Bloomington Gold is considered by many to be the granddaddy of Corvette shows. This longest-running continuous national Corvette show is being held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, on June 23-26.

That kind of status has not been achieved without continual improvement and reinvention and the story for 2011 is no different. For example, with the assistance of the Kane County Sheriff, the St. Charles Police Department and the St. Charles CVB, this year will see the return of the GoldTour. The GoldTour still holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tour of any marque — 2,223 Corvettes.

Late on the Saturday afternoon, a new route will take you through the Ilinois countryside, including a ‘switchback’ where you’ll meet Corvettes going the other way for 10 miles. This year’s program also presents a series of high value seminars on topics as diverse as Preparing for Certification, Selecting a Restoration Shop and Restore it? Or not?

Corvette clubs can participate in the GoldClub, which provides premium, reserved parking near the show center on the gold course. A minimum of five cars are required. Premium parking is also available for individuals (GoldField) and RV’s (GoldCoach). The goal of the organizers is that goal is that all Corvette drivers feel special at Bloomington Gold.

Also being held during the show is the Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction, conducted by Mecum Auctions on June 24 and 25th. Up to 400 Corvettes are expected to cross the auction block over those two days.

One of the cars that will be coming up for auction on Saturday is the custom 1954 Corvette roadster shown here. The seller’s information indicates that the car underwent a complete frame off restoration eight to ten years ago.

Now with custom Bronze paint and two-tone Tan interior, as well as a total rebuild of the engine, transmission, brake system, new exhaust, front end, fuel lines and fuel system, this Corvette will turn heads wherever you go – and you’ll be comfortable knowing that you’ll get back home again without any drama.

For additional show or auction information, check out the event web site.