Article contributed by Steve Burns
Bloomington Gold has announced that their popular GoldTour Corvette road tour will be returning to the event line up for the 2011 show coming up this June. The road tour through the rolling northern Illinois countryside was shelved in 2010 for the first time in recent memory. Held as part of the June 23rd – 25th Bloomington Gold Corvette show, the 30-ish mile GoldTour will stage at 5pm on June 25th, 2011 and leave at 6pm from the Kane County Law and Justice Center.
Back in December 2010, we told you about all the schedule changes the folks at Bloomington were making for the 2011 show. The resurrection of the GoldTour is yet another evolution in the nearly 40 year old Corvette event. This year’s tour will be led by a fleet of 1961 Corvettes celebrating their 50th birthdays in 2011. Following them will be Silver Salute 1986 Corvettes and nearly 2,000 other examples of America’s sports car.
Bloomington’s GoldTour is the current Guinness record holder for such a grouping of cars with a whopping 2,223 cars participating one year. The highlight of the new route is sure to be the switchback which will allow drivers to check out all the other Vettes as well as wave to their fellow enthusiasts for nearly 10 miles along the tour route.
As a past participant in this event, it’s nice to see it return to the weekend agenda. We’re sure all the cheerful spectators along the tour route are happy to see it again as well. Participation in the GoldTour is free to all GoldField Corvettes attending the Bloomington Gold show on Saturday June 25th. Don’t have a Vette to ride in? No problem. Just grab a seat somewhere on the route and let the 2,000+ car rolling Corvette show come to you. Check out the tour map and the full weekend schedule.
The 39th annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show will take place roughly 60 days from now on June 23rd – 25th, 2011 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.