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!”


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 or by calling 866-735-5200.


Canadian Consulate Partners with JDIFF for Opening Night Showing

This is the second installment of a weekly #FilmFestivalFriday series focusing on the sixth annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, which is April 20-23 in downtown Dubuque. Runde Auto Group is proud to have been a driving force behind JDIFF… from the start! 

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, April 20 with a little help from the Canadian Consulate.

Land of Rock and Gold“Celebrate Canada” will be the theme of Opening Night of the sixth annual festival. The feature film “The Land of Rock and Gold” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at Five Flags Theater.

The 1 hour, 31-minute drama follows a young Cree mother and son in a remote woodland community. They find themselves on the run in the wake of the mysterious black rc can 150 composite with presented.jpgdisappearance of her boyfriend.

Director Daniel Redenbach and lead actress Charity Bradfield will be on hand for a Q&A session following the movie.

cc_logowordmark_stacked“We had such a unique opportunity to partner with the Canadian Consulate and bring this film and its creators to Dubuque,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the film festival. “This will be a fun way to kick off this year’s festival.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening is free.

The Opening Night event follows an entire day of FREE films, sponsored by Runde Auto Group!

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The Lovebenders

Following the showing, Ohio-based band The Lovebenders will play an after party at 9:30 p.m. at the Riverboat Lounge in Hotel Julien.


The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, set for April 20-23 in downtown Dubuque, will feature more than 100 documentaries, features, and shorts. They were selected out of more than 685 submissions from over 40 countries.

“We are so excited to showcase the quality of the films this year and to welcome filmmakers from around the world to Dubuque,” Gorrell said. “Mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss this!”

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