Mid America Motorworks Will Bring 11 Cars to Mecum Auction

Whether it be for the annual Corvette FunFest, restoration parts, or upgrades to your new Vette, many Corvette fans have become very familiar with Mid America Motorworks located in Effingham, Illinois. This year, Mecum Auctions will be dropping the gavel at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 12-16.

Mike Yager, founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks mentioned, “Every Corvette in the collection has its own unique story to tell. As we continue to see a rise in historic racing, we started to wonder if some of these cars – especially the Escort and Corvette Challenge cars – might have more to their story that hasn’t been told.

There are many great cars heading off to auction, and we hope that they will draw the bids that they deserve. If you are interested in owning one of these awesome Vettes, pack your bags for Indy or get ready to bid off site!

Lot T226 – 1957 Corvette Convertible Barn Find

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.24.29 AM

Photographs and lot details courtesy of: Mecum Auctions

– True Corvette barn find
– Stored in barn for more than 40 years
– Discovered by Mike Yager in July, 2010
– Presented in as discovered condition
– Discovered sitting on a car trailer
– Only off of the trailer once for VIN inspection
– On the cover of the Corvette Bible, with forward by Dana Mecum
– Featured in several magazines and automotive websites
– Small block V-8 engine, NOM
– Original patina
– Red with White coves
– Red interior with White top
– Production Number 5,081 of 6,339 Corvettes produced in 1957
– Sold with original trailer

Lot T227 – 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.35.05 AM

– One of 6,502 Pace Car Editions produced in 1978
– No. 6,305
– Unrestored
– 4,141 original miles
– Original 350/220 HP engine
– Automatic transmission
– Front and rear spoilers
– Mirror tint roof panels
– Two tone Black and Silver paint
– Like new Silver interior
– Contoured sport seats
– Air conditioning
– Power windows
– Power locks
– Tilt and telescopic steering column
– AM/FM/CB radio
– Cruise control
– Polished aluminum Rally wheels
– White letter radial tires

Lot T228 – 1987 Chevrolet Corvette Escort Series Race Car

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.36.16 AM

Driven by Mitch Wright and Shawn Hendricks
– Ran at the Sears Point, Portland, Brainerd, Mosport, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio and Sebring tracks
– Won 6 of 7 Escort Endurance Series races between it and sister car #4 in 1987
– Sold in 1987
– Rediscovered and purchased by Mike Yager in 1996
– Restored to 1987 racing specifications by Kim Baker
– Includes original paperwork, some race setup materials
– Includes historical documentation
– Successful SCCA Club Racing history after the Escort Series
– 350 CI engine
– Tuned port injection
– Yellow with Black interior

Lot T229 – 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Challenge Race Car

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.37.33 AM

Challenge Car #5
– Unrestored
– 3,062 original miles
– Presented in as-raced condition
– Never wrecked
– Driven by Mike Hughes in 8 of 9 races
– Campaigned by Precisions Auto Centers
– 1 of 56 built in 1988
– 4+3 manual transmission
– Z51 performance suspension
– Shipped to Protofab in Wixom, Michigan for performance upgrades
– Fitted with racing seat, safety harness and roll cage
– Fire extinguisher system
– Performance brake pads
– Special ducted cooling
– Low restriction exhaust
– Special Corvette Challenge emblems
– Shaved Goodyear Gatorback tires
– Bought and sold by Mike Yager, Sr. twice
– On display at the New York Corvette Americana Hall Of Fame Museum for 10 years
– Includes historical documentation and some original paperwork

Lot T230 – 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway 35th Anniversary

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.39.15 AM

– Bloomington Gold Certified, achieving an amazing 7,655 of 7,675 possible points
– Bloomington Gold Benchmark and SurvivorAwards
– 430 actual miles
– RPO B2K Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette
– Twin Turbo 5.7L intercooled V-8 with 382 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque
– Special ultra-light Callaway Dymag Magnesium Wheels, new for 1988 model year Callaways
– SEO Z5G, includes Long Air Dam, Power Steering Cooler, J55 Heavy Duty Brakes, and Free Flow Mufflers, mandatory on RPO B2K Corvettes
– 1 of 3 RPO B2K Callaway Twin Turbo Anniversary Corvettes with manual transmission in existence today
– 1 of the only remaining 1988 Callaway Corvettes that still retains the special 1988-Only recalled exhaust
– 1 of the only remaining Callaway Corvettes known to still have its original Champion Oil Filter installed
– No. 1,451 of 2,050 special 35th Anniversary Corvettes
– Available only in coupe form
– White with Black roof bow
– Features Twin Turbo Callaway transmission
– Z51 Sports handling package
– Delco-Bilstein shock absorbers
– Finned external power steering cooler
– Power driver and passenger seat
– Electronic air conditioning control
– Illuminated driver’s vanity mirror
– Triple White styling and Anniversary Emblems
– Includes historical documentation and original paperwork
– A cornerstone to the Mike Yager / Mid America Motorworks Collection for over a decade

