2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Car Unveiled

For years, Chevrolet has used the SS as its go-to NASCAR vehicle. However, with production of the SS ending, it was time for a new choice. Recently, Chevrolet unveiled its 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup car to a gathering of NASCAR fans and drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, who drives the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet.

“The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans,” said Johnson. “And as someone who’s enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I’m really looking forward to getting this new race car on the track.”

The Camaro ZL1 will make its NASCAR debut in February 2018 during the Daytona Speedweeks at the start of the 2018 NASCAR season.

This won’t be the first NASCAR Camaro, as Chevrolet currently uses a Camaro SS for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, early ZL1 models was a powerhouse in street racing competitions. This new model will hopefully send drivers to the podium with its supercharged 650-horsepower engine.

We are excited to see what the Camaro ZL1 can accomplish on the NASCAR track. You can drive away in your own Camaro, available now at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

Learn the History of Labor Day

History of Labor Day - Buff Whelan ChevroletEvery year, on the first Monday in September, our country celebrates Labor Day. But, do you know where Labor Day got its start or what it commemorates? Here is a brief history of Labor Day and some special ways you can celebrate it.

It is unclear who first suggested the idea for Labor Day. However, on September 5, 1882, the Central Labor Union in New York City held its first Labor Day. This day celebrated hardworking Americans, and the “holiday” quickly spread across the country.

On June 28, 1894, Congress officially named the first Monday in September a legal holiday. However, most states had already passed their own Labor Day laws by this time.

These days, many communities host parades or other events for Labor Day, and many families hold one last summer barbecue with family and friends. While these are fantastic ways to celebrate, if you want to really tune-in to the spirit of the holiday, you can patronize local businesses, plan a tour of a local factory or farm, or share some treats with your local fire or police station.

At Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we hope you enjoy a great day Labor Day weekend with your family.

Back-to-School Prep

Fall is right around the corner which means the kids will soon be heading back to school for another year. Summer can significantly impact your preparedness when the school year officially starts. We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have some back-to-school prep that can help you get into the swing of things this fall!

Daily Routine

Start things off by establishing a daily routine. Hanging a list of things for the kids to check off in the morning allows you to track their progress and get them to school on time. Have a second list of things for them to do at night in preparation for the next day. Establishing a routine is essential to a child’s success in school.

Homework Area

Kids hate doing their homework, but it’s a necessity for them to learn the material and pass their classes. Establish a study area with plenty of essential materials like pencils, pens, paper, and post-it notes. Doing so will allow children to get into the groove and get their homework done efficiently while sharpening their skills (and pencils) along the way.

Planners

Planners are good for helping children keep track of their homework and keep you in tune with what’s going on at school. Plus, it can help you keep track of things that you need to do during the chaos that is the school year!

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Tops Ferrari

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is already known to be a powerhouse designed to tackle the toughest beasts that the road has to offer. Tearing past the competition with an ear-shattering roar in a blur is what the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE does best. In fact, it performs well enough to top Ferrari at the world’s most notorious track.

Germany’s Nurburgring, otherwise known as the Ring, track is known for helping establish benchmarks for the fastest vehicles on the planet. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE recently took on the 12.9-mile circuit with an epic finish.

The upcoming performance-driven muscle car not only ran the circuit faster than any Corvette, but it beat out all of the Ferraris as well. Posting a time of just 7:16:04, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE become the 14th fastest production car.

For comparison, the Ferrari 488 GTB posted a time of around 7:21. The last Corvette, a 2012 ZR1, to run the circuit completed it with a time of 7:19:63.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE packs a supercharged V8 engine that delivers 650 horsepower. An aerodynamic package, giant wing and all, helps cut through wind resistance and optimize performance.

We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are pumped to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE!

Things to Do in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a lifelong resident, there’s something to do in Sterling Heights for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Sterling Heights!

Sterling Heights is home to the General Motors Heritage Center, our personal favorite and one of the coolest places you can visit in Michigan. Detroit is focal point of American automotive history and shaped the culture here, so visiting the GM Heritage Center and seeing the history of how one of the biggest American automakers came to be is fascinating. You’ll see classic cars, historical exhibits, and much more.

That’s not all Sterling Heights has to offer, though. Nature lovers will enjoy a trip to the Sterling Heights Nature Center, where you can see all kinds of flora and fauna. If you’re visiting with kids, they’ll love the Kart 2 Kart go-kart center and the AirTime Trampoline and Game Park.

