You know you’re doing something right when an event becomes a bucket list item for many folks, and that is the stature that the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) has been able to achieve over the years. With its regularly scheduled dates now a foregone conclusion set for the weekend prior to the Thanksgiving holiday at the end of November, the MCACN show continues to offer up a fresh slice of American car culture with an ever-changing selection of automobiles and memorabilia.
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The folks who organize this show have been able to craft a recipe that works year after year with their invitational displays. That defined focus allows them to amass the finest examples of any given vehicle into a cohesive group that is always pure eye candy. By design, the show embraces all brands, so the individual who appreciates a specific manufacturer will also be treated to a broader experience with other brands.
As a primer for the GM folks who walked into the show, in their path was the No. 5 ’62 Bardahl Special Corvette. This car was 1 of 5 factory-backed Corvettes that raced at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring and was part of the “Corvette Legends Invitational” display at the show.
As you walk further, a heavy dose of first- and second-gen Camaros were on display throughout the show in various flavors, ranging from unrestored, restored, Day Two, and rough barn find examples. Chevelles and Novas were also prominently featured in various categories as well, while several vintage Chevy-powered racers were grouped into the Nostalgia Pro Stock group.
Another significant display featured the evolution of the Impala showcasing the flexibility that was available by checking off the right boxes when placing an order for one of these cars. The range covered the luxury and performance spectrum of options.
MCACN is also a place to get a Vintage Certification on an original vehicle, and this year there were a few first- and second-gen Camaros, a ’64 Impala SS, a ’66 Chevy II SS, and even a ’75 Vega Cosworth going through the rigorous judging process.
One of the crowd-favorite displays at the show is the “Barn Finds and Rare Gems” gathering curated by the Auto Archeologist Ryan Brutt. This year’s Chevy offerings came in the form of a very rusty ’68 Camaro RS, a ’61 Impala convertible hidden in a barn for 40 years, and a vandalized ’59 Corvette.
Each year the Corvette display at this show is always rich with some of the finest Corvettes in the country, with the C2 and C3 generations arguably the best represented. It is a mix of high-end quality restorations and survivor cars in all generations.
If you’re planning on attending, dates for the 2024 edition have been set for November 23-24, 2024, so set your calendar for another rare muscle car gathering.