elcome to the inaugural issue of Bloomington Gold’s quarterly newsletter, Gold REView! Our goal is to keep you better informed of happenings with Bloomington Gold Corvettes and share some interesting Corvette articles from our sponsors.
The 39th annual event last June is barely behind us and we are already looking ahead! But first, THANK YOU to all who attended, whether you own, repair/restore, or just love Corvettes, as well as our vendors, sponsors, and dedicated judges, volunteers and staff. Special thanks to our great sponsors of the 2012 event: • Chubb Collector Car Insurance • Mid America Motorworks • Adams Premium Car Care • Reliable Carriers
• Bill Stasek Chevrolet • Mecum Auctions • American Car Collector • Corvette America
We are excited to announce we are moving to Champaign, Illinois in 2013. Before the 2012 show ended, the BG team already started working on new ideas, improvements and additions – adding more FUN to Champaign! New events are being planned, such as autocross racing and destination mini tours, culminating at select restaurants and bars. And, to make the show more accessible to more attendees, the event is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday in 2013. (See back page for details.) Do you have suggestions to make this publication better? Just email me: email@example.com . Thanks again, and can’t wait till the last weekend of June!
Guy Larsen President
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DETAILING QUICK TIP When Do I Use Detailing Clay?
By Adam Pitale, A proud sponsor of Bloomington Gold
“How do I know when to clay my car?” It’s a question asked a lot and while there is not an exact answer or formula that will tell you the precise interval when you should clay your car, there are some ways to tell if its needed or not, the easiest being known as the plastic bag test. This valuable little inside tip will not only be helpful in diagnosing your paint, but its a cool way to impress your friends.
Let’s start with what detailing clay does: • •
A detailing clay bar is a non-abrasive means of removing bonded contamination that is bonded to your paints surface. These are things like paint overspray and iron particles that washing alone just can’t remove. Detailing clay is also a great way to remove stubborn water spots. Most water spots are a residual mineral like calcium or lime from your water source. When the water evaporates it leaves these deposits behind, which clay will usually remove.
Addressing myths and misconceptions: • Clay is only used to decontaminate the paint, it does not have any impact on scratches, swirl marks, or imperfections. Its simply removing things that are stuck to the surface. •
Detailing clay DOES NOT ‘wear down’ your clear coat or remove any paint from the surface actually. The clay simply slides along the surface sticking and pulling away small contaminants.
• It is perfectly safe to use detailing clay on both single stage paint as well as base coat/clear coat paint jobs.
As strange as it may seem you can use a plastic sandwich bag... yes... a sandwich bag! It has to be experienced to be believed. • Pick a section on your car and run your fingers over it gently after washing with your bare hand... it may feel smooth... now feel that same area by placing your hand inside the bag and rubbing gently on that same area. • You’ll immediately notice that there is bumps and stuff there that you’re hand couldn’t feel before. The bag magnifies the contamination on the surface to a point where you can feel it. • Now, taking your clay and lubricant gently clay the area you were just touching. •
Come back to that same area with the bag and notice the dramatic difference in how smooth the paint is. Be sure to feel the surrounding areas to get an understanding of exactly how big a difference you’ve made.
• Repeat the claybar process on the rest of car paying extra attention to horizontal surfaces like the hood and roof, as well as areas behind the wheels where road debris likes to stick. • Don’t forget the glass! Many times that thing you think is a rock chip is actually something stuck to the glass that clay will remove, giving you clearer and cleaner glass. • Follow up with your favorite polish and wax, like Adam’s Revive Polish and Buttery Wax, to keep it protected. Now you know...anytime you’re not sure if you need to clay or not, bust out a plastic bag. Its a sure fire way to get a feel for whats really stuck to your finish.
