2013 Corvette

There is so much that can be said about the Chevy Corvette  and its reincarnation the last few years. It’s finally time for the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 to be released and oh, is it sweet.

Before the all-new model of the Corvette is released in 2014, every Dallas Chevy dealer is going to be stocking the 6th generation’s last iteration of the 427. The legendary sports car is celebrating its 60th anniversary with what will be deemed the best of this class.

Any Chevy dealer will tell you that this Corvette convertible is the fastest and most powerful ever constructed. The 427 comes with a soft top overhead and under the hood is a 505 hp V8 engine. Probably the greatest attribute of the 427 is that the drop-top body style will finally give Corvette fans what they wanted for a long time: the largest of the small blocks. That’s because the same Z06 7.0-liter engine is now powering the 2012 427.

Every Dallas Chevy dealer will stand by the fact that in order to keep the price down, the 427 is constructed of the standard Corvette Convertible steel rather than the lightweight aluminum frame of the Z06. However, carbon fiber floor panel, front fenders, and, most importantly, hood.

Keeping costs down through the use of steel is likely the best move the company made. That’s because consumers will likely get all of the extras like leather upholstered interior, carbon fiber trim pieces, and anniversary badges and stripes. That’ll run just over $90,000 – which would’ve been more had the 427 been constructed differently.

Have to Get One

The one thing every Chevy dealer will boast is that the 427 is for the true driving enthusiast. The reason: This Corvette Convertible is only available in a six-speed manual transmission. More than that, only approximately a thousand of these convertibles are likely to be put on the market. So although it’s not technically a limited edition, it might as well be.

With so much power, the 427 lives up to every Dallas Chevy dealer’s promise of dynamic speed and control. Fat tires allow drivers to be speed demons on straight lines, able to hit up to 190 mph depending on the road. Even on curves and turns, the 427 is at the top of its game, seeing as highways and canyon roads are its thing.

So, if you’re looking for what’s become the standard in classic Chevy Corvette Convertibles and enjoy speed as much as you like style, the 427 is it. Although it might not be meant to set records on the track, it’ll still give every driver a thrill.

November Car Events In DFW

There’s more to being a Fort Worth Chevy Dealer than offering great deals to car buyers, although we pride ourselves in being the best in the DFW area. We also scout for the best events and shows that Chevy vehicle owners would want to attend.

This November is chock full of car races, shows, and exhibits. Whether you are there with the family to enjoy the classic cars, or plan to enter your own Chevy vehicle in a contest, there’s a bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

November Car Events

Satuday, November 3rd: NASCAR Nationwide Series – O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

Stock car lovers will want to get out to the Texas Motor Speedway to watch stock car racing at its finest. Catch the race on Saturday, November 3rd at 7pm, or go for more racing fun on Sunday, November 4th at 1pm in Fort Worth. This event will also be available on November 8th and 9th in Avondale.

Saturday, November 10th: Destination Dart

Get kids interested in transportation vehicles with canine shows, riding in transportation buses, and seeing a police car up close with the Destination Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) event on Saturday, November 10th at 2pm. Free for all ages, Desination DART has free giveaways and promo events as kids learn about DART transportation systems. Event is held at the W.O. Haggard Jr. Library in Plano.

Saturday, November 17th: Kwik Kar & Chicken Express – Business Expo & Auto & Car Show

Think you have the best Chevy truck or car in all of Texas? Then show off your vehicle while winning cash prizes at the Business Expo & Auto & Car Show hosted by Kwik Kar and Chicken Express on Saturday, November 17th starting at 9am (pre-registration begins at 8am) in Lindale, TX. Eat steak lunches, watch the award show and see who wins the 1st place trophy.

Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25: 53rd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama

Enjoy what America has to offer for Texans in the form of custom cars, hot rods, motorcycles and trucks at the 53rd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama. Skip the hectic Black Friday shopping lines and instead head down to Houston to see auto displays, look at exotic imports, watch RC drag racing, spot the Batmobile, and enter your vehicle in a variety of different exhibits. Events start at 10am on Friday and Saturday, and 11am on Sunday.

Chevy Owners Can Have Fun This November

Check out one or all events featured this November to get out and about in your vehicle. DFW Chevy lovers will have fun at the exhibits, races and shows as tires screech across the asphalt and sweet smell of exhaust enters the air. You might even win one of the many prizes offered.

See you there!

Do You Have A Bucket List? 10 Must See Events Before You Die.

It is no secret that I am an automotive enthusiast. I have enjoyed seeing NASCAR races out at Texas Motor Speedway. I even enjoy the occasional car show. I love cars. That’s why when I saw this blog posted by Car and Driver titled the 10 events you must see before you die, I knew I had to read it. I was intrigued to find that many of the events that made their list I haven’t even heard of. I haven’t quite made a full bucket list yet but there are things I want to do and see before I die and after reading this I have added a few more to my growing list. I want to know if any of you have been to any of these events, how you felt about being there, what you think is left off, and what you would add to it. Let me know what you think!

