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

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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!”

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Chrissy Hogue is Runde Chevrolet’s Newest Salesperson!

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We are pleased to welcome Chrissy Hogue to our sales team at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque!

Chrissy has 25 years of experience in customer service, including two years as an automotive salesperson.Run9

“I love what I do more than anything in the world,” Chrissy said. “There is nothing more invigorating than the customer and I knowing in that moment that we have definitely picked out the perfect vehicle for him or her.”

She is a big fan of sports cars, trucks, and Wranglers.

“I like big, bad automobiles,” she said. “They suit my idea of what I would have been when I grew up.”

If you think Chrissy looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen her on TV or on stage.

She appeared in various shows Off-Off Broadway NYC, in a film by Woody Allen, and played a guest rolRun11e on “Boss.” Locally, she starred in a Fly DBQ commercial, helped found the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival,  and is an active volunteering member for organizations in the tri-states.

“My sister and I produced a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues that raised $30,000 in two nights for The Riverview Center,” she said.

In her one-woman show, “The Stupid Economy,” she played seven characters. It was written for her by playwright Robert Lynn. Check it out here.

Chrissy is from New York City, so many of her family members are out of state. But her Run12sister, niece, and nephew live here, along with her daughter Angelina and her son Mitchell. She lives in Dubuque with her significant other Anthony and their puppy Taylor Mae.

She is looking forward to making the vehicle shopping process easy and enjoyable for you.

“Ask questions and have fun,” she said. “The numbers work themselves out. If they don’t, it gives us a solid platform from which to launch the best strategy for you.”

You can email Chrissy at chogue@rundeautogroup.com or call her at 866-735-5200.

 

 

 

 

Welcoming Rick Valcin to the Runde Chevrolet Sales Team

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We are proud to welcome Rick Valcin to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL!

Rick has been in automotive parts sales for 1 1/2 years. He has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of Dubuque.32

“I chose automotive sales because I grew up around cars and love learning about them,” Rick said.

His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Chevy Chevelle because of the old body style.

Rick is from the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia and moved to Dubuque in the fall of 2013. He and his wife, Nadyah, have two sons and a daughter.

While studying at the University of Dubuque, Rick became the 2014 NCAA Outdoor National Champion in pole vaulting – his personal best is 17 feet! He pole vaulted from 2009 to 2015.

“My six years of vaulting was very exciting and successful,” Rick said. “I enjoyed representing my country in Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA, and Scotland at the Commonwealth G2ames, which is the third largest games in the world, apart from the World Championship and the Olympics.”

We are going to test his skills by having him pole vault over stacked Silverados.

“On a good day, I’ll vault over three Silverados,” Rick said.

Rick is excited to help customers at Runde Auto Group find the perfect vehicle for their needs. He is enjoying his new job.

“It has been wonderful,” he said. “It is a great staff to learn from. So far it feels like my dream job.”

You can reach Rick at rvalcin@rundeautogroup.com or by calling 866-735-5200.