First Sinkhole Corvette Restored, Returns to Corvette Museum

It’s not every day that a car encounters a sinkhole and survives to tell the tale—unless it’s a Chevrolet Corvette. This past February, a sinkhole developed beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, engulfing eight Corvettes on display before stopping its expansion. Now, Chevrolet is proud to announce that the first sinkhole victim has been restored to its former glory and is on its way back to the museum for display once again.

National Corvette Museum

“After that unprecedented event, the ZR1 was the first car to be lifted out of the sinkhole,” said Jim Campbell, US vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “It was great to recover it, bring it back to Chevrolet, and begin the restoration of this significant Corvette.”

National Corvette Museum Sinkhole

The first sinkhole Corvette restored is a 2009 ZR1, nicknamed the “Blue Devil,” and was also the first car pulled out of the sinkhole. Despite falling nearly 30 feet, the Corvette wasn’t fazed and drove out of the museum on its own power. The damage to the car took six weeks to repair and included cracked carbon-fiber ground effects, bent rear control arms on the driver’s side, and cracked oil lines leading to the supercharged LS9 engine.

Two more Corvettes will be restored next year, while five others will remain in their as-recovered state. If you are looking for your own Chevy sports car, make sure you stop in to Stalker Chevrolet today!

Panther Pride: Creston/O-M Football Meets Heelan in the Dome

Last Friday the 2014 Panther Football team placed themselves at the top of the record books. In a back and forth battle against Dallas Center-Grimes, a team they had beaten them earlier this season, Creston opted to go for the game winning 2-point conversion in overtime.  It doesn’t get more exciting than that!

Even the game-winning play was full of excitement as running back, Chase Shiltz, had to take flight to break the end zone plane. And after that, as you can imagine, pure enjoyment ensued.

“I didn’t know what to do”, said quarterback Alex Nielsen. “I just started running around like a maniac.”

And why shouldn’t he? For the first time in school history, Creston is headed to the UNI-Dome for a shot at the state title!

50 yard line - football field

The next test for the Creston/O-M football team will be defending Class 3A state champs Sioux City Bishop Heelan. Heelan has won 11 straight coming in to this contest and is known for its stingy defense. It should be a great match-up for Creston’s record setting offense.

At Stalker Chevrolet, we’re thrilled for the matchup and can’t wait to watch what will certainly be an exciting game.

The action will go take place tomorrow at 5:30 at the UNI-dome. Tickets are on sale now for $10 at the high school office. If you want to ride down with the pep bus the cost is $15 – includes the cost of the ticket.

If you do go to the game make sure to be loud and cheer on our team to victory! Go Panthers!

Celebrate with 10 Years with Stalker Chevrolet

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of Stalker Chevrolet! That’s right way back in 2004; before the iPhone, Justin Bieber’s stardom, and the incredibly reliable Chevy Cruze, we were here. And because of your support we’ve continued to thrive.

To thank you for all your support we’ve reduced our already low prices on many great new and used vehicles. But that’s not all; we’re also giving away gifts. That’s right. You buy a new or used vehicle at Stalker Chevrolet, now through the end of the year, and take home one of these amazing gifts:10 Year Anniversary at Stalker Chevrolet

  • 40” Flat Screen TV
  • Dewalt 4-Piece Power Tool Set
  • iPad Mini
  • Free Line-X
  • $400 Accessory Credit

But wait, there’s more! Stalker Chevrolet will also be showcasing a feature vehicle of the week to continue giving back during our 10 year anniversary.  Check out our Facebook page each week to see the latest feature vehicle.

It’s incredible celebrating our 10 year anniversary and with your continued support we hope to keep that run going for another 10 years!

Halloween Safety Tips

“Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’all’s neighborhood. And whosoever shall be found, without the soul for getting down. Must stand and face the hounds of hell, and rot inside a corpse’s shell.”

That famous quote was read by none other than Vincent Price in the 1983 smash hit, Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Happy Halloween
In order to ensure you have a truly Happy Halloween, we’ve provided some Halloween safety tips.

The Halloween hour is close at hand and we’re here with a few driving safety tips for this Friday.

  • Take it slow through neighborhoods. Kids may be more prone to run through the streets in search of the next candy house and fail to look both ways before crossing.
  • Eliminate distractions and focus on the road.
  • Give a little bit of extra time at intersections to look for children.

