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10th Annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 12/2/2018 Jerry Heasley,Kendra Sommer
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Funny, it's the week before Thanksgiving when huge snowflakes are floating gently onto the pavement outside the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, where inside 586 of the finest muscle cars and Corvettes anywhere in the world are registered and absolutely titillating the thousands of people inside, along with maybe 100 more vehicles in vendor spaces, such as by Mecum Auctions and restoration shops such as Classic Revival Auto Restorations from Colesburg, Iowa and Magnum Auto Restorations in Oklahoma City.

Car clubs are there and judges are judging, like Bob Perkins and Rick Campbell from the Mustang Club of America. We also saw Frank Badalson, whose specialty is Mopars. Roger Gibson of Gibson Restorations was purported to be there, but the show is so large we did not run across him. Men with clipboards and judging sheets, four, six, and sometimes eight judges per car descend upon the cars like "to heck with winter, we are still enjoying our car hobby!"

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Craig Jackson of Barrett-Jackson brought both Li'l Red and The Green Hornet, two Shelby-American prototypes, the former a barn find, and the latter restored. We also counted a dozen cars spaced 360 degrees in the huge Mecum Auctions tractor-trailer rig. You will also see in our photos the biggest group of barn finds ever, 20 or so of various makes, including a Hemi-powered Plymouth GTX convertible and an SS AMX—oh, even a Devin for sports car lovers. Every car wore its original dust.

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