What's In That Box?

To Be Opened in 40 Years

Larry Jewett - September 05, 2012 04:56 PM


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Mid America Motorworks, the world’s largest supplier of aftermarket parts and accessories for Corvettes, announced some of the many items that will be included in the company’s 100th Anniversary Time Capsule. Celebrating the sports car 40 years before its centennial anniversary, the company will reveal all of the rare and meaningful time capsule items during the Corvette Funfest 2012 celebration taking place September 13-16.
Corvette fans from around the world generously offered their prized possessions to help Mid America Motorworks mark this once-in-a-lifetime event and more than 15 items were chosen to be placed into the time capsule.  The celebratory time capsule will be topped off with a crown jewel surprise item from Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager’s personal collection. It will be matched in significance by the other items sent in from near and far:
• 50th Anniversary Corvette Medallion – Given by Chevrolet to signify a milestone in the brand’s history, this medallion was presented to the Official C5/C6 Registry by Corvette Chief Engineer David Hill at the Corvette Celebration in Nashville, Tenn. in 2003. Submitted by the Official C5/C6 Registry Organization.
• Bottle of port from the first Australian National Corvette Convention – Held in Melbourne, Australia, this rare bottle was given out at the first Australian National Corvette Convention, an event still held today and celebrates the Aussie’s passion for America’s sports car. Submitted by Darren Pelacchi of Melbourne, Australia.
• Original Corvette Car Cookie Box signed by Zora Arkus-Duntov – Given out at the first anniversary of the National Corvette Museum, this cookie box has been signed by Zora Arkus-Dontov, the “Father of the Corvette”. Submitted by Bill Dunbar of Murrells Inlet, S.C.
• Commemorative plaque from the Grand Opening of the National Corvette Museum – Given out as a souvenir at the Grand Opening of the National Corvette Museum on September 2, 1994. It features Zora Arkus-Duntov, the “Father of the Corvette”, and a message from Dan Gale, the first president of the National Corvette Museum. Submitted by the National Corvette Museum of Bowling Green, KY.

“This time capsule represents the first 60 years of Corvette history and the passion it instills in enthusiasts around the world,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks. “Looking at the items we’ve received, I’m confident we can bottle that enthusiasm to help fuel future generations of ‘Vette fans.”
The 19th Annual Corvette Funfest is scheduled for Sept. 13-16, 2012 at Mid America Motorworks' corporate campus in Effingham, Ill. For more details, visit This year, Mid America Motorworks will celebrate the introduction of the 1963 Sting Ray.