Why We Love Grapevine

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Grapevine is one of many cities in the DFW metroplex, but it’s got more character than almost all of them. If you’ve never dropped in on Grapevine, this summer’s the perfect time to check it out and see all there is to love about this unique town.

1. The Historic Downtown

Grapevine has an intensely well-preserved downtown area full of original buildings and features. Walk along its charming Main Street and step back in time while shopping at vintage boutiques and grabbing a bite at a quaint bistro.

2. Celebrating its Namesake

Grapevine isn’t just a random name. The area had wild grapes historically, and now there are actual vineyards cropping up to take advantage of Grapevine’s natural growing conditions for grapes. Every September, visitors can enjoy the largest wine festival in the southwest. Discover new and classic vintages, enjoy live music, eat delicious food, and have fun with all of the activities and events.

3. The Resorts

The ultimate in DFW staycations, premium resorts like the Gaylord Texan and the Great Wolf Lodge offer residents and visitors alike a chance to relax in comfort and style with spacious and luxurious accommodations. And, of course, you can experience everything the Grapevine area has to offer while you enjoy your stay!

4. Classic Chevrolet Lives in Grapevine

Grapevine is actually the home of Classic Chevrolet, so of course we love it. If you’re on the market for a new or used vehicle this summer, drop by and see us at Classic Chevy, then head into Grapevine proper and enjoy everything the town has to offer!

Stay Cool During the Summer Months!

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Staying cool during a Texas summer is something we joke about in the Lone Star State. It seems impossible to keep the sweat beads from forming the moment you step out your front door and into the summer sun and stifling humidity. The following are 15 tips to help you stay cool this summer.

1. Use a sun umbrella to keep you shaded anywhere at anytime. Traditional rain umbrellas work just fine too.

2. Stop the ice cream truck, grab a tasty popsicle or ice cream cone and remember how much fun summer was when you were a kid.

3. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverages before sticking them in the freezer. They’ll be ice cold in a fraction of the time.

4. Reach for ice cubes whenever you can. Whether you’re at home or digging in a friend’s cooler at a soccer game, ice cubes can offer a brief escape from the heat.

5. Enjoy iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Pour a pot of coffee into your ice trays, then use those cubes for your iced coffee, so it doesn’t become diluted.

6. Carry a paper fan. It may seem a bit primitive, but a good-old-fashioned paper fan can keep you cooler than if you travel without one.

7. Use a wet towel to cool yourself and your pets down. Place that towel in the freezer or refrigerator first for a whole new level of cool.

8. Bust out the fans. Even those with fully-functional air conditioning units can use fans in stuffier areas of the home. Place one by your bed for extra comfort at night.

9. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can make you unbearably hot on summer days. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that wicks the moisture and heat away instead.

10. Place ice packs or cold compresses on your wrists, elbows, ankles, neck and other areas for immediate relief when you’re feeling uncomfortably hot.

11. Give yourself some space. Unbearably hot summer days are not ideal for cuddling. Sleeping or laying alone keeps your partner’s body heat at bay.

12. Find your local watering holes. The heat of summer is one of the best times to start locating your town’s nearest swimming holes. Rivers, lakes and pools are some of the best (and most fun) solutions to sweaty Texas days.

13. Stay low in your house. Hot air rises, so you may notice your upstairs bedrooms becoming outrageously hot in summer. Opt for a summer of sleeping in the basement or living room instead.

14. Step back from the grill. Steer clear of turning on the stove, oven or grill. Hot summer days are ideal for enjoying cool sandwiches and salads instead.

15. Spend some time in your new Chevy. If you’re tired of dealing with the sub-par air conditioning in your everyday driver, stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet to feel the cool breeze of air conditioning in your brand-new Chevy.

Lone Star Camaro Car Club Set To Meet At Texas Motor Speedway!

I am sure you all know our Camaro guru Mr. Eric Hall (@TheSSEric) right? Well he has asked me to let you guys know about the upcoming Lone Star Camaro Club event set for September 11, 2010. So below is all the information! If you have any questions please let me know! We hope to see you out there!

Saturday, September 11, 2010
You’re the driver when Texas Motor Speedway opens the Speedway to the public for the first time this year. Experience the thrill of driving your car around the 1.5-mile super speedway all to benefit the Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

Polish up your special vehicle and come on out to “The Great American Speedway!®” on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 for Laps for Charity II. Take three laps on the 1.5 mile Super Speedway behind a pace vehicle for just a $30 donation and have your picture taken in Victory Lane for an additional $10. Once again our fan favorite VIP Laps Experience will be offered for $250. Laps will be conducted for Car Clubs (by reservation) ours is 5:30, but we need to be there by 4:00pm and for the General Public from 7-10 p.m. No reservation is needed for the General public time. We will be arriving at TMS around 3:30 in order to take a large group photo.

