Mid America Motorworks will host the 14th annual Corvette Funfest on Sept. 21-23. Last year, the free customer appreciation event drew more than 14,000 Corvettes and 45,000 enthusiasts to Mid America Motorworks' corporate campus in Effingham, Ill. With appearances by George Barris, the King of the Kustomizers, and popular rock band Three Dog Night on Sept. 22, record crowds are expected for 2007.
The featured vehicle of this year's event, Celebrating a Corvette Summer, is the 1973 Stingray driven by Mark Hamill in the movie "Corvette Summer." This famous car is one of many Corvettes owned by Mid America Motorworks founder Mike Yager. Yager's extensive collection, which also features the priceless CERV-1 (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) and a 1964 World's Fair Mitchell Styling Corvette, will be on display throughout Funfest.
Funfest attendees can also attend a seminar hosted by Barris, one of Hollywood's most famous vehicle creators. Included on Barris's list of credits are the original 1966 Batmobile and the Munster Koach. As the creator of these legendary vehicles, Barris is uniquely qualified to serve as a judge for the Funfest Corvette Show, where he will bestow a special "Barris Kustom Award" to the customized Corvette of his choice. Barris also will participate in autograph sessions throughout the weekend with the other seminar hosts — noted automotive writer Dave Emanuel, National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame inductee Gordon Killebrew and technical guru from the Speed Channel's hit show "PINKS," Ken Herring.
Given the number of Corvette enthusiasts and media expected, publisher Keith Martin will launch the new Corvette Market Magazine at 2007's Funfest. His new quarterly publication will cover collecting, investing, valuations and trends in the Corvette world. Yager will be a regular contributor to the magazine.
Corvette Market Magazine will not be the only publication celebrated at 2007 Funfest. "Corvette Bible," co-authored by Mike Yager and John Gunnell, will have its public debut at the event. Published by Krause Publications, the "Corvette Bible" offers a year-by-year review of each Corvette model with insider information and tips provided by Yager. Featuring a comprehensive look at techs and specs, collector pricing and common aftermarket products, not to mention tips on buying, selling, repair and restoration, "Corvette Bible" is a must read for Corvette enthusiasts.
Auto aficionados interested in attending Corvette Funfest can visit Mid America Motorwork's Web site for more information.