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Guy Larsen, President

It’s almost time for the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette Event and the Gold Team is ready! If you’re a Corvette guy like me, you can’t wait for your favorite weekend of the year...the last weekend in June! Thousands of Corvettes to see, parts to hunt down, and friends, new and old, to meet up with and talk CORVETTES. That’s what it’s all about!

The Bloomington Gold Team is ready to host this year’s event in our new venue! We have new features, exciting improvements and good old familiar events as well. The Judging Field promises to be as dynamic as ever, the vendors’ wares will be bigger and better! The much loved GoldTour will be routing Corvettes through miles of countryside on Saturday night, offering the opportunity to swtichback and view the parade of non-stop Corvettes before emptying into downtown Champaign where restaurant, bar and shop owners are looking forward to serving their new Corvette customers. New this year is an all Corvette Autocross, being held at the nearby Parkland College grounds. And, Bloomington Gold will debut more C7’s than have yet been EVENTS at any other event this year with GM Engineers on hand to SEMINARS inform and answer questions.

enjoy the benefits of membership. Go online or sign up at the Gold Member tent for this year’s event. I want to thank all our sponsors for their support and contributing some key features to Bloomington Gold. Several are bringing or hosting special Corvettes to be on display for the attendees: see-through Corvettes, historic race Corvettes, and one of a kind Corvettes. Other sponsors are hosting activities to add to our weekend. The Great Hall will induct ten historic Corvettes and ten People who made significant contributions to the Corvette. Just to name a few - Reeves Calloway, the Gulf Oil Racer, Chip Miller, the Grand Sport Corvette, Zora Duntov, the ’67 L88 Daytona Racer. Where else can you see these famous Corvettes and People!! Come to the judging field to view the Certification and Survivor Corvettes on display Friday through Sunday. They will be parked on the east side of the Event Grounds. You’ll probably find a few owners willing to talk to you about their prized possessions- some magnificent cars! Looking forward to this Corvette Guy’s favorite weekend in June! See you there!

THURSDAY Show Not Open


Also new this year is the opportunity to become a GoldMember. GoldMembers will enjoy a special parking area right on the event grounds. Members can stop by the Gold Member Lounge during the event to relax and have a cold drink. In addition, there will be an evening reception, a Saturday lunch, and many other amenities only GoldMembers can enjoy! It’s not too late to sign up and



SATURDAY 7:00am-5:00pm




8:00am-5:00pm Mandatory Check-In Mandatory Check-In


Judging 8:00am-6:00pm


Judging 8:00am-1:00pm

Awards 1:00pm-3:00pm


Corvette Auction

Preview 7:00am-5:00pm

Start 11:00am

Corvettes (owner/dealer)








Corvette Parking/Displays




The Great Hall: Year Four

Display 8:00am-5:00pm

8:00am-5:00pm Induction: 4pm

Display 8:00am-3:00pm







Staging: 5:00pm








Bloomington Gold’s Parts Resale! Tired of moving that box of old Vette parts from one corner of the garage to another? Well, we have an idea... bring it to Bloomington Gold this year and turn it into cash! New this year is the GoldPartMart resale area. Drop off your clean and complete parts and our Bloomington Gold staff will monitor your pieces and help you turn your discarded stuff into easy to store dollars...or you can turn around and find new goodies available at any of the dealers in our immense GoldMarket.

Here’s how it works:

• Bring your clean and complete parts to our GoldPartMart • Fill out a simple description (it’s best if you have it ready ahead of time) • Give your name, cell phone number and what $$$ you want for the item (realistically, of course) • We will collect a payment or have buyers call you to haggle or ask questions • If it sells, we will text you a message and you can pick up your cash!

Your Parts! Our Event!...The Perfect Deal!





The Certification event was created to recognize cars preserved or restored to Typical Factory Production (TFP) authenticity and condition. The Survivor event was created to recognize those cars that APPEAR for the “majority” to have been preserved

as factory original. A Bloomington Gold award represents the judgment and opinion of NCCB/NCSB judges as to the appearance of authenticity and damage/ deterioration of the automobile “as is, where is” on the day it is judged.

® America’s most prestigious Corvette award. Getting BENCHMARK Certified documents the ultimate standard for unrestored vehicles. BENCHMARK Certified documents the ultimate standard for unrestored vehicles. To achieve Benchmark status, an unrestored Corvette must attain Gold Certification and excel in all four categories of Survivor during the same weekend. To date, fewer than 100 Corvettes have received the prestigious Benchmark award.


