Tim and Pam Wellborn give and gather accolades at giant Chicago event
By Geoff Stunkard
The annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., has become one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year for serious musclecar fans. The Wellborn Museum’s participation this year included multiple cars, a hospitality area in the display area the museum sponsored, and awards, both given and received.
Two cars from the Wellborn collection were honored as celebrity picks. Drew Hardin, Editor of Musclecar Review magazine, chose the recently-found 1970 Hemi Road Runner barn find from among the 500+ cars on hand as best exemplifying the dreams of most enthusiasts. The museum intends to leave the well-preserved but faded Plymouth as an example of what sort of cars are still out there. This four-speed/Dana 60-equipped Hemi car was unknown to the hobby prior to late this summer, residing for decades in a west Texas pole barn.
Meanwhile, legendary Chicago-area Dodge dealer ‘Mr. Norm’ Krause selected the Wellborn’s just-finished 1971 6.1L Hemi Charger tribute as his pick, a stock appearing musclecar with modern driveline and equipment upgrades. This car was on display in builder Ken Mosier’s exhibit area to show his handiwork. Highlighted near the venue’s entrance, the Dodge caught Mr. Norm’s eye early in the event.
The museum sponsored the Aero Warriors display, which was devoted to the NASCAR-oriented body releases by Ford and Chrysler of 1969-1970. As result, they were asked to present an award themselves in that category. After carefully deliberating, Tim chose the recently-completed Dodge Daytona of Tony D’Agostino, a spectacular white/red wing 440 model that had incidentally been awarded 999 of 1000 points in event judging earlier in the weekend.
In addition to the 6.1L and Hemi barn find, the Wellborns exhibited a Hemi Daytona survivor, a Hemi Superbird restored by Aloha Automotive Service, both in the aero display, and their 1972 Javelin pursuit vehicle, formerly owned by the Alabama State Police highway patrol. The latter was part of the special 1972 Invitational section. As a finale to the weekend, that car was awarded Platinum Pick Judges Choice – Best AMC of the 2012 event.