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Funfest in the Midwest 2018 June 1st - 3rd

Presented by Mid America Motorworks and Harchelroad Motors, Inc

11.10.2017Getting Your Corvette Ready for HPDE

Funfest in the Midwest, Funfest, HPDE, Track, Corvette If you have registered for High Performance Driver Education during Funfest in the Midwest, you will want to take a few steps to prepare your Corvette. Taking these steps before you arrive at the track will ensure your Corvette is safe and ready to hit the track.

Follow along as we cover Wheels and Tires, Steering and Suspension, Engine, Safety Equipment, and other common sense safety checks that anyone can preform as well as miscellaneous tips and items you should consider bringing to the track with you.

Preparation Before Arriving At The Track

Wheels and Tires - Inspect each wheel, making sure that each is round and without any dents or damage to the mounting surface. Many Corvettes tires are frequently aligned to a negative camber, which can hide heavy wear and exposed threading on the inner tire, while the threading on the outside of your tire looks brand new. If you are not able to get your Corvette on a lift, simply turn the steering wheel all the way to the right (while parked) and check the threads on your front passenger tire. Then turn the steering wheel all the way to the left to check the front left tire. Flat tires with plugs are not a safe option for the track as they often fail under the high-stress track conditions. Center Caps/Hubcaps often come off and should be removed to prevent a dangerous situation on the track.

Steering and Suspension - Have you noticed any difficulty in turning your steering wheel; does the wheel feel tight or loose? Have you noticed a vibration in your steering wheel? Does the wheel slip when you attempt to turn it or hold it in a turn position? These could be signs that your Corvette is experiencing steering problems and may not be safe on the track. To test the Suspension, we recommend the "Bounce Test". With your Corvette in Park, press down on the front of the car with all of your weight and "bounce" it a few times, then release. Repeat at the rear of the vehicle. If your Corvette continues to rock or bounce more that 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.

Engine Compartment - Go ahead, pop that hood open and lose all track of time staring at this fantastic beast! When you've snapped out of it, be sure you did not drool on the engine compartment as we check for any possible leaks. Leaking components in your engine compartment will fall onto the track, creating unsafe conditions for you as well as other drivers. Check that your battery is properly secured with two bolts and there are no leaks, check that not antifreeze is leaking from your radiator and that no oil, transmission, brake, gasoline, windshield wiper fluid or any other kinds of liquids are leaking inside of your engine compartment.

Brakes - Stopping power is crutial for a safe driving experience anytime, but this is especially true on a race track. Whistling noises, chirping sounds and grinding are all indications that you may be experiencing one of these common brake problems: worn brake pads, heat-cracked or worn rotors, loose-fitting brake pads in the caliper, missing or damaged noise insulators, uneven torque of lug nuts or caliper hardware. Check that your Brake Pads are at least 1/8 of an inch thick. Check your Rotors for deep, visible grooves. Make sure you have clean brake fluid and that the system is free of air.

Safety Equipment - Check that your seatbelts are in proper working condition. Roll Bars are required for Convertible Corvettes. Drivers must wear long pants with closed-toe shoes and a sleeved shirt. Helmets are required, as is eye protection (face shield, goggles, safety glasses).

Preparation At The Track

- Take a few minutes to remove unnecessary items from your Corvette: spare tire and jack, floor mats, items in your glove box or center console, any other loose items.

- Prepare your Corvette for "Racer Numbers" by applying a small amount of wax to your quarter panel, allowing it to dry. After you put your racer numbers on, you can wipe away the remaining wax. At the end of the weekend you will be able to remove your numbers without damaging your paint or leaving a sticky residue behind.

- Clean your front and rear windows to reduce glare and increase visibility.

- When coming off the track, use a block of wood to keep your car from rolling. Do not use the parking brake: this will trap the heat and could cause your rotors to warp.

- Keep your engine running for a couple of minutes with the hood up, this will allow your engine to cool down and help circulate hot fluids.

Items to bring with you: glass cleaner, wax, a quart of oil, rags, tire gauge, basic tools, a change of clothes, sunblock, a cooler packed with ice and drinks, and a folding chair.

10.26.2017The Ultimate Funfest in the Midwest Experience

Funfest in the Midwest, Registration, Ultimate Treat yourself to the Ultimate weekend during Funfest in the Midwest, by selecting an Ultimate Registration.

For concierge service and an incredible amount of attention to detail, we go above and beyond to ensure that our Ultimate guests have an unforgettable weekend!

When you upgrade to an Ultimate Registration, you'll begin receiving benefits before the event is even here! Our concierge service means that one of our team members will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure that your needs and requests are met and your expectations exceeded.