Lot T231 – 1990 Chevrolet R9G

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.40.48 AM

– Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor & Certified Corvette
– 1 of 23 R9G Corvettes produced
– 115 original miles
– One week only availability
– Only racing teams were able to order these cars
– Never raced
– 5.7L engine
– 6-speed transmission
– Heavy duty springs
– FX3 Adjustable Suspension
– Displayed at the New York Corvette Americana Hall of Fame Museum for 10 years
– Includes historical documentation and original factory paperwork
– Includes copy of original window sticker

Lot T232 – 1993 Chevrolet Corvette Dieline Race Car

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.41.53 AM

– Built by Doug Rippie
– Driven by Bill Cooper
– Multiple Podium Finishes at 1993 World Challenge
– Featured on automotive magazine covers
– Includes historical documentation and paperwork

Lot T233 – 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Brickyard

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.43.14 AM

– One of 25 Special Purpose Corvettes built as official vehicles for the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994
– One of only 13 Brickyard cars produced in Red
– No. 75 of 137 Chevrolet event vehicles
– 350/300 HP V-8 engine
– Automatic transmission
– FX3 Selective Ride and Handling package
– Dual power seats
– Electronic air conditioning
– Bose CD/cassette stereo
– Inaugural Brickyard 400 decals
– Documentation including GM letter of authenticity, copy of the original factory window sticker, photo of drivers riding in the Corvette at Indy
– Received Corvettes at Carlisle Chip’s Choice Award
– Dealer installed luggage rack

Lot T234 – 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Limousine

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.44.10 AM

– Seats six
– 300 HP LT1 engine
– Automatic transmission
– Rear stereo with 400 watt amplifier
– Two TVs
– Custom glasses and ice trays
– Cover of Corvette Funfest 2010 Commemorative Book
– 23,889 miles

Lot T235 – 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Pre-Production Z06

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.45.08 AM

First Corvette Z06 built at Bowling Green Assembly Plant
– Built February 4, 2005
– Driven at Nurburgring, Autobahn, Spa-Francorchamps and Virginia International Raceway
– Driver Tony Rifici takes top speed over 200 MPH on the Autobahn in June, 2005
– Driver Patrick Herrmann averages 198.6 in both directions at Papenberg, Germany in June, 2005
– Test laps at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, driven by Jim Mero as The pre-screen for the Z06 press show in June, 2005
– Nurburgring fast lap 7:42.99 from a standing start with driver Jan Magnussen
– Jan Magnussen gives rides to the press writers during the long lead press show in July, 2005
– Track testing by Johnny O’Connell at Virginia International Raceway in July, 2005
– Includes some original paperwork and historical documents

Lot T236 – Custom Death Race 2000 Corvette

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.45.51 AM

– Flat 6 Corvair engine hidden below the visible dummy engine
– Designed by James Powers, Dean Jeffries & George Barris
– Custom built to resemble an alligator
– Volkswagen chassis and Corvette style body
– Part of the My Garage Collection since 2002

About the author

Brent Davis

Brent was born and raised in Southern California. After earning a Bachelors Degree in business marketing from California State University San Marcos, and a project management certificate from the University of California at San Diego, he decided to turn a lifelong passion for automobiles and motorsports into a career. Brent has a specific passion for diesel-powered and all-terrain vehicles that have helped him haul and recover recreational toys over the years.
Read My Articles

Late Model LS Power in your inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from LSX Magazine, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
LSX Magazine NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

LSX Magazine - The Late Model GM Magazine for Camaro

We'll send you the most interesting LSX Magazine articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

LSX Magazine - The Late Model GM Magazine for Camaro

LSX Magazine NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

LSX Magazine - The Late Model GM Magazine for Camaro

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Corvette Enthusiasts

Performance Driving

Engine Tech

LSX Magazine - The Late Model GM Magazine for Camaro

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Corvette Enthusiasts
  • Performance Driving
  • Engine Tech

LSX Magazine - The Late Model GM Magazine for Camaro

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

LSX Magazine - The Late Model GM Magazine for Camaro

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading