Last weekend Bloomington Gold completed its rookie orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A couple of soggy days couldn’t dampen spirits at the show’s 2nd new location in the last 3 years.
The combination of new driving events and the iconic location made this one of the best Bloomington Gold events in recent memory.
Yes, it rained for most of the show but that didn’t seem to deter anyone. Everyone we spoke too thought the location was fantastic – a natural spot for a Corvette show. The 2nd question asked by most we spoke to was “did you get out on the track yet?”
The track and driving events added an entirely new dimension to Bloomington. For the first time the autocross was located on site. Ridealongs and helmet rentals were free after signing a waiver. We were fortunate to hitch a ride with Danny Popp in a Lingenfelter modded C5. Keep an eye out for that video later this week.
If you were looking for more speed you could tag along with a professional driver from the Spring Mountain Performance Driving School in a brand new Z06. We’ve got PDR video of that coming up later this week too. Need more driving? You could take your Corvette out for some GoldLaps on the 2.5 mile superspeedway. The GoldTour staged and left from the show location for the first time we can remember.
Add that to the GM ride and drive and the 2-seat Indy car rides and you’ve got a gearhead’s dream.
The GoldCollection made its debut in the slot formerly filled by the Great Hall and Special Collection. This year’s theme was 1965 Corvettes. Significant cars inside included the very first 396 equipped car, a couple of racers, and a 1,500 mile convertible fuelie. Back were the staple events like the GoldSchool, GoldMine Corvettes for sale, and the GoldMarket with its hundreds of vendors.
Like always, the marquee events were Certification, Survivor, and Benchmark judging. The new judging field at IMS was located right at the base of the famous pagoda with the historic yard of bricks running right down the center of it. Cars from each of Corvette’s first 5 generation we represented on the judging field. The advantage of hosting the show at IMS show really showed on Friday when it rained essentially all day. No problem now as most of the cars were simply judged inside one of the many garage stalls.
Later on Saturday awards were presented to all of the winners right on the aforementioned yard of bricks.
Overall we feel Bloomington Gold at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a resounding success. The location was first class and the driving events take the event to an entirely new level. Even though rained persisted throughout most of the weekend, everyone we spoke with felt that this was the perfect spot for the show. Now we just need Mother Nature to cooperate next year. Being a first year event, there were a few challenges. Entry to the track on Friday was slow. We sat in a line about ¼ mile long waiting to get in. The autocross was pretty far removed from the heart of the show and we thought there could have been more food vendors available as lunch time lines were quite long. For a first year event with marginal weather the show staff did a great job rolling with the punches.
We’re big fans of Bloomington Gold and can’t wait to go back next year for our 32nd trip. The new more user friendly schedule was also a success. It was refreshing to see most all vendors and swap spaces still setup late in the day on Saturday. We also really liked being able to stick around for the awards ceremony. Wrapping things up on Saturday made for a relaxing drive home to the CorvetteBlogger Motor City Bureau on Sunday morning. We think the staff at Bloomington have a hit on their hands here and can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.
Couldn’t make it to Indy last weekend? Enjoy our super awesome gallery from Bloomington Gold 2015 below.
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