Thank you to everyone who braved the unpredictable Illinois weather to spend the weekend with us for a Magical Mystery Funfest!
From rain to our annual Celebrity Choice awards and the first-ever indoor Funfest concert, click here to relive the fun!
You don't have to own a VW to come to Funfest!
There are fun things for everyone to do at our events and we invite anyone and everyone to our shows!
General Parking is only $2 a day, and you can purchase passes to the Saturday Night Entertainment,
includes free pass to the concert and the Funfest Fireworks brought to you by O’Brien Volkswagen of Urbana!
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The World's largest Baja Beetle makes the Cross Country Journey to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW!
It's official! Big Red will be joining us at the 15th Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled VW May 31st - June 2nd!
The 10,000 pound Beetle has a chain driven air-cooled Deutz diesel engine and was originally a 1959 Walter Crash Truck.
Big Red is part of the The Walter Project and is the brother of Walter, the World’s Largest Bus. Like Walter, Big Red is fully equipped with lights
and sounds and makes the annual trip to the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
Big Red will be on display all weekend long. Make sure to stop by and get your picture, have the little ones take a ride, or join in on the dance party
as Big Red plays music all day long by the wine & beer tent. Big Red doesn’t travel to the Midwest very often so don’t miss your chance to see the oversized Beetle in person!
For more information on The Walter Project, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thewalterproject.
Water-Cooled VWs Welcomed to
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
O’Brien Volkswagen of Urbana to Sponsor
NEW Water-Cooled Show Field
We're excited to invite all water-cooled Volkswagens to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW.
The event has always been open to Volkswagens from every generation, and this year O’Brien Volkswagen
of Urbana is sponsoring a dedicated show field just for water-cooled VWs. Together, Mid America Motorworks
and O’Brien Volkswagen of Urbana will welcome all Volkswagen models including the Beetle, CC, EOS, Golf, GTI,
Jetta, Passat, Tiquan and Toureg.
The classic VW aftermarket parts and accessories company knows that many enthusiasts are fans
of the Volkswagen brand as a whole. Having both air-cooled and water-cooled Volkswagen generations
present will allow the entire VW hobby to come together for one big celebration. Many guests have
a classic VW as well as a new VW and are encouraged to bring both cars to park together on the show field.
“The Volkswagen culture has grown beyond the Beetle and Bus to include all generations,”
said Mike Yager, founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks. “I’m looking forward to
a great turnout of Water-Cooled VWs this year, representing the future of the hobby and the VW.”
All registered guests, whether air-cooled or water-cooled, will receive the same benefits of registration
including a parking pass for the weekend, concert tickets, an event t-shirt, goodie bag, discounts
on Mid America Motorworks merchandise and more. Water-cooled Volkswagens will also be included
in the Celebrity Choice Judging and Low-Speed Slaloms under their own competition class.
In addition to sponsoring the Water-Cooled Show Field, O’Brien Volkswagen of Urbana will
have a presence on-site to answer questions and discuss the new VW models.
They are bringing along a Beetle Sedan and Convertible, EOS Convertible, Passat Diesel,
Jetta Diesel and GTI/Golf R that will be available to test drive throughout the weekend.
Joe Ward, VW corporate sales expert and product trainer, is presenting a seminar geared toward water-cooled Volkswagens.
"O'Brien Volkswagen of Urbana is thrilled to be a partner of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW,”
said Jim Turner, President of O'Brien Auto Park of Urbana. “This event is a great way
to celebrate the unsurpassed brand loyalty of Volkswagen, and gives aficionados a unique
opportunity to see firsthand how far VW has come since the early Beetle days, to the current
full spectrum of products they now offer in the United States. Volkswagen is projected
to double their sales in the next 4 years in the US. It's a great time for VW and
we are excited to be a part of an event that celebrates the brand, its history, and its ongoing success."
World Famous WWII Air-Cooled VW Collection on Display at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
We're excited to announce that they will welcome a display of rare and unique
WWII style vehicles to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2013. A selection from the world
famous collection of Dr. Mac Jones will make the journey to Effingham, IL for the 15th Annual event May 31st-June 2nd.
Included in the display will be a Kübelwagen, Schwimmwagen and KdF-Wagen.
All three of these vehicles were produced by VW and used by the German military
during WWII. The Volkswagen Kübelwagen, literally translated as “tub truck,”
for its resemblance to a metal bathtub on wheels, was based heavily on Ferdinand
Porsche’s early Beetle designs and became a light military vehicle known internally
as the Type 82. The VW Thing sold in the 1970s and used by many European countries
as a responder and military vehicle was clearly designed along the simple lines of the Kubelwagen.
50,435 Kubels were produced. It is estimated that there are 150 in the United States and approximately 1,000 worldwide.
The Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen is an amphibious four-wheel drive off-road vehicle used extensively during the war
with a unitized bodytub structure for smooth movement through the water. The VW Type 166 is the most numerous mass-produced
amphibious car in history. 15,584 “Schwimms” were produced. There are approximately 100 on the Schwimmwagen registry
including 1 in New Zealand and another in Japan.
The KdF-Wagen was set up by Hitler’s “Strength through Joy” organization as an affordable car for the people.
Due to the shift to wartime production, no consumers ever received a KdF-Wagen; only a few military personnel had
possession of the vehicle. After WWII, the vehicles were ordered destroyed which makes them extremely rare.