Saturday, June 29

Gold Certified means that a Corvette has been “preserved in” or “restored to” within 95% of the way it appeared when it left the better, no worse, no different. Our standards for authenticity & condition are simple but difficult. The goal is to attain historic perfection not cosmetic perfection. Typically, that can be much more difficult to attain. Our highly-qualified judges have been known for their knowledge, courtesy and consistency for over 30 years. Gold Certification influenced the direction that organizations, collectors and our industry have followed ever since.

SUNday, June 30


Getting SURVIVOR® Certified documents the standard for unrestored vehicles. It means that a panel of judges have certified the car meets these requirements: • Is over 20 years old • Pass a 10-mile Road Test

• Remain over 50% unrestored or unaltered • Retain over 50% original finishes good enough to use as a reliable color guide

READ CAREFULLY Lottery Policy If a class exceeds ten (10) Certification or twenty (20) SURVIVOR Corvettes, a lottery will determine the order vehicles will be placed on the Wait List. To be eligible for lottery, your signed registration form and fee MUST be received by NOON, March 15, 2013. Registrations received after this time will be Wait Listed in the order they were received (if your class is already full).

Multi-Car Policy An owner entering multiple cars in a class going to Lottery, will be drawn at random with the other entrants. However, if one of his cars is drawn and placed in a class, any of his subsequent cars drawn for that same class will be automatically placed on the next available wait list slot (and not in the class). If the class has any cancellations or no shows, all wait list owners move up accordingly into the next available slot; either in the class or on the wait list.

Judges inspect only four components: Exterior, Interior, Underhood and Chassis. Cars must pass at least three of these four categories in order to become SURVIVOR Certified.

Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 30

BENCHMARK, GOLD, & SURVIVOR Certificates will be presented.

Registration Open!

Register Online: by June 1, 8:00am Info: Laurie Beyer at 309.888.2588 •



Year Four

2013 Inductees ®

The People Mike Antonick Zora Arkus-Duntov Bloomington Gold Reeves Callaway Carlisle Productions Chip Miller Bill Mitchell Jim Perkins Dr. Dick Thompson Mike Yager

The Cars 1957 One HP per CID 1961 Gulf Oil Racer 1962 First Year 327 CID 1963 Grand Sport 1965 First 396 CID 1967 L88 Daytona Racer 1987 Production Racer Callaway Sledgehammer 2006 Z06 500+ HP 2009 ZR1 600+ HP

Updates will be available on our website at



“Not Everyone Can Be In The Great Hall... But Everyone Can Be On The Great Wall”


he Great Hall is conceived to run for five years. Each year, ten people and ten Corvettes will be inducted into the Hall. Each year, the nationally known selection committee will select the current year’s inductees. At the end of the fifth year, the conclusion of our efforts will result in something that has been missing from our sport - recognition of our Pioneers; the fifty most influential people (organizations) and the fifty most influential (or historic) Corvettes that shaped the Corvette Phenomenon as we know it today.


lthough Corvette began production in 1953, the Corvette Phenomenon began in 1973. That’s when things seemed to shift from the “new” car era to the collector car era. The first Corvette magazine (Vette Vues) was born. Swap meets sprang up.   Vendors began offering (crude) reproduction parts.  Car prices started to reverse from normal depreciation curves to appreciation curves. Corvette concours shows began attracting attention and participants.  National organizations came into being (e.g. Bloomington Gold, NCRS).  Normal maintenance shifted to the “fun” of full restorations; i.e. new interiors and new paint jobs.  This era from 1973 through 1993 not only charted the course to where the Corvette industry is today but also influenced much of the course that other collector brands are just beginning to follow today.  Therefore, we need to honor the pioneers of this period; 1973 through 2014.

We are offering you the opportunity to be a part of our Great Hall display. You may purchase a faux stone* on “The Great Wall” which will be a part of “The Great Hall” at Bloomington Gold 2013. “The Great Wall” will consist of individuals, families, businesses and clubs. If you, your family, your business or your club would like to be a part of “The Great Wall,” please complete the Order Form (downloadable at www. return it by May 20, 2013. You will receive a complimentary poster-sized version of The Great Wall to be picked up at the show. To Purchase: Laurie Beyer at 309.888.2588 *Each stone is 6” X 12” in size. $100 Per stone.

