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September 18th, 2004, Effingham, Illinois As if someone up above approved, the weekend weather was absolutely beautiful. There was lots of sun but it wasnt hot and there was a soft cool breeze coming in from the West. It was beautiful indeed. Hundreds of Corvettes were a stunning sight as they swarmed the rural Midwest town.
During the entire drive down from Chicago, we encountered many caravans of Corvettes were cruising down I-57. You could tell that this was one of those weekends that the owners cherish. Not a cloud in the sky and a nice drive through the Midwest with the top down, this was about as much fun as can be had driving through Illinois. The scenery is never this good. This author has lived here long enough to know that after you see one corn field, you have seen them all.
Driving around Effingham the night before, we arent even exaggerating that it seemed that 9 out of every 10 cars was a Corvette. The parking lot of every hotel in town looked like a kids fantasy. Nearly every year and model of Corvette was here.
Walking around the show there was plenty to look at. The organizers had parked all of the visiting Corvettes on the East and West side of the Mid America buildings (download video clip 2.2 MB). In the middle was the info area with all kinds of booths set up to promote various Corvette goodies. There was, of course, also plenty of food to be purchased and consumed as well.
There was tent of Corvette Engineers showing off the new C6, and even a truckload of C6s out in back. Some of the lucky few who had already taken delivery of their 2005 Corvettes had brought them out as well, so there was a nice mix of the old and new.
There were many custom Corvettes, from the tame to the extreme. There were many Corvette related aftermarket goods to see. There were lots of C6s there to see and learn more about. There were great raffles and Corvette related activities too. It isnt possible to have a much better time with the Corvette without driving it.
Of course, if you wanted to order anything for your Corvette from Mid America, well, they could not have made that much easier. The organizers should be commended in their nice layout for the festivities, the trolley to and from parking, the free admission to non-Corvette owners and lastly for the beautiful weather. I guess that wasnt really due to planning. They just got lucky on that one.