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Friday, 05 June 2009


Once-in-a-Lifetime Event Will Showcase Rarest Corvettes in History

NORMAL, Ill. – For sports fans, spending an afternoon with sports history’s greatest superstars from the past 50 years would be a dream come true.  For car lovers, it’s being surrounded by the world’s rarest and fastest Corvettes all at the same time and place. Attendees at the 37th Bloomington Gold® Corvette Show will experience that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when Bloomington Gold presents Special Collection® XXV: The Grand Finale, June 25-27, 2009, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill.Special Collection XXV: The Grand Finale is a star-studded lineup of 60 of the most historically significant Corvettes. 
It features everything from the oldest Corvette in the world – the hand-built 1953 Corvette EX122 pre-production concept car that debuted at GM Motorama and represents the beginning of Corvette production – to the 1966 factory-prepared L88 Corvette Penske Racer driven to an amazing first place finish in the GT class at the ’66 Daytona race with a damaged front end and two flashlights taped to the fenders for headlights. “As the Grand Finale of our 25 years of Special Collections, our goal is to provide Bloomington Gold attendees with an all-access pass to the world’s most uniquely rare and individual Corvettes in history,” said David Burroughs, CEO, Bloomington Gold.  “These amazing vehicles are truly the celebrities of the Corvette marque, and Special Collection XXV will be the only time all of these cars have been or will be assembled together for everyone to witness.”  
The Special Collection XXV showcases MVPs from each generation of Corvette between 1953 and 2010, including prototypes, styling cars, historically significant competition cars and one-of-a-kind models.  Standout Corvettes include an early ‘60s Chevrolet Experimental Racing Vehicle (CERV) that served as the platform for refining the Chevy body, chassis and suspension systems.  The collection also features four rare Callaway cars: 1989 Callaway TT Aero, 1991 Callaway Speedster, Callaway C16 and Callaway LM racer.  The Callaway Corvette was the only time in Chevrolet’s history a specialist manufacturer was given control of a technically advanced high performance option: twin turbo superchargers.
Special Collection XXV is free to all who attend Bloomington Gold.  The collection is located in the DuPage Expo Center, across the street from Pheasant Run Resort, and will be open Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.            
Those interested in attending the VIP Preview & Special Video Presentation on Thursday evening, June 25, 2009, can register at BloomingtonGold.com .            
For more information about Special Collection XXV: The Grand Finale, contact Bill Locke at 716.386.2107.             
Bloomington Gold®, America’s Original Corvette Show since 1973, is known world-wide for leadership in Corvette preservation and authenticity. Its revolutionary judging systems – Gold Certification®, SURVIVOR® and BENCHMARK® – set the standard by which collectors, auctions, magazines and parts manufacturers compare all other Corvettes.  However, it has also become known for the incredible beauty of thousands of Corvettes parked on the impeccable greens of Pheasant Run Golf Course.  Rare parts, world class judging, education and hundreds of Corvettes for sale or auction make this America’s most unique and diverse automotive event.  For more details about the show, judging and registration procedures, visit BloomingtonGold.com, call 309.888.4477 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   
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