After 18 years of serving as the “parent” of one of the most historic Corvettes ever, Mike Yager and the Mid America Motorworks team are getting ready to let someone else become the “father” of CERV 1.
Along those lines, Yager and his crew are inviting all Corvette, automotive, and racing enthusiasts to come join them for an Adoption Party on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the MY Garage Museum in Effingham, Ill.
“Owners of any car are simply caretakers until the car moves on to other hands,” Yager explained. “My family and I were fortunate enough to take care of CERV 1 for a number of years. We adopted the car, so to speak, and now it’s time for CERV to find another well-deserving collector.”
Yager believes CERV 1 will be able to find another good home during RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction, Aug. 13-15.
CERV 1 was used by Corvette’s original chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, as a testing ground for the 1963-82 Corvette suspension and Grand Sport motor and justified it to GM leaders along those lines during the company’s ban on racing. The vehicle was almost destroyed by the company after that testing, but Zora persuaded them to save and restore the car because of its historic nature.
It then went to the Briggs Cunningham Museum and Miles Collier Museum before being purchased by Pro Team Corvette, from whom Yager quickly snapped it up in 1997.
This weekend’s Adoption Party begins at 2 p.m., when guests can have their photo taken with the historic Corvette and listen to Yager’s stories about Zora, CERV 1, and his thoughts on the future of the vehicle. The store also plans in-store only Adoption Specials that day.
We don’t say it often enough, but folks like Mike Yager are a great treasure for Corvette enthusiasts. We appreciate his enthusiasm and willingness to preserve historic cars like CERV 1 and thank him on behalf of Corvette lovers, past, present, and future!
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