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GOLD SCHOOL

Schedule

               

Friday, June 10th

10:00 am         The History of Bloomington Gold from the Inside

                         A Panel Discussion Featuring David Burroughs, Founder of Bloomington Gold Corvettes

12:00 Noon     The Inside Scoop from John Kraman

John Kraman, Director of Company Relations and Lead TV Commentator/ Analyst for Mecum Auctions

1:00 pm           Origins of COPO: The Quest for 427

Presented by Matt Avery, Automobile Journalist, Photographer and Journalist

 2:30 pm          Resto Mods at Bloomington Gold: How does Bloomington Judge a Resto Mod?

                        Featuring Ray Zisa, William Baker, Mike Hack and Jerry Mulick. Moderated by Lance Miller

 
Saturday, June 11th 

10:00 am         Early Corvette Race cars

With Doug Bergen, Kevin Mackay, Lance Miller, Irwin Kroiz, Moderated by Michael Brown

10:00 am         The Rise and Fall GMMG Camaro

Presented by Matt Avery, Automobile Journalist, Photographer and Journalist

 11:00 am         The Inside Scoop from John Kraman

John Kraman, Director of Company Relations and Lead TV Commentator/ Analyst for Mecum Auctions

 11:00 am         After Certification … Now What ?

Tom Hill, retired GM Engineer, Collection Curator

12:00 Noon     Collector Car Fraud

Presented by Bruce Shaw

1:00 pm          Stamp and Tags

                        Presented by Al Grenning and Marco Hartner

 

 

 

 

Friday June 10th Class Descriptions

10:00 am         The History of Bloomington Gold from the Inside

A Panel Discussion Featuring David Burroughs, Founder of Bloomington Gold Corvettes & Guy Larsen, President/Owner Bloomington Gold Corvettes. Moderated John Kraman, Mecum Aution Lead TV Analyst

Bloomington Gold Corvettes began as a Corvette Coral - owners gathering to share knowledge and learn from each other’s Corvettes.  Over the next five decades, it grew into an Event, but still a gathering for Corvette hobbyists. 

Come learn from the Founder of the Bloomington Gold Corvette and the current President/owner of Bloomington Gold Corvettes about and how it grew from a gathering of Corvettes to a national exhibition of Corvettes.   What were the obstacles?  How has Bloomington Gold affected the Corvette hobby? 

12:00 Noon     The Inside Scoop from John Kraman

John Kraman, Director of Company Relations and Lead TV Commentator/ Analyst for Mecum Auctions

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a Mecum auction?  John will take you inside the auction to give you a view of what goes on within the auction and what it takes to make an auction happen. Then he will discuss the current market for collector cars – what’s hot , what’s not! 

 1:00 pm    Origins of COPO: The Quest for 427

Presented by Matt Avery, Automobile Journalist, Photographer and Journalist

Join author Matt Avery as he dives deep into the origins of Chevrolet’s ultimate muscle cars, the COPO cars. In this seminar Matt will lay the groundwork for understanding how and why these legendary vehicles came to be. Key topics in this foundational session for GM’s COPO program includes the Camaro’s launch and the resulting dealer efforts to meet the market’s demand for 427-equipped Camaros. Matt will spin through and explain the operations of the iconic nationwide players, including Dana, Nickey, Motion and more with a special spotlight on the vehicle programs of pioneer Don Yenko and his lasting legacy today.

 2:30 pm    Resto Mods at Bloomington Gold: How does Bloomington Judge a Resto Mod?

Featuring Ray Zisa, William Baker, Mike Hack and Jerry Mulick. Moderated by Lance Miller

Come listen to a panel of Bloomington Gold Judges explain what makes a Corvette a Resto Mod or a Modified Corvette.  Understand what the judging team looks for in their review.  As they review each section and components within, how do they evaluate the degree of modification.  What is the difference from ‘customized’ vs ‘modified’?  What are the modifications to performance, appearance, fitment, that each component is evaluated to?     

                        Come ready to learn and have your questions answered!

