Shortly after our trip to PA for Corvettes At Carlisle, we made our way to Effingham, Illinois. Home to Mid America Motorworks, Effingham is another small town, much like Carlisle, that's prone to bowtie invasion. Corvette Funfest 2017 was no exception. With thousands of cars on the lawns of MAM, "the largest Corvette party in the world" was a celebration of Chevy's most beloved sports coupe.
Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks
If you're not familiar with Corvette Funfest, let us fill you in with a brief history lesson. Back in the early 90's, the Mid America Motorworks team organized a laid-back Vette meet as a 'thank you' to customers & supporters. What started as 1,200 cars rapidly grew in numbers, filling up the MAM campus & rising in the ranks as a 'must attend' for many Vette enthusiasts.
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the '67 Stingray, Corvette Funfest 2017 had something for everyone. Activities included road tours, drag racing, live music, tech sessions, and everything in between.
IN THE INSTALL DOME WITH CLEAR AUTO BRA
Of course, much like past Funfests, you could find Team XPEL in the Install Dome.
With the help of our good friends from Clear Auto Bra, we set to work equipping a wide variety of Vettes with ULTIMATE paint protection packages. Working under pressure is never easy, but the guys from Clear Auto Bra exercised practiced precision as crowds looked onward.
There's no doubt that the Corvette is one of our most popular models for protection, and the interest was strong as ever this year. Kit after kit, car after car, each and every Vette at Funfest that needed protection received it.
SPREADING THE XPEL GOSPEL
For the last few days of Funfest, we hosted a protection-centric seminar along with a Q & A session. Lucky for us, Clear Auto Bra let us borrow their Z06 to lure in attendees.
We kept it short & sweet, touching briefly on the self-healing powers of ULTIMATE paint protection, film care, and the benefits of paint preservation. A few seminar participants even took home some complimentary microfiber towels!
HITTING THE ROAD
As Corvette Funfest 2017 came to a close, a window of opportunity opened. The roads around Mid America Motorworks had emptied out enough that we had a little room for rollers with Clear Auto Bra's two C7s.
Utilizing the space available and a golf cart loaned to us by the show organizers, we got in a few passes down the back stretch as the clouds started to roll in.
All in all, Funfest was another epic event for Team XPEL. It's always great to be around some of our biggest fans, and even better when you have awesome installers on hand to make the magic happen. Big thanks to the team at Clear Auto Bra for their efforts - see you all at Corvette Funfest 2018!
DON'T SLEEP ON DEALER CONFERENCE
For those who may have missed out on Corvettes at Carlisle or Corvette Funfest 2017, we've got you covered. XPEL Dealer Conference is just around the corner, and it's going to be the biggest yet. XDC18 features an array of business luminaries who can help you grow your operation, happy hour with XPEL team members, and much, much more. Some of our attendees last year said it was even better than SEMA!
Ready to register for XDC18? Head over to xpel.com/dealerconference & get signed up while there's still space available.
This was a big year for the Corvette community. This year marked 20 years for Funfest, 40 years for Mid America Motorworks (one of the world's leaders in Corvette care), and 60 years for the Corvette itself, not to mention the arrival of the C7 Stingray! It was essentially a giant Corvette party. People are invited from all over the world to see what's new in the Corvette world, meet with fellow Corvette owners, and maybe pick out their next modification.
Stingray On The Way
You don’t have to be a Corvette owner to appreciate them. There’s a lot of talk about who got there first as the first American sports car. All we know is that we love and appreciate the Corvette. The first generation C1 came out in 1953. This car came with a 150 horsepower inline six cylinder engine. Chevrolet didn’t offer a V8 until two years later in 1955 when a 265 cu in V8 was offered as an option. Upping the 0-60 from 11.5 seconds with the inline 6 to 8.5 seconds in the V8. Let’s jump ahead a few generations to the C5 that was built from 1997-2004. With that Corvette came one of the greatest power plants of all time. The LS1. This small block V8 was completely redesigned from the previous generations V8. Initially rated for 345hp and 350lb-ft, but was increased to 350hp for the 2001 models. You can also find them shoved into Mazda Miata’s, Nissan 240sx’s, and other applications. You can find them in Corvette’s today. That is, until the C7. When the seventh generation of the Corvette starts hitting the streets it will come with a 6.2L V8 called the LT1. Sound familiar? GM started using the LT1 name back in 1970. LT will be used from this point forward. The 376cu in V8 in the C7 is estimated to have 450hp from the factory. An astounding number considering 60 years ago when the Corvette first came out it had 300 less horsepower. The C7 will be offered with a seven speed manual or a six speed automatic with paddle shifters. What some people are most excited about is the brand new interior. It’s lightyears ahead of the C6?s interior and a refreshing addition by an American automaker.
Protect Your Vette
Below are examples of the patterns that were installed on this BMW 650
Full Hood, Full Fenders, Mirrors and Bumper Kit
XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra
XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating.
Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving.
Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties
Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source.
Not all Patterns are created equal
At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished.
Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision.
You can pick and choose your coverage options.
Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc...
Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk.
Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit
High Impact Areas
Here is our video and photo coverage from the event. We will see everyone out next year!