Tailgating Tips and Tricks

While we might associate tailgating with football games and warm fall weather, it just so happens that July is officially “Tailgating Month.” Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we think July is the perfect time to get all the details of your tailgating experience worked out – a practice run, if you will – before college football kicks off in just a couple of short months.

Here are our tailgating tips for a fun-filled day eating, drinking, and playing games from the back of your trusty vehicle.

Find the right vehicle. When you have a great tailgating pickup, SUV, or crossover, the rest falls into place. A good sound system, easy-access to the cargo space, and enough room for coolers, games, a grill, and folding tables and chairs are a must. May we be so bold as to make a few recommendations? The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500, Colorado, or Tahoe promise to provide an exceptionally good tailgating experience.

2015 Chevy Tahoe Cargo Room
Just think of all the things you could load up in this 2015 Tahoe!

Bring extra food and drinks. Nothing ends a perfectly good tailgating party like running out of food or drinks. Create a menu ahead of time, and prepare what you can in advance. Make sure to pack your drinks and perishable food items well in a cooler (we recommend separate ones), and leave extras in the blissfully cold cooler until you need them. The drinks too. Nobody, and we mean nobody, wants a warm beer.

Don’t forget games. Good company and delicious food can only take you so far. Bring along a game of corn hole or other outdoor distraction, and enjoy!

Make a playlist. Doors and windows will be open, and music should be playing. Make sure your vehicle’s sound system is up for the challenge, and consider bringing along a Bluetooth speaker if it’s not. Mix it up, and keep the beats energetic and fast-paced.

Prepare for cleanup. No one wants to talk about the party being over, but being prepared will make clean-up much less painful. Bring a box of heavy duty trash bags (which can also function as impromptu rain gear), anti-bacterial wipes, and foil and Ziploc bags for leftovers.

For more helpful tips from the experts, visit barbecuebible.com.

Cars and Sports: Sports Cars

NHL PlayoffsEvery four years the month of June becomes a paradise for sports fans. Baseball season is in full swing. The NBA and NHL’s top teams are battling in the finals. And the world’s most popular sport, soccer, has a grand tournament. This got us think about sports and cars, but more specifically sports cars.

 

NBA FinalsWhat is it about sports and sports cars that piques our interest so much? Is it the thrill of competition inherent to both? Maybe it’s how both require a distinct combination of athleticism, skill, determination, and skill to perform at the highest level? Or it could be that both are just exciting to watch and do (or drive).
The feeling of shifting the clutch and hitting the gas provides an adrenaline rush and euphoria is typically reserved for an athlete making a clutch play.

It’s not surprising that early sports cars were used for rally races,World Cup Brazil like the Monte Carlo. And much like sports the evolution of the sports car has been awe-inspiring, but not devoid of criticism. The brilliantly designed 2014 Corvette Stingray took tons of heat for the “Camaro-esque” taillights. But unlike the problems people are having with the MLB’s replay system, talk of the square Stingray taillights has greatly died down (Mainly because it’s a beast of a sports car).

 

While we certainly salute (and often agree with) those who would rather drive a truck, sedan, or SUV, we thought now was a good time to salute the sports car. The sports car: a stylish, power-packed, corner bending, tire burning, adrenaline rising vehicle.

 

 

Chevy Sports Car
2014 Corvette Stingray