 

Saturday, June 11th Class Descriptions

10:00 am         Early Corvette Race cars

With Doug Bergen, Kevin Mackay, Lance Miller, Irwin Kroiz, Moderated by Michael Brown

Come listen to a panel discuss the cars that began Corvette’s involvement and possibly dominance of class in international racing.   Panel to include the following Corvette race car experts ;

                         Doug Bergen – owner of Corvette race teams.  Mr Begen was in the trenches and behind the wheel in early days.

                         Kevin Mackay – renown restorer of iconic race Corvettes.  Numerous award winning racers have passed though his shop.

                          Irwin Kroiz – collector of Corvette / significant race cars.

                          Lance Miller – collector of Corvette / significant race cars, National Show Promoter

 The panel will discuss what Corvettes began the competition to Ford ad other brands.  What were the significant cars and engines that propelled Corvette?   Who were the driving forces that moved Corvette racing along?  The panel will also talk about the accomplishment of the Corvette racers in this year’s Gold Collection. 

 

10:00 am         The Rise and Fall GMMG Camaro

Presented by Matt Avery, Automobile Journalist, Photographer and Journalist

Join automotive author and journalist Matt Avery as he examines the high-octane operations of one of the most prolific powerhouses of 4th-gen Camaro performance: GMMG. Hear of the shop’s origins, their rapid scaling to team up with top-tier dealer partners like Berger Chevrolet and Earnhardt Chevrolet and the legacy left behind of their pedal to the metal ambitions.

Matt will detail hallmarks of each of their Camaro programs, examining the likes of the milestone-celebrating Berger SS, the red-hot Hot Rod Edition, the inspired by heritage ZL1 Supercar, the bad to the bone Intimidator SS and the radical, all-out Dick Harrell Edition.  GMMG experienced nothing short of a meteoric rise to stardom with a fall equally fast and their wild ride and lasting impact makes this one seminar you won’t want to miss.

 

11:00 am         The Inside Scoop from John Kraman  (encore presentation)

John Kraman, Director of Company Relations and Lead TV Commentator/ Analyst for Mecum Auctions

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a Mecum auction?  John will take you inside the auction to give you a view of what goes on within the auction and what it takes to make an auction happen.   Then he will discuss the current market for collector cars – what’s hot , what’s not! 

 

11:00 am         After Certification … Now What ?

Tom Hill, retired GM Engineer, Collection Curator

If you have 1 or 20 Corvettes that are ‘seldom drivin’, you may have wondered, ‘how do I properly care for my babies’?   Tom Hill is the caretaker of a prominent car collection and a former Chevrolet Corvette Engineer.  He will share his knowledge of what are best practices for any Corvette that is seldom driven.  What are some of the quarterly and annual must-dos to maintain your Corvette?   How often must they be exercised?       Feel free to bring your questions. 

 

12:00 Noon     Collector Car Fraud

Presented by Bruce Shaw

Noted attorney and "motor head: - Bruce Shaw, Esquire will be presenting a fast paced seminar on all various facets of Collector Car Fraud  as well as a peek into his former career of piloting a chain of speed shops on the east coast known as "Shaw's Speed Shops". 

"The Shaw Gang"  terrorized the east coast in the 70's with such NHRA record holders as the factory backed - "555 Triple Nickel" Hemi Cuda  and Super Stock Magazines - Project Six Pack 440  Roadrunner.

This seminar will span from fraud subjects such as counterfeit documents to engine restamping, to "numbers matching" and you will learn what to look out for before you purchase!

 

1:00 pm          Stamp and Tags

                        Presented by Al Grenning and Marco Hartner

What Are Stamps & Tags and Why Are They Checked?

Examples of correct and incorrect stamps are not the purpose of the session and will not be discussed.   Rather, the formal protocol procedure used by the Numbers Team will be explained relating to the fundamental description of classic Corvettes

This seminar is for those new to Corvette judging and have wondered, why are stamps & tags so important?  The panel will cover topics including; 

  • Where are stamps & tags located on different generation Corvettes
  • What do the stamp numbers represent.
  • What information is in the tags
  • What is the procedure at Bloomington Gold Corvettes for judges to review stamps & tags
  • Why do the judges photograph the stamps & tags

 

Attend and learn from the experts!

 

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