Bloomington Gold #30
Resort; St. Charles, IL
June 13-16, 2002
This was our 5th year at Bloomington Gold, and
I guess it is therefore the official start of the 5th year for the
Conquer Cancer Tour. Bloomington in 1998 was the first national Corvette event
for Sandy and me as we
tested the waters on the national scene. Bloomington set
the "Gold Standard" for others to follow in hospitality and VIP
The new facility, Pheasant Run Resort
in St. Charles, is a vast improvement over the previous location in Bloomington:
All manicured grass or pavement, with no mud or dust!
We were able to send the American Cancer
Society's Kane County, IL Unit
Wednesday, June 12
Leaving home in torrential rain. It rained most of the trip to
Leaving Gary's house.
Thursday, June 13
Onward from overnight in North Ridgeville, OH.
Friday, June 14
Our parking place for the weekend: the Race Car/VIP
Co-pilot & bodyguard, Gary, at our booth in the Lobby.
in the Bloomington Gold's program, the Gold Standard
Being right inside this main entrance didn't
hurt a bit during Friday's
Each new shower would bring in a fresh crowd!
Friday's National Corvette Museum dinner @ Francesca's.
Adrienne Dumas, 17, of St. Charles, IL
is the Grand Prize Winner of the Bloomington Gold Kids Art &
This is the first time the Grand Prize was awarded for an
essay. Adrienne was treated to a VIP trip to Bowling Green for a private tourof
the Corvette Assembly Plant and the National Corvette Museum. She also received
the use of a new Corvette Convertible to usefor the drive back from Bowling
Green to St. Charles, IL, and for use during the Bloomington Gold weekend. At
however, she preferred to use HER OWN '71! She bought
the Corvette herself last year after saving up for it for 5 years!
white '61 is an original German export car.
The blue '54
is just like the first Corvette I ever saw in person (and
got a ride in!)
- at age 12, in 1954.
50th Anniversary Corvette
Saturday evening: The Road Tour
A few of the estimated 1200 Vettes waiting for the start of
the 42 mile tour
through the IL countryside.
The weather couldn't have been much better!
The VIP cars got to line up first.
After the DARE Corvettes, we were # 3, behind Adrienne and her
& Corvette Powertrain Engineer Bill Nichols discuss
some C5 fine points as
we wait for the start.
cheering sections along the route.
Vettes in the mirror as far as you can see!
The parking lot after dinner at Bud's.
Sunday, June 16
weather was even better on Sunday.
The judging field can be seen out on the golf course, on the left in the
Created by David Rusthoven, 14, of New Lenox, IL
is a full size replica of a 2001 Corvette Z06, crafted entirely of cardboard,
masking tape and hot glue.
The hood and doors open, and it features a fully
Dave put 400 hours into this project, using math to enlarge
the dimensions from
a 1/16 scale model!
Retired Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan autographs the
and poses for photos with Dave and his Mom.
By the way,
Dave was also a runner-up in the Essay competition!
that it's over, all this stuff has to go back in the car.
It does, and we can
still see out the back!
The stats as we leave Bloomington.
Monday, June 17
North Ridgeville, OH.
again. The final stats.
Thank you Bloomington Gold for sponsoring
Corvettes Conquer Cancer once again!