The plastic bag test: You may be able to feel it with your bare hands if the paint has gone a long time without clay, but in some cases your hand doesn’t have the tactile ability to feel the very fine contamination stuck to the finish. So how do you know if your paint is need of a clay bar treatment? BLOOMINGTON GOLD
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DAVID BURROUGHS Founder
LAURIE BEYER Certification Operations
SHELLEY SOHN Judging Events Coordinator/ Seminar Operations
CATHY WINTERS Registration
JOE REMES Field Operations Director
Lori Worman Exhibitor Sales/Sponsorships
WILLIAM LOCKE The Great Hall
ALAN KNUCKEY GoldField, GoldClubs, GoldYear, GoldTour
CORBYN S. KERN Graphic Design
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LAURIE BEYER It’s a Small World After All! by Shelley Sohn
I jumped at the chance to write about my co-worker Laurie Beyer when Guy asked. Laurie and I have a unique history and I’m proud to share it. Our husbands went to high school together many years ago in Bloomington, IL. Through the years both lived in different areas and lost touch. Seven years ago State Farm relocated us back to Bloomington and our familes crossed paths at the elementary school that our then first graders attended. Unbeknownst to us, both husbands owned corvettes and had attended Bloomington Gold since its start here in Bloomington when they were teens dreaming of owning a corvette. I like to say I think our husbands look more forward to Bloomington Gold than Christmas! Laurie was the first one to be hired at Bloomington Gold. It was a chance trip to the Bloomington Gold office to pick up her husbands commemorative plates that landed her the job. I followed a couple of years later after my husband pleaded for me to work there! Laurie has been the driving force of certification and handles it so wonderfully. She has taken the certification process and made it seamless. There never is a missed detail or anything forgotten. She makes a point to always remember details that someone has told her and ask them about it. Certification is a huge job with so many details that no one would ever imagine. There are judges, owners, volunteers and employees to organize. There are mounds of certification paperwork that need to be documented and prepared for all the corvettes that are being judged and it needs to be done perfectly, which she does. Not only is Laurie the Director of Certification, but there are many other jobs she has taken over and handled never missing a beat. She created our Great Wall program, plans and organizes our judges awards banquet and is our best proofreader in the office! I know I am missing a lot of what she does, but this small sampling will give you the idea of her value as a co-worker and friend.
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SHELLEY SOHN How Shelley and I got here…. By Laurie Beyer
Who would have ever predicted that two high school buddies’ love of Corvettes would reunite them years later and lead to their wives and even their kids to be working for Bloomington Gold, the Corvette show they grew up with as teenagers! As Shelley mentioned, I got here through a twist of fate in the spring of 2007. As I took on added responsibilities, especially the Certification for Bloomington Gold, we needed someone to run the Tab (Tabulation) Room. I thought of Shelley, knowing she was conscientious, thorough and accurate. (And that her husband would be pleased!) She enthusiastically accepted and took over the task of running it her way. Under Shelley’s guidance and supervision, it quickly became the efficient operation it currently is. Over the next few years as her children, Andy, Adam and Alex were making their way to elementary school; she would work a little more and a little more. And she agreed to accept more responsibility - such as Judging Event Coordinator and then Director of Seminar Operations. All of us at Bloomington Gold are fortunate to have Shelley as part of our team. Together, we make Certification work. Now, her husband, Jeff and their sons, as well as my husband, Steve and our sons, Scott and Daniel volunteer for the show. Although, this year, Scott was busted by the golf course police for driving a golf cart with only a learner’s driving permit! So he had to actually “run” the judging sheets from the judging field to the Tab Room. Scott wasn’t so excited to have a job then! Fortunately, he was released to the custody of Guy Larsen. And the final coincidence: Weird enough, we now live a house away from each other!!
Pursuant to Bloomington Goldâ€™s Certification Guidelines, the following are only the 2012 owners who participated in the awards ceremony and is not the entire judging field.
