In the world of Corvettes the Bloomington Gold Certificate is known worldwide as the standard of excellence. These aren’t handed out to just any nice or even great looking or performing Corvette. There are standards and the judges are strict.
It’s purely voluntary but should you place yourself under the scrutiny of the judges then stand back and take what you get…you could have not subjected yourself! The judges come from the National Corvette Certification Board (NCCB). The goal is to judge cars as how authentic they are as opposed to the “day they left the factory”.
A Gold Certified car appears as it would just after completion of "typical factory production." It means that a Corvette has been preserved or restored within 95 percent of the way it appeared when it left the factory. Interestingly it is here some owners/restorers can misinterpret the rules and end up making the car look amazing, better than they were when they rolled off the assembly line. That’s not the objective. As any Corvette owner will probably tell you, and the judges most certainly will, no Corvette that rolled off the St. Louis or Bowling Green assembly line was perfect. Yep, they aren’t perfect no matter what we may think.
The idea is, for those owners that wish this, to have a Corvette that represents correctly (or fairly) history. That’s more important than having a Corvette that would win a car show through the type of perfection that is achieved in these arenas. A lot of good can come out of this type of judging as new “correct” facets are fond from time to time and this adds to the wealth of knowledge that is already in place for Corvettes. It’s a game and if you remember that it will be a lot more fun!