>The red VR letters are the old vr1 lenses and the gold VR >letters are the newer vr|| lenses.
Ar Ray points out above, there is actually no correlation between the colour of the "VR" logo on the lens and the generation of VR it employs. Nikon simply changed the colour of the logo over time. Some lenses released before the change had VR II, some lenses after it still have VR I.
As well as Ray's example - both "red" and "gold" logo versions of the 18-200mm DX having VR II - the 18-55mm DX has the "gold" logo but is a VR I lens.