Andy Bolig

Car Crazy host Barry Mequiar is the Grand Marshal for this year’s National Corvette Homecoming.

National Corvette Homecoming has just announced the reveal of their new website, www.corvettehomecoming.com to help them promote the up-coming event scheduled on July 25-27, 2013, as well as interact with fellow Corvette enthusiasts.

It was all the way back in 1980 that Corvette Homecoming was born from an idea by a GM Corvette engineer, Tom Hill. Tom had just moved to Bowling Green and was in process of setting up the new Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, when he met a local businessman, Sam Hall.
 
The two men talked about Corvette assembly coming to Bowling Green and decided a local event would not only promote the new assembly plant, but the City of Bowling Green as well. Jimmy Greenway had just opened the local Chevy dealership so they approached him and asked if he would like to host a Corvette car show. That show was such a success that Hill and Hall decided to make it an annual event.

So, beginning in 1981, the National Corvette Homecoming was born and in only its second year, Corvette Homecoming expanded so much that it forced the move to Beech Bend Raceway Park, where it remained annually until 2002.

With its popularity again on the upswing, NCH was attracting some of the country’s best show cars so it was decided to add a show strictly for the most pristine Corvettes. In 2007, the Sans Pareil (“without equal”) show was added to NCH schedule of events and has since awarded that prestigious honor to over 30 honorees.
 
Joe, Vera and their dedicated staff of volunteers strive to keep the Corvette Homecoming experience something for enthusiasts of all years to enjoy. “This year is another special year” says Joe. “We will be celebrating Corvette’s 60th Birthday and we are hoping to have a ’53 model here for the celebration.”
 
Aside from the special events, Corvette Homecoming enjoys participants from all years from vintage to current models. Today’s Corvette Homecoming hosts a variety of fun including a new Road Tour and dinner party, a souvenir program, local tours and other outings. See our current schedule for other details and mark your calendars for one of the Corvette hobby’s oldest and affordable events on the schedule.

Whether you have a pristine vintage collectible, or just a plain daily driver, Corvette Homecoming has something for you. For years we have been known for our car shows, but as time goes by, we’ve evolved into a multitude of activities including interesting seminars and guest speakers, girl’s things to do, local tours as well as our famous Road Tour and farewell dinner party.

Depending on your direction of travel, southbounders may find the Grand ‘Ol Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame or even the Jack Daniels Distillery to your liking. Elvis Presley’s Graceland is for the westbound. Those going North may want to take a slight sidetrack to historic Bardstown where Kentucky Bourbon is King and restaurants are endless. Make Corvette Homecoming a week of adventure you won’t forget right here in the good ‘ol USA!

For Your Information:

National Corvette Homecoming

www.corvettehomecoming.com

Larry Jewett

Vettes for Vets is an annual, all-Corvette car show organized to honor the hard work and dedication military veterans have committed to our country. On Sunday, May 26, the general public can enjoy a free Corvette car show in the parking lot behind the museum and free museum admission for all veterans. All visitors will enjoy our new exhibit Elegance in Motion: Cars of the Golden Age, which opens May 25.
Vettes for Vets will be a great day of sunshine and memorial for our veterans who will enjoy raffle prizes, food trucks coordinated by Sacto MoFo, and awesome tunes. Corvette owners can pre-register for only $10  and $15 at the gate. Call (916) 442-6802 or visit Calautomuseum.org for more Car Show registration details.
The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to preserve, exhibit, and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives. The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and until 9:00pm every third Thursday of the month.
This event is sponsored by Performance Chevrolet

Andy Bolig

Bloomington Gold closes an era as it finished a spectacular 2012 event at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL and moves to downstate Illinois on the campus of the University of Illinois, Champaign for 2013.

Guy Larsen, owner and President said “we had a good run at Pheasant Run but it is time to move to a new location.  Downstate will offer a more convenient location for the majority of our customers.”

Champaign in 2013 will also offer Bloomington Gold the ability to produce events that have not been possible to do in St. Charles.  For instance, the Road Tour will be able to feature convenient country roads and spectacular scenery ending in downtown Champaign for an evening of food and entertainment. 

Bloomington Gold will be able to do mini-tours of small groups to interesting destinations and they will be done all days of the show and will also offer an Autocross event in the coming years. 

