A crowd of nearly 200, including dignitaries, families and chamber of commerce members enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and took in new facility sights during grand celebrations at Luther Bloomington Hyundai and Collision and Glass.
Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead, left, visits with Luther Bloomington Hyundai GM Lenny Checheris after a ribbon cutting and grand opening event at the new store on American Boulevard.
Celebrants toured the new and modern Luther Collision and Glass facility connected to the Hyundai store, which was formerly a Ford dealership.
Bloomington Hyundai/Luther Collision & Glass
Building: 45,000 sq. ft.
Service bays: 16
Land: 8 acres
Showfloor space: 8-10 vehicles
Luther stores served (Collision): 9
Elegantly displayed on custom flooring, Hyundai’s star car, the Equus, symbolizes the coming of age for the brand and the new dealership provides a venue to match.
The Jeff Gordon #24 NASCAR Chevy Impala provided 820 hp of roar for visitors. The 210 mph car, which is not street legal because it has no lights, is well traveled, having been as far as St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Anchorage, Alaska. The four speed racer has a small block 358-cubic-inch V-8. Admiring onlookers are not allowed to climb into the vehicle when it is on display. Donnie Gillispie with Hendrick Motor Sports explained that one never knows when somebody will try to fire it up, and there is no insurance for that.
Mark Wall, GM of the new Luther Collision and Glass facility, above right, visits with body technician Mark Kath and his family at an open house.