Mid America Motorworks has announced that the company-owned CERV-I-a legendary 1959 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle-will be inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall.
The Bloomington Gold Great Hall started in 2010 as an annual celebration to honor the 10 most influential Corvettes and people in the hobby, according to a press release. In 2014, the comprehensive list of the 50 Pioneers and 50 Premiere Corvettes will be complete.
Taking cues from his aviation background, Corvette’s first chief engineer, Zora Arkus Duntov, incorporated many firsts into CERV-I to engineer a research vehicle that went on to break records at Pike’s Peak and turn laps at Indianapolis and Daytona.
After a successful career as a test-bed for the 1963-’82 Corvette suspension and Grand Sport engine, CERV-I was ordered to be destroyed by GM. Duntov convinced executives to preserve the car and it was restored before being donated to the Briggs Cunningham Museum in Costa Mesa, Calif.
From there, CERV-I moved to the Miles Collier Museum in Naples, Fla., and later to Pro Team Corvette where Mid America’s Mike Yager found it for sale in 1997. Soon after, the car joined Yager’s collection of one-off Corvettes in the MY Garage Museum on Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus in Effingham, Ill.
“To me, this car is a shining example of Corvette innovation and is a true piece of American automotive history,” said Yager. “Owning a vehicle worthy of such a significant award is not only exciting for me and my family, but also for the industry and Mid America Motorworks’ followers.”
Other 2012 Great Hall inductees include the 1953 Corvette s/n 003, 1961 Mako Shark, 1967 Corvette Coupe Le Mans L88 and 1990 ZR1.
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Bloomington Gold began in 1973 and is the longest-running national Corvette event, according to the release.