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Mid America Motorworks Funfest to honor Vets with Vettes

2013 Collector's Edition of Corvette 427 sits beside 1953 Corvette.
2013 Collector's Edition of Corvette 427 sits beside 1953 Corvette.
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Mid America Motorworks is set to mark the 20th anniversary of Funfest September 18-21. Originally staged in 1994, by Mike Yager and the team at Mid America Motorworks (then called Mid America Designs), as a way to thank their customers and share the Corvette hobby, the event has now grown into the “ Largest Corvette Party in the World,” welcoming enthusiasts from across the country and across the globe. While the first show attracted 350 assorted Corvettes to Mid America Motorworks' corporate campus in Effingham, IL, that number jumped to 14,000 cars by 2006. Today Funfest continues to grow with 15,000 Corvettes and 45,000 attendees flooding the grounds. 2013 is especially significant to us, because it marks Funfest’s 20th birthday, the kick off to Mid America Motorworks’ 40th anniversary, and Corvette’s 60th Year as America’s Sports Car! We hope that you can be a part of our Milestone Celebration!

"It has been especially gratifying for us to be able to host Funfest on our campus and be able to meet our customers face-to-face. Our customers actually named it ‘Funfest’ in many of the cards and letters we received after the first event. We continue to give away T-shirts, posters and pins to each registrant attending Funfest — a tradition that began years ago. Once you attend Funfest, you usually make a point of attending every year," noted Yager.

Among the most noted Corvette “celebrities” to come have been Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov; Larry Shinoda, who designed the 1963 Corvette Split Window; Will Cooksey, Manager of the Bowling Green Corvette Plant; David McLellan, the Chief Engineer of the C4 Corvette; and Dave Hill, the Chief Engineer of the C5 and C6 Corvettes.

Corvette Funfest 2014: Vets with Vettes is a celebration of America’s Sports Car and America’s Armed Forces. The four-day event combines Corvette expert seminars and Celebrity Choice Awards with tributes to the men and women who have served to make this nation great, including a visit by The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall®, a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall spans 300 feet when constructed and travels the country, providing Veterans, history buffs and military enthusiasts with the opportunity to pay tribute to those who served during the Vietnam War. Admission to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is free. Parking for non-registered Corvette Funfest guests is $2/car.

Also features will by mainstays of Corvette Funfest, such as the Thursday Night Fun Run, the Friday Charity Event, Expert Seminars, Celebrity Choice Judging and the Corvette Funfest Fashion Show will also be part of the weekend. In addition to rolling out the parade of Corvettes, attendees will be able to rock to the music of 38 Special as they perform a night of chart-topping classic rock hits including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up In You” “Back Where You Belong” and “Rockin Into The Night,” beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20th at the 14,000-seat Funfest Amphitheater. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

“We can’t wait to welcome 38 Special to Corvette Funfest and Mid America Motorworks,” stated Yager, the company’s Founder and Chief Cheerleader. “Every year we try to top the year before, and I know 38 Special is going to deliver one amazing show!”

38 Special got their start in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1974, when buddies Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant decided to form a band. They have put out 15 albums in their 40-year career and have toured relentlessly since the ‘70s, sharing their blend of Southern Blues Rock with fans around the world.

To register for Corvette Funfest 2014 visit www.corvettefunfest.com or call 866 309-3973