5 May 2011

Bloomington Gold showcases Corvettes

Sometimes called the “Granddaddy” of Corvette shows, Bloomington Gold is the longest-running show in the country dedicated to showcasing one of America’s most enduring and revered automotive nameplates.

The 2011 event is slated for June 23-26 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill.

The inaugural show, then known as the Bloomington Corvette Corral, was held in 1973 in Bloomington, Ill., when a group of Corvette owners gathered to display their vehicles and trade spare parts on two acres at the local fairgrounds.

Bloomington Gold has grown substantially and undergone a few changes over the years, most notably a shift to Gold Certification judging, in which Corvettes are judged on their level of authenticity rather than pitted against other vehicles.

Looking to expand your collection? Browse hundreds of Corvettes in the GoldAuction, conducted by Mecum.

After taking a hiatus in 2010, the GoldTour returns on Saturday, June 25, and includes a new route with a 10-mile “switchback” feature that allows participants to pass other tour vehicles approaching from the other direction. The tour still holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tour of any marque – 2,223 Corvettes.

New this year is a series of seminars covering all things Corvette. Experts Dana Mecum, Terry Michaelis, Mike Vietro and Bruce Shaw will be on hand to discuss the state of the market. Also, don’t miss the hands-on workshop with Mike Ardito and John Ballard, where you’ll learn how to repair or preserve your classic without causing damage.

From collectibles to big blocks to daily drivers, Bloomington Gold is the premier event for Corvette enthusiasts.


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