Sunday Sights: Corvette Funfest 2011

Yep, it’s gonna get wet. But until it does, the 2011 Mid America Motorworks Corvette Funfest continues in full force! Here’s what we’ve seen already today…

The tire pile continues to grow - this is the first year they're stacking up the discarded rubber alongside the exhaust system "bone pile." They might come in handy as crash barriers if Mike Yager follows through on his plan to create a road course here on the 180-acre Mid America Motorworks property.

Speaking of Mike, we also got a chance to interview him in his office for the powerTV cameras.

One of this year's themes for the Funfest is "fitness", and a 5k fun run took place Sunday morning on a course laid out entirely on the property. We watched from a golf cart...

Chief Cheerleader Mike congratulates the first female finisher, and #4 overall

On display in the midway area today is an LS-powered, Mountain Dew sponsored airboat.

Power is provided by an L92 engine

The drive belt that takes power from the crank and delivers it to the carbon fiber prop is easily 5 inches wide

While a simple tiller controls the rudders via a pushrod system, the airboat retains throttle-by-wire control for the engine.

powerTV Publisher Lloyd Hunt, clearly misunderstanding the instructions to "pick his favorite Corvette," bestows his choice upon the Wienermobile instead. This may be a sophisticated ploy to avoid being selected as a celebrity judge again next year...

That’s it for now – we’ll be back with more once we finish dodging some raindrops this afternoon!

If you were in the install dome today, you just might've been lucky enough to have a couple of beautiful ladies work on your Corvette.

Part of Sunday's festivities was a Pinewood Derby race held by Troop 137 in nearby Teutopolis, Ill. Mike Yager was on hand to start the first pair of cars down the track.

Boy Scout Troop 137, on hand to volunteer all weekend long at Funfest, presented Mike Yager with his very own Pinewood Derby car to thank him for all that he and Mid America Motorworks have done for their organization.

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Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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