Marion Angel Keith (Chris) Sherman Brian S. Webb Fred Terry Lynn Libby Benjamin Cantele
Granbury, TX Yorkville, IL Tallahassee, FL Lutherville, MD Elizabethtown, PA Hudson, NY
White Polo White Polo White Polo White Black Pennant Blue
Red Sportsman Red Red Sportsman Red Red Beige
1953 1954 1953 1954 1954 1954
Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold
56-57 Irwin Kroiz Ambler, PA Black Red 1957 Gold Richard Downs Clarksville, TN White Red 1956 Gold Steve Garske Little Canada, MN Arctic Blue/Inen Silver Beige 1957 Silver 58-60 Mark Amanti East Otis, MA Charcoal/Silver Red 1958 Gold Richard Foster New Castle, IN Red /White Coves Red 1958 Gold David Kirchoff Crown Point, IN Tasco Turq./White Cove Turquoise 1960 Gold Larry Gerig Fort Wayne, IN White/Silver Cove Red 1958 Gold 61-62 Donald LaRue Reston, VA Silver Red 1962 Gold William Nichols Farmington Hills, MI Sateen Silver Black 1962 Gold William Robinson Queenstown, MD Ermine White Fawn Beige 1962 Gold Joe Kasprzyk Jacksonville, IL Red/White Coves Black 1961 Gold William Boyk Naperville, IL Ermine White Red 1961 Silver 63-64 Chris L. Piscitello Dallas, TX Black Black 1963 Gold, Benchmark Stacy Walters Rossi Elgin, IL Ermine White Dark Blue 1963 Gold Larry Schaefer Eau Claire, WI Silver Blue Dark Blue 1963 Gold Jack Barnett Albuquerque, NM Black Red 1963 Gold Tim James Lake Zurich, IL Tuxedo Black Black 1963 Gold William Lanigan Morris, IL Riverside Red Red/White 1964 Gold Michael Harling Dallas, TX Sebring Silver Black 1963 Gold Joe Siska Mt. Pleasant, PA Sebring Silver Black 1963 Silver Jim Propheter Aurora, IL Ermine White Red 1964 Gold
Michael Murphy Robert Piccione Ronald Ciaglia Lawrence Sachs Jonathan Spivey Michael Russo Mark Saulka
Lake In The Hills, IL Phillipsburg, NJ Somonauk, IL Scarsdale, NY Houston, TX Pennsburg, PA Prospect Heights, IL
Goldwood Yellow Rally Red Tuxedo Black White Goldwood Yellow Rally Red Rally Red
Black Black Silver White/Blue Black White/Red Black
1965 1965 1965 1965 1965 1965 1965
Silver Gold Gold Silver Silver Silver Gold
66 Victor Williams Camden, SC Milano Maroon Medium Saddle 1966 Gold Michael I. Gilson Bloomfield Hills, MI Milano Maroon Black 1966 Gold Gerald Pockrus Harlingen, TX Sunfire Yellow Black 1966 Gold David Hale Wilmington, OH Trophy Blue Black 1966 Gold Keith Busse Fort Wayne, IN Red Red 1966 Gold Norbert Czajkowski St. Clair, MI Laguna Blue Dark Blue 1966 Gold 67A Jack Barnett Albuquerque, NM Yellow Black 1967 Gold Daniel Fabrizio Youngstown, NY Marina Blue Bright Blue 1967 Gold Gary Mueller Minooka, IL Goodwood Green Saddle 1967 Gold Ron Daniels Chantilly, VA Lyndale Blue Teal 1967 Gold 67B Mike Ardito Los Angeles, CA Marina Blue Bright Blue 1967 Silver Mike Ardito Los Angeles, CA Sunfire Yellow Black/White 1967 Silver Dominic Presty Eads, TN Marina Blue White 1967 Gold 67C Richard Small Melbourne, FL Goodwood Green Black Leather 1967 Gold Greg Heinrich Henderson, NV Black Black 1967 Gold Lawrence Sachs Scarsdale, NY Elkhart Blue Teal Leather 1967 Gold Lawrence Sachs Scarsdale, NY Maroon White/Black 1967 Gold Lawrence Sachs Scarsdale, NY Lynndale Blue Teal Leather 1967 Silver Lawrence Sachs Scarsdale, NY Marlboro Maroon Saddle Vinyl 1967 Gold