From humble beginnings as a horseless carriage, the car has exploded into not just a necessity of life, but a necessity of leisure as well. For some people, cars are canvases for customization destined to become works of art—works of art, it’s worth noting, don’t have gigantic nonfunctional wings. Other people race them in every conceivable way: on-road, off-road, dirt-road; circles, serpentine circuits, straight lines; even straight into each other. Automotive passions have seeded the globe with must-see events; these are our top 10, listed in chronological order.

NHRA Winternationals
What: The greatest show in drag racing
When: February
Where: L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona, California
How Much: $25–$50
For More Info: www.NHRA.com

For megawatt power and tire-shredding performance, you owe it to yourself to experience a top-drawer drag-racing event. Few occurrences in modern sport can match the “holy shit!” factor of a Top Fuel dragster run. The earth trembles to the seismic pulse of nitromethane engines generating 8000-plus hp, and the cars reach trap speeds north of 300 mph in less than four seconds and just 1000 feet—the full quarter-mile is on hiatus while safety standards catch up to the cars’ jaw-dropping performance.

You’ll see this kind of action—plus the rest of drag racing’s top classes—at any NHRA National, but you’ll see more of it at the Winternationals. Staged annually at the Los Angeles County Fairplex, this four-day event is America’s quarter-mile Mecca. It’s the first event of the pro drag season, so all the cars are pristine, the teams even, and the competition fierce. It just doesn’t get any better. Comfort tip: bring earplugs. Top Fuel noise levels are like World War II compressed into one weekend.

Indianapolis 500
What: America’s premier open-wheel event
When: Memorial Day weekend
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
How Much: $40–$150
For More Info: www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500

Going to the Indianapolis 500 is a religious pilgrimage to racing fans, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a giant temple of speed standing tall among flat farmland outside of Indianapolis. Heck, there’s even a giant pagoda in the middle. Just don’t call the track an oval. It is actually four slightly different quarter-mile corners connected by as much straightaway as would fit on the original speedway’s land space. The peril and heroics of running the 500-mile race have diminished slightly thanks to modern safety improvements, but the average qualifying speeds, over 225 mph, remain near historic highs, and spectacular finishes are the norm.

But the Indy 500 is much more than the actual race. It’s an entire weekend of pageantry and history. The track is 101 years old, and an on-site museum is filled with the cars of past 500 winners. If you can get a pass to the Gasoline Alley garage area, do it—you’ll be able to walk right up to the drivers and mechanics as they move their cars from the garage to the grid. Also, bring sunscreen, lest you end up looking like one of the lobster-skinned shirtless dudes that litter the infield after too much pre-race revelry.

Isle of Man TT
What: A motorcycle race on public roads
When: Late May through early June
Where: Isle of Man, Great Britain
How Much: Free general admission
For More Info: www.iomtt.com

This set of motorcycle races on the Isle of Man, situated in the Irish Sea off the west coast of Britain, is a throwback to the past, when racers on two wheels and four pitted their skills against the hazards of public roads rather than purpose-built tracks. The Tourist Trophy (TT) races take place on the 38-mile Mountain Course around and over the island, where the riders hit speeds of more than 180 mph and get more air than the average ski jumper. Their bravery—some would say foolhardiness—is unbelievable, as any mistake on the island can be fatal. There are no run-off areas, and a collision with a stone wall, house, or tree is the likely outcome of any mistake.

Automobile racing started on the Isle of Man in 1904, with the first bike TT in 1907. World championship events were held there until 1976, when it was deemed too dangerous for top-flight racing, but hordes of motorcyclists descend on the island every year for this unique spectacle. The Isle of Man is hardly a glitzy vacation destination, but access to the course is unmatched. Where else can you sit in a pub, sipping a pint of ale, while a racing motorcycle roars by in the street?

24 Hours of Le Mans
What: Motorsports’ greatest test of man and machine
When: June
Where: Circuit de la Sarthe, northeastern France
How Much: $98 and up
For More Info: www.lemans.org/en

Le Mans isn’t just one race. Sharing the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe are cars ranging from the showroom-similar cars of the GT1 and GT2 sports-car classes to the state-of-the-art LMP1 and LMP2 prototype cars. Each car battles for class honors as well as overall position, and the different speeds and capabilities of the classes multiply the excitement exponentially. The omnipresent racing symphony ranges from the shriek of high-revving gasoline engines to the subdued grumble of the ruling turbo-diesel prototypes.