Trick or Treat in Creston is from 5PM to 7PM, meaning trick or treaters will be out from around 4:30 to 7:30. Take extra precaution driving during these times.

Get more Halloween safety tips from safekids.org. And remember Stalker Chevrolet is hosting Trunk or Treat this year. Make sure you come see us!

To help get you in the Halloween mood here’s our Halloween playlist featuring 16 classic songs and videos. Enjoy!

Ghost and Goblins Join Us for Trunk or Treat

Stalker Chevy Trunk or Treat

This Halloween join the Stalker Chevrolet team for Trunk or Treat! From 5PM to 7PM on Friday, October 31st our team will be on the lot passing out candy and maybe a few scares (probably more smiles).

Trunk or Treat has been growing in the community and across the state, and we can’t think of a better way to get involved in our community during this fun holiday.

If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, stop by and see a few of our cars and possibly a service tech or two in costume. The event should be a fun time for kids and adults.

While the costumes are great, we know that a lot of kids (and adults) are just in it for the candy. So we want to know, what’s your favorite candy? Tell us on our Facebook page or tweet @StalkerChevy and we’ll try to make sure we have some on hand for your visit!

Chevrolet Colorado Headed to a Dealer Near You

That’s right folks. The re-birth of the Colorado is officially underway. A few dealerships across the country took ownership of their new Chevrolet Colorado’s last week during a drive away event at General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly plant.

Chevrolet Colorado Z71

With an MSRP starting from $20,120*, the all-new 2015 Colorado comes equipped with more available features than many of its competitors at a more affordable price. Features like 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, Chevrolet MyLink† 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen, and 305 horsepower make the Colorado an amazing option for anyone looking for a light truck.

Interior of 2015 Chevy Colorado

After a three-year hiatus Chevrolet made sure that the Colorado came back with a vengeance to take over the light truck segment. And with its many available features combined with powerful and fuel efficient 3.6L V6 the Chevrolet Colorado does just that.

In the coming months, Stalker Chevy will be the proud home of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and we sincerely hope you come by the dealership and check out Chevy’s latest light truck.

* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

Doggy on Board: Traveling with Pets

Are you one of the millions of Americans that travels with their pets? Whether you’re picking up the kids, headed to a park, or traveling cross-country does your dog or cat have a spot in the car.

Last year AAA did a study with a major hotel chain. The study showed that more than half of the dog and cat owners in the U.S. say they take their pets with them when they travel.

If you’re one of these pet owners you should know some safety tips for traveling with pets, but do you follow them?

Here are some tips for traveling with dogs:

Restrain your dog(s). In several states this is a law (not Iowa), but even where it is not it’s still a good idea for your safety and the safety of your animal. Pet carriers, retrains, and cargo barriers are good ways to keep your dog restrained.

Traveling with pets
A well-placed cargo barrier will keep you and your pups safe.

Don’t ever let your pet sit in the front seat. Air bag deployment could lead to serious injuries or death.

Never leave your pet alone in the car. High and low temperatures can lead to heatstroke or hyperthermia, just like it could with a young child. Additionally, unattended pets can be stolen.

If your dog has anxiety issues and likes to bark or chew, make sure you bring some toys along to help keep them calm. Vehicles like the Chevy Equinox have several cargo hold to keep such things present.

Keep your snacks to yourself. Snacking on the road is fine, but if you want your dog to have that option, bring pet friendly snacks. Many human snacks contain potentially dangerous ingredients for dogs. While not all are fatal it could make your trip one to the vet, instead of that cozy cabin for the weekend.

Traveling with cats:

Use a pet carrier or cargo barrier. Just like dogs, cats pose a high risk of injury to you and themselves when left un-restrained.

Familiarize your car with your cat. Allow your cat to move around a bit in the vehicle before you pack them up and hit the road. Let them rub their check on things and spread a bit of their scent to become more comfortable.

On warm trips consider bringing a bowl of frozen water to let your cat lick to stay cool. This is a lot less messy than water.

We hope these tips help you the next time you back up Rover and Fifi for a family trip. And if you have any question on which vehicles are best for pets stop by and ask anyone at our dealership. They’ll be sure to steer you toward something that fits your needs.

Test Drive at Stalker Chevrolet and Donate to Breast Cancer

If you haven’t heard, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. At Stalker we’re participating by having Chevrolet donate $10 for every test drive this month.

