Hot Air Balloons Abound at Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Daydreaming about something new to try out this fall? Forest Park is hosting just the thing this month. Join a group of hobbyists whose heads are in the clouds (literally) at the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. This St. Louis tradition started in 1973 and has continued strong, becoming the oldest, best attended hot air balloon race in the country.

This free event kicks off September 16th with the annual Balloon Glow. Spectators can take a stroll through Central Field and take in the magical sights of unique, colorful balloons lit by their burners against the darkening sky.

Saturday, September 17th families can enjoy live entertainment, children’s games and food. Aspiring photographers in the St. Louis area can join the photography contest and submit their photos from the balloon field for a chance to win prizes. Skydivers will perform as the opening act to the main event.

Then, grab a seat to watch the breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view as the balloons take off for the races, dotting the evening sky with their colored silhouettes. There’s nothing quite like seeing these beautiful balloons against the St. Louis skyline. Don’t miss this St. Louis tradition—mark your calendars now for the 44th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race!

We would love to hear about your favorite part of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race here at Don Brown Chevrolet! Tell us about your time at the festival below in the comments!

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Great Day Trips from St. Louis You Can Make on One Tank of Gas

day trips from St. Louis

Missouri is a goldmine of beautiful natural landmarks, sights to see, and historic towns to visit, so if you’re looking for fun day trips from St. Louis that you can do on a single tank of gas and be home by dinner, we’ve got you covered.

If you love the outdoors, visit Arcadia Valley, a historic spot at the convergence of three Missouri cities that also has some cool Civil War historical sites to stop at. Then there is Carlyle Lake, a nice place an hour outside St. Louis where you can take your boat out and spend the day sailing or fishing. Spelunkers should visit the Meramec Caves!

History and literature fans should take a trip to Hannibal, Missouri, the birthplace of Mark Twain and the setting of both Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Hannibal also has multiple haunted tours if you’re looking for something less literary. Cape Girardeau is another great city to visit, a richly historical city on the Mississippi River.

For the wine and beer lovers (make sure you pick a designated driver!) there are wineries and breweries throughout Missouri that offer tours and tasting. Visit the winery and microbrewery in Charleville, or check out the vineyard in Chaumette!

These are just a few of the things you can do on a day trip from St. Louis. Check out the many more exciting spots to visit here!

If you are looking for the perfect vehicle to take you on one of these day trips, we have a great selection to choose from at Don Brown Chevrolet!

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Chevy Low Cab Forward Trucks Shipping out to Dealers

Chevy low cab forward trucks

After being out of the market for a while, Chevy announced last year that it would again start developing low cab forward trucks in order to diversify their commercial lineup and create more options for commercial customers.

Last week, shipment of the new Chevy low cab forward trucks to dealerships across the country began, and sales will start when dealerships receive them. The Chevy low cab forward is available with a V8 gasoline or two turbo diesel engine options, the gasoline priced at $40,900 and the diesel priced starting at $48,375, including a $1,125 destination charge.

The Chevy low cab forward truck offers a tight turn radius, a maneuverable Cab Over design for increased visibility, and the ability to be serviced at any of the nationwide network of commercial Chevy dealerships. Chevy says the low cab forward trucks are their answer to the necessity of high payload and exceptional handling, which is necessary when transporting goods in crowded urban environments.

The low cab forward is also said to be versatile and can be adapted to the needs of the driver, as well as having a comfortable cabin. Its max towing capacity is 19,500 pounds, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models, which include the 3500, 4500, and 5500, plus their respective HD models.

To learn more about Chevy’s Commercial Lineup, stop by Don Brown Chevrolet today!

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Eric Hosmer Gives His All-Star MVP Chevy Silverado to His Dad

All-Star MVP Chevy Silverado

Eric Hosmer, who was named the MVP of the MLB All-Star game, has decided to give his truck to his father instead of keeping it for himself. The two discussed which vehicle would be best for Hosmer’s father, and Hosmer’s All-Star MVP Chevy Silverado Midnight Edition won over the 50th Anniversary Edition SS Camaro.

