Best Texas Beaches to Visit This Summer

There’s still a lot of summer left here in Texas: even if school’s back in, the heat isn’t letting up any time soon. If you’ve got an open weekend, jaunt down to the gulf or your nearest lake and hit up one of Texas’s best beaches for a day of fun, sun, and relaxation.

Galveston

Most Texans know that Galveston is a hot vacation destination. However, many don’t know that it’s one of Texas’ most historic cities. Travel just an hour south of Houston, and you can enjoy more than 32 miles of beach, stunning Victorian architecture, museums, and, of course, plenty of sun and sand. Galveston is the ideal getaway spot for travelers seeking uncrowded beaches that are located minutes from attractions, eateries, and more.

South Padre Island 

South Padre Island is on nearly every list of top Texas destinations. That’s because South Padre Island, located near the Mexico border, offers warm temperatures, towering palm trees, and stunning Gulf Coast beaches.

Spend your days on the sand, engage in a number of water-based activities (like surfing, paddleboarding or renting a wave runner), play a round of golf or venture to the action-packed Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. South Padre Island is overflowing with things to do for visitors of all ages.

Burger’s Lake

If you’re in the DFW area, like Classic Chevy, and don’t want to drive to the coast for a day at the beach, this is probably already one of your favorites spots to cool off. Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers family fun. The spring-fed pool offers sandy beaches, diving boards, water slides, and fountains. There are also concessions and picnic areas with plenty of shade from the abundant trees in the area.

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Stop by Classic Chevy this summer to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and find one that’s perfect for both day-to-day life and road trips. If you’re not on the market for a new car, but are planning a road trip, stop by and see the service department at Classic Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for travel.

 

Take a Hill Country Road Trip!

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You’ve just had your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy – or maybe you sprung for a new vehicle – and that means it’s time for a road trip. If you haven’t been to Hill Country lately, you might want to plan a weekend trip to the area around Bandera.

Between Ingram and Bandera, you can find plenty of sights to see and shopping to do, so plan to leave early in the day so you can do everything.

If you are looking for some leather furniture and some great sculptures, stop by Grand Wows in Ingram. It’s located at 3167 Junction Highway 830.

In the mood for some horseback riding? Plan to stay over at the Dixie Dude Ranch for home-cooked meals and trail rides. The dude ranch is a 725-acre working cattle ranch. You can find more information at dixieduderanch.com.

Looking for designer denim? If it’s time for a new pair of fancy jeans, stop by Schreiner Goods on the downtown mercantile at 214 Earl Garrett Street. While you are checking out the top label jeans and other denim offerings, sip a mimosa.

If you’re getting a bit thirsty after traveling, stop by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Be careful not to scare the horses tied at the hitching post. You’ll meet some great people including hipsters, ranch hands and bikers while you listen to live music and suck down a couple of ice cold brewskies. For more information, visit 11thstreetcowboybar.com.

Do you have a taste for seafood? Stop by Francisco’s for the best tilapia ceviche with pico de gallo and other seafood delights. Wash it down with a bottle of cold beer. For more information, visit franciscos-restaurant.com.

Now that you have a brand new pair of jeans, you’re going to want a pearl snap shirt to go with them. You can stock up at Gunslinger Dry Goods. And if you need accessories such as a hand-tooled leather bag, boots, hats and artisan jewelry, be sure you stop by. For more information, visit gunslingerofbandera.com.

If you’re looking for an exciting show, visit the Bandera Rodeo, put on by the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association. You’ll get to see tons of barrel racing, enjoy a barbecue cook-off and even the kids will have fun with kid activities. Banderarodeo.com will give you a schedule and more information.

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There’s a ton of fun to be had in your new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet – so if you don’t have a new Chevy in the driveway, stop by to test drive a new truck, car or SUV.

10 Reasons Why the New Chevy Silverado Trounces the Competition

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Chevrolet manufacturers some of the highest ranked vehicles in the industry. The Silverado is no different. According to J.D. Power and Associates, this responsive, heavy duty truck is the highest ranked heavy duty pickup in initial quality. That means you get more bang for your buck when choosing Silverado.

If you’re still up in the air about finding the perfect pickup for your needs, these 10 reasons why the Silverado is superior to its competitors will make you want to cruise over to Classic Chevrolet and purchase your new heavy duty truck today.

1. They’re built just right.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the Chevy Silverado HD received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among large, heavy-duty pickups in the 2013 Initial Quality Study.

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2. The 2015 Silverado 1500 is the fastest growing pickup brand of 2015.

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3. The 2015 Silverado tows better than its competitors.

Drivers can choose an available 12,000-pounds of V8 towing capacity — the best in the Silverado’s class.

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4. It’s a super safe truck.

The new Silverado 1500 received the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety in 2015.

