Chip’s Choice: Something To Look Forward To At Corvettes At Carlisle

The term “unforeseeable future” may never be more true than trying to plan an event during these uncertain times. But, if your plan is NOT to do any planning, then you’re planning to fail. The folks at Carlisle Events are taking the current situation very seriously, but like the rest of us, they are anxiously awaiting the time when we can congregate on the show field and the swap meets once again.

They enjoy putting on each event as much as enthusiasts enjoy attending them. Carlisle Events holds over a dozen events throughout the year and the typical scheduling regimen has been tossed a curve lately. At some point, life will get back to normal and, to borrow a widely-used cliché, the show will go on. We’re ALL planning on that!

Bloomington Gold has been held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for years and it was only fitting that an Indy Pace Car would represent the event at Carlisle. The 1978 Pace car started a long history of Corvettes leading the pack around the track.

Carlisle Events has listed an updated events schedule and, within that schedule is the annual Corvettes at Carlisle event currently scheduled for August 27-30, 2020. One of the largest of its kind, Corvettes at Carlisle features something for every enthusiast of Chevrolet’s plastic fantastic Corvette. There are special displays held throughout the massive Carlisle fairgrounds and one of the highlighted displays for every Corvettes at Carlisle is the Chip’s Choice display.

My father, Chip Miller, went to every single Bloomington Gold while he was alive.  In fact, he was a long-time judge at each of the events. – Lance Miller, Carlsle Events

This year, the Chip’s Choice display honors another globally-recognized Corvette event, Bloomington Gold. More specifically, the cars that have earned the highest level of certification conducted by Bloomington Gold will be highlighted during this year’s Chip’s Choice. The display will feature some of the very best Bloomington Gold Benchmark® Corvettes, the most prestigious Corvette award. Also note, the date for this year’s Bloomington Gold event has been rescheduled for September.

This 1961 Corvette achieved Benchmark status in 2017 and serves as a representative with its 270 horsepower, 283 cubic-inch engine.

Rather than consider either as competitors, the two entities have a long history of serving the Corvette community together. “We’re excited to showcase some amazing Corvettes throughout this display,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller.  ‘My father, Chip Miller, went to every single Bloomington Gold while he was alive.  In fact, he was a long-time judge at each of the events.”

Bloomington Gold is the longest-running event of its type, dating back to the early 1970s. Bloomington Gold President Guy Larsen and Event Director Bill Locke will hand-pick Corvettes for the Chip’s Choice display that have made an impact not only within the hobby, but at their prestigious event. These cars, 12 to be exact, will sit front and center, for all to see as part of Chip’s Choice in Building T.

This 350-powered, triple-black 1972 Corvette will be representing the C3 generation of Corvettes quite nicely!

We’re all yearning for the day we can enjoy our cars to the fullest again and planning is about the only thing we can do right now. Be sure to check out the Carlisle Events page and the Bloomington Gold website to keep abreast of event schedule changes. Once we get to the other side of these trying times, we’ll be both willing and ABLE to hit the show field running!

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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