6/20/2013 9:39:00 AM Corvette show in Champaign next weekend expected to draw 30,000
CHAMPAIGN — From June 28–30 Corvettes of all makes and models will be seen throughout Champaign County as part of the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show. This premier event will draw more than 30,000 automotive enthusiasts and thousands of Corvettes to celebrate the event’s 40th Anniversary at the newly named State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois.
The “Granddaddy” of Corvette events made its debut in 1973 and is the longest running national Corvette event of its kind. The event is known for its certification of authentic and restored Corvettes, Survivor Corvettes, swap meet, Corvette auction, educational seminars, Corvette road tour, and historic Corvettes from special collections. In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors, automotive vendors, and Chevrolet dealers filling the Gold Market, highlights include the GM Chevrolet Ride and Drive Experience, the GoldAuction, an all Corvette auction by Mecum Auctions, the GoldMine, featuring hundreds of Corvettes for sale, and the GoldSchool educational seminars.
After nearly a decade in St. Charles, Illinois at Pheasant Run Resort, Bloomington Gold makes its return to its roots in Central Illinois. Guy Larsen, President of Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA explains, “Our customers own Corvettes because they are fun to drive. So we needed a venue that not only served our exhibitors and customers who buy/sell and certify Corvettes, but also a venue that makes it easy and fun to navigate to/from and around the community before, during, and after the show. Therefore, we needed a small town atmosphere with big town hotels, great facilities, and quick escape routes to miles of country roads. It was an easy decision to come to Champaign.”
Special for 2013, Bloomington Gold is honored to host the largest display to date of the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. GM engineers will conduct walk around seminars on the new C7 Corvette, and will be on hand to field questions throughout the weekend. Chevrolet Dealers will also be available to place orders for those wanting to purchase the highly sought after sports car.
The 3-day event is open to the public and parking is free. At the gate, tickets are $20 for one day or $50 for a 3-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
In addition to the exhibition and show at the State Farm Center, the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show will once again feature its GoldTour. Started in 1984, the tour is a highlight of the weekend, showcasing the surrounding community to visiting Corvette owners, while also providing an unofficial parade of Corvettes of all years and styles.
The parade will leave the State Farm Center on Saturday evening following the close of the show at 6:00 p.m. An anticipated 1,200 Corvettes will head west on Windsor Rd. over to Route 10/Springfield Ave. out to Monticello, where Corvettes will circle the Square. Corvettes will be lead back into Champaign where they will take over the streets of Downtown in conjunction with the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival.
Full details about the event are available online at BloomingtonGold.com or by calling 309-888-4477. For more information about the GoldTour, contact Cory Hatfield at 217-351-4133.