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.
In honor of that big occasion, Corvette Funfest 2016, sponsored by Mid America Motorworks, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the C5’s introduction.
“The C5 Corvette continued the forward momentum that the C4 brought back to the brand,” Yager said. “We are looking forward to recognizing this important generation as one of the big chapters in Corvette’s impressive history.”
Corvette Funfest 2016 – set for Sept. 15-18 – will put the spotlight on the C5 Corvette from concept to completion. On special display will be the CERV 4b, along with C5 Alpha and C5 Beta build Corvettes, as well as the last C5 Z06.
Funfest also will include four full days of Expert Seminars, Celebrity Choice Awards, Product Demos, and lots and lots of Corvettes, of course, on Mid America Motorworks’ Corporate Campus in Effingham, Ill.
Also note two other big Corvette events to be held at the same time as Funfest. The Solid Axle Corvette Club will hold its Annual Convention in Effingham the week leading up to Funfest, and the Grand Sport Registry is inviting all Grand Sports to the 20th Anniversary celebration of the 1996 Grand Sports during Funfest.
To register for the “Largest Corvette Party in the World,” visit www.corvettefunfest.com.
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