Name City/State Exterior Color Interior Color Year Award(s) 67D Wayne Klawes Menomonee Falls, WI Goodwood Green Saddle Tan 1967 Gold Marc Heller Brooklyn, NY Sunfire Yellow Black 1967 Gold Michael DeMasi Toms River, NJ Rally Red White 1967 Gold, Benchmark Ken Walley Ridgeland, MS Yellow Black 1967 Gold Michael Harling Dallas, TX Elkhart Blue Teal 1967 Silver 68-69 Ellis Lenger New York, NY Rierside Gold Black 1969 Gold Ernest Littauer Los Altos Hills, CA Burgundy Black 1969 Gold Rich Haydinger Moorestown, NJ Black Red 1969 Gold Richard Grant East Meadow, NY Lemans Blue Black 1969 Gold, Benchmark 70-72 James Anderson East Dundee, IL Targa Blue Black 1972 Gold, Benchmark James Anderson EastDundee, IL Warbonet Yellow Black 1972 Gold, Benchmark Rich Haydinger Moorestown, NJ Marlboro Maroon Saddle 1970 Gold, Benchmark Edward J. Brennan Point Pleasant, NJ Steel Cities Gray Saddle 1971 Gold Marc Heller Brooklyn, NY Ontario Orange Black 1972 Gold, Benchmark Michael Cioffi Painesville, OH Daytona Yellow Black 1970 Gold, Benchmark Thomas Kurnat Byron Center, MI Elkhart Green Saddle 1972 Bronze Chuck Ungurean Coshocton, OH Red Saddle 1971 Gold, Benchmark Al Wagner Delafield, WI Classic White Saddle 1972 Gold, Benchmark W. Christian Meyer Lafayette, IN Black Black 1972 Gold, Benchmark 73-77 Edward Foss Roanoke, IN Blue Black
78-82 John Malmquist Madison, WI Silver Beige Silver Beige 1982 Gold, Benchmark Jack Gillette Lake George, NY Silver Beige Silver Beige 1982 Gold, Benchmark Keith Busse Fort Wayne, IN Silver/Dark Gray Silver 1978 Gold, Benchmark Keith Busse Fort Wayne, IN Beige/Brown Camel 1981 Gold, Benchmark 84-96 James Schifferdecker Brian Murray Steve Roeder Robert Talaski Mike Craig Terry Jamieson Jim Litwin Mark Manthey Frank Jarke Steve Quies
Millstadt, IL Romeo, MI Bellevue, IA Calumet Park, IL Osage Beach, MO Ajax, Ontario, Canada Clarkston, MI Woodstock, IL Roselle, IL Machesney Park, IL
White Ruby Red White Ruby Red Black Light/Dark Bronze Torch Red Yellow Dark/Light Bronze Red
Red Ruby Red Gray Ruby Red Saddle Bronze Red Black Bronze Red
1992 1993 1991 1993 1987 1985 1995 1992 1985 1992
Silver Silver Gold, Benchmark Gold Gold Gold, Benchmark Silver Gold Silver Gold
97-12 Kevin Smith Grand Rapids, MI Black Black/Grey 2008 Gold
Survivor (1953-1962) Richard Harrelson Houston, TX Honduras Maroon Black 1962 Survivor Larry Gerig Fort Wayne, IN Charcoal w/Silver Coves Red 1958 Survivor Paul Gluchanicz Malvern, PA Silver Blue Charcoal 1958 Survivor Survivor (1963-1967)
Jeffrey Todia Mantua, OH Glen Green Medium Saddle 1965 Survivor Edward Carey Powell, OH Green Green 1965 Survivor Chris L.Piscitello Dallas, TX Black Black 1963 Survivor Kenneth Thompson Sheridan, IL Silver Pearl Black 1967 Survivor Mike Ardito Los Angeles, CA Marina Blue Bright Blue 1967 Survivor Mike Ardito Los Angeles, CA Sunfire Yellow Black/White 1967 Survivor Lawrence Sachs Scarsdale, NY White White/Blue 1965 Survivor Terry Michaelis Napoleon, OH Daytona Blue Dark Blue 1963 Survivor Dean Tarkowski Palatine, IL Ermine White Bright Blue 1966 Participant Ken Walley Ridgeland, MS Yellow Black 1967 Survivor Michael Demasi Toms River, NJ Rally Red White 1967 Survivor Thomas Sinnen Naperville, IL Riverside Red Ebony 1964 Participant Michael Russo Pennsburg, PA Rally Red White/Red 1965 Survivor Survivor (1968-1972)
James Anderson James Anderson Rich Haydinger Jim McLane Jim McLane Marc Heller Michael Cioffi Thomas Kurnat Chuck Ungurean Al Wagner W. Christian Meyer Richard Grant James Hanner
