Terry Michaelis’, number 27 1953 NASCAR Corvette has won again, though this time not on the race track but on the show field at the 36th Annual Concours d’Elegnace of America at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. After winning two awards at Cincinnati’s Ault Park Concours, a 1st in Class in the Racing Division and the Bill Rudd “Best Vette” Trophy, the Michigan concours added another ribbon in the “Racing Through the Ages” category. Michaelis, president of ProTeam Corvette, has been campaigning the historic blue-ribbon 1953 Corvette race car at concours and shows throughout the country since ProTeam completed the restoration late last year.
This year the prestigious Concours d”Elegance of America is taking place on Sunday, July 28, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan, and has a special category in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Corvette.
Two of the six 1963 Corvettes in the Corvette Category will be Z06 race cars. Perhaps the star of the entire event will be the Z06 originally owned and raced by Dick Lang with an impressive and storied race history from the early and mid 1960′s when the car took on the legendary Shelby Cobras which were terrorizing the race tracks.
The new 2014 Corvette Stingray was one of the star attractions at the Amelia Island Concours earlier this month. In addition to showing off the new C7, they also gathered together a collection of some very rare 1963 Sting Rays as well. Click past the jump to check out some of the 50 year old Corvettes that were in attendance at Amelia Island.
Each year at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show attendees have the opportunity to increase their Corvette knowledge in a variety of areas in the GoldSchool. This year they’ve revamped the program slightly and will hold all of the classes on Friday June 28th. Click past the break for a complete rundown of the classes available this year.
One of the features at last month’s Amelia Island Concours D’elegance was a class made up exclusively of Corvette styling cars. Included in the chic, invitation-only collection of cars was this Firemist Gold 1962 Corvette created under GM Shop Order #10224. It is believed that this one-off was an exercise to produce a 50th Anniversary package to celebrate Chevrolet’s golden anniversary.
Remember John Greenwood’s 1969 BF Goodrich Stars and Stripes ZL1/L88 racer that sold at RM’s Monterey auction for $638,000? Purchased by Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette, the ’69 BFG Corvette recently made its way home to the company’s Napoleon, Ohio facility. The former Le Mans race car will be the centerpiece of Proteam’s L88 collection which now numbers seven special production L88′s of the 216 produced between 1967-1969.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
Ever wonder what takes to prepare a car for Bloomington Gold Certification? What to look for in a restoration shop for your Corvette? Need some detailing tips? Know the difference between NCRS and Bloomington judging? If you’ve ever asked these and other Corvette-related questions, then the folks at Bloomington Gold may have just the seminar for you. Click past the jump to check out all the classes being offered during this year’s event which runs June 23rd – 26th at the Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles, Illinois.
When one spends $1.25 million on a vintage Corvette that has won Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and most recently the Triple Diamond award, the last thing any sane person would do is turn it into a race car and take it to the race track. But that’s exactly what Pro Team Corvette president Terry Michaelis and collector Chuck Ungurean have planned to do with the Corvette they purchased last August at Mecum’s Monterey auction. And who better to drive the race-prepped Hanley Dawson Chevrolet Corvette in vintage ’67 livery than the original driver and Corvette Hall of Famer Tony DeLorenzo.