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Mike Yager

Mid America Motorworks Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

by Mitch Talley on February 24, 2014

Mid America Motorworks Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Back when I was in high school in the mid-1970s, I was just coming into my own as a budding Corvette enthusiast.

Though I wouldn’t be able to buy my first Corvette until 1983, for years before that, I was well aware of a company known as Mid America Enterprises that offered products for those other people fortunate enough to already own a ‘Vette.

In 1974, a young tool-and-die maker from Effingham, Ill., named Mike Yager had borrowed $500 to start a company that unbeknownst to him at the time would quickly become a rousing success and would in fact be celebrating its Official 40th Anniversary on Feb. 23, 2014 with 80 employees on its 260-acre Corporate Campus!

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[VIDEO] Mid America Motorworks Launches a New Website for Corvette Parts and Accessories

When you’re the world’s largest catalog company for Corvette parts and accessories, a revamp of your website is a very big deal. Mid America Motorworks has completely made over their website into a very functional and helpful site designed to help you identify and purchase the parts and accessories you need. New to www.mamotorworks.com are user guides, instructional videos, a community area and other helpful tips for each product.

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Chevrolet Corvette GTP on Display at the MY Garage Museum

by Mitch Talley on November 5, 2013

Chevrolet Corvette GTP on Display at the MY Garage Museum

Mid America Motorworks founder and Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager loves Corvettes.

That’s why when he says a recent addition to the collection at the MY Garage Museum in Effingham, Ill., is his favorite all-time Corvette, we tend to sit up and take notice.

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[PICS] Corvette Funfest 2013 Delivers a Memorable Milestone Celebration

Mid America Motorworks’ Corvette Funfest was held last week and by all accounts it was a huge success. Mid America tells us that Corvette enthusiasts from 42 states and 3 foreign countries converged in Effingham, IL for the celebration of milestones. Those milestones were the the 20th Annual Funfest, the 40th anniversary of Mid America and the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette!

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[PICS] The Great Hall at Bloomington Gold 2013

by Steve Burns on July 5, 2013

[PICS] The Great Hall at Bloomington Gold 2013

Last weekend marked the 4th installment of Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall. The 4th class of honorees was one of the best yet. The Corvette inductees included the legendary 1963 Grand Sport, the first big block, and the mighty 2009 ZR-1. The people and organizations category featured the godfather of the Corvette, the founder of Carlisle Events, and the Flying Dentist among others.

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Submit your Recipes for Mid America Motorworks FunFest Corvette Cookbook

Revved Up Ravioli… C7 Sliders… Mako Shark Margarita.

Those are some of the recipe names visible in a graphic telling about Mid America Motorworks’ Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager’s latest inspiration, an automotive-related cookbook to be published this fall.

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[PICS] Experimental 1964 Rear Engine Corvette Prototype XP-819 Shows Its Stuff at Amelia Island

In 1964, Chevy engineers imagined hanging an aluminium Corvette engine off the back of the frame as part of an engineering study on safety and crash zones. Zora wasn’t really on board with the project until Larry Shinoda penned a design that many claim was the genesis for the C3 Corvette. The result was XP-819, a radical looking rear wheel drive prototype.

The Corvette was famously wrecked on the GM proving grounds after a tire test and while it was put back together, Chevy pretty much washed it hands of XP-819 after the accident and moved on in developing several other notable rear-engine prototypes.

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Experimental XP-819 Rear Engine Corvette Chassis to be Displayed at Amelia Island

It’s not often that Corvette enthusiasts can say they will have a chance to see a car they’ve never seen before.

But come the week of March 8-10, at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, the 1964 rear engine experimental Corvette known as the XP-819 will be unveiled to the public for the first time ever.

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The $2.5 Billion Economy Surrounding the Chevrolet Corvette

Chevy’s Corvette may be a little fish in a big pond, as far as the total financial picture at General Motors goes.

But when it comes to the total economic impact created by ancillary industries, America’s Sports Car is making quite a big ripple in that pond, thank you, according to a story by Edmunds.com.

In fact, even with sales of just 14,132 Corvettes during 2012 because of the economic downturn and the impending release of the C7, Edmunds estimates that Corvette’s total economic activity could well be more than $2.5 billion.

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Mike Yager to be Inducted Into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall

Back in 1974 when he borrowed $500 and started selling Corvette items like owner’s manuals and T-shirts out of the trunk of a borrowed car at swap meets and Corvette shows, Mike Yager could never dream 38 years later he’d be the Chief Cheerleader of the wildly successful Mid America Motorworks.

But it’s no dream.

In fact, at the prestigious Bloomington Gold in Champaign, Illinois from June 28-30, 2013, Yager will be inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall, the most prestigious recognition of people and cars in Corvette’s history.

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