Try to decipher this numerical series: 60/40/20. Give up? It represents a ton of fun, as in 60 years of Corvettes, the 40th anniversary of Mid America Motorworks, and 20 years of the company's Funfest event. Plus there's one other key number to add, the lucky Gen 7 Corvette.
All those figures apply to this past September's Funfest, and then some. After all, literally thousands upon thousands of cars and spectators converged in Effingham, Illinois, for a celebration of all things Corvette. While the festivities got off to a gray and occasionally drizzly start, it didn't dampen spirits at all, and by Saturday we were walkin' on sunshine.
We've been to several 60th anniversary events in the past year, and usually the '14 Stingray steals the show, but a number of earlier and customized Corvettes held their own just fine at Funfest, thank you. What follows is a visual feast of not only the hot stuff on display, but also a fond look back at the early days from the MAM photo archives.
So what we have here is in keeping with that old wedding advice: "Something old, something new..." and so on. That leaves plenty to pick from, whatever your preference. And that's the beauty of Funfest, as there's no such thing as a bad Corvette. Sure, some are way more exotic or rare than others, but the whole point of the show is finding something for everybody to enjoy.
What's in store for next year? MAM founder and "Chief Cheerleader" Mike Yager gave us the scoop during the trophy presentation: Vettes for Vets, in honor of those who have served in the military. We're looking forward to a crisp salute at next year's Funfest.