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2005 Corvette Funfest & Other News- Inside Track

Mid America Motorworks Holds The Largest Corvette Show Ever

Feb 1, 2006
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An Estimated 50,000 Enthusiasts and 12,000 Corvettes Gather at Corvette Funfest 2005, Breaking Attendance Records

Corvette Funfest 2005, Mid America Motorworks' (MAM) annual customer appreciation party, certainly lived up to its theme of "Lets Have Some Fun."

Overall, an estimated 12,000 Corvettes and 50,000 enthusiasts attended the three-day Funfest celebration from Sept. 16-18. This year's attendance broke last year's record of 10,600 Corvettes and 45,000 enthusiasts.

The highlight of this year's Funfest was a Beach Boys concert on Saturday night. The free concert drew more than 20,000 people to the Mid America Motorworks campus in Effingham, Illinois. Mike Yager, founder and chief cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks, admitted he was nervous and excited prior to the concert. "I remember being 12 years old, listening to Beach Boys songs, and dreaming of some day owning a Corvette. Now I am able to bring the Beach Boys to Corvette Funfest for everyone to enjoy," he said.

Corvette Funfest 2005 Supported Several Worthy Causes:
* "Vets with Vettes" took Center Stage Parking at Funfest with veterans parking their Corvettes in a special location. Because Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Division of the Illinois Army National Guard, headquartered in Effingham, was deployed earlier this year to Iraq, the proceeds from Center Stage Parking were donated to a local support group that helps families with loved ones on duty in Iraq.

* Mid America Motorworks and Corvette Forum teamed up to collect donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

* This year's Funfest featured an exclusive art show at the home of Mike and Laurie Yager. Proceeds from the art show were donated to a local foster children program.

* The on-site Red Cross bloodmobile was busy throughout Funfest collecting blood for relief efforts.

"Corvette enthusiasts once again proved they are the greatest people in the world. While they were at Funfest, they generously contributed to those in need," said Yager.

Among the special displays at this year's Funfest were:
* The second official place of issue for the new Corvette commemorative stamp. Mid America Motorworks was honored by the U.S. Postal Service for its "STAMPede" efforts in 2001 that resulted in petitions with tens of thousands of signatures requesting the Corvette commemorative stamp. In addition to the stamp itself, the Postal Service sold a special Funfest Cancellation issue at the show. Noland Adams' '53 Corvette was the model the Postal Service used for the stamp. Both Adams and his car were present for Funfest.

* Yager said, "I've got too much stuff," and held a silent auction for more than 70 pieces of Corvette artwork and more than 30 pieces of automotive memorabilia. Included in the memorabilia was the '91 Corvette that was the project car used by Mid America Motorworks and Dream Car Garage.

* An expanded art show on the Funfest grounds included many new pieces created specifically for Funfest.

* There were new displays in the MY Garage Museum, including the Bill Mitchell '64 World's Fair car, a '63 big-tank, big-brake Z06; a ZR-1; the XP-819 research vehicle; and the last C5 Z06 made.

* This year, MAM invited Project Shark Attack to be a feature Corvette at Funfest. MAM provided the custom leather interior and seats for Project Shark Attack. Thousands of Funfest attendees stopped by the Performance Plus booth over the weekend to check out what makes this Corvette so special.

"I'm not sure how we will top Funfest 2005, but I know the Mid America Motorworks team will come up with new ideas to make Funfest 2006 even better," said Yager. "Every Corvette enthusiast should plan to be here for Corvette Funfest 2006, Sept. 15-17."

To request a free catalog or for more information on Mid America Motorworks, call toll-free, (866) 866-0856, or visit

Corvette Racing Sweeps Grand Prix Of Mosport
Gavin and Beretta Claim GT1 Points Lead as Corvettes Score 1-2 Finish in Canada

Corvette Racing labored long and hard in the Labor Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport, and the toil paid off with the team's seventh victory of the season in the American Le Mans Series. The 2-hour, 30-minute race was literally won in the pits as a quick final stop by the crew of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6-R vaulted Oliver Gavin into the lead at the 2-hour mark.

Gavin and his teammate Olivier Beretta scored their fifth win in their last six starts-including a victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans-to take a 1-point lead in the GT1 championship standings. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell finished 2.022 seconds behind its sister car as Corvette Racing posted its 30th 1-2 finish since 2001.

"Strategy and pit work won the race for us," Gavin said. "We didn't have the fastest car on the track today. What won it for us was the Corvette Racing team and the hard work they've put in this year."

The Corvettes' winning streak was in jeopardy as recent rule changes equalized the performance of the C6-Rs and their rivals. A Saleen S7R started on the GT1 pole and led the first hour and 53 minutes of racing. But the pace took its toll when the Saleen had to make its final pit stop earlier than its rivals and take on more fuel. Both Corvettes were gone in 30 seconds on their final stops with four fresh tires and enough gas to run to the finish.

