Classic Chevrolet’s 6th Annual Steve Thompson Classic Golf Tournament Tops 2.5 Million Raised for Local Charities

In the words of Classic Chevrolet owner, Tom Durant at the 6th Annual Charity Check Presentation, “I never thought it would turn into what it is. It has become something that really makes a difference.” He was of course referring to the milestone $2.5 million dollars raised for local charities in just 6 years spearheaded by The Steve Thompson Classic Charity Golf Tournament named in honor of the late Steve Thompson of The Thompson Group at Classic. Since 2012 Classic Chevrolet employees have put on a charity golf tournament to raise money for local non-profits benefitting children in need, families facing challenges, orphans, the homeless, veterans and the disabled. A special committee formed by the employees of Classic Chevrolet chooses the charities and spends the entire year raising donations and planning the annual tournament. Every employee of Classic Chevrolet and The Thompson Group at Classic personally donate money through a payroll deduction program.

On November 22, 2017, the ceremony to distribute checks to now 14 local charities was held during a holiday luncheon attended by employees, charity representatives, sponsors and invited guests. The 2017 Steve Thompson Classic has raised another $200,000 again matched dollar for dollar by Tom and Susan Durant for a total of $400,000 bringing the total donations raised since 2012 to $2.5 million. The 14 charities include 6 Stones Mission Network, The Angel Fund of Trinity High School, RISE, GRACE, Food for the Soul, V.A.S.T., Community Storehouse, Neuro Assistance, Clubhouse for Special Needs, Miracle League, Unite for the Troops, Chari-T-2000, Heroes on the Water and Finding Me Global Academy.

Tim Lynch, commercial manager for The Thompson Group at Classic and chairman of this year’s Classic charity committee addressed the crowd, “These fourteen charities represent our community. They make us better people, they make us a better community, they make us a better dealership. After all, what they do is simply help people. As a dealership, that is also our goal, not just to sell something but instead to help someone. Together we can make a dynamic difference.”

Highway Attack Mode: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

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When you are in the market for a new sports car, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 convertible. Owning your own Camaro ZL1 convertible, you’ll be able to attack the highway at speed while feeling the wind whip by you. With new levels of refinement, technology, acceleration and capability, the new Chevy Camaro will challenge the most advanced of the sports coupes in the world.

The executive vice president of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, said that the ZL1 was designed to bet the best of the best. With superb performance packed into a 2+2 coupe, the ZL1 is great for every day driving and for taking it out on the track.

The 2017 model year comes with a new 6.2-liter V-8 supercharged engine that puts out an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of a six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching or a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Aerodynamics

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 went through over 100 hours of testing on the track and in a wind tunnel so that the manufacturer could make the best aerodynamic body possible for fuel economy and cooling. Not only is the design functional, but it is stylish. The lower grille opening gives excellent airflow to help keep the Camaro cooler while at higher speeds. The upper grille incorporates an open bow tie insignia.

The Camaro’s new hood features carbon fiber insert with a heat extractor that allows hot air to be pulled from the engine compartment so that the engine is further cooled. Additional changes to the body include the rockers, a bigger front splitter, wider front fenders and a wing-style rear spoiler.

Technologies

The Camaro’s new technologies include performance traction management, magnetic ride suspension, an electronic limited slip differential, drive mode selection and a custom launch control. The Camaro also weighs 200 pounds less than the previous model year and has 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque, giving it a better power to weight ratio.

Additional features include 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires and Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers on the front wheels for extra stopping power. The front brakes also features large 15.35-inch two piece rotors.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to learn more about the 2017 Camaro ZL1 convertible or to give it a test drive (with the top down, of course!).

Slow Cooker Lo Mein

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If you need an easy, filling, and healthy meal on a busy day, try this slow cooker Lo Mein. Not only is it easy to cook (just prep the ingredients and allow your slow cooker to do the work for you), but it’s easy to clean up as well.

