Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 26, 2015
Photos By: Al Rogers

For the last few years, the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, MCACN for short, has dominated the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, just a few short miles from O’Hare airport in Chicago. We’d heard about this show for several years, and when we learned that the 2014 show would be chock-full of Boss 429 Mustangs of every color (save one), we had to go. You should too, next year.

Every year, MCACN has a “special feature” kind of deal, where one model of muscle car (or Corvette) is featured, and this year the Boss 429 Mustang was the star of the show, with all colors of 1969 and 1970 shown, except for the one Silver Jade ’69 model that is currently undergoing restoration. There were also two Boss-9s in the Barn Find area, set up by “the barn find guru” and contributor Ryan Brutt, and several other significant Mustangs and Fords on the property, making this a show that any Mustang aficionado should have attended. If you missed it, there’s always next year, and based on the show’s history and legend, there will be significant and historic Ford iron there in 2015. Keep an eye out for show details at www.musclecarandcorvettenationals.com and maybe we’ll see you there.

A Pastel Blue ’70 with a white interior, one of two built, owned by Steve Zelle.
A Pastel Blue ’70 with black interior, one of 16, owned by Bruce Arenson.

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A Grabber Blue ’70 with black interior, one of 62, owned by Rick Campbell.
A Raven Black ’69, one of 63, owned by Dave Steine.
A Wimbledon White ’69, owned by Kevin Manley.
This Black Jade ’69 Boss 429 is owned by Russell Piggot of Australia, and was also Mustang Monthly’s Editor’s Choice of the show.
A Royal Maroon ’69, also owned by Russell Piggot.
The legendary Ohio George Montgomery was at the show with his famous Boss 429–based drag car. Yes, it started life as a real Boss-9 and still has the engine, though now with a pair of turbos, and a wild, heavy metalflake paintjob on the body.
The legendary Ohio George Montgomery was at the show with his famous Boss 429–based drag car. Yes, it started life as a real Boss-9 and still has the engine, though now with a pair of turbos, and a wild, heavy metalflake paintjob on the body.
This ’68½ R-Code 428 CJ hardtop Mustang was well known to Larry Harris of Fort Morgan, Colorado, since it cleaned his clock every time he went up against it with his own hot street car. He later found it in a junkyard and restored it back to original condition in 2006.
Chuck Mill found this ex-drag racer Boss-9 and also a Ford COE hauler to carry it. He had it displayed in the Barn Finds area of the MCACN show, complete with a Boss 429 engine on a stand next to the combo.
Elsewhere in this issue you can see the feature on Dave Lyall’s Pro Stock Boss 429. This ’70 model was a Bright Gold Metallic (K paint code Boss-9 that was headed for the crusher) when Ford gave it to Lyall for $1, who then gave it to Ron Whitson in thanks for his help on Lyall’s race cars. Ron built the car in late 1969 to race in C/Gas, with fiberglass hood, fenders, and doors from Holman-Moody. Dennis Patrick and Tom Arbor raced the car from 1972 to 1976. Kenneth Costella lived down the street from Patrick and knew that one day he’d own the car, and he does now. “The Lost Boss” is exactly like it last raced in 1976, complete with 1973 date-coded Goodyear tires and original lettering. As Costella says, “This is a true unrestored example of the overall quality of a race car built in a garage by young men who just wanted to go racing in the ’70s.”
This ’67 Shelby G.T. 500 is a 34,000-mile barn find purchased from the second owner 10 years ago. It was last registered in 1981 and has all of its original parts, including the “Plaza Fiberglass” decal under the hood. It even has the original air in the spare tire! Want it? Current owner Tom Cotter is asking $125,000 for it.
Greeting show visitors at the main door was this G.T. 350R B/Production SCCA racer owned by Irwin Krolz of Ambler, Pennsylvania, who says it is, “the lowest mileage, least-raced, never-crashed Shelby Mustang G.T. 350R in existence and has been the template against which many other examples have been judged.”

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