Gearhead of the Week: Derald Seeds
Over the next several weeks, Gearhead of the Week will feature local owners of the different generations of Chevrolet Corvettes, leading up to the 2013 Bloomington Gold show June 28-30 at the grounds of the State Farm Center in Champaign.
Corvette history: The second generation of Corvette was model years 1963-67. Inspired by a Mako Shark caught by Chevrolet design director Bill Mitchell, the tapering rear deck gave this series the Sting Ray nickname. Engine sizes increased in this series with optional 396-cubic-inch V8s offered in 1965 and a 427-cubic-inch V8 in '66. By 1964, the split rear window was gone, along with decorative hood vents. Disc brakes were added in 1965. The fuel injection option was discontinued after '65, and independent rear suspension was added.
Name: Derald Seeds
Residence: rural Urbana
Occupation: retired food truck owner/operator, commerical painter
How long I've been a gearhead: "At 15, I had a 1948 Chevrolet I used for a paper route."
The vehicle I wish I never sold: "A 1948 Cushman Eagle; I broke my leg with it when I was 14."
Street cred: Through the years, Seeds also has owned a 1928 Chevrolet, a '28 Dodge, a '57 Chevrolet 210 hardtop, a '57 Buick two-door hardtop, a '64-1/2 Mustang, a '65 Corvette and a 2008 Corvette with museum delivery.
On the sticker
Make/model: 1965 Corvette coupe, Sting Ray
Powertrain: 327-cubic-inch V8, 300 horsepower, Powerglide transmission, four-barrel carburetor, 3:36 rear end Positraction
Class: stock with documentation
The story: Seeds is the second owner of the car for the last 18 years. The original owners provided him with the window sticker, badge and everything that came original with the car, including the rare Protect-O-Plate and all owner documentation.
Watch the video
More sights and sounds of Seeds' ride can be found online here.
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June 1: The 25th annual Spring Fling Car Show presented by Wheels Car Club, downtown Tuscola. Registration starts at 6 p.m. ($10 entry fee includes dash plaques). Awards for the top 26 cars, Club Participation trophy, Sweetest Ride trophy (by Flesor's Candy Kitchen), Downtown Diner award — plus best of show, best engine, best paint and best interior. Live band Jim Easter and the Artistics ('50s and '60s rock 'n' roll). Must be present to receive a trophy. Information: email@example.com, 253-3047, 253-4147, 268-3873.
June 1: Cruising For A Cure, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Champaign County and sponsored by Sundowners Car Club. First stop 9-10 a.m., Colbert Park, 203 E. Church St., Savoy; second stop 10:30-11:30 a.m., downtown Sidney; third stop noon to 12:45 p.m., park on Grand Avenue, St. Joseph; final stop 1-2 p.m. downtown Homer (enter your car after arriving for Homer Soda Fest car show; voting by the public; trophies awarded). A trophy for the car owner who brings in the most donations to American Cancer Society. Information: Jill by calling/texting 979-1504 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 3: Villa Grove Car Show 2013, "Cars for the Cure" in support of breast cancer awareness. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harrison Park. Registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon ($10 entry fee); trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. to top 20 cars, top 10 trucks, top 10 motorcycles, veterans' choice, chairman's choice (three), sponsors' choice (three), best paint (three), best interior (two) and farthest traveled. Other features: dash plaques, free goody bags, raffle drawings throughout the day, first 25 entrants receive free T-shirt, free barbecue lunch to all participants, 50/50 drawing to benefit the Mills Breast Cancer Institute. To register or for more information: Stephen Akers, 832-9778 or 621-3027.