Summer’s slipping away, temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing color, and school is back in full swing. While it’s nice to start enjoying chilly evenings inside with a cup of hot cocoa and maybe a few scary movies, there are still plenty of fun fall family activities to do so nobody gets bored as the weather cools down.
Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard: Lots of local farms will allow visitors to pick their own apples or pumpkins when they’re ripe come autumn. It’s an easy and cheap way to get a pumpkin for carving or apples for homemade pies.
Arts and crafts with leaves: Kids love to play with the colorful fall leaves. It’s fun to do creative projects with them!
Go on a hayride: Similar to the pumpkin- and apple-picking option, many farms will often take families on fun hayrides around their farm during harvest season.
Make caramel apples: You could follow up your trip to the orchard by making these sweet treats! Bonus points if you go on a picnic, too.
Brainstorm other fall family activities to do outside with your family. There’s plenty you could do now that was uncomfortable when the weather was just too hot, like camping or going to the local zoo.
There’s nothing quite like buying a brand new car. But, choosing a special edition model can make that experience even better. Chevrolet’s lineup of special edition models has always been popular. Because of that, three new special edition Chevrolet SUVs are available for the 2017 model year.
The new models will include the Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions along with a Traverse Graphite Edition.
With the 2017 Equinox Midnight Edition, buyers will get a black grille and Chevrolet bowtie, black 18-inch aluminum wheels, jet-black perforated leather-appointed seats, memory settings for the driver’s seat, black mirror caps, and roof rack crossbars. The exterior paint will come in Mosaic Black Metallic.
The 2017 Equinox Sport Edition will have all the same features as the Midnight Edition, except it will come in Summit White.
For buyers who choose the 2017 Traverse Graphite Edition, they will get 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels, dual exhaust, black Chevrolet bowties, an integrated assist step, and will also get to choose from Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat exterior colors.
Which special edition Chevrolet SUV would you like to drive home? All three models are available now. If you’re interested in one of these special editions, give us a call at Gjovik Auto today.
Every year, golfers around the world celebrate the month of August. Why? Because it is recognized as National Golfing Month. If you’re looking for an excuse to hit the greens this month, here are some of the best golf courses near Sandwich and the surrounding area.
Edgebrook Country Club. This beautiful course offers 18 holes of bent grass greens along with two practice putting greens, one chipping green, one practice bunker, and a fully-lighted driving range with six target greens. Edgebrook is located right here in Sandwich.
Cedardell Golf Club. Just to the east of Sandwich in Plano is Cedardell Golf Club. This is a public course with nine regulation holes. It provides a fun experience for beginners while also being challenging for advanced players.
Deer Valley Golf Course. Head north to Big Rock to find the serene Deer Valley Golf Course. It offers golfers a challenging 18-hole course, a nine-hole executive course, and a fully-stocked pro shop.
Rich Harvest Farms. In Sugar Grove, you’ll find this beautiful masterpiece of a golf course. It celebrates the natural geography of the land with mature trees, wetlands, and prairie grasses.
Where you planning to celebrate National Golfing Month?
In lab tests, Silverado’s roll-formed, high-strength steel bed was put through every assessment possible to prove its superior quality. Three comparisons took place that stacked up the Silverado against the Ford F-150. It analyzed the bed of both, each without bedliners. These tests were design to measure how easily each bed could be punctured.
One test in particular used a total of 55 landscaping blocks weighing 825 pounds, which were dropped in the beds of each truck from 5 feet above. In that example, while the Silverado only suffered scratches and dents–which didn’t ruin the functionality of the bed–the F-150 suffered multiple punctures from the drop.
You can check out the tests in this video. With this campaign, Chevy is hoping to show just how reliable and strong the Silverado is.
“We engineer and build our trucks with customers’ expectations in mind. For example, Silverado features a roll-formed, high-strength steel bed because truck customers demand the ability to haul their toys, tools, and other cargo,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director.
Check out the Chevy Silverado today at Gjovik Auto!
Fourth of July is a time to express your patriotic side, revel in the day off of work, and enjoy your family. But you can celebrate with your town, too!
Celebrate Freedom Days and Parade in Sandwich, Illinois. The weekend before the Fourth of July, you can celebrate on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd.
At Sandwich Fairgrounds and Knights Park, you can celebrate the 4th of July all weekend long. The Sandwich Park District will be hosting the parade on Saturday at 10am.