Slow Cooker Lo Mein

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 (5-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 pound spaghetti

For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves, garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

  1. Line a slow cooker with a slow cooker liner for easier cleanup. Open slow cooker liner and place it inside a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker bowl. Fit liner snugly against the bottom and sides of bowl; pull top of liner over rim of bowl.
  2. Whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sambal oelek, oyster sauce, ginger and sesame oil in the slow cooker. Add pork shoulder, then cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove pork shoulder from the slow cooker and shred the meat before returning to the pot with the juices. Stir in broccoli, carrots, celery, snow peas and chestnuts. Cover and cook on high heat for 15-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  5. Serve pasta immediately, topped with pork mixture.

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Spring Break Road Trip Destinations in Your Chevy

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You don’t have to buy expensive plane tickets to a tropical destination to enjoy a warm and unforgettable spring break this year. These three Texas spring break destinations offer all of the warmth, relaxation and fun of those pricey destinations right here in the Lone Star State.

New Braunfels

If you’re seeking warm weather, but don’t necessarily want to visit the beach, New Braunfels could be your ideal spring break destination. This picturesque Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country was founded in 1845. New Braunfels wows its visitors with its  historic districts, adventurous rivers, impressive golf courses, live music, shopping, family-friendly attractions, award-winning restaurants, and so much more.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island offers all of the makings of an exciting spring break. The island used to bring in massive crowds of undesirable, rowdy spring breakers, but the crowds have lessened, and South Padre offers a warm getaway with gorgeous beaches, pristine water and plenty of excitement. College vacationers do tend to make the area busier in late February and March, so keep that in mind if you’re seeking a more low-key South Padre spring break.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi offers picturesque gulf beaches, the Texas State Aquarium, the Padre Island National Seashore, seaside restaurants, marinas, the USS Lexington. and plenty of downtown fun to make this spring break the best one yet. It’s a good alternative if you want the beach setting with less crowds.

Stop and See Us at Classic Chevrolet

When you’re traveling throughout Texas this spring break, don’t forget to stop and see us at Classic Chevrolet. We’re your one-stop Texas auto dealership for sales, service, parts, and accessories.

End of the Year Road Trip Bucket List Texas Destinations

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas in the new year, hit up these bucket list destinations and 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.

Possum Kingdom

This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.

Mineral Wells

Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Muenster

If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. You can also visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches, klobasnek, and strudel.

Roma

Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.

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.

Must-Have Accessories for your Chevy this Winter

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Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or you are still driving your current Chevy, you may want some accessories for your vehicle. Whether you have a truck, SUV, sedan or coupe, these accessories will be helpful in the snow or in the cold.

Windshield Snow Shade

Make cleaning the snow and ice off your windshield easier by installing a snow shade while you’re parked. It will also keep dangerous ultraviolet rays from cracking and fading the interior of your vehicle at the same time.

Traction Weight for Trucks

Driving a pickup in the winter could be challenging because the light rear end slides on slippery snow and ice. Add a traction weight to the bed of the truck to help stabilize the rear during inclement weather.

Snowplow Kit

This kit is great for your Chevy truck if you have a long driveway to plow or if you live on a back road that gets plowed last or not at all. The snowplow will help you get out of your driveway when the snow is too deep and dangerous to drive through.

Remote Start System

If you have a vehicle that did not come with a remote start, you could add your own remote start. If you remember to leave the defroster on when you leave the vehicle, you can start it about 10 minutes before you’re ready to leave so it’s nice and warm and so that it is easier to clear the windows.

Wireless Salt Spreader

Add a salt spreader to your winter vehicle accessories to spread salt on driveways that you need to keep clean. This is especially helpful if you have a long driveway that you would like to keep clear. You could even pretreat the driveway ahead of time to keep the snow and ice from building up too much.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance or for help installing accessories such as a remote start.

5 Reasons Getting a Chevy is Better than a Black Friday Deal

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Black Friday is getting to be more pervasive than ever. It’s invaded the weekend after and is encroaching into Thanksgiving Day itself. Why go through all the hassle at an electronics store or a department store when you could come to Classic Chevrolet instead and get the king of deals: a new Chevy.

Here’s why getting a Chevy is better than any Black Friday Deal.

1. No Waiting in Lines

Black Friday means lines. Lots of lines, out in the chill of morning with no guarantee of success. When you come to Classic Chevy, you won’t have to worry about lines just to get to test drive a model or to talk to a sales associate. You simply get to do what you came to do: buy a Chevy.