Hosmer was given the MVP award after outstanding performance in the All-Star game, where he was responsible for several runs, including a home run, two runs batted in, and a run scored. Hosmer is the first Kansas City Royals player to earn the MVP Award since 1989, when Bo Jackson took the title.

Hosmer accepted his Silverado Midnight on Tuesday night at the awards ceremony at Petco Park in San Diego. He also signed the hood of a 50th Anniversary Camaro to be auctioned off soon on MLB.com. Proceeds will go to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

Chevrolet has a strong relationship with Major League Baseball and the sport in general. Chevy has been the official vehicle of MLB for 16 years and spearheaded Chevrolet Youth Baseball, which has raised $28 million for hometown baseball teams and donated 90,000 equipment kits, renovated 11,000 parks, and given free lessons to 111,000 children.

If you are looking for a Chevy Silverado Midnight Edition of your own, stop by Don Brown Chevy and we can help you out!

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Chevy Silverado High Desert Package to Arrive this Fall

Chevy Silverado High Desert package

The Chevy Silverado High Desert package, which will be available in 2017 Silverado’s when they’re released this fall, will bring both extra refinement and added utility to the popular pickup.

The High Desert package will include more refined styling, a lockable cargo system, and available Magnetic Ride Control suspension in the High Country. The package will also be available in LT and LTZ models, and pulls some features from the Suburban, Chevy’s full-size SUV, to provide added luxury and family-focused convenience as well as the rugged utility Silverado fans look for.

The lockable cargo area is installed over the bed, where storage bins and a three-piece cover are added. The cargo area locks with a key fob. The Magnetic Ride Control allows for more precise vehicle control thanks to sensors that read the road and convey messages about it to the shock absorbers every few milliseconds, much faster than the average suspension.

The LTZ and High Country trims can also come with 22-inch all-terrain wheels, while the LT is only offered with all-season tires. These trims will come with a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a Hydra-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission, with the engine putting out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Stop in to Don Brown Chevrolet to see this and other Silverado Special Editions available for sale!

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Onstar Proactive Alerts–Better Than A Crystal Ball

OnStar Proactive Alerts

Word on the street is that Chevrolet first considered installing a crystal ball on the dash, but there were reliability and visibility issues, so they settled on the Onstar Proactive Alerts technology instead.

How can Chevy know a problem is going to happen before it happens? Magic! Just kidding, of course.  It’s just really, really good engineering, something for which Chevrolet is very well-known.

Chevrolet vehicles are full of all kinds of sensors. Though the starter motor, fuel pump or 12-volt battery may not yet be performing below standard, these sensors can detect subtle changes, which are then analyzed for anomalies. This helps keep your vehicle in better shape by detect problems before they actually occur, and can potentially harm your vehicle.

So, when anomalies are detected, the system creates an alert. For those who opt in for the service, which right now includes owners of the 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox, Onstar Proactive Alerts will pass along information about the component and suggest inspection.

Steve Holland, tech expert at Chevrolet, explains how the new technology is all about “peace of mind.” Chevy knows that having confidence in your vehicle is the key to happy ownership.

If you are looking for a new Chevy vehicle with OnStar Proactive Alerts, stop by Don Brown Chevrolet today and we can hook you up!

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The Best Road Trip Movies Ever Made

best road trip movies

Planning on hitting the road this summer? Get yourself in the mood by checking out our short list of best road trip movies.

Thelma & Louise (1991) – Most of us are probably familiar with the ultimate demise of the two main characters in Thelma & Louise. Knowing how they come to meet their reward takes nothing away from seeing their journey. It’s one of awakening, and essential to any great road trip!

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) – The incredible narrative aside, Y Tu Mama Tambien gets at the heart of one of the most important features of any successful road trip: stunning scenery. Here, two friends and a mutual love interest slowly make their way through the gorgeous Mexican countryside.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) – This may be more appropriate in a list of things not to do on a road trip. But in the end, Planes, Trains and Automobiles reminds us of one very important thing: road trips are all about making unexpected connections. The connection that the two main characters make by the end of this film is nothing but heart-wrenching.

