They came from all over the world to see the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette during Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks.
Enthusiasts from Switzerland, Australia, Germany, and Canada represented some of the foreign Corvette enthusiasts while American Corvette owners drove from as far as Virginia, California, and parts in between hoping to catch a glimpse and maybe even test the seats of the all-new Corvette Stingray.
Unfortunately, those enthusiasts would go home disappointed.
Mid America Motorworks Mike Yager made the announcement during Saturday morning’s opening festivities that Chevrolet had nixed sending any 2020 Corvettes to the show.
Their reason is even more baffling.
No, it wasn’t the strike nor was it the fact that there are only six official show cars.
According to Mike, GM now views Mid America Motorworks as a competitor to their own Corvette parts and accessories business despite the fact that the thousands of enthusiasts who attended the 26th annual Corvette Funfest are all potential buyers of the next-generation Corvette.
We know that organizations and events have been requesting the new Corvettes to come to their shows and we get it that with only six official show cars, the Corvette Team needs to make strategic decisions on where to show them. But the reasoning that Mid America Motorworks is a now competitor instead of a partner appears to ignore the history that the Corvette team has with Mid America Motorworks and the Corvette Enthusiasts who attend the show every year. The GM Engineering tent at Corvette Funfest was as much a part of the tradition of the show as all the other activities offered. This year, it was was just an empty patch of grass.
There were 14 C8s at Carlisle and 10-11 C8s at the NCM 25th show. They couldn’t send one car to Corvette FunFest???
Some of the Corvette Team veterans at the show were aghast with the situation with one former Corvette team executive saying he would have driven his own car just for the opportunity to let people see it.
And even though Mid America and General Motors may compete on certain products, Mid America Motorworks is an official GM licensee that pays the automaker a royalty on every officially-licensed product they sell. So whose cutting into whose business?
Those of you long-time readers would be very hard-pressed to find a story where we criticized a decision by the Corvette Team, but this one seems petty and vindictive towards the Yagers and Mid America Motorworks in the face of all they had done for the Corvette hobby.
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