Month after month, year after year, you’ve seen exceptional Corvettes on the pages of Corvette Fever. They sometimes have awards noted, like Survivor or Bloomington Gold certification, a Bowtie, Top Flight, or Duntov award, Gold Spinner or Triple Crown. What do all of these coveted awards mean? And more important—what does it take to achieve them, to rank among the “best of the best?”

In the sidebars listed below, we’ll explain the basics of what these cars and their owners must go through to claim those prizes. For the minutia, we refer you to the respective organizations. Many local Corvette clubs have members who know the ropes, so don’t overlook them in your quest to take your Corvette to the top.

The Corvettes shown here are just a sampling of what’s out there. If you’d like to witness Corvette majesty en masse, you can’t get a better sampling than at any of the summertime extravaganzas, especially Bloomington Gold and Corvettes at Carlisle. For sheer numbers of award-winning cars, these shows can’t be beat.