My Generation: First Read
by Rick Tavel Special to Corvette Forum ? 6-25-2013 All rights reserved It happened just the other day?I was browsing one of my favorite automobile image sites,Omnibus of Speed (http://omnibusofspeed.tumblr.com/) and there it was, something I had not seen in over fifty years, a picture of the cover of the first book I ever read […] More »
by Rick Tavel Special to Corvette Forum ? 6-19-2013 All rights reserved Simple but effective. This ad summed up what most new C3 Corvette owners had, a superiority complex. With the introduction of the new generation in 1968 several new features and options were offered to the enthusiastic Corvette buyer. And with the $4320 convertible […] More »
Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA is launching its premier event where more than 50,000 automotive enthusiasts and thousands of Corvettes will celebrate the event’s 40th Anniversary at the newly named State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois, June 28-30.
The “Granddaddy” of Corvette events made its debut in 1973 and is the longest running national Corvette event of its kind. The event is known for its certification of authentic and restored Corvettes, Survivor® Corvettes, swap meet, Corvette auction, educational seminars, Corvette road tour, and historic Corvettes from special collections. In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors, automotive vendors, and Chevrolet dealers filling the Gold Market, highlights include the GM Chevrolet Ride and Drive Experience, the GoldAuction, an all Corvette auction by Mecum Auctions, the GoldMine, featuring hundreds of Corvettes for sale, and the GoldSchool educational seminars. Attendees driving Corvettes will especially enjoy the convenient parking in the GoldField, testing their skills at the Corvette Autocross, and caravanning in the Corvette GoldTour.
Bloomington Gold is honored to host the largest display of the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. GM engineers will conduct walk around seminars on the new C7 Corvette, and will be on hand to field questions throughout the weekend. Chevrolet Dealers will also be available to place orders for those wanting to purchase the highly sought after sports car.
The I Hotel will serve as host to the famed “Great Hall” honoring the 2013 inductees of the most influential people and the world’s premier Corvettes. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday afternoon at 4pm. The 2013 Great Hall will include Zora Arkus-Dontov, Mike Yager, Mike Antonick, Bloomington Gold, Reeves Callaway, Carlisle Productions, Chip Miller, Bill Mitchell, Jim Perkins, and Dr. Dick Thompson. Corvettes being honored will include the 1957 Fuel, injection, 1961 Gulf Racer, 1962 327 CID, 1963 Grand Sport, 1965 First Big Block, 1967 L88 Daytona Racer, 1987 Escort Series Racer, Callaway Corvette, C5 Z06, and C6 ZR1. The historic Corvettes will be on display throughout the weekend at the I Hotel.
Spectators can cheer on hundreds of Corvettes on the GoldTour road tour. The parade of fiberglass will leave the event grounds at 6pm on Saturday, and will wind through the central Illinois countryside to historic Monticello, returning to downtown Champaign where the many restaurants, bars, and shops welcome their arrival as the city and area businesses host the Blues Brews and BBQ Festival.
The 3-day event is open to the public and parking is free. Advance ticket sales per person are $15 for one day or $40 for a 3-day pass. At the gate, tickets are $20 for one day or $50 for a 3-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Full details about the event are available online at www.BloomingtonGold.com or by calling 309-888-4477.
by Rick Tavel Special to Corvette Forum ? 6-12-2013 All rights reserved Most Corvette enthusiasts were in love in 1968 and with the all new third generation Corvette, which wore a completely new body style based on Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark II concept car. One of the new design features which created considerable excitement was […] More »
Corvettes at Carlisle, the world’s most popular all-Corvette-themed event, frequently highlights unique and very special cars, always honors its founder Chip Miller and annually welcomes some of the top names within the hobby.
The 2013 event, August 23-25 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, continues the tradition and this time around, the unique cars are even more unique, the Miller tribute is even more special and the guest list is supersized.
With a three-day event that’s so popular it historically hosts four days of action, Corvettes at Carlisle is putting a heaving emphasis on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 production line of cars. As was the case ten years ago when, as part of his final Corvettes at Carlisle, Chip Miller showcased 53 1953 Corvettes, his son and event manager Lance Miller will do him ten better this year with a 63 ‘63s display. Along with this particular ’63 display, the 2013 Chip’s Choice display will also feature some of the best 1963 Corvettes.
One particular car that is coming to Chip’s Choice is very special as it’s a one-of-a-kind Corvette. This car, a Corvette Rodine concept, was built for the Paris Auto Show and since its birth until at least 2008, was on display at the Pininfarina Museum in Italy. At that point, the car was sold at the famed Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Arizona) auto auction. What really makes this car special is that it is the ONLY steel-bodied Corvette ever created. In addition, the car is based on the ’63 Corvette chassis and has a 327cid/360-hp V8 under the hood.
Joining this car at Carlisle will be the Asteroid Corvette. This ’63 was delivered straight to the King of Custom cars George Barris of Barris Kustoms. The new C2 Corvette was already a fresh redesign from Chevrolet and Barris made a radical transformation and redesigned the car with an extended nose cone that had headlights positioned behind the bladed grille and custom headers exiting behind the front wheels. He also removed the split window, filled in the rear tail panel and opened up the rear wheel wells to accommodate big wheels. The paint job was out of this world and was painted in a heavy metallic copper finish that would blind you in the sunlight.
New to the event this year will be a showcase of the brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray. With Corvette Engineers onsite, enthusiasts will be able to get their first up-close look at the car, plus talk directly with the designers of this machine. There will also be walk around sessions focused specifically on the C7 and it will be one of the pack leading cars as part of the always-popular Downtown Carlisle Corvette Parade and Street Party.