21st Annual Mid-Atlantic Chevelle Show

ACES North East Regional


Even the drab forecast predicted for the weekend was not enough to keep Chevelle enthusiasts away from the 21st Annual Mid-Atlantic Chevelle Show & Swap Meet/ACES Northeast Regional.  Friday was just the beginning of what would be a fabulous show!  Just as in the past, MCC’ers starting arriving around 12:30 pm to get things set up.  With a ton of help, it didn’t take long to layout the field.  Each year more vendors arrive on Friday to stake their claim on space and get a head start on setting up their wares as well.  When all was done, it was off to check into the Hotel and clean up a little.

Before long it was time to head to the Nottingham Inn for Dinner.  This has become a highly attended event as well.  Only 35 people were expected, but 55 showed up!  The staff did a great job even though they were clearly outnumbered!

With a menu full of items to choose from, even the pickiest of eaters found something to enjoy.  After dinner it was back to the hotel to tell/hear stories from abroad, or better known as “bench racing”.   Early Saturday morning there was time to eat a little breakfast and then head off to the field.  During the night we had a shower or two, which actually was a plus. The show field drains very quickly and this helped to keep the dust off the cars.  As the cars arrived, they were directed by the parkers to the appropriate area according to class.

Even though the show technically doesn’t start until 9 A. M., participants and vendors were already lining up to get in at 8 A.M.!  With our experts handling registration, the line never got more than 4 or 5 deep. manhandling, or rather “woman” handling those 25 lb. plus goodie bags gave the girls a good workout!  By 10 A.M, the field was about half full with some of the finest Chevelles in the country.  Each year the quality of the cars seems to have no bounds.  From stock to pro-street, mild to wild, each was very well represented.  In fact, this year there were entries from 10 different states!

Vendors lined the left side and across the bottom of the show field.  One of our long time vendors, Jeff Kidderer (above), made the trip from PA to take possession of his “usual” spot.  Behind, and to the right of the Gazebo, our major sponsors were set up and ready to go. 

Ground Up returned again this year and had some great deals for those looking for reproduction parts.  Over by the water was Show Car Photos and J&J Catering.

Of course our show would not be complete without Chuck and LaRae Hanson from ACES...both were back for the 11th year in a row!  Boy how time flies when you’re having fun!  They became part of the MCC family quite a few years back and it’s always great to see them!

New this year was Chesapeake Soda Clean and Legendary Auto Interiors.  Check them out on the web and give them a call when you need these kinds of services!

This year we had two cars in our showcase.  Each was in a stage of restoration and a HUGE hit with the attendees.  Albert Galdi brought his mild modified 1969 “sleeper” Malibu (Above) and Bill Rose brought his original restored” 1969 El Camino (below).  For two days straight they were bombarded with questions from the many on lookers. These guys are both EXPERTS when it comes to restoring Chevelle’s.  Clearly apparent, both are doing frame off restorations, detailed to the max and SWEEEET!  Can’t wait to see them completely finished at next years show!

The car coral was just about full.  Some were crying for a much needed restoration, while others blinded you with their shine.  In either case, it was just how much money were you willing to depart with to take one of these treasures home.

Stacey Stone from Chesapeake Soda Clean in Annapolis, MD gave a seminar on using baking soda to blast the paint off an entire car or even just parts.  Even though it’s been around quite a few years now, Soda blasting is still pretty new technology.  This was extremely informative for those that attended. 

Andrea Waters volunteered to keep the kids (both young and old) entertained playing the Lifter Toss, Fan Belt Toss, and Hula Hoop games.  The winners walked away with some sweet prizes!

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