MOPAR HIGH­LIGHTS

FROM THE 2017 MUS­CLE CAR & CORVETTE NA­TION­ALS

Mopar Muscle - - Contents - BY DAVID HAKIM PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AU­THOR

From the 2017 Mus­cle Car And Corvette Na­tion­als

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Don­ald E. Stephens Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on the out­skirts of Chicago was pack­ing some se­ri­ous Mopar heat dur­ing the an­nual Mus­cle Car and Corvette Na­tion­als (MCACN). And while there was plenty of Ford and GM hard­ware strewn across the halls, it was the rows of Shaker E-bod­ies, fac­tory Hemi and Max Wedge Su­per Stock race cars, and even some rare Dodge and Ply­mouth odd­i­ties that were left for dead but brought back to life, stop­ping the crowds in their tracks. If it’s ul­tra rare, bizarre, or some­thing with a sorted and in­ter­est­ing past, you’ll see it only at MCACN.

For Mopar lovers, the MCACN event is a great way to end the car show sea­son, and be­ing in­doors and un­der one roof, it’s pure sen­sory over­load. Cre­ated by Bob and Vicki Ash­ton, MCACN as­sem­bles the very best mus­cle car sam­ples of all the brands, not just Mopars, and cel­e­brates cer­tain themes and/or his­tor­i­cal mile­stones of cer­tain name­plates and even op­tions. That’s why we love the MCACN show — it’s al­ways some­thing new and dif­fer­ent year-af­ter-year.

There were also nu­mer­ous un­veil­ings of many cool, rare, and notable Mopar mus­cle cars that have been lov­ingly re­stored and ready for the pub­lic to see them in all their shiny glory. This is a MCACN tra­di­tion that we’ve al­ways looked for­ward to ev­ery time we roll through the front door of the con­ven­tion cen­ter.

An­other high­light of MCACN is the Barn Finds and Hid­den Gems sec­tion. This is where the strange, ec­cen­tric, ab­nor­mal, and ex­otic mus­cle cars come out of the wood­work, or in some cases, the earth it­self, and ap­pear at the show. It’s been a crowd fa­vorite de­spite some in­ter­est­ing and musty odors com­ing from the worn-out in­te­ri­ors of the ve­hi­cles on dis­play. Mopar afi­cionado and HOT ROD con­trib­u­tor, Ryan Brutt, puts his heart and soul into mak­ing this one of the best parts of the MCACN show.

If you haven’t been to MCACN yet, make it a part of your car show itin­er­ary now. It’s al­ways held the week­end be­fore Thanks­giv­ing and fills a void in one’s Mopar hunger right be­fore the hol­i­day sea­son.

For now, check out our Mopar high­lights from this year’s show along with the awe­some photo gallery at HOTROD. com/mopar-mus­cle-mag­a­zine for your view­ing plea­sure.

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