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Bloomington Gold 2011: Certification Day

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.

[PIC] Corvette Racing: Mission Accomplished!

[PIC] Corvette Racing: Mission Accomplished!

From Pratt & Miller’s facebook page:

We brought the 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy home! A special thanks to all of our fans, sponsors, partners, team members, and family. We could not have done it without all of you. Come and see us at the track for the rest of the ALMS season and share this victory with us.

June 2011 Corvette Sales

June 2011 Corvette Sales

June is the traditional model year start for the Corvette and last month the new 2012 Corvette began rolling off the Bowling Green assembly line. The start of production of the 2012 model year singled the end of 2011 models and the final count of Corvette’s produced last year was 13,596 – an 11.5% increase over 2010’s 12,194 production total.

In June 2011, 1,299 Corvettes were delivered to new owners. That was -7.5% off the June 2010’s Corvette sales, which saw an increase in sales due to the introduction of the Grand Sport models. For the 2011 calendar year, Corvette sales are up 8.5% to 6,896. Last year’s numbers for the same time period were 6,355.

[VIDEO] 1000hp Twin Turbo Corvette Z06 Burns to the Ground

[VIDEO] 1000hp Twin Turbo Z06 Burns to the Ground

We’re not sure what sparked the fire that caused this torch red C5 Z06 to burn to the ground, and the original poster didn’t say, but judging by the way the flames are dancing along the ground, it definitely looks fuel related. A lot of money went into this car for the opportunity to play in the 1000 hp club and in just a few minutes it was all gone.

Happy Birthday! Corvette Turns 58 Today

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.

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

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.

[VIDEO] Support a Great Cause. Win a Great Corvette!

[VIDEO] Support a Great Cause. Win a Great Corvette!

The opportunity to participate in the Saint Bernard Classic Corvette giveway is quickly coming to a close. This year’s classic Corvette is a numbers matching 1965 convertible powered by a 396/425 horsepower V8. The drawing is Sunday, July 10th and you only have a limited time to purchase tickets. Find out more about Saint Bernard’s classic Corvette giveaway and check out the walk-around video after the jump.

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

[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.

Bloomington Gold Officially Inducts 2011 Great Hall Honorees

[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.

[VIDEO] The Autobots of Transformers 3

[VIDEO] The Autobots of Transformers 3

Chevy put out this brief preview of the Autobots that are featured in the next installment of the Transformers movie franchise. Sideswipe, the autobot that reverts to the Stingray Corvette concept is featured prominently in the preview.