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FEB 6, 2020 | Photos By Bill Cook & Mark Storm

Annual Muscle Car National Drives Ford Enthusiasts To The Windy City

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ROSEMONT, Ill. - Take a 400,000 square-foot convention center and fill it with some of the coolest muscle machines from the 1960’s and ‘70s and you’ll have a good idea of what the 12th Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) is all about. This annual show held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago area is hosted by a group of enthusiasts who’ve been there, seen that and done it all -- which creates a show you don’t want to miss. 

As Ford fans you’ll likely stroll right past all the Brand X rides but will also notice that the Blue Oval machines are always well-represented here. The last time we shared visiting the MCACN with you, two Shelby Prototype vehicles, “The Green Hornet” and “Little Red,” were on display. This year, the show hosted Sean Kiernan’s 1968 Mustang Bullitt movie car fully encased in glass. Other major attractions included a row of Boss Mustangs in just about every color offered by the factory, and a late-60’s style Le Mans replica GT40.

In addition to drawing notable cars each year, MCACN also boasts of hosting one of the most family friendly events in the Midwest. Part of that is due to providing plenty of activities for the kids -- including a “make-and-take” model car build, hot wheels racing, a coloring contest, and more. You’ll also find a few “show-within-a-show” displays, such as the Muscle Bicycle show and the Vintage Mini-Bike show, hosted by the “Ma-Ka-Kin” team. Ford Performance.com enthusiast correspondents and pro car-show goers Bill Cook and Mark Storm took off to the Windy City last November to bring us some of the fine Ford rides they saw at the show in their combo photo gallery below:


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