The Great Hall Proudly Sponsored By




This one of a kind school is for novice or experienced owners, buyers, sellers, collectors, writers, restorers, dealers, appraisers, or judges. Visit our GoldSchool Registration Desk at the I-Hotel for available classes. To pre-register, contact Shelley Sohn at or 309.888.4477


GoldSchool Proudly Sponsored by


University of Illinois Assembly Hall Grounds Champaign, Illinois

JUNE 29, 2013


S67 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed Original and Unrestored Serial #00007 Pilot Car

S67 1967 Corvette Coupe 327/350 HP, 4-Speed Original and Unrestored Bloomington Gold Benchmark

Where Corvette People Buy & Sell to Corvette People


MecuM.cOM 262-275-5050


40 Years


Coffman Corvettes D & A Corvette Inc Jack Podell Fuel Injection Specialist Lacy, Bill Lang, Jerry Lonestar Caliper Co. Mid America Motorworks Nolan Motor Sales Struck, James A Vette Vues Magazine


would like to acknowledge, to honor, those vendors who have supported our event over the past 40 years. Although we value all of our vendors, the GoldTimer acolaid is bestowed to those vendors who have been a repeat presence at Bloomington Gold and has been a staple to the event as much as the Corvettes themselves. Please help us say ‘thanks’ to our valued vendor family and take a moment to acknowledge the people and buisnesses listed as well as look for them at our upcoming event.

30 Years

35 Years

J. Frank Specialty Chrome Vette Magazine Bob’s Stingray Services Key, Terry Lemmer, Paul Vettesundercover Arcoleo, Steve Corvette Clocks By Roger Salmon, Gary Muskegon Brake & Distributing Naeger, Bill

Al Knoch Interiors Carlisle Events Corvette Central EDM Vette Parts Weiner, Paul Bair’s Corvettes Corvette Sports Inc Van Steel, Inc.

10 Years

15 Years

20 Years

25 Years

Chiodini, Stephen Gauer, Phil Johnson, Annette Kershlis, John J Salley Tool Salz, Jeff Sands Corvettes Phares, Tom Stitches ‘N Things Perri, Joe MPP Street Shop Inc. Pyramid Restorations West Coast Corvettes Z 06 Corvette Parts Custom Car Detailing and Storage Don Picha Corvette Parts

Old Hwy 57 Auto Repair Hanner, Jim Kathrinus, Bill National Corvette Museum Vette Parts VTech Corvette Excel Screen Printing Lifetime Tools Lindee, Scott Old Orchard Towing Sun Products Udelhoven, Tom

Neitzel, Fred Dana Forrester Automotive Art Lectric Limited, Inc Mechling, Steve Parts Express Goode, Eddie Impact Uncommon USA Vette Wrecks Smart Parts

Eddie Wass Vettes & 4-Speeds Melrose T-Tops Betty’s Buttons & T-Shirts Auto Etc Neon National Corvette Homecoming Rackow, Richard De Witts Radiator Howay, Ross J Jet Vette Thompson Astro Tops Vetteran Automotive




Adams Polish AIRRAID Al Knoch Interiors Alloy Wheel Repair Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Anderson Restorations Antonick, Mike Apsis USA Inc. Arcoleo, Steve Art Tronics Augustus, James Auto Entec Auto Etc Neon Auto Lift Equipment, LLC Auto Twirler Bair’s Corvettes Beaver, John Berkbuegler, Richard Betty’s Buttons & T-Shirts Bill Stasek Chevrolet Bill Stasek Chevrolet Billy Boat Performance Exhaust Bob’s Stingray Services Borla Performance Industries CarArtWork, Inc. Carlisle Events Chassis Concepts Inc ChevyCool Chiodini, Stephen Chubb Insurance Classic Corvettes C-Magic Coffman Corvettes Coker Tire Corsa Performance Exhausts Corvette & Classic Cars Corvette Adventures In The Dells Corvette America Corvette Central Corvette Clocks By Roger Corvette Correction Corvette Sports Inc Corvettes For Christ Coulter, Tim Cousin Joe’s Waterless Carwash Curtis, Albert Custom Car Detailing and Storage D & A Corvette Inc D & M Corvette Specialists Dana Forrester Automotive Art