Want to do something that requires a little more sweat? You can participate in the Freedom Run 5k or 1-Mile Run on Sunday at 8am. Sign up early or at the race. The starting line is at Knights Park.
At the end of the weekend, you can enjoy a fantastic fireworks display at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6:00pm and the blasts will start going off at 9:20. While it’s free, a donation of $5 per car is suggested.
There are tons of other activities over the weekend, like kiddie and firefighter water fights on Saturday and a great lunch of chicken and pork chops at the fire station.
The countdown is on until the annual Sandwich Fair! Mark your calendars for September 7th through the 11th and get ready for some quaint, old-fashioned fun!
The Sandwich Fair was established in 1888 making it Illinois’ oldest running county fair. This is a great place where old traditions and friends and family come together for a fun filled week. There are many fantastic events and things to do such as motor events, delicious foods, livestock judging, and a carnival midway.
Even if you are a long-time attendee of the fair, each year has new events and exciting opportunities that you will want to check out. If you have never attended, you will definitely want to add this event to your calendar! There is something for everyone at the Sandwich Fair!
For a complete list of entertainment and activities, be sure to check out the Sandwich Fair website. On the website you will also find directions and admission prices. We at Gjovik Auto hope to see you at the Sandwich Fair this September!
The first official look at the revised 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickup has been revealed and we at Gjovik Auto love what we see! Although this new truck hasn’t been formally introduced yet, Chevy is showing off the front-end design which is highlighted by a functional hood scoop.
This redesigned front-end is an advancement of functionality and style. The new Chevy functional hood scoop is part of a new air intake system. This new system helps to keep the engine temperatures lower, and will be a key technology on the 2500 and 3500 models. This is important as these models typically perform heavy duty applications, such as hauling.
The fenders will pull 40% of cool air into the Duramax engine, but then the hood scoop will pull the other 60%. The two input areas will combine as they funnel air into the engine’s combustion chambers. When the truck travels at higher speeds, even more air goes into the engine thanks to a ram-air effect.
Even more impressively, the new system comes with an air/water separator. This ensures that wet air does not enter the engine. We are excited to hear more information about the redesigned Chevy truck as it is released in the future. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details are released.
The numbers are in and they are looking good for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, which has earned an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway rating, putting it ahead of the competition.
The EPA tested all configurations of the Chevy Cruze, including the L, LS, LT, and Premiere trims, as well as models with a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Thanks to the direct-injected 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder, every model with the automatic transmission other than the Premiere was rated at 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined. The manual was rated at 30 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined.
That’s better than any of the competition was able to achieve with a four-cylinder engine, including the Ford Focus (40 mpg highway), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg highway), and Volkswagen Jetta (40 mpg highway).
Part of the reason the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is the most fuel-efficient car in its class is its leaner architecture, which has helped it lose nearly 250 pounds of weight. In addition, its stop/start technology has bolstered its city fuel economy by about 7%. You won’t want to miss it at Gjovik Auto!
Just about anyone in or previously in the military can benefit, including active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, and retirees and their spouses of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Just counting the veterans, that’s an estimated 21 million people who can benefit from the program.
The discounts will apply to most of the vehicles in our lineup at Gjovik Auto, excluding only Cadillac models and the Corvette Z06 as well as the base-level trims for certain models. Discounts will vary per model, from $1,500 off the price of a 2015 Camaro SS to $3,000 off the Silverado All Star.
In any case, active and retired members of the military are bound to find something to their liking, especially since the GM military discount program can be combined with any other GM incentive!
Despite having access to the best digital and design technology in the world, vehicle designers still need clay sculptors. Why, you might ask? Because clay sculpting in the modern world is the best way to view a concept in real life. And because the material is soft clay, it can be easily changed—sharp lines can be softened, curves can be straightened.
Recently, Buick showed us how clay sculpting played an important part in bringing the beautiful Avista concept to life. The designers had created digital mock-ups of the Avista’s door, but wanted to see it in its physical form. That is where creative sculptor Mark Dybis took over.
“We are really fortunate to work with such a talented team of sculptors,” said Aaron Stich, creative designer for Buick, in a statement. “They brought the design to life in a way we never could have imagined; it was absolutely inspiring to see how they interpreted what we had done with pen and paper. This is what it’s like in the Buick studio right now, there’s so much energy, and everyone is itching to contribute. It’s fueling the creative renaissance of the brand.”
Isn’t clay sculpting a beautiful art? We hope it never loses its place in automotive design.