As a Corvette owner, you owe it to yourself to be a part of this year’s Bloomington Gold’s 37th Corvette Car Show. Mark your calendars for June 25–28, 2009, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.

If you have to pitch it to your significant other, here are the first five reasons we suggest:

1. America’s Largest Corvette-Only Auction

With approximately 400 Corvettes up for sale at Dana Mecum’s Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction, there’s bound to be something you can’t resist. (Hmmm—maybe you should tell her this reason last. After all, it suggests you’ll come home with another Corvette.)

2. Special Collection XXV

Last year’s Special Collection featured the 32,000-horsepower L88 group, with 58 L88s on display. This year, Bloomington Gold promises to top that, with the 2009 Special Collection. For 25 years, Bloomington Gold has assembled the rarest and fastest Corvettes, and this year’s collection won’t let you down.

3. Corvette Road Tour

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the B-G Tour—a 35-mile road trip through rural Kane County, Illinois, on Saturday, June 27, 2009. More than 600 Corvettes ranging from first-generation 1953s to the latest C6 masterpieces will take to the road for a camaraderie-filled drive through the countryside. The driving event is free to any Corvette owner who attends Bloomington Gold.

4. Expanded Survivor Collector Car Show

As America’s only show dedicated to unrestored original automobiles of all makes and models, the expanded Survivor Collector Car Show will offer three registration options for car owners: The first is a new area that provides on-the-spot credit for outstanding preservation; the second is an extended display area for owners to showcase their unrestored cars and share memories; and a buy/sell area will give enthusiasts the opportunity to buy and sell unrestored cars.

In addition to other special interest awards, one lucky owner will win what may become the most prestigious preservation award in history: The ZZenith. Read more in the next issue of Corvette Market.

5. Industry Trendsetting

Bloomington Gold’s revolutionary judging systems—Gold Certification, Survivor, and Benchmark ratings—have set the standard by which collectors, auctions, magazines, and parts manufacturers compare Corvettes. These amazingly preserved, authentic cars accurately reflect Corvette history. Enter your car to be judged, or just watch the experts at work as they analyze the cars and give them their ratings.

6. Bonus

There are dozens and dozens of vendor booths at Bloomington Gold, offering everything from trash and trinkets to high-end clothing. Turn your partner loose on the vendor midway while you cruise over and look at the cars for sale. In a perfect world, you’ll both come back with something.
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