Gearhead of the Week: Corvettes in review

Gearhead of the Week: Corvettes in review

Corvette special!

Gearhead of the Week is featuring 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. Today, we review the six generations of Vettes you can see when you visit the show. Enjoy!

Coming Thursday

News-Gazette photo editor Darrell Hoemann previews this year's Bloomington Gold show, which is the 60th anniversary of the Vette. He'll let you know what events and highlights you can see at the event. Plus, we'll have a map of the grounds around the State Farm Center.

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Nominate a friend, family member or even yourself for Gearhead of the Week by emailing We have received a gratifying number of respondents, so please be patient. We're working our way through the nominees — and we're always glad to receive more. If you know of any events within driving distance that would be of interest to gearheads in the area, email us. We'll run them occasionally in our gearhead calendar.


July 6: Sparks in the Park Car Show, presented by Wheels Car Club Ltd. Registration (entry fee $10) 1-3 p.m.; awards at 5. Rain or shine, Ervin Park, Tuscola. Trophies for Top 10, participants' choice, best of show. Featuring Battle Creek Country Band, fireworks, inflatables, vendors and swimming. Information: 253-4147, 268-3873.

July 20: 22nd Car, Truck and Custom Semi-Truck Show during the Champaign County Fair. No classes; top 25 earn trophies. Registration 9 a.m. (entry fee $10); show runs from noon to 3:30 p.m.; prizes at 3:30. Dash plaques for first 75 entries; car, truck, semi-truck Best of Show trophies; plaques for best paint, interior, engine, chrome; special plaques for fair queen choice, WIXY choice and Tires Plus choice. Sponsored by Chambana Sales, Reynolds Towing, Tires Plus, Stone Cold M.C. and WIXY.

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. Register/information: Stephen Akers, 832-9778 or 621-3027.

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