East Dundee, IL East Dundee, IL Moorestown, NJ Naperville, IL Naperville, IL Brooklyn, NY Painesville, OH Byron Center, MI Coshocton, OH Delafield, WI Lafayette, IN East Meadow, NY Bunker Hill, IL
Targa Blue Warbonet Yellow Marlboro Maroon Lemans Blue Silver Ontario Orange Daytona Yellow Elkhart Green Red2 Classic White Black Lemans Blue Targa Blue
Black Black Saddle Black Black Black Black Saddle Saddle Saddle Black Black Black
1972 1972 1970 1969 1971 1972 1970 1972 1971 1972 1972 1969 1972
Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor
Survivor (1973-1982) John Malmquist Madison, WI Silver Beige Silver Beige 1982 Survivor Edward Foss Roanoke, IN Blue Black 1973 Survivor Jack Gillette Lake George, NY Silver Beige Silver Beige 1982 Survivor Keith Busse Fort Wayne, IN Silver/Dark Gray Silver 1978 Survivor Keith Busse Fort Wayne, IN Beige/Brown Camel 1981 Survivor Jeff Derry Macomb, IL Dark Blue Dark Blue 1980 Survivor Survivor (1984-1992)
James Schifferdecker Steve Roeder Mike Craig Terry Jamieson Richard Stockman Bill Victory
Millstadt, IL Bellevue, IA Osage Beach, MO Ajax, Ontario, Canada Chicago, IL Sealy, TX
White White Black Light/Dark Bronze White Polo Green Metallic
Red Gray Saddle Light Bronze Saddle Light Beige
1992 1991 1987 1985 1990 1992
Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor Survivor
Jim Bach Daniel R. Brown John Ciombor John Coppess Al Ernst Richard Foster Jerry D. Frailey Mark L. Gamage Gordon Grassle Richard Harrelson Art Hartmann Lloyd E. Hellem Marc Heller Jimmie D. Herron Charles Holsteen John Iacovetti Rick Kaljas John Keesee Kevin Kohlscheen Joseph Kolz Tony Ogarek John Patterson Rick Penno John Rogerson Dennis Roxworthy Dennis Roxworthy Jamie Schwartz Scott Shaffer Jeffrey A. Tassey Langdon Wheeler
Verona, WI Jackson, MO Huntley, IL Iowa City, IA Carol Stream, IL New Castle, IN Milton, WI Dunlap, IL Manteno, IL Houston, TX Elburn, IL Carpentersville, IL Brooklyn, NY Indianapolis, IN Barrington, IL Lansdale, PA Elgin, IL York, PA Omaha, NE Wood Dale, IL Frankfort, IL New Lenox, IL Laurie, MO Big Rock, IL Elgin, IL Elgin, IL Hutchinson, KS Long Grove, IL Washington, DC Cambridge, MA
Porsche Sunbeam Chrysler Chevrolet Oldsmobile Ford Chevrolet Jaguar Pontiac Chevrolet Chevrolet Buick Chevrolet Chevrolet Porsche Chevrolet Pontiac Ford Chevrolet Chevrolet Cadillac American Ford Buick Mercury Ford GMC Pontiac Porsche Mercedes
914/4 Alpine II Cordoba Impala 98 429 Boss Mustang Chevelle SS XK120 Fiero Corvette Camaro Z-28 40 Special Corvette Camaro 928 S4 Camaro Z-28 Firebird Formula Thunderbird Corvette Camaro Coupe De Ville Rambler Mustang Mach 1 Roadmaster 75 Monterey Fairlane 500XL Pickup Trans Am 911 300SL Roadster
1973 1962 1976 1965 1959 1970 1969 1954 1988 1962 1970 1938 1972 1969 1988 1972 1979 1964 1978 1978 1956 1964 1970 1958 1955 1966 1969 1969 1986 1958
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What Does Using Your Corvette Really Cost? Perfection disappears with use — and so does value, except ... by John Stein (Partial Article courtesy of American Car Collector magazine)
If you have a collectible Corvette, you’ve likely wondered if you should or shouldn’t use it. Maybe it’s raining. Maybe you’re concerned about door dings. Or possibly you just don’t want to put miles on the clock. These are all viable reasons for not using any collector car. But what are the reasons for using one?
