When it comes to the Bloomington Gold Corvette show, our thoughts bend toward exquisitely restored or well-preserved factory-correct Corvettes. Earning a Survivor award, Gold Certification, or the prestigious Benchmark award has become the standard for signifying a Corvette’s originality or correctness.
In recent years a new trend has emerged in our hobby – restomod Corvettes. This new portion of the hobby has gained momentum over the last decade and continues its exponential growth today. Just look at some of our more recent auction Top 12 lists. You see restomods showing up on those lists more and more. More surprisingly, their price tags are often higher than their factory-correct restored counterparts. Enthusiasts across all makes are realizing the fun of driving a classic car riding on all the industry’s latest technology.
Last year Bloomington Gold had their first-ever Corvette restomod display. This year, they judged restomod Corvettes for the very first time. Since a restomod is basically the opposite of a factory-correct Corvette, the process is opposite as well. Instead of deducting points for deviations from typical factory production, restomods are awarded points based on how far an item has been changed from original. Points are awarded in 5 categories, just like traditional Bloomington Gold judging. Those categories include Interior, Chassis, Engine Compartment, and Exterior. The fifth category is Tech which evaluates the functionality of all items on the car. Additionally, there’s a section that allows the owner to expound about their inspiration, vehicle theme, and any specific modification in any of the 4 non-tech categories. Once everything is tabulated participants can achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze status just like in traditional Bloomington Gold Judging.
This year’s restomod class featured example from the 2nd and 3rd Corvette generations with judging taking place on Saturday morning. The judges, sporting new purple restomod shirts, poured over each car in the usual Bloomington fashion while many interested onlookers kept watch.
We think the restomod class is a natural evolution to the hobby and Bloomington Gold as well. Given the explosion in popularity of that niche, it just makes sense to do it.
We’re looking forward to seeing how that category grows in the coming years. Until then, enjoy our gallery of the 2020 restomod judging at Bloomington Gold.
Photos by Steve Burns