2019 Bloomington Gold at the Indy 500

Once again, it’s that time of year in Indy when the Bloomington Gold event takes place. For four days, the Indy 500 track will be lousy with Corvettes: all shapes and colors and years. I’m sorry to say, I probably won’t be attending, although I really should. Hard to admit, but I haven’t had my Corvette out of the garage for 8 months. Time to start it up and blow it out a little.

It's a beautiful site to see as a record number of Corvettes hit the Indy pavement. Called the “Granddaddy of Corvette Shows," Bloomington Gold made its inaugural appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June 2015. It makes perfect sense that this is where the Bloomington Gold takes place, as there hasn’t been any other car that’s paced the Indy 500 so many times in all the track’s history. In fact, the Corvette has served as the official Pace Car for the Indy 500 twelve times, including this past May.

Known as the nation’s “most prestigious and longest-running” all-Corvette show, Bloomington Gold includes many things, among them a huge one-of-a-kind display of Corvettes, some of them the most valuable in the world; and collectible.

Corvettes available for judging can be seen Friday, June 21 and Saturday June 22. New and used Corvettes will be available for purchase.

Bloomington Gold began operations in 1973, hosting the Bloomington Corvette Corral
at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, Illinois. The first show
became a hit, drawing 1,500 people; the event featuring 112
Corvettes. The event has grown substantially through the years, with 5,000
Corvettes expected to appear at the Bloomington Gold show at IMS.significant-corvette

Three significant Corvettes will appear at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 2019.
Irwin Kroiz (owner) will be displaying his recently refreshed blue Corvette SR-2. The SR-2 began life as VIN #2522 and went right to the GM Styling Studio from the plant in St. Louis. Supervised by the infamous Harley Earl and Zora Arkus Duntov, the SR-2 began its transformation into the Corvette as we know it today. Its most recent restoration was done courtesy of Kevin Mackay’s Corvette Repair facility in Valley Stream, NY.

Also on site will be the General Motors Mako Shark and the Manta Ray concept vehicles.corvette3

Clearly, the most significantly styled cars, the Mako Shark and Manta Ray were created by General Motors, defining the Corvette’s second and third generations. The Manta Ray will have a special place in this year’s Gold Collection, saluting 1968-1972 Corvettes. The Gold Collection features 40 significant Corvettes from the early portion of Corvette’s third generation.corvette-4

You don’t have to be a Corvette owner to attend Bloomington Gold. A keen interest will suffice. And keep your eye out as you’re driving around town. You’ll see some real beauties gracing our city.

The official Web Site is bloomingtongold.com.

GoldAutocross - Five Timed runs on road course - $25
GoldLaps - Drive 60 mph for 2 laps on oval - $25

Bloomington Gold
Corvettes USA

June 20-22, 2019
Gates open at 8:00 am every day

Ticket Prices
Children 12 and under Free

Price

Single Day Pass: $25
Three Day Pass: $60

The official Web Site is bloomingtongold.com.

Ticket prices include parking for Corvettes and Non-Corvettes.
All parking for the show will be within the Speedway.
Bring your Corvette and park among a sea of Corvettes known as GoldField.
Non-Corvette Parking will be located by the IMS Museum.
There will be a free shuttle to take attendees from the museum to the track.

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