Resort; St. Charles, IL
This is where it all started for us:
Bloomington Gold in 1998 was the first
National event for our fledgling
Corvettes Conquer Cancer Tour. They
set the "Gold Standard" for all
other events to meet for prime display space,
both for our table and for the
car, lodging and general VIP treatment.
This year we collected $325.00
which we sent to the American Cancer Society's Kane County
unit in nearby
Wednesday, June 25
The trip begins.
Nothing worth a photo on the way out...
especially the wretched Super 8 motel in Maumee, OH!
interesting Corvettes scheduled for the Mecum Auction
This 54/55 test mule that Zora used to prep for his historic
150 record run at
According to the documentation, the engine block has a 1952
date code! Think about it... the V8 wasn't introduced until '55!
A Harley Earl styling exercise '63(?)
Early custom '53.
our booth in the main lobby of the Mega Center,
with Corvette Wheel Specialist
My frequent co-pilot and bodyguard, Gary Readio, checks out
Bloomington Gold program during a rare quiet moment at our display.
at the "Sock Hop" Friday night: this "62 C5".
In my opinion, the meld of '62 and C5 styling doesn't work
nearly as well as the 53 C5, especially in the back.
the yellow "Cardboard Corvette" Z06 from last year?
This is David Rusthoven's latest creation.
Bloomington Gold Special Collection for 2003
Chip & Judy Miller's "Numbers Matching" pair:
'53 and '03 with the same serial number - 181!
Our Tour C5 will share space with them in a couple of weeks
at the NCRS National Convention in Hershey, PA.
Tyler Townsley's 87/88 engineering prototype ZR-1.
parking spot outside. We had protection...
evening: The Bloomington Gold Road Tour
up, as the storm clouds build.
Winners of the Silent Auction for the position behind us:
Jayne and Steve Kilian.
They wrote a check for $150 to the American Cancer Society for this privilege.
Along the route.
There were many signs along the route saying "Stop and
This enterprising group actually had a working drag strip "christmas
Thank you Steve Tribble, Road Tour organizer.
OK, so it rained. As we reached our dinner destination, we
Another Harley Earl car.
Bloomington Gold judging field...
... where I found Bill Nichols with his NCRS Duntov Award-winning '67.
afternoon traffic west of Chi-town. Guess we're going the right direction!
Happy 50th Birthday, Corvette!
I guess you could say it rained again!
home again: the final stats.