If the Indy 500 is the greatest spectacle in racing, the Le Mans 24-hour is the biggest party in motorsports—rock around the clock with an internal-combustion backbeat. No one goes just to watch cars zoom by for the entire 24 hours. They also go for the carnival rides (Ferris-wheel lights lend a circus aspect to the night sky), the food vendors, the boutiques, the sideshows, and partying. But no party surpasses the one on victory lane after a 24-hour triumph.

(The Unofficial) Woodward Dream Cruise
What: Detroit’s best, at its best
When: The third weekend in August
Where: Woodward Avenue, Oakland County, Michigan
How Much: Free
For More Info: www.WoodwardDreamCruise.com

If you’re a fan of pasty exposed granny-flesh, $4 bottles of water, and heat stroke, then by all means, attend the Woodward Dream Cruise. The promise of the Cruise is that you will see and hear the collected glory of Detroit’s muscle-car past thundering up and down this eight-lane boulevard four abreast. In reality, Woodward this weekend is so choked with traffic—human and otherwise—that the cars barely move.

To get the fully leaded effect, visit Woodward Avenue on a weeknight leading up to the big weekend and park yourself near the Shell station north of 13 Mile Road. Here you’ll find a front-row seat to an unofficial reenactment of the late-‘60s Woodward drags, that asphalt Colosseum where the Big Three’s gladiators would come before the stoplight emperor. Original Woodward legends like the Plymouth GTX “Silver Bullet,” their dashes papered with pink slips, stage here and detonate as they depart. You’ll also see warriors of more recent vintage—Murciélagos, Ford GTs, and even Enzos. So grab a Coke from the cooler inside the Shell, find a patch of grass at the curb, and feel the history vibrate through the soles of your shoes. And pay no heed to The Man’s schedule.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
What: The finest in prewar exclusivity
When: Every third Sunday in August
Where: Pebble Beach golf course, Carmel, California
How Much: $150 in advance, $175 at the show, plus outrageous hotel and food costs jacked up roughly 6000 percent for this particular weekend. And it’s so worth it.
For More Info: www.PebbleBeachConcours.net

This is it—the Big Kahuna, the Chairman of the Board, the most important classic-car show in the world and the anchor to the most important classic-car weekend in the world. Last year’s show drew cars from 30 states and 19 foreign countries, many of them vehicles and collections that simply cannot be seen in any other public venue. This year, the show is 60 years old, so expect something even bigger. The accent is heavily on pre-World War II and early postwar classics, although in recent years, the show has expanded to include more bourgeois hot rods and motorcycles.

The concession prices are stratospheric, the crowd after 10:00 a.m. is epic, and the coastal weather is usually foggy and freezing or boiling hot, but rarely just right. Still, it’s magical, especially if you arrive at 5:00 a.m. in your best seersucker to watch the cars actually motor in, then leisurely stroll the fairway to get unobstructed views before the hordes arrive. It’s a whopper ticket price to watch rich people engage in vigorous ego massaging (just try to find one DIY owner out there), but the show proceeds are donated to worthy charities. Even if you can’t tell a Bugatti from a Bucciali from a bagel with lox, you’re certain to be captivated by the rarest and most fabulous examples of automotive artistry. 

To see the full list visit caranddriver.com

Well what do you guys think? What do you want to see before you die? 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Getting A New Car or Truck? Thinking About Leasing?

Are you getting a new car or truck? Can’t decide whether to lease or buy? Well when deciding whether or not to lease a car, it is important to consider several factors. Consider this leasing 101.

When you are leasing a car or truck, the monthly payments are generally lower than the monthly finance payments because you are paying for the car or trucks depreciation during the term of the lease, plus rent charges, taxes and other fees. Remember though, after paying for all that you must then return the car at the end of the lease unless your lease permits you to buy the car or truck.

There are different lease offers and terms, including mileage limits and how long you want to keep the car  or truck before you decide on a lease, make a firm decision on these before you go to the dealership. Most leases only permit you to put 12,000-15,000 miles per year on the vehicle. Well if you commute quite a distance to work or you like to travel you’re going to put lots of miles on that car and the typical charge is 20 cents per mile you go over. That can sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

When you lease a car or truck, you are basically purchasing the right to use that car for a predetermined amount of time and miles. At the end of the lease you may return the car or truck and pay certain fees and charges or you can buy the car or truck for an additional “already agreed-upon” price. You should be careful not to sign a lease for more time than you truly want to keep the car or truck as can be very heavy early termination charges if you end the lease early. Don’t forget that you are ultimately responsible for excessive wear and damage to the car or truck. You are also responsible for bringing the car or truck in for service in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. You will also have to have insurance that meets the leasing company’s standards.

I know people that love leasing vehicles and swear by it. I also know people that don’t care for it at all. Ultimately the decision is yours. What will it be? Buying or Leasing??? Hmmm.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.