A long-time Corvette restorer and NCRS member, Troy Pyles, volunteered for the task of examining the three cars, with the goal of improving and ensuring the accuracy of the current handbook and adding any newly found details. He talked first with David Brigham, the 1953-55 Corvette Judging Leader, to seek out all the knowledge he has collected through the years, before heading on to Effingham, Ill.
That’s where one of the three historic cars Pyles will be looking at resides – at the MY Garage Museum & Retail Store – the Mid America Motorworks’ 1954 Pennant Blue Corvette. The roadster is a virtual trip back in time with just 3,087 original miles – not to mention the original paint, upholstery, hoses, and wires. It’s even still registered to the original owner, who bought it on Nov. 9, 1954!
Pyles spent a whole day going over that car from top to bottom, checking it for date codes and numbers of original parts.
He also plans to thoroughly examine two other low-mileage C1s in Indiana and Missouri before writing articles about his findings, both in general terms and in detail, no doubt helping restorers to be as accurate as possible for years to come.
MY Garage Museum & Retail Store, of course, is located on the campus of Mid America Motorworks, founded by Mike Yager. It’s open seven days a week, and admission is free.
Yager, of course, is an avid Corvette collector who loves to share his enthusiasm with other Corvette fans. The museum has thousands of automotive collectibles and memorabilia, along with a rotating display of 20 to 25 prototype, rare, and racing cars from Yager’s personal collection.
Mid America Motorworks