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5. The Silverado has unrivaled fuel economy.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab short box pickup gets superior V8 fuel economy to the 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab short box and the 2015 Ford F-150 super crew short box.

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6. You can take all of your toys with you.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 can tow nearly 1,000 pounds more than the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

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7. Want to take the internet with you? Now you can.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 is equipped with available built-in 4G LTE WiFi, a feature that is not available in the 2015 Ford F-150 or the 2015 Ram 1500.

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8. Go green while going big.

The new Silverado 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine is the most fuel-efficient Gas V8 pickup engine ever.

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9. Handles like a dream.

The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine offers the most torque of any standard V6 in the Silverado’s class.

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10. It has a killer sound system.

The 2015 Silverado offers one of the quietest interiors in the industry, so you can hear the Bose premium audio system more clearly and enjoy every riding experience more than ever.

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Find the Chevy Silverado of your dreams right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

Best Places to Take a Road Trip to in Texas

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

You Know You’re From Texas When…

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the vehicle you need for your family, for work or for the farm. If you already have a newer Chevy or did not plan to buy something new this year, be sure to give our service department a call to set up an appointment for maintenance or repairs. You just might need a Silverado to live up to some of these Texas actions.

You know you’re from Texas if:

  • You actually know someone who ate a 72-ounce steak and got it for free – or if you were the one who managed to eat it all.
  • You go to a formal event all decked out, including your finest jewelry and you wear cowboy boots.
  • You know that food that isn’t spicy isn’t from Texas.
  • You know that rattlesnake meat tastes like chicken.
  • You know the four basic food groups and make sure you get them every day: barbecue, nachos, fajitas, and chili.
  • You can tell when another Texan is from the North, East, South, West or Central Texas as soon as that person speaks.
  • Your pastor wears cowboy boots.
  • You know that the only real Mexican food is Tex-Mex.
  • When you refer to more than one person, you say, “Y’all.”
  • When you tell someone you’re getting ready to do something, you say you’re ‘fix’n’ to do it.
  • You know that Classic Chevrolet is the place to go if you need a new car or truck.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next “Cowboy Cadillac.” You’ll have several trim levels to choose from, plus each one has additional available options to make it your own. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may have running on Silverado models or any other models we have in stock.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 1 LT

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If you are in the market for something flashy and fast, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 1 LT. This sleek coupe even has a hint of the fat fenders that were so loved in the 1970s and it has sleek lines down the side.

Interior Features

Interior features include GT bucket seats, driver and front passenger eight-way power seats, perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces, two covered cup holders in the floor console, an auxiliary power outlet, USB ports, an SD card slot, an auxiliary input jack, storage in the console, a power tilt and telescopic steering column with a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, driver information center, an oil life monitoring system, power programmable door locks with lockout protection and keyless access.

Additional features include express up and down driver and front passenger windows, cruise control, a theft deterrent system, push button start, engine immobilizer, dual zone automatic climate control, an air filtration system, rear window defogger, illuminated vanity mirrors, an electric locking glovebox, storage behind the screen and storage in the rear compartment.

Mechanical Features

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching. This combination makes 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Additional features include a 3.42 rear axle ratio, aluminum frame structure, speed-sensitive power steering with variable ratio, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and 3-inch polished stainless steel exhaust tips.

Safety Features

Safety features include all-speed traction control, active handling stability control and OnStar Directions & Connections with automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn by turn navigation. Additional features include frontal and side impact airbags and a passenger-sensing system.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Top Accessories to Add to Your Chevy

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The accessories you choose for your vehicle depends on the type of vehicle you are driving – or the type you intend on buying or leasing from Classic Chevy. You can make your Chevy your own with certain accessories – or you can make your vehicle more practical.

Trucks

Pick up a bed extender to add an extra 2 feet to the bed of your truck. These come in handy when you need to haul 8-foot lumber in a 6-foot bed. The bed extender fits over the open tailgate and keeps things from falling out of the bed.

Bedliners and mats keep the inside of the bed from being scratched up from the things you haul. They also keep things from sliding around in the back.

If you add a toolbox to your bed, you may want to add a bed step so that you can reach into the center of the box without having to climb in the bed of the truck.

One of the neatest accessories for a Silverado, especially if you like to camp or go hunting, is a sport tent. The tent is water- resistant and converts the bed into a camper. The tent features a waterproof floor and is made specifically for the Silverado bed.

Cars

Cars have limited space so a roof rack is a good addition if you are constantly trying to cram big things in the back seat or the cargo area. Choose from cargo management items to better organize the trunk, remote start if your vehicle didn’t come equipped with it, license plate holders, a spoiler kit, window deflectors and splash guards. Interior accessories include door sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers.

No matter what you drive, you should have a good first aid kit and a roadside assistance package in the event of an emergency. You can also pick these items up at our accessory shop.

