The granddaddy of all Corvette shows kicks later this week as Bloomington Gold returns to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, IL. Our friends from Mid America Motorsworks let us know that three rare cars from Mike Yager’s MY Garage Museum will be on display with one of them being inducted into the Great Hall.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.