Celebrate the C4 Corvette Grand Sport’s 20th Anniversary at Corvette Funfest

Celebrate the C4 Corvette Grand Sport's 20th Anniversary at Corvette Funfest


If we could go back 20 years, the big news of the day for Corvette enthusiasts was the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport, a one-year limited edition model that helped Chevrolet commemorate the end of the C4’s 12 year reign.

Only 1,000 1996 Corvette Grand Sports were built. The iconic models came in Admiral Blue with White racing stripe livery and red hash marks on the fender and under the hood was the special LT4 V8 which made 330 hp – offering 30 more horses than the standard LT1.

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Mid America Motorworks’ Corvette Funfest 2016 to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of C5

Mid America Motorworks' Corvette Funfest 2016 to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of C5


Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since the C5 Corvette was introduced?

This writer and his family were among the large crowd of enthusiasts who traveled to Bowling Green for the unveiling of the 1997 Corvette (No. 7853 still resides in my garage) on Jan. 6, 1997 at the National Corvette Museum.

Also on hand that day was Mid America Motorworks Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager, along with Corvette engineers and Chevrolet executives and lots of nosy enthusiasts eager to see the latest edition of America’s Sports Car.

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[GALLERY] Corvette Funfest 2015 at Mid America Motorworks (100 Corvette photos)

[GALLERY] Corvette Funfest 2015 at Mid America Motorworks (100 Corvette photos)


Effingham, Illinois became Corvette Country last month as thousands of Corvettes from 39 states and even foreign countries made the trek to Corvette FunFest at Mid America Motorworks corporate headquarters. The three day show was a huge success judging by the photos we are sharing below.

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Ron Fellows Performance Driving School Named Official Driving School of Corvette Funfest

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If your summer plans include taking in Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks, make sure you stop and say hi to the guys from the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain.

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King of Kustomizers George Barris to Attend Corvette FunFest

King of Kustomizers George Barris to Attend Corvette FunFest
Photo Credit: Barris Kustom Ind.


George Barris – the King of Kustomizers – will be the Guest of Honor this year at Corvette FunFest hosted by our friends at Mid America Motorworks. Barris is known for building some of the most iconic cars including the original Batmobile, the Asteroid Corvette and Frankenstein’s Corvette for the original Death Race 2000.

As a special treat for attendees, George will be hosting seminars where you can learn about his storied career and all the great builds he has done over the years.

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[PICS] 2014 Corvette FunFest at Mid America Motorworks

[PICS] 2014 Corvette FunFest at Mid America Motorworks

Finally made it!

That’s what we have to say after making the pilgrimage this year to Effingham, IL for the 21st Annual Corvette FunFest put on by Mike Yager and the great folks at Mid America Motorworks.

The theme for this year’s FunFest was “Vets with Vettes” and so not only was it great to see all the Corvettes out in the fields but to have the opportunity to talk with our nation’s veterans and see all the patriotic displays including the traveling Vietnam Veteran’s wall memorial was something we’ll never forget.

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[GALLERY] Midyear Monday – Corvette FunFest Edition (36 Corvette photos)

[GALLERY] Midyear Monday - Corvette FunFest Edition (36 Corvette photos)

Whew! That’s how we feel after a long but fun weekend at Corvette FunFest. How about we do a special Midyear Monday gallery dedicated to the 1963-1967 Corvettes we saw on the grounds of Mid America Motorworks in Effingham IL.

Which one of these Corvettes is your favorite? Did we happen to capture your Sting Ray at Corvette FunFest? Let us know and be sure to share this page on Twitter and Facebook.

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[VIDEO] CorvetteBlogger Talks with Mike Yager at the 2014 Corvette FunFest

[VIDEO] CorvetteBlogger Talks with Mike Yager at the 2014 Corvette FunFest

On Friday afternoon at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, IL., we had the opportunity to talk with Mike Yager about this year’s Corvette FunFest. The theme of FunFest for 2014 is Vets with Vettes and it’s a subject that hits close to Mike’s heart.

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[POLL] What is Your Favorite Part of Corvette Funfest?

[POLL] What’s Your Favorite Part of Corvette Funfest?

It’s time for another CorvetteBlogger Poll! This time we want to hear from those of you who’ve attended Corvette Funfest.

Mid America’s Corvette Funfest turns 21 this weekend. The annual 4-day celebration at Mid America Motorworks’ HQ in Effingham, Illinois runs this Thursday through Sunday. Countless activities fill the docket, but we want to know what’s your favorite part of Corvette Funfest?

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Corvette Funfest to Feature 38 Special; Registration Extended

Corvette Funfest to Feature 38 Special; Registration Extended

Get ready for some really “Special” times at the Corvette Funfest next month.

The longtime rock band 38 Special will be performing at the Funfest on Sept. 20 as part of the “World’s Largest Corvette Party” put on by Mike Yager and Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Ill.

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