World’s biggest Corvette show

Effingham, IL – The “Corvette Faithful” will make their way to Effingham, Illinois once again this September to attend the world’s largest gathering of Corvettes.

Mid America Motorworks will cap off its 35th Anniversary on Sept. 24th through the 27th at its 150-acre corporate campus during the 16th Annual Corvette  Funfest.  Always considered a “must attend” for Corvette enthusiasts, show organizers promise this year to be even bigger and better!

The weekend of Corvette festivities kicks off with a line up of special events on Thursday beginning with “Lunch with Mike” – whereby attendees enjoy a fun lunch with Mid America Motorworks’ owner and president, Mike Yager.  Then all Corvettes are invited to participate in the popular “Fun Run” – which is a scenic road trip through the Central Illinois countryside.

Thursday evening will wrap up with The Annual Charity Automotive Art Exhibit.  This is the 5th and final year for the black-tie-optional event that is held around the world famous Chevy bow-tie pool at the home of Mike and Laurie Yager. 

Advance registration is required for all the special Thursday events.

New in 2009 will be the addition of a Corvette-only car auction held Friday afternoon, Sept. 25th.  To find out more information about being a consignor or bidder, go to the web site or contact Jason Webb, Auction Manager.  He can be reached at 217-540-4330 or 

Also new is the 1st Annual Exhaust Sound-off Competition.  This extreme competition is always a crowd-pleaser and will be held on Friday and Saturday with preliminary and finals held each day. 

A feature that grows in popularity each year is the Install Alley.  Attendees can have everything from new exhaust systems to seat covers installed in their Corvettes – while they watch and learn!

Legendary racer, Dick Guldstrand (better known as “Mr. Corvette”), and retired Corvette Chief Engineer, Dave McLellan, will be among the many Corvette dignitaries in attendance throughout the weekend. 

Continuing the tradition of recognizing the decade anniversaries, Mid America Motorworks will be honoring the “9’s in ’09”.  All 59’s, 69’s, 79’s, 89’s, 99’s, and 09’s will be featured in specially designated area on the Funfest Show Field.  Additionally, owners of 1974 Corvettes (the same year Mid America was incorporated) are invited to join in the recognition of Mid America Motorworks’ 35th Anniversary and will have a special parking area, as well. 
Advance registration is required for the specialty parking areas.

Other Saturday evening festivities include two concerts.  The opening band is The Jan & Dean Show accompanied by OC Beach Band followed by the Grammy award winning group, Survivor.  The evening will close with a fireworks display.

The popular MY Garage Corvette Museum and Retail Store will be open all weekend. 

Other features include seminars led by Corvette industry leaders, the “Corvettes for Sale” Corral, a special Ladies’ Zone, and a “Kids Driving Corvettes” program.

Of course, a bevy of Corvette Engineers will be on hand and this year they’ll be bringing a string of new 2010 Grand Sports!

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