Rain Man (1988) – Sometimes, the most interesting thing about a road trip is getting to know your company. In Rain Man, an entitled yuppie-type is forced to get to know an autistic brother whom he previously didn’t even know existed. The yuppie’s motives are initially suspicious but they are transformed by the movie’s end.

So get your ride tuned up, make your playlists, and watch these movies. Consider them training for your upcoming trip!

And if you’re looking for the best vehicle for your road trip, stop in to see the new 2016 Chevy Cruze or Malibu today!

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OnStar Proactive Alerts Help Drivers Avoid Potential Repairs

OnStar Proactive Alerts

Chevrolet has launched an industry-first predictive maintenance system called OnStar Proactive Alerts, which warns customers about potential vehicle maintenance needs before any real issues occur. OnStar subscribers who own a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, and Equinox can opt-in the service at Don Brown Chevrolet.  This technology is providing even more convenience and peace of mind with your Chevy vehicle.

OnStar Proactive Alerts continually checks the health of the vehicle’s starter motor, 12-volt battery, and fuel pump. If it detects anomalies, it notifies drivers to take their vehicle in for service, helping them avoid unexpected repairs.

The system is sophisticated enough to “analyze and refine billions of pieces of data” gathered across the fleet of vehicles. It can even tell the difference between a 12-volt battery that is simply in a low state of charge (which can be resolved by going on a short drive) and one that is suffering from electrical resistance (which could indicate it needs replacement).

“With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind by taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” said Steve Holland, GM chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management.

To find out more about how this new OnStar Proactive Alert system works, stop by and see one of our new 2016 models today that feature this new technology!

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New Website for Chevy Small Cars Features Funny Or Die Skits

Chevy small cars

Chevrolet has launched ChevySmallCars.com, a new lifestyle-oriented website that focuses on the automaker’s small cars, including the Spark, Sonic, and Trax.  This website is interactive and entertaining to watch, and of course, features Chevy’s smaller cars.

These are the cars that attract our youngest buyers at Don Brown Chevrolet. Chevy is aware of this and as a result, the new website will host content that should appeal to that demographic, such as the “Small Talk” episodes, which feature each of the small cars and are produced by Funny Or Die and hosted by comedian Al Madrigal. The videos will even be hosted on Funny Or Die’s website.

Other content includes “Sonic Sessions,” where up-and-coming artists perform songs in a Sonic, and “Find Your Smallmate,” which matches visitors with a car based on the results of a short personality quiz. This segment features different hilarious scenarios to help pick out the perfect vehicle for you!

There are lots of other features to be found on the new website, so make sure to check it out. Odds are, you’ll be rushing to Don Brown Chevrolet the next day for a new Chevy small car!  For more details about these vehicles, take a look at our models today!

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Easy, Post-Winter Car Care Tips and Tricks to Start Off Spring

Spring Cleaning

Now that the final snows have melted and spring is upon us, it’s time to inspect your car and evaluate what damage has been done by the intense winter season. To get started, check out these tips for post-winter car care to best care for your vehicle:

  • Inspect your windshield wipers for rust and tears in the squeegee, and make sure you have enough wiper fluid left.
  • Either switch back from snow tires to all-season tires, or make sure that your current tires are in good shape.
  • Double check that your air conditioning is working, before it gets so hot that you turn it on for the first time this year.
  • Re-stock your first-aid kit, and if you don’t have a first-aid kit in your car, now is the time to set one up.
  • Lastly, practice “spring cleaning” early this year by cleaning both the inside and the outside of your car.

Follow these post-winter car care tips, and not only will it make your spring driving ventures better, but it will help to keep your vehicle in better shape! For more car maintenance tips or to start out the spring season with a brand new car, visit us anytime at Don Brown Chevrolet.

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