Gearhead of the Week: Verne Williams

Gearhead of the Week: Verne Williams

Driver's license

Name: Verne Williams

Age: 64

Residence: Rossville

Occupation: retired intelligence officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

How long I've been a gearhead: since age 18

The vehicles I wish I never sold: A 1969 Plymouth GTX and a '69 Plymouth Roadrunner

Street cred: Through the years, Williams has owned five Corvettes, four Roadrunners and '55 and '57 Chevys.

On the sticker

Make/model: 1969 Plymouth GTX Hemi

Powertrain: 472-cubic-inch Hemi with torque flight automatic transmission

Class: muscle car/modified

Special features: Frame connectors, four-wheel disc brakes, headers, crossbar intake with two 600 Hollys.

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Saturday: 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 MC 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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