15,000 Corvettes came from all over the country
Effingham, IL- Mid America Motorworks hosted its fourteenth annual customer appreciation event the weekend of September 21-23, 2007. The free event, Corvette Funfest 2007, was held on the company’s corporate campus in Effingham, IL.
During the three-day celebration, more than 15,000 Corvettes were on display and over 45,000 enthusiasts took in the sights. Annually, Corvette Funfest is one of the largest gatherings of Corvette enthusiasts in the country.
Mid America Motorworks’ founder and Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager, said of the weekend, “What is truly exciting is we have seen increased attendance at Funfest each of the past fourteen years. Funfest is a great way to celebrate our customers and the camaraderie shared by Corvette enthusiasts.” One way Mid America Motorworks said thank you to both customers and employees was with a free Three Dog Night concert the evening of Saturday, September 22. Other highlights of the weekend included free technical seminars hosted by industry experts and the debut of Mike Yager’s new book, “Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible”.
In honor of the weekend’s special guest, renowned movie car customizer George Barris, the Corvette Summer Car was the featured Corvette of the event. Owned by Mike Yager, the car is the original Corvette featured in the movie “Corvette Summer”. The vehicle was on display throughout Corvette
Funfest. Additionally, it was featured on commemorative event posters and t-shirts given free to each registrant who brought their Corvette to the show.
Throughout the weekend, Corvettes from every model year of the marque could be seen. Many were observed parking in “Club Field”, an area reserved specifically for Corvette clubs and members. This year over 74 Corvette clubs from around the country attended Funfest. Special display parking
featured custom Corvettes and “Lucky 7’s in 07” displaying each Corvette decade ending with 7.
Enthusiasts were able to buy, sell, and modify Corvettes at Funfest. Dozens of major industry suppliers brought products and answered questions concerning proper installation and use. At the “Install Alley” over 200 customers had new exhaust systems installed by Corsa, B&B and Mid America
Motorworks. Many other Corvette owners added high performance brake systems from Baer Brakes, SLP air intakes and American Car Craft dress-up items to their vehicles. Callaway Corvette, Bloomington Gold, Bondurant Racing and
Goodyear also set up special displays to educate and entertain Corvette fans.
In the “For Sale Corral”, over 100 Corvettes were offered for sale by their owners. Many changed hands, leaving the new owners searching for extra garage space. Those enthusiasts already prepared with unique garage space entered the “Best Garage & Corvette Themed Room” contest.
General Motors impressed enthusiasts with an extensive display of 2008 Corvettes. GM Engineers were also available to give escorted rides to the children, and children-at-heart, attending Funfest. After inspecting the new vehicles, many people headed to Mid America Motorworks’ new Funfest Sales & Registration Building. Thousands took advantage of the 10% discount or free ground shipping offered on Mid America Motorworks products. Mid America
Motorworks, where “Pursue your passion here” is the company slogan, helped thousands of Corvette enthusiasts to do just that at Corvette Funfest 2007.
The 15th annual Corvette Funfest 2008 will be held September 19, 20, 21. Funfest 2008 will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Corvette Challenge Racing Series with a special reunion of all Corvette Challenge Cars.
Registration for 2008 will begin on January 1, 2008 by visiting www.mamotorworks.com/funfest or calling 1-800-500-1500.