Concours and events: Bloomington Gold’s Corvette party

Bloomington Gold's parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold
Bloomington Gold’s parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold

Bloomington Gold, the longest-running all-Corvette show in the nation, stages three days of events Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring judging for prestigious awards, an autocross and other competitions, and Corvette laps around the iconic Brickyard oval.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the gathering, which has been held every year since 1973. Since then, Bloomington Gold has become the benchmark for Corvette excellence with intensive judging to the highest standards for Corvettes vying to achieve Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast Auction ready to roll

The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is said to have gone just 10 miles since a full restoration | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is said to have gone just 10 miles since a full restoration | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson returns to Uncasville, Connecticut, next week for another collector car auction at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino on July 21-24. The second Northeast Auction has spawned a weeklong series of events that starts Saturday with the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, for which Barrett-Jackson is the title sponsor.

Following Saturday’s concours, also held at the Mohegan Sun, there will be the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance Summer Tour that will take participants on a drive around the scenic countryside. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible

1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Convertible

Editor’s note: This is the second in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered without a reserve during the second annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction, this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is the final year of the first generation and as such represents the ultimate in refinement for the earliest models. Quite simply, it’s a car that runs as strong as it looks. Continue reading

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading

Mecum scores biggest total at 30th anniversary Indy auction

A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions
A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions photos

With a rare Porsche high-performance 911 coupe leading the way, Mecum Auctions reached $55.6 million at its Original Spring Classic collector car sale in Indianapolis, Indiana, the highest total yet for the auction as it celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The sale last weekend sale sent 1,665 vehicles over the block, with 1,208 of them selling for a 73 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Corvette coupe

The Chevrolet Corvette is a restored, low-mileage car
The Chevrolet Corvette is a restored, low-mileage car

A popular activity for vintage sports car collectors is taking their cars on rallies and tours, often covering some of the most fun and scenic roads in the United States. To participate in such events, one needs to possess a vintage sports car, generally one from 1972 or earlier.

Ferraris, Jaguars and Porsches are often seen on these events, although they are expensive and sometime fragile, which can result in reliability issues that can consume a driver’s enjoyment of the cross-country tour. And parts for an exotic vintage car are hard to source in rural areas. Continue reading

Preserved, low-mileage 1967 Corvette 427 convertible at Mecum

The Corvette convertible boasts a tri-power 427 V8 | Mecum Auctions photos
The Corvette convertible boasts a tri-power 427 V8 | Mecum Auctions photos

A pristine, all-original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 hp four-speed convertible with fewer than 24,000 documented miles, in still-gleaming original black paint with a red hood stinger and Bloomington Gold Benchmark certified.

As Sam Spade said in the Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of.”

Only this Vette is real, and it comes up for auction during Mecum’s 30th anniversary Indianapolis sale from May 16 to 21. Continue reading

After 50 years (but only 8,500 miles), a hero’s Corvette is going to auction

First father, then son have meticulously maintained this car since new | Mecum Auctions photos by David Newhardt
First father, then son have meticulously maintained this car since new | Mecum Auctions photos by David Newhardt

Like many who were drafted into military service and sent to fight in Vietnam, and who were fortunate enough to come home, Keith Richard Litavsky returned and bought the car of his dreams, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette: Marina Blue with Bright Blue interior, and a 427-cubic-inch, 435-horsepower V8 linked to an M21 four-speed manual transmission.

Fifty years later, the car has been driven only 8,533 miles, a figure that may tick up slightly as it is driven across the block at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction, May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Continue reading

10-99: Corvette museum and its friends complete car’s restoration for police officer’s family

Melissa Rhoads and her daughter, Jacquelyn, are reunited with the Corvette | National Corvette Museum photos
Melissa Rhoads and her daughter, Jacquelyn, are reunited with the Corvette | National Corvette Museum photos

Burke Rhoads, a police officer in Nicholasville, Kentucky, bought a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette and was restoring it as time and finances permitted. His goal was to have the car ready so his daughter, Jacquelyn, could use it for the trip to her high school prom after she turned 16.

But Burke was killed in a car crash while on duty in 2015, and his widow, Melissa, called the National Corvette Museum to seek recommendations about a shop that might finish what Burke had started. Continue reading