For those of you lucky enough to own a Corvette, we hope you drove it to work today, as today is official “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day. If not, don’t worry -- you can still drive it to Bloomington Gold this weekend to attend one of the largest Corvette shows in the country.
“Drive Your Corvette to Work” day started a decade ago as a celebration of America’s Sports Car, and every year, the Friday closest to the Corvette’s “birthday” (June 30) is chosen for the event. And this year, after driving your Corvette to work, you may want to head to Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., for the Bloomington Gold Corvette show.
The Bloomington Gold Corvette show has a history all its own, just like the Corvettes that will be displayed there. The story starts with Bloomington Gold founder David Burroughs, his fascination with Corvettes, and a 1967 Corvette Stingray.
“The Corvette is the American Ferrari, the first fast and cool sports car, and every baby boomer boy’s dream,” Burroughs told The Wall Street Journal.
In 1973, Burroughs brought his Stingray to a small gathering of Corvette enthusiasts in Bloomington, Ill. Burroughs called the judging at that event “arbitrary and inexact,” and Burroughs took over the show in 1978. He rewrote the judging rules to evaluate the Corvettes based on how well they are preserved or restored, rather than how well they compare to other cars in attendance. Winners began calling their cars “Bloomington Gold,” and in 1983, Burroughs officially adopted the name for the show.
Since then, the show has continued to grow, but has moved from its original location in Bloomington to St. Charles, Ill., outside Chicago. This year, over 1000 Corvettes of all vintages are expected to show up, along with several thousand spectators. The show’s featured exhibition is the “Great Hall,” a complete history of the Corvette, with historically significant Corvettes including the original 1952 prototype that appeared at the 1953 Motorama.
Bloomington Gold officially started yesterday, but runs through the weekend.