4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte

Today we are going to look at some photos Bill Locke sent from the 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte event.  The event is held at the Rick Hendrick’s Motorsports Campus in Charlotte, NC.  On October 11 and 12, spectators enjoyed tours of the Hendrick Car Museum as well as the Gold Collection Tribute to Jim Perkins.  There was the usual certification judging and the Queen City Corvette Club Car show.

Bob Cook will be bringing us extensive coverage of the event in a future edition of Vette Vues Magazine.

First, let’s look at GM’s display

2020 Arctic White C8 Mid-Engine Corvette with  Tension w/ Twilight Blue Dipped interior at 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019.
2020 Arctic White C8 Mid-Engine Corvette with Tension w/ Twilight Blue Dipped interior at 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019.
2020 C8 Corvette with  Tension w/ Twilight Blue Dipped interior at 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019.
2020 C8 Corvette with Tension w/ Twilight Blue Dipped interior at 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019.
The new mid-engine Corvette has a 6.2-liter V-8 making 490 horsepower.
The new mid-engine Corvette has a 6.2-liter V-8 making 490 horsepower.

By now, many of your readers have seen the new Corvette as Chevrolet has been taking it on tour across the U.S.  The new mid-engine Corvette has a 6.2-liter V-8 making 490 horsepower. Chevy brought a white 2020 C8 pre-production mid-engine Corvette.  The Arctic White Vette’s interior was the Tension w/ Twilight Blue Dipped.  We want to note that the Blue is only available in 3LT.   There are six interior color choices: Jet Black, Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Natural/Natural Dipped, Tension w/ Twilight Blue Dipped, and Morello Red Dipped.  [The two-tone design (dipped) is also only offered on the 3LT option.]

There are 12 exterior color choices, and you can see them on this page http://vette-vues.com/2020-c8-corvette-colors/

2020 C8 Corvette display of colors and wheels choices
2020 C8 Corvette display of colors and wheels choices.
There are three seat options available: GT1, GT2, and Competition Sport
There are three seat options available: GT1, GT2, and Competition Sport
CERV I on special display by General Motors at the 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte
CERV I on special display by General Motors at the 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte

Gold Collection photos…  A Tribute to Jim Perkins at the 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte

Our first car is the 1988 Corvette Challenge Series Racer, S/N 13449 and is the inaugural SCCA Series Champion. 1988 was the first year for the Corvette Challenge Series and Chevrolet built fifty-six street-legal Corvettes for the race series.

The 1988 Corvette Challenge Series Champion, owned by Roger Judski
The 1988 Corvette Challenge Series Champion, owned by Roger Judski
1989 Corvette B2K Callaway Coupe, owned by: Chris & Natasha Chessnoe
1989 Corvette B2K Callaway Coupe, owned by: Chris & Natasha Chessnoe
Some of the Corvettes in the Gold Collection at the 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019
Some of the Corvettes in the Gold Collection at the 4th Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019

Our next Corvette on display at the Bloomington Gold Charlotte event only has 798 miles on it

1996 Corvette Collector's Edition Coupe, as delivered when new.  Owned by: Jimmy Morrison1996 Corvette Collector's Edition Coupe, as delivered when new.  Owned by: Jimmy Morrison
1996 Corvette Collector’s Edition Coupe, as delivered when new. Owned by: Jimmy Morrison
Display vehicles from the Perkins Family, and Mr. Hendrick's Heritage Center collection.
Display vehicles from the Perkins Family, and Mr. Hendrick’s Heritage Center collection.
Jeff Gordon's 1995 NASCAR Championship DuPont Chevy Lumina...
Jeff Gordon’s 1995 NASCAR Championship DuPont Chevy Lumina…

1993 Corvette CERV4b Pre-production Design Study

Our next car, the CERV 4b – C5 Design Prototype Vehicle, is part of the Yager family’s My Garage museum. 

The name CERV IV was the official name of the test vehicle that the GM’s Corvette group secretly contracted in 1993 to build as a test car for the 1997 Corvette.

“The Corvette group directed the project, with Chevrolet paying for it. General Motors’ management was not told about it, for fear that they would cancel it. The Corvette team developed the CERV IV in 90 days in early 1993, got approval to build the car around April of that year and eventually turned the model into the C5, which arrived in 1997. CERV IV was the only CERV designed with a front-mounted engine.” – Source – Mid America Motorworks

CERV 4b - C5 Design Prototype Vehicle
CERV 4b – C5 Design Prototype Vehicle

Next is a 1996 Corvette Grand Sport pedal car, purchased at a National Corvette Museum fund-raiser by Eugene Anderson, signed by Jim Perkins, and donated back to the NCM for permanent display.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport pedal car
1996 Corvette Grand Sport pedal car

There were ten special display boards produced by Hendrick Motorsports highlighting the 30 year General Motors career of Jim Perkins, a GM Vice President, and Chevrolet’s General Manager through 1996…

Special display boards produced by Hendrick Motorsports highlighting the 30 year General Motors career of Jim Perkins, a GM Vice President and Chevrolet's General Manager through 1996.
Special display boards produced by Hendrick Motorsports highlighting the 30 year General Motors career of Jim Perkins, a GM Vice President, and Chevrolet’s General Manager through 1996.

The Bloomington Gold Certification Corvettes were presented for judging in front of Mr. Hendrick’s Heritage Center collection building. Hendrick Motorsports is located in Concord, North Carolina, one mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The campus features state-of-the-art facilities and technology, which the organization’s four NASCAR Cup Series teams employ in preparation for race day.

Hendrick Motorsports welcomes visitors at no charge. Also open to the public is the Hendrick Motorsports Museum & Team Store, showcasing the many years of Hendrick Motorsports history. You can visit their website to see their hours.

Bloomington Gold Certification Corvette in from of the Hendrick's Heritage Center at the Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019.
Bloomington Gold Certification Corvette in from of the Hendrick’s Heritage Center at the Bloomington Gold Charlotte 2019.

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