Bloomington 2013 - Legends Of The Hall

Honoring Corvette history at Bloomington '13

Walt Thurn Feb 5, 2014 0 Comment(s)
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In 2009 Bloomington Gold impresario David Burroughs launched an initiative to recognize significant cars, people, and developments in the Corvette hobby. Called the Great Hall, the program would induct 50 noteworthy Corvettes and 50 marque luminaries or special events over a five-year period—10 from each category per year. The first group was honored in 2010, and the final one will be selected in 2014 when the Great Hall program draws to a close. Burroughs hopes to bring the entire group together at Bloomington Gold '15 for a one-time celebration.

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Corvettes inducted in 2013 included the following:

  • The '57 fuel-injected Corvette, which cemented the marque's performance reputation
  • The '61 Gulf Oil Corvette racer, which Dr. Dick Thompson piloted to the 1961 SCCA National Championship
  • The '62 327 Corvette, whose engine became synonymous with Corvette performance through 1968
  • Corvette Grand Sport chassis #004, a lightweight model specifically built to defeat the Ford Cobras
  • The '65 396 model, the first production Corvette equipped with a big-block engine
  • The '67 L88 Daytona Corvette, which won more than 150 races
  • The championship-winning Baker Racing '87 Showroom Stock Corvette
  • The '88 Callaway Sledgehammer, a street-legal twin-turbo rocket that lapped the Ohio Research Transportation Center at 254.76 mph
  • The first '06 Corvette Z06, which earned a Great Hall nod for producing more than 500 net horsepower with air conditioning
  • The first '09 ZR1, which officially entered the Corvette into the elite fraternity of 200-mph production cars

A total of 10 people/events were also inducted:

  • Zora Arkus-Duntov, the "Godfather of the Corvette" who oversaw the car's transformation into a true sports machine
  • Reeves Callaway, whose company has been building OEM-quality high-performance Corvettes since 1987
  • Chip Miller, the collector/enthusiast who co-founded Carlisle events
  • William "Bill" Mitchell, the GM designer responsible for the iconic Stingray design
  • Jim Perkins, the former Chevrolet General Manager who saved the Corvette from extinction in 1993
  • Dr. Dick Thompson, "The Flying Dentist," who won numerous races driving Corvettes
  • Mid America Motorworks "Chief Cheerleader" Mike Yager, an industry pioneer and noted Corvette collector
  • Mike Antonick, the writer/publisher best known for his industry-standard Corvette Black Book
  • Corvettes at Carlisle, an annual event that is now the number one destination for Corvette enthusiasts throughout the U.S. and beyond
  • Bloomington Gold, the original Corvette show that began in 1973

The final group of Great Hall honorees will be inducted next year, at the 2014 Bloomington Gold show in Champaign, Illinois. Don't miss what promises to be a memorable and historic event.

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