Normal, IL – As America’s first event devoted to unrestored collector cars of all makes and models, the SURVIVOR® Collector Cars event presents an expanded awards program that delivers on-the-spot recognition for outstanding vehicle preservation.

Presented by Bloomington Gold on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL, SURVIVOR Collector Cars – now in its second year – is a great venue to see original cars that have escaped the wear and tear, restoration and modifications typical of most collector cars over 20 years old.

“These cars display the finger prints of their histories and the owners who have cared for them over the years,” said David Burroughs, CEO of Bloomington Gold. “The SURVIVOR Collector Cars event allows owners, restorers, historians, photographers and experts alike to reference the only true sources for authenticity: the cars themselves.”

This 2009 SURVIVOR Collector Cars event will recognize many different grades of unrestored original vehicles with its unique awards program featuring numerous special interest awards as well as what may become the most prestigious preservation award in history: The ZZenith(tm).

“Our goal with this year’s dynamic awards event is to deliver a greater number of awards and, more importantly, superior recognition for the owners of these outstanding preserved vehicles,” Burroughs said.

The variety of awards includes:

ZZenith™, The World’s Finest Preserved Vehicles – This prestigious award recognizes cars that are at least 40 years old and demonstrate a nearly new appearance; Total refinishing, replacement, damage and deterioration must not exceed 5-10% from factory new.

Finger Print™ – Available for cars at least 30 year old, these award winners show a level of outstanding preservation; refinishing or deterioration in all four areas (exterior, interior, under hood and chassis) must not exceed 25% from factory new.

Limited™ – These specialty awards are designed for cars at least 20 years old with one or more of the exterior, interior, under hood or chassis sections remaining in good, unrestored condition. Refinishing and deterioration in at least one section must not exceed 50% from factory new appearance.

Freeze Frame™ – Reserved for 1969 and older cars that may not qualify for Finger Print because they have been altered or refinished since factory new. This is typical for race cars, styling cars, engineering prototypes, or cars that have been preserved “as is” relative to a historically significant point in time and have not been altered or refinished since then. Judges will determine if the point in time is considered historically significant or not. Note: Owners must specifically register for this award.

Forget It. Restore It.™ – A good-nature award for vehicles 1979 and older that are highly authentic but the level of natural aging and deterioration has made it nearly useless as a model. Note: Owners must specifically register for this award.

Lost & Found™ – 1969 and older vehicles that have never before been displayed at a car event.

Owner One™ – Recognition is reserved for original owners of an awards car that have at least 20 years of ownership.

Remarkable Journey™ – Driving awards for 1989 and older cars: Lowest Mileage, Highest Mileage, Longest Distance Driver (not trailered), Oldest Car, Oldest Driver

Attendees wishing to participate in the awards and recognition program may register for $200 at Pre-registration closes June 1, 2009.

In 2008, the first SURVIVOR Collector Cars event kicked off with 128 amazing cars parked on the beautiful fairways of Pheasant Run golf course – possibly the largest collection of unrestored collector cars assembled in history.

The 2009 SURVIVOR Collector Car event will also feature an extended display area for owners to showcase their unrestored vehicles as well as a buy/sell area next to the awards field to give enthusiasts the opportunity to buy and sell unrestored collector cars at the show. To learn more, visit or call 309.888.4477 to register.

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