With just about three months to go, the 2019 edition of Bloomington Gold is quickly taking shape. Late last week show owner Guy Larsen reached out to share the latest details with us. Three significant Corvettes will be making the trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this June 20th- 22nd.
Owner Irwin Kroiz will be bringing his recently refreshed blue Corvette SR-2 and General Motors will be bringing the Mako Shark and the Manta Ray concepts. How’s that for Corvette royalty?
The SR-2 started life as VIN #2522 and went straight to the GM Styling Studio from the St. Louis plant under Shop Order 90090. There, under the watchful eyes of Harley Earl and Zora Arkus Duntov it began its transformation into the car we know today. It recently received a restoration courtesy of Kevin Mackay’s Corvette Repair facility in Valley Stream, New York.
The Mako Shark and Manta Ray are arguably the 2 most significant styling cars ever created by General Motors. Their silky shapes would eventually define Corvette’s 2nd and 3rd generations. Today they remain timeless while offering a detailed glance into Corvette’s history.
The Manta Ray will have a place in this year’s Gold Collection which will salute 1968 – 1972 Corvettes. The Gold Collection will feature 40 significant Corvettes from the early portion of Corvette’s third generation. Among them, you’ll see L88s, L89s, LT1s, a ZL1(!), LS6s, a ZR2, COPO’s, 5-Star Bowtie Corvettes, and Benchmark Corvettes among others. Your author’s 1972 convertible will also have a spot in the 2019 Gold Collection so keep an eye out for another installment of On the Campaign Trail following the show.
Bloomington Gold 2019 will take place Thursday, June 20th – Saturday, June 22nd at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Early bird Single-day passes are $22, and 3-day early bird passes are $50. All tickets include parking. Kids 12 and under are free. Stayed tuned for more updates as the show draws nearer.