Finally, there are tons of good places to eat in Sterling Heights, like Rosie O’Grady’s and Mackenzie’s Tavern, where you can also go to drink and watch whatever game is on. The Island Bar and Grill is another good place to eat.

At Buff Whelan Chevrolet we’re proud to work in a place that’s so central to the state’s history as well as Chevrolet’s. We hope to see you here soon!

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept Revealed in Shanghai

The Chevrolet FNR-X concept was revealed recently at Auto Shanghai, and this crossover blew away auto experts. The FNR-X has the build of a crossover, but its aggressive front-end is reminiscent of the Camaro, and its sleek styling makes it one of the coolest crossover concepts we’ve ever seen.

The FNR-X is a plug-in hybrid, and with its stunning looks and high-tech design, Chevy promises features to match. Chevy calls the FNR-X an “all-purpose sports concept vehicle,” the FNR-X is much closer to being a production model than the FNR concept it debuted at the 2015 Auto Shanghai. Chevy produced both the FNR and the FNR-X in conjunction with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center. FNR stands for “Find New Roads.”

The FNR-X features dynamic digital LED headlights, a gold bowtie emblem, active grille shutters, and rear-hinged doors that can be controlled automatically. It even replaces the mirrors with high-tech cameras for better, more reliable visibility, and side skirts that move when you change driving mode.

The FNR-X’s interior is also luxurious, with high-tech fabrics and a sport steering wheel, but there’s not much more we know about it yet. Find out more about the FNR-X concept or Chevy’s other concept cars at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Check Out the New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

General Motors is rolling with the “go big or go home” motto when it comes to the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. It wasn’t long ago that Chevrolet revealed the Camaro ZL1 1LE performance model, but now the American automaker is upping the ante. The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is a racing model designed to compete with the best of the best.

New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

The new Camaro GT4.R is the first GT customer car from General Motors that’s available to the global market. Chevrolet joined forces with Pratt & Miller to create the track-ready model. The GT4 build means it can take to the track in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenges Grant Sport class and Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class.

“The Camaro GT4.R is a true racing customer car that Chevrolet is proud to support,” said Shawn Meagher, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Camaro GT4.R.

Under the hood of the Camaro GT4.R lies a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a heart-pounding 650 hp. It comes perfectly complemented with Brembo brakes, adjustable traction control, and much more.

The track-oriented model is set to make its official debut at the Pirelli World Challenge. Two Camaro GT4.Rs will take the track with Tony Gaples and Lawson Aschenback behind the wheels.

We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are pumped to see the new Camaro GT4.R up close!

Fun Summer Activities at Home

The kids will be out of school for the summer before you know it which means now is the time to prepare! Having the kids around during summer means it’s up to you to entertain them. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun-filled activities you can do right in your yard or living room. Here are a few fun summer activities you can do at home as suggested by us here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Fun Summer Activities

  • Camp Out – A weekend camping trip in the woods an get expensive and time consuming very quickly. Fortunately, those with access to a yard can minimize the experience in a way that kids will love. Pitch the tent in the yard, start a fire (safety first), and cook some hotdogs and marshmallows.
  • Develop Skills – Did you know that many home improvement stores host workshops for families? Inquire about times and dates at your local hardware store, like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s a great way to spend time with kids and introduce and develop new skills!
  • Visit Local Museum – School may be out, but that’s no excuse to slack off when it comes to education. Kids should always be learning whether they know it or not. Many museums offer special classes, workshops, and tours that expose kids to new ideas and concepts. Find museum event that your kids will enjoy and sign up!

Buff Whelan Chevrolet Blood Drive

On the first Friday of every third month, Buff Whelan Chevrolet holds a Red Cross blood drive and has since 2000. In the 17 years the dealership has been holding blood drives, we’ve had 9,624 people give blood and even more register, and we’re on track to get to 10,000 by the end of 2017!

Buff Whelan Chevrolet blood driveThe most recent Buff Whelan Chevrolet blood drive took place on March 3rd, and we collected blood from 214 donors. 12 were first time donors, and a record 21 donors were double red donors. Every blood donation is enough for up to three people, so the March 3rd drive saved 642 lives total.

Becoming a Buff Whelan blood donor has plenty of other benefits too! We provide free food and drinks to help you get your energy back after you donate, including a free slice of pizza from Holiday Pizza. You’ll also get a $10 off coupon for an oil change at Buff Whelan. You don’t have to drive a Chevy to get your car serviced by our expert service department!

Everyone who registers will be entered into a drawing to win sports or concert tickets, so don’t miss the next blood drive on June 2nd. Sign up online and come save lives at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!