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Bloomington Gold 2011: Certification Day

by Guest Contributor on July 5, 2011

Bloomington Gold 2011: Certification Day

Article contributed by Steve Burns

The highlight of the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show each year is the judging activity. Participants from all over the country converge on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL each June for the once-a-year opportunity to achieve Survivor, Gold, and/or Benchmark awards. At this event, cars don’t compete against one another. Rather they compete against a standard which is the condition in which the car was delivered from the factory. “No better, no worse, no different.” Click past the jump to learn more about the judging awards and to check out some pics from this years certification judging.

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Happy Birthday! Corvette Turns 58 Today

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2011

Happy Birthday! Corvette Turns 58 Today

Fifty-eight years ago today, the world’s first production Corvette rolled off its Flint, Michigan assembly line which was located at a small factory on Van Slyke Road, next to the Flint Truck Plant. On June 30, 1953, the chevrolet workers who built the first Corvettes gathered around VIN 001 for this group photograph. In that first year of production, only 300 of the Polo White two-seaters would be built and all were assembled by hand.

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Mecum's Bloomington Gold Auction Rakes in $5.8 million in Corvette Sales

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

The atmosphere at this year’s Bloomington auction was interesting. The tent was generally full of bidders and spectators all weekend. Surprisingly, though, bids were hard to come by at times. This can be seen in the numerous cars that sold for less than $10,000. On the flip side of this were the high-end cars. The 1971 ZR2 opened and bidding promptly stalled at $400k. A few moments later the bid was raised to $410k, the reserve was lifted, and the ZR2 was off to its new home.

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[POLL] What Should Be Done With This Barn Fresh 1957 Corvette?

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

Visitors to Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall this year were immediately greeted by barn fresh and very rare 1957 fuel injected Corvette recently rescued from years of storage before reaching the main display area. The car was presented with all the dirt, dust, and debris still present on it. The Bloomington Gold folks were taking a survey to learn the public’s opinion on what to do with the car. To help out, take the survey after the jump and we’ll forward on the results.

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Bloomington Gold Officially Inducts 2011 Great Hall Honorees

by Guest Contributor on June 28, 2011

[PICS] National Drive Your Corvette to Work Day

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.

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The Quest Documentary to be Shown at Corvettes at Carlisle

In case you were unable to make it to Carlisle, PA back in May for the Premiere of The Quest, the acclaimed documentary about the Briggs Cunningham Corvettes that raced for the first time at 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1960, we’ve got good news. The movie has been booked for an encore showing during Corvettes at Carlisle. The movie will be shown Thursday, August 25th at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets now because this event is sure to sell out!

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Mecum at Bloomington Gold: Race-Ready Corvettes

by Guest Contributor on June 23, 2011

Mecum at Bloomington Gold: Race-Ready Corvettes

Article contributed by Steve Burns

We continue our look at Mecum’s upcoming Bloomington Gold Corvette auction now by focusing on some of the race-ready cars being offered this weekend. Among the 400 or so cars for sale Friday and Saturday in St. Charles, IL are 4 rare birds that were born with the track in mind. These include a 1962 big brake fuelie, a 1970 ZR1, a 1971 ZR2, and 1990 R9G. You can check out all of them after the jump.

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Corvette Auction Preview: Barrett-Jackson Orange County

by Guest Contributor on June 22, 2011

Corvette Auction Preview: Barrett-Jackson Orange County

Article contributed by Steve Burns

This weekend will be a busy one for those hunting for a Corvette to buy as there are 2 big sales on the docket. The Barrett-Jackson crew rolls into sunny southern California while Mecum holds their annual Bloomington Gold Corvette sale in St, Charles, IL. Barrett-Jackson’s 2nd annual Orange County auction will run June 24th – 26th at the OC Fair and Event center in Costa Mesa, California. Nearly 2 dozen Corvettes will cross the auction block in addition to the hundreds of other classics, restomods and exotics being offered. Click below to see which Corvettes we’d like to put in the CorvetteBlogger fantasy garage.

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Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum at Bloomington Gold

by Guest Contributor on June 21, 2011

Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum at Bloomington Gold

Article contributed by Steve Burns

The 39th rendition of the Bloomington Gold Corvette show takes place this week Thursday through Sunday (June 23rd – 26th) at the Pheasant Run Resort just west of Chicago. We’ve been doing the happy dance here all week as we get ready to head out to the show on Thursday morning. You already know about the return of the GoldTour, the Great Hall people, and Great Hall cars, as well as all the great topics that will be covered during the Cubic Knowledge seminars. Now it’s time to talk about the 400ish Corvettes that will be for sale at Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction. Click past the jump to see some of the cars that will be crossing the block this weekend in St. Charles, IL.

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[PICS] Canterbury Vette Fest

by Guest Contributor on June 20, 2011

[PICS] Canterbury Vette Fest

Article contributed by Steve Burns

It was a busy Father’s Day weekend here at CorvetteBlogger.com. We kicked off back to back car shows first by participating in the Canterbury Vette Fest held in Lake Orion, MI. This was the 7th annual event at this location hosted by the GMC Corvette Set club. Mother Nature and roughly 100 Corvettes made for a fantastic day on the grounds of Olde World Canterbury Village. Corvettes from all generations were sprinkled about the scenic streets, sidewalks, and green grass of the village. The event was free to spectators and raised over $3,000 dollars for the Leader Dogs for Blind. Check out some pics from the event after the jump.

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