No right or wrong There is no right or wrong, philosophically, about whether to drive or hide a vintage Corvette. More often than not, the choice comes down to the attitude of the owner as much as practical concerns such as adding miles.
The Corvette connection While you may play an instrument for years, with good care it may never show use. However, with a classic Corvette, every mile traveled appears on the odometer. If you have an exceptionally low-mileage original car, tens of thousands of miles will erode its value. Likewise, if you have a perfect body-off restoration that’s correct and authentic down to the last detail, then mileage, stone chips, heat cycling, fluid seepage, and tire and brake wear will gradually erode its worth. Whereas a higher-mileage driver or an older restoration that already has miles on the clock is less likely to have its value eroded by use.
Time takes a toll anyway The passage of time can be just as degrading to a machine as use — even if left garaged and unused. Over the years, rubber parts, such as window moldings, age and shrink, oil and hydraulic seals stiffen and leak, vinyl seats and panels lose pliability, plastics get brittle, and polished and plated parts dull. Disuse does not necessarily banish decay. And only in the case of a Bloomington Survivor-type car is decay ignored in favor of originality.
Miles cost money American Car Collector Editor Jim Pickering challenged me to consider how to determine the dollar-cost of adding miles to a classic Corvette. On the positive side, putting miles on a car helps you improve it, because you will notice — and then
repair — a host of deficits in pursuit of having a “sorted driver.” In this case, miles are a good investment because a sorted car is significantly more valuable than one that needs fettling. Just as cars with “stories” are worth less, so is an unsorted garage queen. On the other hand, miles on a perfect restoration can hurt street value. I recently saw a perfectly restored solid-axle Corvette sell at auction. It was done to such a high standard that it truly presented as a “new” 50-year-old car. Fittingly, the buyer paid a premium for this perfection. Yet, perfection disappears with use — and so does value. In real terms, that $120,000 perfect solid-axle might lose $20,000 or more in value with even minimal use.
A hard choice made easy So when to use or not use a classic Corvette: The easy “yes” is when the car already has significant miles. I believe that any substantially original vehicle with a career mileage of 9,999 or less is a special case that should be preserved that way as much as is practical. But if it’s already showing tens of thousands of miles, then intelligent use will only add minutely to its degradation. Another important plateau is 100,000 miles. If you have a sub-100,000-mile car, then try to keep it that way. You should preserve a car that has had a perfect body-off restoration with authentic details that will be compromised by use. And I’d also hide an as-new Bloomington Gold Survivor, rare as they might be, that has never been used, or that has gone just a handful of miles. There are very few of these around, and once they’ve been used they will never be new again.
While alive, you may as well live But all of the above logic crumbles in the face of our own mortality. And sometimes the time we can truly call our own comes in short-lived snapshots of opportunity that, in the end, we discover are extremely precious. So when considering whether to drive or hide the Corvette of your dreams, I offer this last piece of perspective. If driving to Cars and Coffee, or racing at Sebring or touring Route 66 in a certain Corvette is your life’s desire, find the right car and do it. And don’t let anyone else say you shouldn’t.
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ASSEMBLY HALL • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS JUNE 2013
Show Open, Education, Auction Preview, Mini-tours, Autocross, Great Hall Friday: Saturday: Show Open, Certification , Road Tour, Auction, Great Hall Sunday: Show Open, Survivor Corvette, Mini- tour, Autocross,Great Hall, Award Ceremony In The Next Issue Meet more of our staff, judges and all those who make the Bloomington Gold event possible. Learn more about our upcoming and new events including the new 2013 GoldTour! Stay connected with our sponsors as they share more of their tips and tricks to maintain your Corvette. Contact Let us know your thoughts, questions and comments for future issues of the Gold REView at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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