De Witts Radiator DFT Detail Products Don Picha Corvette Parts Donnaly, Mark Dr. Colorchip Eddie Wass Vettes & 4-Speeds EDM Vette Parts Ester, Roy Excel Screen Printing Fleming, Ron Gallagher, Kevin Galli Shirts & Sports Apparel Gauer, Phil Goode, Eddie Guinther, Wendell H.P. Performance Corvettes Hanner, Jim Hardesty, Dennis Harrell, Don Heartland Classic Cars, Inc Hendrick Performance Hi Performance Restoration Holmquist, Ed Hooked On Driving Howay, Ross J Hughes, Tim Hutton, Gale Hybrid Muscle Cars Impact Iverson’s Sales J. Frank Specialty Chrome Jack Podell Fuel Injection Specialist James, Robert James, Tom Jax Wax Jet Vette Jewelry By Deb Jim Wagoner - Corvette Connection Johnson, Annette Kathrinus, Bill Kershlis, John J Key, Terry Kim’s Gold Dust Kingpenn Industries Kleckauskas, Bob Lacy, Bill Lang, Jerry Lange, David Lectric Limited, Inc Lemmer, Paul

Lifetime Tools Salley Tool Lindee, Scott Salmon, Gary Locke, Gray Salz, Jeff Lonestar Caliper Co. Sands Corvettes Mabry Corvette Save A Battery MacMulkin Chevrolet Scafide, Santo Mahowski, Michael Schmidt, John Make A Difference Shark Corvette Products McCrary, Dan Shea, Robert McCullough, Mark Sheary, Tom Mechling, Steve Sheen Genie Melrose T-Tops Skelton, Jim MI -T, Inc Smart Parts Mid America Motorworks Snyder, Randall Motorsports Accessories & Gifts Solid Axle Corvette Club MPP Stahl, Jay Muscle Car & Corvette National Stephens, Dan Muskegon Brake & Distributing Still Cruisin’ Corvettes Naeger, Bill Stitches ‘N Things National Corvette Homecoming Street Shop Inc. National Corvette Museum Strip Masters NCRS-Illinois Struck, James A NCRS-National Sun Products Neitzel, Fred Tech-Bond Solutions Newme Ent. Terry, Mike Nolan Motor Sales The Hot Rod Barn Nu Kleen Products The Quad Shop, Llc Nyman, Eugene Thompson Astro Tops Ogle, Wally Thrifty Communications Service Old Hwy 57 Auto Repair Todd’s Auto Center Old Orchard Towing Udelhoven, Tom Olson, Craig Uncommon USA Palanci, Henry Van Steel, Inc. Panjara, Inc. Vette Magazine Parts Express Vette Parts Perri, Joe Vette Vues Magazine Phares, Tom Vette Wrecks Photo Steel Vetteran Automotive Piecyk, Michael Vettesundercover Pipers Auto Specialties Vintage Advertising Neon 4 Speeds by Darrell VTech Corvette PNC Bank Walther, Tom Pyramid Restorations Weiner, Paul Queen Of Diamonds West Coast Corvettes Race Ramps Windy City Corvettes Rackow, Richard Wood, Jim Radair, Inc. Z 06 Corvette Parts Engines Limited-Randy Chapin Ron Fellows Performance Driving School Roselli, Ronald



CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE STING RAY 1963 marked the introduction of the futuristically designed Corvette – a styling icon which introduced features never before seen until the GM design staff put their genius on paper, worked it into clay and then ultimately produced what is arguably one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world. We’ve come to know the split window as a one time only element but other innovations brought forth with the release of the Sting Ray endured for years to come.

Visit our 1963 GoldYear Display near the main entrance.



Time for a Celebration! It is the 40th Anniversary of Bloomington Gold Corvettes AND the 60th Anniversary of Chevrolet Corvette! Come to Champaign, Illinois this year and see how Bloomington Gold and Chevrolet Corvette celebrate! This year will be a bigger and better event! Look for more displays by Chevrolet with some super surprises in store. Once again, GM engineers will be on hand to answer your questions. And in addition to their terrific Corvette display, this year the Corvette Racing Trailer will be on site! You won’t want to miss the chance to view these Corvette racers, engines and view their race history. Be sure to try your hand at the Racing Game stations too!

Can’t wait till June!




s we look forward to Bloomington Gold’s move to the new venue at the University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL, one extremely exciting aspect of the event is the GoldTour. The GoldTour will be the evening of Saturday, June 29. The tour will stage at 5:00 and launch from the Assembly Hall grounds. From there, the Corvettes will caravan through beautiful Illinois countryside, until they reach historic Monticello. Winding through downtown Monticello, paraders will first experience “Corvettes meeting Corvettes” as they pass the courthouse and begin the return trip.  The switchback creates the opportunity to pass hundreds of other



Corvettes - every imaginable color, make and model. Be sure to wave as you return to Champaign! The GoldTour ends in downtown Champaign, where the area businesses will roll out the red carpet for Bloomington Gold attendees.  Enjoy browsing the many unique shops, or enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars. If you like great BBQ and Blues music, join the City of Champaign & its many sponsors as they host the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, located on the northern edge of the downtown area.  This FREE event, open to the public, features some of the best Blues music in the state, along

with mouth watering BBQ, food, and drinks. For more information about the festival, visit their website at www.bluesbrewsandbbqfest. com.

putting 100% into the fun and excitement which Bloomington Gold has grown to represent.

