Daytona Racer Enters Great Hall
The induction ceremony will be held Friday, June 28th at 4:00p.m.
Although not the last ’67 built, this is the last C2 Corvette to leave the factory.
Due to delays, it was stored in the factory until August when Cliff Gottlob drove it home. That was the last time it was the last of anything. Entered in over 350 competitive events, it finished first over 150 times—winning 52 consecutive races. It finished in the top three over 75% of the time, including 2nd place at the 1970 Daytona 24 Hour. Unsponsored.
Not only did it complete the 1,940 miles of the Daytona race, it was driven 3,272 miles from Kansas to Daytona and back—in full racing livery. Try that today. Speeds reached 186 mph at Daytona and 203 mph at Talladega. This is the only known pre-C3 production Corvette to reach 200 mph.
Advice from Chevrolet engineer Vince Piggins prompted Gottlob to remove the original L88 engine with 138 miles and store it. David Burroughs re-installed it during his 1985 restoration. Not only does the block retain its original factory paint and stampings, volumes of factory paperwork remain perfectly preserved.
Don’t miss the induction of this great Corvette and many other cars and stars during the The Great Hall Event at the Bloomington Gold Show.
For Your Information
Induction Ceremony: Friday, June 28th at 4:00p.m.
Register: Online by June 1st
By Phone: 309-888-4477 or 309-888-2588
2013 Bloomington Gold Show
June 28 – 30
The University of Illinois Assembly Hall Grounds
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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!
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National Corvette Homecoming