Country Cruisers Car Club Hosts Annual Cruise and Show

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Schedule

Friday, Aug. 11: Show downtown at South Franklin St. from 5-10 p.m.
Games, food, and trophies.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Car show line-up starts at 2:30 p.m. at EZ Pickin’s.
Cruise starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the Bacon ‘N Hops Festival in downtown Manchester. Live music by Time Machine.

Sunday, Aug. 13: Car Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from noon to 3 p.m. (registration 8 a.m. to noon).
Awards presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee $15, spectator fee $2.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Country Cruisers Car Cruise and Show in Manchester, IA!

The annual event, set for Aug. 11-13 this year, features vehicles of all makes and models, games, food, live music, and more.

IMG_1815“It’s usually a nice laid back show,” said Sean Dailey, salesperson at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and member of the Country Cruisers Car Club. “We do ours at the fairgrounds to give people a little more room to move around.”

The cruise on Saturday will cover about 75 miles in Delaware County. Vehicles of any year, make, or model are welcome at the cruise and show.

IMG_1813Awards are given in 44 categories, including Best Paint, Ladies Choice, Best Engine, Low Rider, Street Machine, Corvette, 2000 & Up Pickups, and more!

“We give out about four times as many awards as most shows,” Sean said. “We give out about 110 trophies the whole weekend.”

See all the award categories here.

The Best of Show winner gets a professional photo shoot by Kevin McCusker Photography and they are featured on the T-shirt the following yeIMG_1812ar.

The Country Cruisers Car Club, which organizes the cruise and show, has about 40 members. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

 

“We have monthly meetings and we try to get together as a club for outings, shows, breakfasts, or lunches,” Sean said.

 

IMG_1814The club is brought together by their love of vehicles and also by a mission to help area organizations.

“Everything we do is charity-driven,” Sean said. “We give a lot of money to the Special Olympics and Operation Santa Claus. We gave away $3-4,000 last year.”

Learn more at the Country Cruisers Club website.

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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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.