Like Father Like Son: Wahlert Inherits Dad’s Love of Vehicles


Daniel Wahlert always enjoyed driving his late father’s 1966 Shelby GT350.

Now he has his own.


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Last year, Daniel bought a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – the same car, just 50 years newer.

A service consultant at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Daniel’s love of vehicles was comes from his dad. Jim Wahlert was an avid classic car collector.


“Out of all the cars he had, the ’66 Shelby GT350 is my favorite to drive,” Daniel said.

IMG_0433The 1966 Shelby has a Holman Moody engine with 356 horsepower and dual 4 BBL carburetors. Jim bought it in August of 1978 and had it restored 19 years ago, when Daniel was 12 years old.




Daniel ordered his Shelby to match his father’s – white with blue stripes. Its 5.2L V8 engine produces 526 horsepower, 429 lb-ft of torque, and goes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.20170616_16415722

“It’s amazing how far the technology in the vehicle has come in 50 years,” he said.

With a redline of 8,250 rpm, it is Ford’s highest-revving production V8 yet.


Daniel’s 8-year-old daughter, Adeline, isn’t quite as fond of the Shelby.


“She said ‘It’s too fast and too loud,’” Daniel said, laughing. “Those are the reasons I bought the car in the first place!”


See the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Free at America’s River Festival

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We are proud to be a title sponsor of this year’s America’s River Festival, sponsoring ThaAmerica's River Festivalnk You Thursday — a FREE night of admission for all! See Brandon Lay and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for free on Thursday, June 8 in the Port of Dubuque!

The doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. Brandon Lay will perform 7-8 p.m., followed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 8:30-10 p.m.

Lay, a Tennessee native, has toured with country acts like Old Dominion, Eli Young Band,Brandon-Lay Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, and more. He wrote “Home Game” for Cole Swindell, and was awarded the Harold Adamson Lyric Award from the ASCAP Foundation Awards. His songs include: “All That Love,” “Never Look Back Town,” and  “Need Me to Be.”

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, made of Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter,  and John McEuen, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The band has many multi-platinum and gold records, as well has top ten hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and more. They have multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA Awards and nominations.

Other performers during America’s River Festival weekend include Old Dominion, Styx, Zero 2 Sixty, Tucker Beathard, William Michael Morgan, Little River Band, and The Guess Who.

For a schedule, tickets, and more information, visit:

The Dubuque-WI High School Rodeo Returns May 20-21!


The 14th annual Dubuque-Wisconsin High School Rodeo competition will be May 20-21 at the Dubuque County Fair Grounds/Tri-State Equine Park.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the free pony rides prior to each rodeo!

“One thing that is really wonderful about this event is that it brings something different to the community that families and people of any age can enjoy,” said Heidi Gansen, a member of the event committee. “There are so many different events within the rodeo, activities for the kids before and during, and a delicious food stand on site! Best of all, we are keeping alive an over 100-year American tradition with the sport of rodeo; which is based on sportsmanship, dedication, teamwork, family and respect.”

You can get $5 advance tickets at Longhorn Saddlery in Dubuque and at Theisen’s stores in Dubuque, Dyersville, and Maquoketa. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 17, and free for children 6 years old and younger.

A weekend pass is $15. The event is held rain or shine.

The rodeo is sanctioned by the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association.
Events include:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Pole Bending
  • Breakaway Roping
  • Goat Tying
  • Calf Roping
  • Team Roping
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Boys Cutting
  • Saddle broncs
  • Bareback broncs
  • Bull Riding
  • Girls Cutting
  • Trap Shooting
  • Light Rifle
  • Ribbon Roping
  • Working Cow Horse

The schedule:

Friday, May 19

  • 3 p.m.: Shooting Events, Izaak Walton Club, grades 6th through 12th
  • 7 p.m.: Team Roping, Open Jackpot
  • 7 p.m.: Barrel Racing, Open Jackpot

Saturday, May 20

  • 1 p.m.: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition
  • 7 p.m.: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition

Sunday, May 21

  • Noon: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition

See you there!