"All the boys on the No. 4 car did a brilliant job on the pit stops," Gavin explained. "I didn't have any traffic on my out-lap, and I pushed very hard. I came out of the pits about a second ahead of Johnny and the Saleen was coming quickly. Fortunately I had Johnny between us, so he had to defend the position and I managed to stay in front."

The top four contenders in the GT1 class-the twin Corvettes, the Saleen S7R and the Maserati MC12 -ran in tight formation at the start of the race. After nearly an hour of racing, the class-leading Saleen held a 12-second margin over the pursuing Corvettes, but pitted five minutes earlier. That pattern was repeated when the leading trio made their decisive final stops an hour later, setting up a sprint to the finish. Remarkably, there were no caution periods during the race.

"The No. 4 and the No. 3 car had almost identical pit stops," reported Ray Gongla, crew chief for the victorious No. 4 Corvette C6-R. "We were quicker by about a second, and that was just enough to make the difference on the track. We really push to do quick stops, and our engineers' strategies were spot-on. The drivers did their job, the crew guys did their job, and together we got it done today."

O'Connell had to fend off the rapidly closing Saleen in the final laps. He finished 0.644 seconds ahead of his pursuer at the checkered flag.

"It was hard, hard work," O'Connell said. "It's been a long time since I've pushed that hard. It was a really good fight and an exciting race for the fans."

O'Connell's teammate Ron Fellows was hoping for his second victory of the weekend after winning the SCCA World Challenge race with Team Cadillac on Saturday. He was disappointed on this day, but enthusiastic about the show at his home track.

"It was the best race of the year and that bodes well for the remaining events," said the Canadian star. "The quality of the racing the fans saw today doesn't get any better. They were running qualifying laps at the finish, and I'm proud of the job that Johnny did to keep second place."

The victory by Gavin and Beretta gave them a 1-point lead, 147-146, in the GT1 drivers championship with two races remaining.

"We have strong competition, and I want to congratulate them on a fantastic race," said Beretta. "It was a perfect day. I have to be honest, I'm happy to lead the points. But the important thing is always that a yellow Corvette wins."

Gavin shared his teammate's joy: "The momentum is going our way," said the Briton. "We've had some luck but we've also raced very well. This is the second season that Olivier and I have worked together, and everything is falling into place."

Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan was elated with the team's performance under pressure. "Today we had to rely heavily on the experience of the entire team-the drivers, the crew and the engineers," he said. "It was obvious that we were unable to chase down the Saleen; the cars had virtually identical speed. When that happens, you have to race hard and count on every person on the team-and that's exactly what happened today."

Department Of Corrections
In the Oct. '05 issue, there were a number of errors in our "Happy Birthday Block Party" article. We thank everyone for bringing the following mistakes to our attention.

* The L82 engine appeared in 1973, not 1975.

* The Cross-Fire injection engine was new for 1982, not 1984.

* The 1985 TPI engine was not an L82, it was the L98.

* The 1997 LS1 engine is technically a 346-cubic-inch engine (stated as a 350) and was incorrectly labeled with 245 horsepower in the heading. In the story, the horsepower was correctly stated at 345.

* The photos for the LS1 and the LS6 engines were reversed.

* The LS2 6L engine does not equate to 350 cubic inches, it should have read 366 cubic inches.

* Monty Hall's Collector Edition Corvette was referred to as a Silver Anniversary Edition.

Royal Purple-Corvette Fever Trivia QuizThis month, Corvette Fever is continuing the new Royal Purple-Corvette Fever Trivia Quiz. The Royal Purple Trivia question will be featured in each issue of Corvette Fever and at Readers can answer via e-mail or regular mail. Those who answer correctly will be part of a drawing for a $200 gift certificate from Royal Purple. The winner of the contest will be featured in the next issue of Corvette Fever.

Enter the Royal Purple Trivia Quiz by answering the question and filling out the required information online, or by sending the answer on a 3x5 card with your name, address, phone number, and date of birth. See Rules on page 89.

This month's Royal Purple-Corvette Fever Trivia Quiz question is:

How many '89 ZR1 Corvettes were built for testing and evaluation?

Send your written entry form to:Royal Purple Trivia QuizCorvette Fever Magazine9036 Brittany WayTampa, FL 33619Or answer online

We have our first winner in our Royal Purple-Corvette Fever Trivia Quiz. The December question was: What color were the original spark-plug wires on the L88 Corvettes? The correct answer was red, and Scott Royer of Troy, Ohio, answered correctly.

Congratulations Scott!

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