented by Doug Reed and restored by Total Auto

•1966 Yenko Stinger (Canadian Export) presented by Mark Gillespie

•1968 Yenko Z/28 Camaro, presented by Wayne Schmeeckle and restored by Supercar Workshop

•1972 Yenko Stinger Vega, presented by Albaugh Collection

•1969 AMC Javelin XP, presented by Terry Weiner AMC/Ya Group

•1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula, presented by the Sutton family and restored by Runrite Classics

 

“First Lady of Racing” Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”, was on hand for the unveiling of the 1969 Hurst/Olds convertible. It was a scene from the past when she made her way to the platform attached to the trunk lid holding the iconic Hurst Golden Shifter. A large crowd of spectators gave their approval for the historic event as two icons were reunited.

In additional to the car show, the annual event featured a swap meet, car corral and Revell Models “Make and Take” hosted by C.A.R.S. Children with encouragement and help from a parent(s) build their own 1/25th scale plastic model cars. Once complete, the model car becomes theirs to take home.

Plans are under way for the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Information is available atwww.mcacn.com

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