So, I am sure everyone out there understands and knows the significance of our Laps for Charity day. It is indeed on 9/11 and I really felt the need to honor and pay respect to an event that so heavily impacted our country. I know there are a lot of members out there that served or currently do serve in our armed forces or risk their lives daily as a firefighter or a police officer. 9/11 may have been horrific, but the way America handled it is a testament to these peoples’ courage, determination, and unwavering nerve. With that said, LSC had to be involved and as a non-profit organization, had to also give back.

On the recommendation of Eric Hall with Classic Chevrolet (thank you Eric!!), I contacted the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation with the intent of organizing a large scale photo-op. Well, after speaking with Dean Thompson (who is the CEO of the organization and the designer and sculptor of the beautiful bronze statue) I was left blown away by his level of commitment to the foundation and his excitement of having 50-80 Camaros arranged in front of his memorial. Therefore, LSC will be making a pit stop on its way to Texas Motor Speedway.

We will also be purchasing an engraved brick and making a donation to this great cause. Dean told me that his foundation is in the process of raising $3500 for lighting retrofits on the memorial and I would love nothing more than to come through for him. I know this is quite a bit of money, but I would love to see all of you step forward and help LSC meet that number. The brick that we are having engraved will be laid on the day we are out there, so it will be quite an awesome event to be a part of. We will have a donation jar at the next few meets and I have asked Dean to come out to our July event to talk about his foundation and the memorial.

For all that attend, you will receive a pin with the memorial logo as rememberace of this special day and you will be a part of a very large club photo. With as many people as we are anticipating making it out, the group picture should be a site to behold. I also want to mention that Dean is getting the Grapevine police and fire department out to the event to escort us over to the track from the site and he is organizing media coverage for us also.

The schedule will be as follows:

12:00-2:00 pm – We will meet at Classic Chevrolet on 9/11 to organize and yes (FREE FOOD)

2:00 pm – Head out to the memorial

2:15 to 3:30 pm – Organize the cars, take group photos, watch our brick get put in the ground, and celebrate the lives of our lost loved ones

3:30 pm – Head out to TMS for our track time at 5:30 pm (FIRST GROUP ON THE TRACK)

All in all, I think this is a very appropriate and much needed stop for our caravan to TMS. The photos will be fantastic and the memorial is a great way to honor this day. I emplore you all (sponsors and members alike) to help LSC meet our lofty donation goals and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

You can check out the memorial’s site here: http://www.911flightcrewmemorial.org/

Stay tuned for more on this as we get closer.

I know this is super long, so here are some cliffs:

-Laps for Charity is on 9/11
-LSC would like to pay tribute to this important day
-We will be making a pit stop at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial on our way to the track
-LSC will also be making a donation to this foundation, so break open those piggie banks!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing!

Behind The Scenes Of The Chevy Camaro Vol. 1!

Have you ever wondered how cars are made? More specifically have you ever wondered how the new Camaro was made? Well some new videos have popped up from the 2010 Chevy Camaro Oshawa Assembly Plant. Well thanks to Matt Rigney over at CamaroBlog.com we can now see these videos. 

It’s not everyday we get a look inside at the Oshawa assembly plant where they produce the Chevrolet Camaro but some new videos shed light on what actually goes on if you don’t know already know.  We have come across five videos of workers assembling the 2010 Camaro with all facets of production shown.  One of the videos deals with the installation of the underside components including the gas tank and everything connected to it.  Another video shows us fenders being added along with various types of weatherstripping.  These are not Oscar winning performances by GM workers but its definitely very interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes as Camaros are being built.  

This is volume one. Check out our first 2 of 5 videos below. Let me know what you think! When you are ready to test drive one of these fabulous Camaros head on over to your Fort Worth Chevy dealer and get behind the wheel of an outstanding machine!


Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Do You Have A Jet Ski? Take A Lesson From This Guy On What Not To Do!

This is probably the silliest thing I might have ever seen. I hope that you guys are smart enough to not ever think that this is ok or safe! You need and must have a reliable trailer to load your jet ski on! Thanks AutoBlog for sharing this hilarity!

