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Bloomington Gold Officially Inducts 2011 Great Hall Honorees

by Guest Contributor on June 28, 2011

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Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

Last weekend Bloomington Gold officially inducted their 2011 Great Hall honorees during their 39th annual event. The people being recognized ranged from racers to collectors to restorers. The 10 cars being saluted covered Corvette racing, styling, and high end performance.

The Great Hall is in its 2nd year of its intended 5 year run and in that span it will honor just 50 cars and 50 people who have helped shape the Corvette hobby. The event was highlighted by the reunion of Corvette racing legend Tony Delorenzo with his original 1967 L88 racer. The car is believed to be the first production L88 Corvette and was sold at Mecum’s Monterey auction last year for a cool $1.25 million. It was recently returned to its 1967 racing livery.

The 10 Corvettes:

  1. 1955 Corvette – First V8
  2. 1956 SR2
  3. 1960 Lemans Racer
  4. 1960 Route 66 TV Show (Icon only)
  5. 1963 Harley Earl Design Vehicle
  6. 1965 396/425 “State of The Art”
  7. 1967 DeLorenzo L88 Racer
  8. 1969 Corvette ZL1
  9. 1971 Corvette ZR2
  10. 1978 Indy 500 Pace Car (Icon only)

1955 Corvette – First V8 (VIN 002) 1956 SR2 1960 Lemans Racer (The Briggs Cunningham Car)
1960 Route 66 TV Show (Icon only) 1963 Harley Earl Design Vehicle 1965 396/425 State of The Art (Restored by David Burroughs)
1967 DeLorenzo L88 Racer (The first L88) 1969 Corvette ZL1 (1 of 2) 1971 Corvette ZR2 (with 8,900 miles)
1978 Indy 500 Pace Car (Icon only – with 8 miles)    

The ten people, clubs and businesses

  1. Tony DeLorenzo – Corvette Racecar Driver
  2. M.F. Dobbins – noted Corvette research and publisher
  3. Ralph Eckler – Corvette parts manufacturer and marketer
  4. Dan Gale – Corvette Museum Co-Founder
  5. Roger Judski – Corvette collector and dealer
  6. Gary Mortimer – NCRS Co-founder
  7. The Naber Brothers – Corvette Restorers
  8. National Corvette Restorers Society – Corvette Club
  9. Joe Pike – Corvette Promoter
  10. Bob Wingate – Corvette Sales

2011 Bloomington Gold Great Hall Inductees 2011 Bloomington Gold Great Hall Inductees 2011 Bloomington Gold Great Hall Inductees
2011 Bloomington Gold Great Hall Inductees    

Congratulations to all the 2011 inductees.

Bloomington Gold Announces the 10 Cars to be Inducted into the 2011 Great Hall
Bloomington Gold Announces 10 Inductees into the Great Hall


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