Katrina and I just returned from the 2019 Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago. Everyone there had a terrific time. Like always, there were old friends to reunite with and new friends to meet and meeting people face to face that we have only known through emails and Facebook.
There were also some beautiful cars. Most notably, Marty Burke had his unbelievably restored Dan Gurney SCJ! There was a very large MOPAR Aero Display and a smaller Ford Aero Display. I will provide lots of photos and details about all of these over the next few weeks.
With all the wonderful things going on at the show, we were also disappointed. We have never had such a warm reception from the spectators. Far more people than expected recognized the collection of gorgeous Ford and Mercury products. Although there were the usual comments about having seen photos of similar cars they had never seen a real Talladega or Spoiler II in person, there were also those who knew what they were looking at. A few even had one at home.
That is the disappointment, we did not have enough cars there! Marty Burke was the sponsor of the collection for the show. We only had one Talladega, one modified Spoiler II, one Cale Spoiler II, and one Dan Gurney Spoiler II! No Spoilers! There were two Cyclones and two Cobra Torinos. All the cars present did very well in the judged classes if they had asked to be judged. It is the first time I can remember that the number of Spoiler II cars outnumbered the Talladegas and Spoilers. The most asked question was: “Do you know where I can find a Dan Gurney Spoiler II?”
We should have had a much bigger group of cars and I hope if we are invited back in a couple of years we can field two or three times as many cars at MCACN. Agreed it is expensive and a lot of work to get a car prepared for an indoor show that lasts several days but the camaraderie is worth it. If we have this opportunity again please consider participating.
You know that I am always talking about the Talladega Spoiler Family, that is because we a family. Not one that is related by blood or marriage but one tied together for a common love of a car. We share memories, experiences, and knowledge. We support and help each other. Our family grows every time someone new buys (adopts) one of our cars.
Support your family and attend our family reunions…they happen every time two or more of us get together!