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Visit Classic Chevrolet to pick up or have accessories installed or to have other service completed on your vehicle. If you are looking for a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your next new car, truck or SUV.

History of Camaro

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For over a century, Chevrolet has designed many iconic cars that personify its spirit and style, and the Camaro is one of them. The first generation of Camaros debuted from 1967 to 1969. This hot four-seat sportster turned heads everywhere. It was GMs answer to the popularity of Ford’s popular Mustang. It features a short deck with a long, sleek hood. During this time period, there were only two Camaro models: the convertible and the sport coupe.

During the early 1970s, the Camaro saw little in redesign. GM focused more attention on interior comfort and offered air conditioning, power door locks and a half-vinyl roof covering. The year 1978 saw a minor redesign with T-tops and urethane body-color painted bumper cover. With its two-tinted glass hatches with an innovative T bar in the center, sales of the Camaro soared at Chevrolet Dealerships Texas.

By 1979, the Camaro family had grown to four members, including the Sport Coupe, Rally Sport, Z28, and the Berlinetta. All models featured bright chrome, special wheels and extensive acoustic insulation. In 1985, the Camaro was the chosen care of the International Race of Champions (IROC). This was also the year that the Camaro introduced its IROC-Z model with special graphics. The Camaro’s V8 now featured fuel injection.

Fast forward to today, and the Camaro is still America’s favorite sporty and muscle cars. The 2015 Camaro is the perfect mélange of cutting-edge technology, distinct design and bold performance. It’s what makes a Camaro a Camaro. Keeping in step with its heritage, the Camaro is still offered as a coupe or convertible. Find it in all models at Classic Chevrolet. We’re a Texas Chevy dealer proud to offer the legendary Camaro to Chevy fans who are looking for a sporty car that delivers unparalleled performance.

Chevy Introduces 2016 Equinox

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The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the hottest-selling SUV models and this year, Chevy gave this model something extra in the way of updates and new styling. The 2016 model year will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, 2015.

The 2016 Equinox – the 2015 model year is now available at Classic Chevrolet – will have a wider grille and some minor tweaks to update the styling to keep the crossover SUV fresh. As of now, though, because of the great run the current model year is having, Chevy hesitates to do a complete update with a new platform, though that will likely happen for the 2017 model year, according to gmauthority.com.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS

Many of the things on the 2015 Equinox will remain the same on the 2016 model year. The 2015 model year features a 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing and spark ignition direct injection. This engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This engine and transmission combination makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm.

This model features a 120-amp alternator and a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection and 525 cold cranking amps. The chassis features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, a Refined Ride suspension and power-assist, electric-variable steering.

Safety features include hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, daytime running lights, several airbags, a passenger sensing system for the airbags that also senses the presence of children, OnStar Directions and Connections for 6 months, the OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years, power door locks with child security locks in the rear, a tire pressure monitoring system and the LATCH system for child safety seats.

Interior features include the LS interior, a front center console with armrest and concealed storage, mounted cruise and audio controls on the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver information center, express down on all four door windows, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, several power outlets, illuminated vanity mirrors and assist handles.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model; or keep your eyes on this space for more information on the 2016 model year, including a release date.

2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ

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This four-wheel drive model is the perfect vehicle for anything you need it for, whether it is commuting, road tripping or hauling the boat to the marina. It features an EcoTec3 engine, a trailering package and tons of safety and convenience features. It also has several additional options available, so ask your Classic Chevrolet salesperson about features you need to make this great SUV the perfect SUV for your family.

Engine, Transmission and Mechanical

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ features a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine with direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing. The lightweight aluminum block also helps with fuel economy. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features a tow/haul mode and overdrive.

This combination makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It gets 16 mpg* in the city and 22 mpg* on the highway.

Additional features include a 3.08 rear axle ratio, suspension package, keyless start, an active single speed electronic Autotrac transfer case with rotary controls, heavy-duty locking rear, external engine oil cooler, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, a trailering hitch platform, 2-inch trailering receiver, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits and a 7-way sealed connector.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, VAC power, StabiliTrak stability control system, brake assist, traction control, OnStar Direction and Connections for 6 months, a theft deterrent system, front and rear parking assist, a rear vision camera, rear cross traffic alert sensor, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, a forward collision alert sensor indicator, lane departure warning with a safety alert seat and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Airbags include frontal and side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, side impact airbags and head curtain side impact airbags for all rows in the outboard seating positions and an automatic occupant sensing system for the front passenger and presence of a child.

Interior Features

Interior features include heated and cooled power front seats, memory settings for the driver, heated second row seats, power folding 60/40 split bench third row seat, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with mounted audio, cruise and driver information center controls and power programmable door locks.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2015 Tahoe LTZ and to learn more about this models convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.