2. You Don’t Have to Wake Up Early

With deals and specials that last all day (regardless of whether it’s Black Friday or not), you don’t have to go to bed super early, set an alarm, and eat breakfast on the road. Wake up when you’re good and ready — our inventory will be standing by!

3. Supplies Aren’t Limited

With our huge inventory, there’s no worry that you’re missing out. Most Black Friday deals, you have to ask yourself, “will there be any left once I get my chance?” With Classic Chevy, there’s always another car, truck, or SUV that’s sure to please.

4. No Doors to Bust Down

Hey, we’re a dealership… just drive onto the lot, no doors involved! Seriously though, come early or come late, we’ll be glad to help.

5. You Get to Leave in a Brand New Chevy

The best part of shopping for a car is getting to leave the lot in that car. Whether you head home for the day or wade into the melee of Black Friday shopping, you get to do it in the comfort and convenience of a new Chevrolet.

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So what are you waiting for? Come by Classic Chevy today to tour our inventory, test drive your favorites, and leave the lot in the winning vehicle.

2017 Chevy Bolt a Top Contender

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has been named a Green Car Reports 2017 Best Car to Buy Nominee in large part because it is the first 200+ mile range mass-produced electric car in the world. And that’s kind of a big deal.

Electric vehicles are only slowly gaining traction in the States, and that’s mainly because Americans need their cars to be able to take them hundreds of miles in a go. While most of the world is fine with an “urban” car (one that can putter about a city), the U.S. needs something with more range.

That’s what makes the Chevy Bolt EV such an exciting prospect. You can get that electric and green vehicle you want without sacrificing the range of your travels.

The specs that make this possible are a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pan under the floor and rear seat, which powers a 150-kilowatt electric motor capable of producing 200-horsepower to the front wheels.

The pricing, before incentives, is a reasonable $37,500, which is reduced by a fairly large amount once those incentives are secured.

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Keep checking back here for more info on the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV as it becomes available. When it arrives at Classic Chevrolet, stop in for a test drive. Or, just come in today and test drive any vehicle Classic Chevy currently has in stock, get some service done, shop for accessories, and shop around.

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.

Top 8 Reasons We’re Excited About the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is currently in full swing. It’s an annual tradition and it’s kind of a big deal around these parts. If you’re new to town, you owe it to yourself to check it out. If you’ve lived here for a while and never been… well, you need to fix that! Classic Chevrolet is excited about the State Fair and we’ll tell you exactly why:

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1. The Food

Let’s get this one out of the way first. The State Fair of Texas has some fantastic food options. Famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) for its fried fare, there’s a contest every year for the best original recipe and it produces some wild and ambitious results. There’s also the classic funnel cake, which you can’t skip out on, even if you’ve stuffed yourself all day.

2. The Midway

Are fair rides and games corny? Yeah. Do we care? No! What’s better than triumphing over those notoriously difficult games or braving those questionable looking mechanical monstrosities?

3. Big Tex

Like greeting an old friend, Big Tex stands tall year after year. Not even fire can lay low the friendly giant cowboy. “Howdy, folks. Welcome to the State Fair of Texas!” Thanks, Big Tex, nice to see you too.

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4. The Ferris Wheel

No view in DFW beats the top of the Ferris Wheel. As iconic as Big Tex, the Ferris Wheel proves that everything is definitely bigger in Texas.

5. The Exhibits

The fair grounds host a number of permanent exhibits year round, and the fair only adds more. From museums to collections on temporary loan, there are plenty of things to see. Don’t forget to view the crafts and art contests!

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6. The Live Music

With live music everyday around the fair, there’s always some good listening going on somewhere. And the fair covers all its bases. Whether you’re into country, rock, or rap, there’s something for everyone.

7. The Shopping

If you want to browse goods and shop, you’ll be kept busy at the fair. From items useful and functional to goods that have no purpose whatsoever, there’s no end to the merchants set up all around the fair.

8. The Car Show

The car show is HUGE. There are lots of manufacturers present, including Chevy. We might be a little biased, but the Chevy show has some really nice cars to check out.

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If you see a Chevy at the car show that you fall in love with, make Classic Chevrolet your next stop. You can even give that favored vehicle a proper test drive.