For the show this year, eighty-five Corvettes received the Gold Certificate and the Survivor Collector Car event had seven ZZenith awards. 

In its third year, ten people/organizations and ten cars were also inducted into the Great Hall which will feature fifty people/organizations and fifty cars over a five year period. 

Mecum Auction had a very successful auction at Bloomington Gold and in total there were over 400 new and used Corvettes for sale at Bloomington Gold in the auction, the dealers and the cars for sale by owner area. 

Chevrolet brought six 2013 Corvettes including the new, powerful 427 convertible, a Z06 and a ZR1 to the show.

In addition, hundreds of people participated in the Ride-and-Drive Experience with Chevrolet and had a chance to test drive a number of brands including an Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Cruse, Malibu, Camaro, Volt, Sonic and a Corvette Grand Sport

The next Bloomington Gold is scheduled for Champaign in June 27-30, 2013.

Andy Bolig

The auction company is generously donating valuable auction time for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation (CMCF) to auction a completely refurbished 1969 Riverside Gold Corvette Stingray coupe as lot #57 (charity lot 3001).

For the third year in a row, the CMCF has been privileged to run a Corvette through the Barrett-Jackson auction. Over the past two years, the auction has raised almost $80,000 for the charity. The Foundation is hoping another bidder will generously step up and become a part of automotive history in purchasing the 1969 Stingray. All net proceeds from the auction of this Corvette will go toward amyloidosis research.

Chip Miller was co-founder of Corvettes at Carlisle and Carlisle Events in Pennsylvania. Chip was very well-known and loved in the Corvette community worldwide but in March 2004, he passed away from a little-known disease called amyloidosis. The Chip Miller Charitable Foundation (CMCF) was formed to help spread awareness of this disease and raise money for educational and research purposes.

The Foundation’s goal is for earlier diagnosis to affect better treatment outcomes. If Chip and his doctors were aware of the symptoms of amyloidosis when they first presented, he might still be with us today. The mission of the CMCF is to empower people with the knowledge and understanding of amyloidosis for earlier detection, ensuring a better quality of life for those afflicted with the disease and to help science find the cures.

The 1969 Corvette Stingray is generously being donated for the third year in a row by San Diego Classic and Muscle Cars of Escondido CA. It is being offered at no reserve and is a rare, one-year color in Riverside Gold with a saddle interior. It features a matching numbers original 350ci V8 with an automatic transmission, fresh repaint, new interior, and brand new Firestone wide oval redline tires that are authentic to the car. 
 
The Corvette also includes:
• Factory air-conditioning, power windows, steering and brakes, tilt and telescoping wheel
• New bumpers, new emblems, new door handles and new rally wheel derby caps, big block hood
• Owner’s books
• VIN: 194379S715336

In addition to the new tires that were donated by Coker Tires, Reliable Carriers Inc. will ship the car at no cost to the buyer anywhere in the contiguous United States. So, that’s no auction fees courtesy of Barrett-Jackson and no shipping costs AND all the net proceeds go to an important cause – everyone should be bidding on this beautiful Corvette!

This refurbished like-new Corvette was made possible by our generous sponsors Mid America Motorworks and Trim Parts. The winning bidder will also receive a huge basket of car care items from Adam’s Polishes and the ultimate Corvette experience with four free passes each to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. Finally, the winner will be able to join us at Corvettes at Carlisle with their free fun field pass in August 2012 courtesy of Carlisle Events.

During the 2010 Auction, the “auction experience” featured the first-ever wedding at Barrett-Jackson (click here to read more). The newly married couple, Donna and Joe Miller (no relation to Chip Miller) drove the Corvette onto the block at auction time. “I’m not sure we can top that,” said Lance Miller, Chip’s son, “but we’re hoping three times is a charm to help us fight the terrible disease that took my father too soon.”

Tune in to Speed TV to watch the action – the car is lot number 57 (charity lot 3001) and is scheduled to roll across the block at approximately 7:00 pm Arizona time on January 17, 2012.

Hey guys, it’s that time again! We’ll be at SEMA this week providing photos, press releases, updates and other info on all the 2011 Corvettes, the concept cars that GM and others have brought, as well as all the cool new products that are being offered in the aftermarket!  The show starts on Tuesday, November […]