Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
November 24, 2015

We had heard about the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) show in Chicago for years but never attended until 2014, to see the collection of Boss 429 Mustangs. The row of Boss-9s was so impressive that we photographed it for the April 2015 cover of Mustang Monthly, an issue that outsold every other issue that year. As spectacular as the Boss cars were, the other significant Mustangs, Fords, and all the other muscle cars at this show is just flat-out jaw dropping.

With a local car show, there’s always one standout; one car that everybody walks away from the show talking about. The best thing about MCACN is that nearly every single car in this show would be one of those “show stoppers” anyplace else. The sheer number of rare, unique, never-seen-before, and legendary iron that the promoters seem to find every year is breathtaking. If you consider yourself a muscle car fan, or even a fringe automotive fan, this is the show that you have to attend. And even the most brand-loyal people (you know, the “Mopar or no car!” and “Ford Rules Chevy Drools!” guys) have to pause at the machinery out of their comfort zone, to appreciate the significance of what they are in the presence of.

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An example this year greeted show-goers right at the front door: Phil Bonner’s just-restored ’64 Thunderbolt right next to Richard Petty’s 43 Jr drag car, both in front of roughly 20 Dodge and Plymouth ’71 Hemi convertibles, probably the largest collection of these insanely valuable cars ever assembled since they left the assembly line. Elsewhere was Dyno Don’s ’65 A/FX SOHC 427 Comet Cyclone, Gas Ronda’s ’65 A/FX Mustang, a ’66 G.T.350H car with optional Shelby/Paxton supercharger, and enough Chrysler winged cars, historic Chevys and Pontiacs….you have to see it to believe it. And you could have even gotten an autograph from Courtney Hanson.

But if you’re reading this, you love Mustangs, so check out the collection of 1969 and 1970 Boss 302 cars and all the other Mustangs and Fords we found at the show.

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