We will contact you shortly after you register to confirm details about you, your Corvette, and answer any questions you have about the weekend. You'll also receive these great perks:

- Admission into Funfest in the Midwest June 1-3, 2018

- Track Time throughout the weekend

- Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Award Judging

- Admission and preferred seating at Seminars

- Premium Parking at MPH

- Wrist Band for one (1) driver

- Breakfast and Lunch served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

- Free water, soft drinks and host bar throughout the weekend

- Exclusive access to the Guardrail Lounge with indoor seating and bathrooms

- VIP seating at the track

- Thursday Night Meet and Greet for Ultimate guests and event VIPs

- Celebrity ride-alongs during the Meet and Greet

- VIP Status on Saturday Night, including: Private Dinner before the concert, access to indoor VIP Viewing Lounge during the Concert, VIP Grand Stand Seating, access to our private host bar

10.26.2017Register for Funfest in the Midwest Today

Funfest in the Midwest, Registration, Standard Funfest in the Midwest Registration is now open! Mid America Motorworks and Harchelroad Motors, Inc are thrilled to team up to provide Corvette enthusiasts with the opportunity to a classic Funfest weekend on a track!

Select a Standard Registration for these great perks:

- Admission into Funfest in the Midwest June 1-3, 2018

- Track laps

- Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Award Judging

- Admission to Seminars

- Wrist Band for one (1) Driver

Standard Registration is per car and allows you and a guest admission into Funfest in the Midwest each day. If you need more than one driver per car, you can add an Alternate Driver registration to your cart.

10.25.2017Lodging Options

Funfest in the Midwest, Hotel, Motel, Lodging So, you're registered for Funfest in the Midwest, what next? We recommend reserving a hotel room at your earliest convenience in Hastings or nearby Grand Island.

We have put together a comprehensive list of Lodging Options to help you get started.

Hastings, Neb

Comfort Inn
Quality Inn
2903 Osborne Dr. W
203 W 33rd St
Hastings, NE 68901
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-5252
(402) 461-4076

Hastings Express Inn
Roadway Inn
1400 W J St
2424 Osborne Dr E
Hastings, NE 68901
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-3148
(402) 463-1422

Holiday Inn Express
Super 8
3605 Cimarron Plaza
2200 N Kansas Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-8858
(402) 463-8888

Grand Island, Neb

America’s Best Value Inn
Hampton Inn Grand Island
3021 S Locust St
504 Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE 68801
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 384-4100
(308) 384-9777

Best Western Plus
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2707 S Locust St
3404 W Faidley Ave
Grand Island, NE 68801
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 381-8855
(308) 675-1118

Boarders Inn and Suites
Hotel Grand Conference Center
3333 Ramada Rd
2503 S Locust St
Grand Island, NE 68801
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 384-5150
(308) 384-1330

Candlewood Suites
Mainstay Suites
859 Allen Dr
3051 S Locust St.
Grand Island, NE 68803
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 381-7000
(623) 207-7416

Comfort Inn
Roadway Inn
3535 W State St
3205 S Locust St
Grand Island, NE 68803
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 381-7788
(308) 646-3709

Days Inn Grand Island
Sleep Inn
2620 Diers Ave
1716 N Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE 68803
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 210-9541
(308) 381-8111

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Super 8 Grand Island
805 Allen Dr
2603 S Locust St
Grand Island, NE 68803
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 381-8980
(308) 384-4380

Grand Island Travelodge

1311 S Locust St

Grand Island, NE 68801

(308) 382-5003

10.25.2017What is HPDE

Funfest in the Midwest, HPDE, NASA, Racing, High Performance Driver Education HPDE is the commonly used acronym for High Performance Driver Education. HPDE schools are designed to teach you advanced car-control skills and to apply that learning in practice, at a track. HPDE is not a race; the goal of HPDE is to improve and develop driving skills.

Funfest in the Midwest is thrilled to team up with NASA (National Auto Sport Association) to provide guests with an intense learning opportunity.
If you are interested in learning the basics of High Performance Driving, or simply want to drive your car on a racetrack in a controlled and professionally staffed environment, Funfest in the Midwest is for you.

HPDE gives drivers the chance to test their track skills and learn from NASA's cadre of experienced instructors at a venue designed for safe, spirited driving. NASA's HPDE program has become the standard for the 'open track' industry and features multiple skill levels to ensure that drivers are able to enjoy a safe and fun day at the track.

10.24.2017Funfest in the Midwest 2018

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Corvette-Chevrolet dealer Harchelroad Motors in Imperial, Neb. and Corvette aftermarket parts and accessories manufacturer, Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Ill. are teaming up to present Corvette enthusiasts with a weekend designed for experiencing all years of Corvettes to their fullest. From car shows to track events, HPDE and of course live entertainment, June 1-3, 2018 promises three full days of high-octane excitement at Motorsports Park Hastings, in Hastings, Neb.

The June event will take place at Motorsport Park Hastings, or MPH, a first-class, 2.14-mile road course. Named one of the top 10 places to speed legally by Forbes magazine, this course was designed by Alan Wilson, reviewed and approved by renowned racetrack consultant Martyn Thake from the SCAA. Corvette enthusiasts will enjoy daily track time as well as Celebrity Choice Award Judging, Seminars, On-Site Installations from a variety of the industry’s leading aftermarket parts and accessory suppliers, and of course, headlining entertainment. The event will conclude on Sunday with bracketed elimination competition racing.

Mid America Motorworks Phone: (866) 279-0407
Harchelroad Motors Inc Phone: (308) 210-9016
Motorsport Park Hastings Phone: (402) 461-8031