You may recall last year Chevrolet did a test drive pledge where they donated $10 for each test drive during the first weekend of October. This year they’ve extended that pledge to include the whole month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’re also asking people to show their support for friends and family by taking pictures at our dealership or on their own with the hastag, #IDriveFor.

For those who wish to donate more please visit, https://donate.cancer.org/index?campaign=chevroletmsabc.

Our involvement in Breast Cancer Awareness month isn’t just to raise money, but we also want to educate people about breast cancer.

Did you know?

  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, skin cancer is the first.
  • Second leading cause of cancer death in women is breast cancer.
  • 1 in 8 women are at risk of having invasive breast cancer at some point in their life.
  • Chances of dying from breast cancer continue to drop; right now chances are about 1 in 36 of dying from breast cancer. Several attribute the decreasing rate of death to finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a major factor in each of these.

Do you have a story to share breast cancer story you’d like to share? Please comment here or on our Facebook page.

Another Award For Chevrolet: Camaro Z/28, Best Driver’s Car

If you’ve kept up with our blog the past few years, you’d have read all about Chevrolet’s numerous awards. And today we’re talking to you about another one. This year the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.

If you’ve got an hour or so to spare check out the video below, if not continue to read our blog.  🙂

The Chevy Camaro Z/28 was put up against an impressive set of vehicles:

  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • BMW i8
  • BMW M4
  • Ford Fiesta ST
  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Subaru WRX STI
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI

To be a contender in the Best Driver’s Car competition Motor Trend required that all vehicles be all-new or significantly revised performance cars launched in the 12 months prior to testing.

These cars were put through a battery of test including laps at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a high-speed hill driving course.

Motor Trend’s editors had this to say about the Camaro Z/28 after the test:

“The transformation of the fifth-generation Camaro from ‘muscle car that handles pretty well’ to Best Driver’s Car winner is astounding. You feel the superior engineering in how the car responds to inputs both internal and external. From within, the car reacts immediately and precisely to your commands but doesn’t punish your mistakes. From the outside, the Z/28’s suspension attacks bumps and dips with an unbridled passion for keeping the tires on the pavement.”

Chevrolet built the Camaro Z|28 with tradition in mind. Going back to the days of race and track cars with high downforce, greater grip, and faster lap times. But it wasn’t all about speed for GM and Chevrolet, handling and breaking were also key components in the Camaro Z|28’s makeup.

Chevy Camaro Z/28
2014 Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car – Chevy Camaro Z/28

Equipped with racing-bread dampers, tires and large Brembo carbon ceramic brakes Chevrolet was able to get the most out of the Camaro Z/28 lap after lap.

According to Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, “The mission for the new Z/28 was to create the most capable, best-handling Camaro in our history.” Reuss continued, ““As such, I can’t think of a better validation of that mission than for the Z/28 to be named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.”

That’s a fair assessment since the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was the first American-brand car to win the 7 year old award. Past winners have been the Porsche 911 (GT3, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S), Porsche Cayman, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Audi R8.

Innovative Backseat Keeps Children Safer

As child safety seats and booster seats become larger for safety purposes, vehicle seats must adjust to accommodate this trend.

According to Chevrolet, “Many child restraint manufacturers require at least 80 percent of the child restraint be supported by the vehicle seat.”

With that in mind Chevrolet has worked to address that need in 2015 vehicles. The all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado Extended Cab combines a removable headrest with a passenger side seat cushion to adhere to child safety seat regulations.

The GM Foundation working with Safe Kids Worldwide during National Child Passenger Safety Week produced a study stating that 9 of 10 parents move their child out of booster seats to just safety belts too quickly. Children are recommended to be at least 57 inches tall and 80 pounds before switching to safety belts.

Child Safety Seat
GM continues to look for ways to make its vehicles better equipped for child safety and booster seats.

GM has also taken steps to improve the comfort of safety belts for smaller adults and children. At Stalker Chevrolet we are equipped to fit the shoulder belt with a comfort guide for backseat passengers. The plastic guide attaches to the rear or side trim to help keep the shoulder strap comfortably in place on the passenger.

It’s important that safety restraints are comfortable to encourage passengers to wear them correctly and not be tempted to put them behind their backs or under their arms.