Corvette as Canvas or Artifact?

In the last few weeks I’ve witnessed the extremes of the classic Corvette continuum.

My first encounter was in St. Charles, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, at Bloomington Gold, considered the ultimate pilgrimage among many Corvette owners. The annual gathering honors Corvettes maintained as closely as possible to the condition in which they left not just the showroom, but the assembly plant itself, whether the car was one of the 300 first Corvettes crafted in 1953 in Flint, Mich., those produced from 1954 to 1981 at St. Louis, Mo., or those built since June 1981 at Bowling Green, Ky.
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