This vehicle was the closest predecessor of what we now know as the Volkswagen Beetle. There are just 50 KdF-Wagens
on the register with 5 of them listed under the Dr. Mac Jones collection.
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Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Welcomes Independent Filmmaker, Damon Ristau
Creator of “The Bus” will begin gathering footage
for VW Beetle sequel at Volkswagen event
Mid America Motorworks is excited to welcome independent documentary filmmaker, Damon Ristau,
to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2013. Ristau, who lives and works in Missoula, Montana, is the director
and producer of “The Bus”, a film that brings to life the iconic story of the Volkswagen Bus.
Ristau will be screening “The Bus” during this year's Funfest for Air-Cooled VW.
To add more excitement to the visit, Ristau has just announced that, with the overwhelming
response and following of “The Bus,” he will produce a sequel documentary about the
Volkswagen Beetle that he aims to begin filming at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2013.
All VW enthusiast’s and Volkswagens present at the event will have the opportunity to be featured in the film.
"I'm thrilled to be taking part in Funfest for Air-Cooled VW this year and really look forward to begin filming our new VW Beetle documentary,”
said Ristau. “I can't think of a better event or group of people to kick start the film with.”
Ristau grew up around his parents buses and some of his first memories are traveling and camping with the family in the bus.
He was surprised to find out that there was not a comprehensive film about the vehicle and his career as a filmmaker and producer
allowed him to combine his two passions which led to the creation of the movie.
“The Bus” playfully explores how a post-WWII German utility vehicle evolved into a cultural icon
that represents freedom and the open road. The film begins in Germany with the vehicle’s creation
and takes you on an adventure from Wolfsburg to Hollywood introducing people from all walks of life
who share their stories and passion for the Volkswagen Bus. The film premiered in April 2012 at
the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Raleigh, NC. In July 2012, the Documentary Channel broadcasted
the film and it has been screened at festivals and events on 6 continents. “The Bus” has also been sold worldwide in the US,
Canada, Germany, UK, Belgium, France, Australia and Brazil.
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Welcomes The Return
Beatles Tribute Band scheduled to entertain Funfest guests
at Saturday night concert
Following a tradition of outstanding concerts, Funfest for Air-Cooled VW welcomes
The Beatles Tribute band, The Return, Saturday, June 1, 2013. The Saturday night concert will have
guests singing along to Beatles songs from both Beatlemania/Touring years, as well as Sgt. Peppers era in the band’s two-set act.
The Return got its start back 1995 when four friends got together to play their
favorite Beatles songs for what they thought would be a onetime show.
That show, which was very well received, turned into a regular gig and the
group has polished up their act for the highest level of authenticity.
Richard Stelling as John, Shane Landers as Paul, Michael Fulop as George and
Adam Thurston as Ringo capture the essence of the Beatles themselves with a near-perfect
reproduction of the live Beatles concert, down to John Lennon’s on-stage gum chewing and
using exact replicas of instruments and gear originally used.
“With this year’s theme of Magical Mystery Funfest, having The Return as our Saturday entertainment just makes sense.
I’m thrilled to welcome one of the most authentic, entertaining and exciting Beatles tribute bands to Effingham and to Funfest,”
said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader and Founder of Mid America Motorworks.
In The Return’s career, they have shared the stage with legendary acts such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Monkees,
Peter Noone, Chubby Checker, Jerry Lewis & The Playboys and 38 Special. The band also headlined the Path Rocks 2009
Paul McCartney pre-party concert and the 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ visit to Tokyo, and has been
featured nationally on CNN, TBS and VH1.
The Return’s first set will consist of black suits similar to those worn on the Ed Sullivan show on Feb. 9, 1964
and include a mixture of #1 hits consisting of I Want to Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day’s Night and Day Tripper.
The second set will switch over to Sgt. Peppers suits as seen on the album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Band and include various #1 hits like Hello Goodbye, Revolution and Hey Jude
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1 on the 14,000 seat amphitheater located on Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus in Effingham, Ill.
All registered Funfest attendees have automatic admission to the concert.
Visit The Return's Web Site |
Two Time Bonneville Salt Flats World Record Holder
Coming to Funfest!
Bill Hatfield’s 1999 Mexican Beetle – known as the Salt Flats Flyer – was the fastest 36HP-based
car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011 with a 108.325 mph pass for the 36HP
Challenge’s DSS36 (dual carbs class) record with a pass of 108.325 mph.
In 2012, Bill beat his record with a 114.909 mph pass.
Bill will put the breaks on at Funfest long enough to show off his
VW as he prepares for a return trip to Bonneville this September.
Low Speed Slalom Back by Popular Demand,
Brought to You by EMPI!
Don’t forget to test your “not-so-low”-speed Slalom skills!
It is only $20 for 3 tries and is tons of fun! Don’t worry VW Buses,
we have different classes, so you will not have to compete against Dune Buggies!
There are great prizes each day, and also a spot in the Winners Corral and a photo with Mike.
The person with the best time for the entire weekend will win an EMPI Dual 34EP Carburetors Kit or a gift card to Mid America Motorworks for equal value!
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The Lemon Brothers Band to provide entertainment
for the Country Buffet
The Lemon Brothers Band, a rockin' young band from the Wabash Valley, will be playing the Funfest Small Stage during Saturday night's Country Buffet.
The Band's talent of playing music and singing began at the early age of four, and they continue to play with a lot of natural groove and enthusiasm.
Their musical tastes range from classic rock, country rock, and gospel blues.
Buy Tickets for the Country Buffet