We’ve all seen people doing really dumb things. You know, the kind of act of stupidity where you’d try to stop them from harming themselves or their possessions if it weren’t so riveting to watch. Hell, we’ve made some pretty heinous misjudgments in our time, but we’ve never attempted to load a jet ski into the back of a Ford Econoline while said van was partially underwater. That just doesn’t sound like a good idea.

While driving a jet ski into a cargo van doesn’t make any sense to us, we know of at least one YouTube all-star who thinks otherwise. Well, he probably thought otherwise until the van’s rear wheels began having trouble maintaining traction while submerged under water. Hit the jump to watch Darwin’s theory in motion. Luckily, it appears that nobody was hurt during this epic fail.

Now people we may not sell trailers but you can at least make sure you have a safe hitch at your Dallas Chevy dealer! Be safe out there and enjoy the video. 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Who’s The Better Driver The Teenager or The Senior?

I came across this story today from USAToday.com. Who is the better driver? The fast paced teenager or the slower paced senior? I was surprised at the answer. You’ve got to read this story. I was once a teenager and I thought I was a good driver then. I wonder how good of a driver I will be when I’m 65.

Picture this: You’re out on the road, driving in mixed traffic with your choice of drivers to follow. One is a gray-haired senior puttering along in the right lane and the other is a fresh-faced teenager moving briskly in the left lane.

Statistically speaking, which driver is safer to follow? Kirk Seaman of AOL Autos’ blog asks whether it’s older driver with the slower reflexes, poorer vision, and cautious driving style, or the younger driver with faster reactions, better eyesight, and driving with the flow of traffic?

Seaman’s answer: Stay in the right lane, behind the oldster, and let the teenager go on his way. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the safest drivers are in the age group between 64 and 69 years old. And studies of the data reveal that teenage drivers — especially male teenage drivers — are the most dangerous drivers on the road.

Here’s Seaman’s report on why:

“In every motorized country around the world, teenage drivers are disproportionately involved in crashes,” said Dr. Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Institute. “The seriousness of this problem has been recognized for decades. Only in the last few years have public policies such as graduated driving licenses been enacted to address the situation. And those laws seem to be working, but fatalities are still high.”

In 2008, 5,864 15- to 20-year-old drivers were involved in fatal crashes. That’s the bad news. The good news is that number is down by 27 percent since 1998. Driver fatalities for this age group also decreased by 20 percent in the same time period.

However, motor vehicle crashes still remain the major cause of death for teenagers. In 2008, 2,739 15- to 20-year-old drivers were killed and an additional 228,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Sixty percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.

Senior drivers, like teenage drivers, have higher crash rates per mile driven, especially when it comes to fatal crashes. But seniors don’t drive as many miles, so a better measurement of their susceptibility to accidents can be had by comparing crash rates on a per capita basis. Looking at the numbers in this way shows senior drivers have much lower crash rates. Despite their increased risk of crashing per mile driven, relatively few elderly drivers are involved in accidents because of their lower rates of exposure. In addition, the rate of fatalities per capita among seniors has decreased 40 percent since 1975 and is now at its lowest level during this period.

Let’s look at the numbers. In 2008, 15- to 20-year-old drivers made up 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, yet accounted for 12 percent of occupant deaths among all ages in passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans). Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Drivers from 65 to 69 years old made up 3.7 percent of the population, but accounted for just 3.2 percent of all fatal crashes.

Major risk factors contributing to teenage crashes are those you would expect, including:

  • Lack of experience. Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
  • Poor judgment. Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next).
  • Low seat belt usage. Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. In 2007, 61 percent of all 15- to 20-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts.

“Almost all states have adopted some form of graduated driver licensing,” said Dr. McCartt. “These laws are proving effective in reducing teenage crashes.”

Graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems are designed to delay full licensure while allowing teens to get their initial driving experience under low-risk conditions. Research suggests that the most comprehensive of these programs are associated with reductions of 38 percent and 40 percent in fatal and injury crashes, respectively, among 16-year-old drivers.

“When parents know their state’s GDL laws, they can help enforce the laws and, in effect, help keep their teen drivers safe,” said Dr. McCartt.

What do you guys think about this story? I found it very interesting and as a Fort Worth Chevy dealer I felt the need to share it with you. What are your thoughts?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Does Your City Love Hybrids The Most?

