When the Bloomington Gold show moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 it opened up an entirely new aspect of the show – the ability to drive or ride along in a Corvette on the iconic Indy speedway. The additional driving opportunities bolstered the precedent set several years earlier when the Gold Autocross was added to the event docket.
GoldSpeed allows show attendees to ride along in a new Corvette on the inner portion of the IMS road course with a professional driver. This year the event was run by Chevrolet using 2017 Corvette Grand Sports. After driving one of several other Chevrolet cars, patrons made their way over to the Gold Speed tent. There they signed their lives away on the waiver, were fitted with a helmet, and then strapped into a HANS device. Next it was over to one of the Grand Sports for a high speed lap. The lap began with a full throttle straight run down to a sweeping left hand turn, hard on the brakes, then into a sharp right and back down the straight to the start/finish line. On our lap we topped out a 113 mph on the start straight and hit triple digits again on the way back.
GoldLaps allow patrons to drive their own Corvettes on the oval track for two laps. Pace cars at the front and back of each group kept things to “cruising speeds” but that doesn’t mean we can’t cruise at three-digit speeds! Over the course of the weekend, Team CorvetteBlogger had 3 chances to lap the speedway in 3 different generations of Corvette. Thursday we toured in a wild 1967 restomodded convertible and Saturday we took to the track in a 2017 Collector Edition Grand Sport convertible and C6 coupe.
Check out our GoldSpeed and GoldLaps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
Corvette enthusiasts were also able to hit the Gold Autocross track and we saw many Corvette owners either taking their own Corvettes through the course or riding along with Autocross champion Danny Popp. Here’s video of a couple of autocrossers doing their thing: