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Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Club Registration to close May 25, 201905/16/19

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Club Registration to close May 25, 2019 Attention Clubs!  We are looking forward to “Celebrating 50 Years of Herbie” with you June 7-9, 2019.
There is just a week left to register to park with your club. Visit to register today. Club Registration closes after May 25, 2019.

Custom Engine Give-away!05/10/19

Custom Engine Give-away! Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs, “Celebrating 50 Years of Herbie,” is just weeks away.

Festivities are set for June 7-9, 2019 on Mid America Motorworks’ 150-acre campus located in the heart of the Midwest.

One of our most treasured highlights at this year’s celebration is a Customized Engine Give-away from Darryl’s Vintage Air-Cooled VW Engines. 

Come early and enter for a chance to win one of Darryl’s Premiere, 1776cc Red-Tin, Dual Carb engines, valued at $5,800.  This state-of-the art engine is handmade and sits in an upright style.  It is made to replace any Volkswagen Type I (Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Safari/Thing, and more) as well as any pre-1972 VW Type 2 Bus, Camper, or Pickup.

Darryl first started building engines when he was 12 years old in his dad’s shop.  With more than 40 years in the VW industry, Darryl has a wealth of expertise and is planning on sharing his knowledge in a seminar on Saturday, June 8 as part of Mid America Motorworks’ Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs.  Darryl has also been featured in the magazine Hot VWs.

The engine maker takes pride in the fact that every single part is BRAND NEW and has zero miles on it!  Powerful and shiny, his engines are Never Rebuilt, Reground, Resurfaced or Reconditioned in any way.  That is his motto!  This year’s lucky winner of this fabulous Engine Give-away will also receive information on how to best break-in their new Turn-Key Engine as well as many other tips on how to maintain optimal performance.

The overall value of the give-away is several thousand dollars and includes a 12-month/12,000-mile limited warranty.  Warranty information is specific and included in this most amazing GIVE-AWAY.

Registered guests can earn additional entries for every $100 spent at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW.  The lucky registered Funfest guest will be randomly selected in a drawing held during Saturday night festivities that include an Open Mic Night as well as many other new, exciting events to be announced in upcoming months!

The winner must be present to win and must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. You won’t want to miss out on a chance to win this top-of-the line Engine, designed and handcrafted by Darryl!

Also, the first THREE Darryl’s Engines SOLD will receive FREE INSTALLS on-site during Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. This offer is valid until April 15, 2019.  Order EARLY and get your FREE INSTALL scheduled!  Call 800.500.1500 to order your engine today.

See you June 7-9th at Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs on the Mid America Motorworks' campus in Effingham, Illinois!

Herbie Trivia Contest planned05/10/19

Herbie Trivia Contest planned "Celebrating 50 Years of Herbie" is the theme for this year's Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2019.  We hope you will participate in our Herbie Trviia contest that will be spread out throughout the weekend.

Know your Herbie facts.  Whether your favorite movie is Herbie The Love Bug; Herbie Rides Again; Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo; Herbie Goes Bananas; or Herbie Fully Loaded; be ready to show your knowledge and win some fun prizes.

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW has a lot of significant changes this year.  Learn more as you browse through this Website!

Funfest Welcomes Bruce Meyers!05/10/19

Funfest Welcomes Bruce Meyers!

We are thrilled to welcome Bruce Meyers back to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Bruce created the Meyers Manx Dune Buggy more than 50 years ago. By designing a lightweight dune buggy using fiberglass and a VW frame, Bruce revolutionized the world of off-road racing. Meyers Manx grew in popularity and has become the most copied vehicle in history.

This will be Bruce’s fourth time attending Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. In addition to leading expert seminars, Meyers will be giving the BEST DUNE BUGGY AWARD this year. Meyers will be available to sign autographs and visit with VW enthusiasts throughout the weekend. The Meyers Manx is a staple at off-road events and has secured a place in pop culture.

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2019 To Host Debut of Type 2 Body05/10/19

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2019 To Host Debut of Type 2 Body

This all new assembled prototype Type 2 body is near completion and will make its debut at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2019.  Complete bodies are hand assembled in the USA using the latest technology and skilled craftsmen.  All of the components and panels used to build these bodies are brand new to the market, using all new tooling for a better fit and quality than anything else available before now!  All panels are EDP coated to prevent corrosion.  Come check out the body for yourself in person at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2019, America’s largest air-cooled VW event.  The prototype is created by Golden Star, of Dallas Texas.  Also, on site will be the parts importer from Dallas and the manufacturer of the product from Taiwan.

People’s Choice Awards Brings Judging Contest to Our Customers04/30/19

People’s Choice Awards Brings Judging Contest to Our Customers People’s Choice Awards. It’s a growing trend throughout the industry.

Mid America Motorworks is excited to announce People’s Choice Awards will be replacing our Celebrity Choice Awards during the 2019 Funfest for Air-Cooled VW.

Be prepared to critique some of the best VWs from across the country.  Upon arrival, visit the Registration Desk in the Fun Dome to receive your ballot.  Mid America Motorworks staff members will be on hand to assist you in turning in your selections.  Here’s the scoop on some of the categories in the competition:

·         People's Choice - Best of Show, $500 Mid America Motorworks Gift Card

·         People’s Choice - Best Campsite for an Individual: $250 Mid America Motorworks Gift Card; Best Campsite for a Club, Mid America
          Motorworks to make a donation to the Club's favorite charity

·         People’s Choice – Most Creative $100 Mid America Motorworks Gift Card


In addition, there will be awards for

·         Best Dune Buggy

·         Best Engine

·         Best Herbie


All award winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.  Must be registered to be eligible for judging.