GoldTour participants will have a secured and closed section of streets designated for Corvettes only parking during the festivities.

We cordially invite each and every one of you to plan on being a part of this epic new chapter in the 2013 GoldTour. The 2013 Bloomington Gold show runs June 28-30.

Downtown Champaign, its merchants and residents alike are excited to welcome such a prestigious group of vehicles and enthusiasts. Never before has this classic downtown been over run by the ultimate example of automotive class. What better way to celebrate the combination of the Corvette turning 60 and Bloomington Gold turning 40 than

NOTE: GoldTour map is tentative and subject to change. Check for updates. BLOOMINGTON GOLD



Rooms are filling up fast. The following is a list of official host/ partner hotels for Bloomington Gold. Please remember to mention you are attending Bloomington Gold when making reservations to obtain special event pricing. Visit our website at www.bloomingtongold. com for a complete list of available local Champaign, Illinois hotels or contact Shelley Sohn at 309.888.2588 or for more information.


Res. Phone #

Miles from Event

Baymont Inn & Suites



Comfort Suites



Country Inn & Suites



Courtyard by Marriott



Eastland Suites & Conf. Center



Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham



Hilton Garden Inn



Holiday Inn & Conf. Center



Holiday Inn Express



Homewood Suites



La Quinta



Quality Inn & Suites



Wingate by Wyndham



Or contact the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1.800.369.6151 for lodging information.



To be a sponsor for this or upcoming events, contact Cathy at 309.888.4477 or






ir Box ‘57 celebrates the rare Factory Air Box option for 1957 Corvettes intended for dedicated race teams. This black ‘57 has that option and will appear as one of the featured Corvettes in this year’s Great Hall at Bloomington Gold Corvettes.  I chose to create a watercolor to honor the car as well as the Bloomington Gold and Great Hall events on one of my traditional brick wall signs.  I wanted the wall signs to appear as if they were actually painted this year in Champaign, Illinois.” The image is available in three sizes on paper starting at $100 and two sizes on Canvas.  Order from Dana Forrester at 888-755-8388 or



t h g i l t o p

f f a t S

GUY LARSEN President


LAURIE BEYER Certification Operations Director

SHELLEY SOHN Seminar Operations Director Judging Events Coordinator

CATHY WINTERS Registration Director

JOE REMES Field Operations Director

Lori Worman Exhibitor Sales/Sponsorships

WILLIAM LOCKE Director: The Great Hall

ALAN KNUCKEY GoldClubs, GoldYear, GoldTour Director

CORBYN S. KERN Director: GoldAdvertising







This month our feature is on Joe Remes. Joe is the Field Operations Director. If you have had a car registered for certification, you most likely have met Joe. He is in charge of parking your sweet ride that was getting certified! In 1989, Joe started going to Bloomington Gold because he bought a ‘77 Corvette and was going to restore it. There was no place better to learn about the Corvette than Bloomington Gold! Needless to say, after going to many years of classes offered by Bloomington Gold and talking to other owners at the show, it really helped him bring his 77 back. Joe started working with Bloomington Gold in 2002 helping with Customer Service and Gold School. In 2005, he moved over to the Certification Field. In 2010, he was appointed to Director of Field Operations. Joe is responsible for laying out the field, escorting and parking the Corvettes. He has a great team that he is very proud of. Each year, they come together to get the job done, have some laughs, and be around the best cars ever made. Joe retired in 2012 from Sheet Metal Workers’ 265 after 38 years. He has been married to his wife, Shirley, for 43 years. They have 4 kids, 7 grandkids and 1 on the way. He lives in South Elgin, IL. He continues his love of Corvettes and owns a 1967 327/350 and a 2003 Anniversary Edition, both convertibles. You will see Joe at our new location in Champaign working to make Bloomington Gold better than ever!



Judging events


The Great Hall: Year Four



NOTE: Map is tentative and subject to change. Check for updates.




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GoldSchool & The Great Hall Contact

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