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Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show - Featured Car:
Frank Bagno's 1963 Ford Falcon - Goodguys 29th Autumn Get-Together

Muscle Car and Corvette NationalsNationals

The 1956 Chevrolet SR2 Racer was Featured at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Story and pictures by Society Staff

The weather outside was frightful (snow, slush, wind, cold…just plain ugly) but the 10th annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) was nice and cozy inside the spacious Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

The 2018 edition carried on a tradition of quality and wonder, gathering together an incredible display of the best of domestic automotive muscle car era with over 500 vehicles that for many participants and spectators are just pure treasures .

As the trailers rolled into the exhibition hall on Thursday, it seemed like Christmas for anyone standing by to see what would roll off the trailer ramp onto the display floor. Of course, the collection of Corvettes was simply mind boggling, but it seemed like each trailer held something so secret that the people fortunate enough to stand by were about to be treated to a massive unveiling of machinery that had never seen the light of day.

An overstatement for sure, but with the lowering of each trailer door something special was revealed…Studebakers, Mopars, Oldsmobiles, Mustangs, Chevelles, Camaros, Pontiacs…yikes, it was simply too much to take in in such a short period of time.

Bob Ashton, managing director of this now infamous Midwest show, came up with the idea of staging a completely different type of exhibition back in 2009 while working for a nationally recognized show promoter that showed no interest in Ashton's idea.

Like any solid gearhead worth his salt, Ashton decided to simply do it himself despite concerns of many who thought it was simply too difficult to bring together anything with the kind of caliber he had in mind.

But this 10th year delivered again, depositing a wondrous array of vehicles personally curated by Ashton and his dynamic crew of experts, each with a specialty and the connections to invite only the best each and every year.The MCACN has become well known for its huge mix of incredible iron, but for grouping up rare offerings from manufacturers, in some cases displaying vehicles together that in any other venue would never be seen in the same place, at the same time.

So, if you ever wanted to see a row of '69 Trans Am convertibles (eight were built, six were present) or maybe witness a pack of Hemi E-body drop tops, this was the place to be. Ashton's crew never disappoints.

This year featured the Class of 1968 themed display, the Oldsmobile W31 Invitational, a Hurst Dart and Barracuda exhibit, and a Corvette Legends Invitational that featured '68 and '69 L-88s. If you headed back to the Barn Finds and Hidden Gems area you were treated to an incredible array of Hemis, former race cars, a long lost '65 Chevelle Z16 and a rare 1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire that still had the original 215ci V8 with 4-speed that came from a barn in Iowa.

The MCACN Vintage Certification Program continues and this year saw 15 vehicles put through the certification process which emphasizes "preservation, not Restoration." What makes this certification different is rather than focusing on just a single make or model, the program includes multiple brands, so you'll see Corvettes right next to a group of Mopars with each vehicle carefully inspected by experts examining every detail of the vehicle both on and off a lift . . .

To read more about the 10th Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals and see more pictures - click HERE

It takes two to make a winner!

1963 Ford Falcon

Frank Bagno's 1963 Ford Falcon Futura

by Society Staff

As we strolled through the parking area at the recent Cruisin' The Creek car show, we came across a brilliant blue 1963 Ford Falcon Futura. This is the 2 door "hardtop" version that was introduced mid-year by Ford in 1963. It featured the "slant back" roofline that was on the 1963 ½ Galaxies. Frankly, it made the little Falcon really come alive. As we looked closer, we could see that there was a bunch of work done on the car (more on that later) and sat down with the owner to find out more.

Frank Bagno has owned the car since 2005. He bought the car in Manteca CA and it was  6 cylinder powered automatic (column shifted) version. Frank is an enthusiast par excellence and it wasn't much later that he came across a wrecked 1962 Falcon in McHugh's Wrecking Yard in Concord CA that had a 260 V8 engine with a 4-speed transmission along with a 9" rear. Frank bought the car and swapped in the entire drive train into the Futura. In effect, he made his Futura into a "Sprint" version. But he didn't stop there.

As we said, Frank is an enthusiast with a lot of talent.  He had the little 260 bored .040 over and fitted with an Edelbrock aluminum intake and matching 500 CFM 4 bbl carb. The engine is equipped with a Comp Cam Extreme Energy cam , a Petronix solid state ignition, Doug's Headers and Flowmaster 40's.  That 9" rear is fitted with 3.50:1 gears. The engine bay has a "Monte Carlo" bar for stiffness added . . . .

To read more about Frank Bagno's 1963 Ford Falcon - click HERE
Goodguys Autum Get Together

It may have been smokey but the crowds & cars turned out for the Goodguys Autumn Get-Together!

by No Limits Staff

The 29th Autumn Get-Together is the last of the car shows here in northern California before the winter break. To quote an old Sanford Townsend Band song – there was "Smoke from a Distant Fire" all weekend. The terrible fires raging out of control in the northern part of the state brought a pall of smoke and haze to the entire bay area. That didn't stop more than 2,000 entrants and many more visitors from the two day event. 

As always, the folks at Goodguys did a fabulous job putting together the event. To give you an idea of the scope of the Get-Together, there were Vendors and exhibitors galore; a huge swap meet and Cars-4-Sale Corral; an indoor truck show/display; a vintage camper display; a model & pedal car show; a cruiser-rama bicycle display and finally—a kids zone with all sorts of fun things for the tikes. All of this while cars were everywhere; the Goodguys Autocross in full swing; and to "blow away" the smoke – the Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest!

The Autumn Get-Together is held over the Veterans Day weekend and there is a "Vettes for Vets" parade with bunches of C1 through C6 Vettes rumbling by. And a Demo Derby sponsored by the Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 –w ith all proceeds to charity.

Probably the thing that most impresses us at No Limits is that – we've been covering  Goodguys events in northern California for 5 years – that's 4 events per year  -- and we STILL find cars that we've never seen before at every event ! That's tells you something about the state of our hobby. Folks are building, restoring and creating rods, customs, trucks and muscle machines like never before. Check out the album for some of these rides . . .

To See the Rest of Our Coverage of this Event - click HERE


ARMO News - Brawler Releases 600 CFM Side Hung Bowl Carburetors

Brawler is pleased to announce the release of 600 CFM Side Hung Bowl Carburetors, which feature a simple one-fuel-line connection and universal throttle levers to accommodate Ford automatic transmission kickdowns and GM 700-R4 mounting holes. A fast, easy, upgrade to bolt-on street performance for stock and mildly modified V8 engines, these affordable die-cast carburetors are machined and assembled entirely in the USA.

These carburetors work hard just as their name implies - just raw bare knuckled performance that you can rely on. Don't let the budget-friendly price fool you, the Brawler development team focused on the performance you want and not just the pretty box that it comes in. Brawlers come with the latest technology in air/fuel calibrations for the demands of today's street engines. They come with easily changeable air bleeds and adjustable needle-and-seats and are calibrated for excellent street performance right out of the box with a factory-preset electric choke for easy startups and vacuum secondaries compatible with countless different applications.

Holley Brawler Carb
To Read More About This Product - click HERE!
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