With fuel up and down and up and down every day Hybrids are becoming increasingly more popular. I came across an article by Auto Blog about the 210 cities that love Hybrids the most. Of course I was not shocked that San Francisco came in at #1 but I was very happy Dallas/Fort Worth came in at #90. Not bad at all. With GM and your Texas Chevy Dealer offering more Hybrids every year maybe it’s time for you to go test drive one and see what it’s all about.

Want to know more? Here’s how the Hybrid works:

Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.

Advanced technologies include:

Regenerative Braking. The electric motor applies resistance to the drivetrain causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed by the electric motor.

Electric Motor Drive/Assist. The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions where internal combustion engines are least efficient.

Automatic Start/Shutoff. Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. This prevents wasted energy from idling. – FuelEconomy.gov

If you want to see where your city landed on the list check out the article from AutoBlog.com

Do you drive a Hybrid? What do you like the most about it?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Buying A New or Used Car or Truck? Here Are Some Loan Application Tips.

So you’re buying a new or used car or truck? You need to fill out a car loan application? Well let me just tell you it is critical that you provide accurate, honest information no matter if you complete the form online, at a bank, or at a local Dallas Chevy dealership. If you don’t it could result in your application not being processed correctly and it may prevent you from getting a car or truck loan.

It is imperative that you give the correct information. Some people mess this up. Below are the most common mistakes made when filling out a car or truck loan application. Thanks to Car Loan Pal for the great information!

1) Social Security Number – If you do not put the correct social security number down  your application can’t be processed because your information will not be found.

2) Income Information –  You must report all of your income like salary, alimony, social security benefits, money earned from other jobs, etc. If you mistakenly under report this could cause your application to be deemed possibly less desirable by the potential lenders.

3) Email Addresses – Make sure that you put down a valid email address if you are filling out your application online. Failure to do so could result in your missing important information regarding your loan status.

4) Phone Numbers – It’s a common mistake to fill out the wrong phone number for home or work. If you don’t have a work or home phone make sure you give a cell phone number etc. It’s important that you give them a valid phone number so the loan company can get ahold of you.

5) Credit Score – Before applying for a car or truck loan you should know your credit score. You need to be prepared to discuss your situation with the dealership and/or potential lender. If you do not know your credit score you can get your free report once a year.

If you can think of anything that was missed send it on over to me. I’ll add it to the list or for more information see Car Loan Pal.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Exactly Is Car Insurance?

Ok this probably seems like a really odd question to most of you. Sure most of you know what car insurance is, but for the younger drivers they may have no clue how important it is. They may have no clue what it means to have insurance on your new or used car or truck. Auto Insurance is insurance that protects the insured (aka the driver) against losses involving the use of automobiles. For instance if the insured rear ends  someone then the insurance company would take care of the insured’s car and the car in which the insured hit. There are several different combinations of coverage that can be bought. These different combinations and coverage’s include but are not limited to liability coverages of bodily injury, property damage, and medical payments, and the physical damage coverages of collision and comprehensive. To get full descriptions of what these mean and entail you can visit any auto insurance companies website.

You should always do your research and find out exactly which insurance company fits you and your needs the best before making a decision. This will also aid you in saving money. I would check no less than 3 different insurance companies and compare and contrast. Trust me, doing this could save you thousands in the long run. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email. I am happy to help. I know there are a lot of young adults out there on there own who may not have the help of mom and dad, but I’ll answer any questions I can.

In the mean time…. Drive Safely.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Are You One Of The Top 10 Most Dangerous Drivers?

Are you a multi-tasker? Are you constantly on the phone working a deal or dealing with clients? Do you work on a tight schedule? Insurance.com did a study and found that the people that are most easily distracted on the road are those who are multi-taskers whether it be judges or attorneys. If you need to be in constant communication i.e. texts, emails and phone calls then you are a menace to the roads…. Ha ha.

Insurance.com tallied their results based on accident claims as a percentage of insurance quotes. When they asked Insurance.com for a car insurance comparison quote, 44 percent of lawyers and judges claimed a previous accident. Want to know who the least dangerous drivers are? Athletes (17 percent) and homemakers (24 percent). The homemakers one is pretty impressive to me because as a parent I know how distracting your kids can be in the car. So kudos to all the mom and dads taking it easy on the road.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Drivers by Profession

1. Attorneys and judges
2. Financial professionals
3. Government employees
4. Bartenders and waiters
5. Business professionals
6. Dog groomers
7. Advertising and marketing professionals
8. Barbers and stylists
9. Coaches
10. Nurses

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.