Article contributed by Steve Burns
We’re just about 6 weeks away from the annual summer pilgrimage of Corvette faithful to St. Charles, Illinois and the Bloomington Gold Corvette show. As the time approaches, we’re getting more and more information about some of the unique events that make up this great 4-day gathering. Started in 2010 in place of the Special Collection, the Great Hall will highlight 10 people and 10 Corvettes per year until 50 people and cars from each category have been saluted. This year’s list of people who helped transform the Corvette hobby into what it is today is just past the jump.
The number of members of the Great Hall will grow to 20 this year as the 10 people below join 2010’s inaugural inductees.
- Tony DeLorenzo – Corvette Racecar Driver
- M.F. Dobbins – noted Corvette research and publisher
- Ralph Eckler – Corvette parts manufacturer and marketer
- Dan Gale – Corvette Museum Co-Founder
- Roger Judski – Corvette collector and dealer
- Gary Mortimer – NCRS Co-founder
- The Naber Brothers – Corvette Restorers
- National Corvette Restorers Society – Corvette Club
- Joe Pike – Corvette Promoter
- Bob Wingate – Corvette Sales
Each year’s inductees are chosen by a selection committee based on their contributions to the Corvette hobby. The class of 2011 will be officially honored on Friday June 24th at 5pm during the Bloomington Gold show. The entire 2011 Bloomington event runs from Thursday June 23rd – Sunday June 26th. For complete show information check out the Bloomington Gold website.
Stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger.com as the 2011 Corvettes being honored in the Great Hall will be announced soon!