The Buckley Log Show

Buckley Log Show2Buckley, Washington is a quiet town of 4,500 people 51 weekends per year, but every last weekend in June the town is a buzz with celebration for its humble logging routes. In 1973 a group of loggers and a few businessmen who were involved with the “Old Timers Week” held the inaugural “Buckley Loggers Rodeo”. With continued support from local business and the growth of committee membership the name was officially changed to the “Buckley Log Show”.

The Log Show has since evolved from a rodeo to an industry competition, allowing current and former loggers to showcase their talents. Two donated spar poles were raised behind the then Viz’s Drive Inn, and a pond was dug and filled with water for log rolling. A few other events were added including a tug-of-war over the pond, a carpenter’s nail drive, and a truck driving competition. The show now has 19 events, which include a Crew Relay and the ever-entertaining Obstacle Choker Setting.

Buckley and Enumclaw have a long standing rivalry in everything from sports, school spirit, and business, but for the one weekend in June, there is a mutual “cease fire” and the two towns, both of which that were literally built from timber, enjoy the gladiator-esque competition.   Even though Gamblin Motors is from across the river, we have proudly supported the Buckley Log Show for over 10 years with donations, advertising and of course, trucks. The Gamblins and many other families within our dealership look forward to that final weekend in June where they get to support and celebrate the industry that gave birth to this beautiful part of the country.Buckley Log Show3

Founders of the Log Show include Ron Brannon, John Blanusa, Ron Bowen, Ron Kunz, and Gordon Juhl. Long time members Elmer Timmons and Gene & Karen Rawson have been overseeing the show and seeing its successful completion for many, many years.

The show was originally held at the grounds behind Viz’s until 1990. The audience continued to grow each year, so the show was moved to its current location in front of Week’s Funeral Home and the National Guard. Several improvements have been and continue to be made each year. During its first years, beer was sold out of a horse trailer that was donated by Leon Wickizer. Since then, a beer garden has been built and expanded several times, which always seems to draw a big crowd, rain or shine.

Another very proud, respected and long standing tradition that the Buckley Log show has is honoring retired loggers with the “Bull of the Woods” Award. The recipient is honored at a dinner with a biography of their life, their time in the timber industry and their involvement with the show. In addition, each of the past and present “Bulls” have a reserved spot in front of the announcer’s booth during the show, so spectators can pull up a stump and share a memory or two.

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Relay For Life


At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!

In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.MattandSteph

Gamblin Motors has been a proud supporter of Relay For Life for the past 3 years. Like most American’s, nearly everyone within our organization has had a family member or close friend who has dealt with life changing disease. Our owner, Jeri Gamblin’s, mother passed away in 1988 from ovarian cancer and Jeri has proudly walked each year to support in fighting this disease and as tribute to her mother. We are so proud of each of our volunteers who have donated their time, money, and even sleep to ensure Gamblin Motors was represented on the track for all 24 hours.

In more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay For Life event is special to its community, but the movement’s true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.TomandDave

Every year, the Relay For Life movement raises more than $400 million. The American Cancer Society puts these donations to work, investing in groundbreaking research in every type of cancer and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. We’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer, in your community and everyone else’s.

We appreciate all of our Relay For Life participants and celebrate the uniqueness of everyone who is interested in helping make this cancer’s last century. There are many ways to get involved through a variety of Relay For Life events, including those in local communities, on campuses, in cyberspace, and on a global level. There’s even the opportunity for canine companions to participate!

The Relay For Life movement offers the unique opportunity for cancer survivors and caregivers to be recognized and supported. Each event hosts special events and activities, many throughout the year, so survivors and their caregivers can connect and know there is a strong support system available to them.

Through their fundraising involvement, Relay For Life participants ensure the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society is supported. Volunteers can find fundraising ideas, incentive program details, and encouragement through a number of channels including here on and on Relay Nation, an online community developed just for Relay For Life participants.


Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair

Street FairThe Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair has been a local tradition for many years.  If you grew up in Enumclaw you can remember heading down to Cole Street in the summer and enjoying all the festivities.  The Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair has something for everyone.  Take advantage of live music, artisan craft vendors, delicious food, auto and motorcycle shows, a community CrossFit workout, and lots of fun family activities.  Enjoy browsing the sale items from the businesses in Enumclaw.  There will be over 120 vendors, The kids will love the Kid Zone activities and carnival rides.  Everyone can participate in the 5K Run/Walk or Children’s 1K.  This flat and fast 5k course is great for kids in strollers to competitive racers, and everyone in between!  For more information about the 5K run/walk visit:

We love to be one of the vendors at the Street Fair.  It is a great opportunity for us to share the latest Chevrolet and Buick models.  Take the time to get up close with these cars in a no-pressure setting.  We’d love to show what Chevy, the most awarded car company, has to offer.

This great event is sponosered by Enumclaw Rotary.  Rotary is the first service club founded in the United States in 1905. The Enumclaw Chapter of Rotary International works tirelessly throughout the year to benefit the citizens in Enumclaw.  The Enumclaw Rotary was charted on April 5, 1969.

Enumclaw Rotary has contributed to local improvements such as Rotary Centennial Park and supports:

Rotary First Harvest, where perishable foods are acquired in large quantities, sorted and given to local food banks;
The Enumclaw Senior Center, serving meals at special functions, organizing “honey do” teams to do yard work, change light bulbs, clean gutters, rake yards, and do whatever is needed by seniors who cannot help themselves;
Enumclaw Public Library;
KCSARC (King County Sexual Assault Relief Center);
POM (Plateau Outreach Ministries), especially their “adopt a family” program during the winter holidays;
Its annual Duck Race raises funds every year to benefit Enumclaw Regional Hospital;
The scholarship program for area High School Seniors is particularly important and these selected students are each named “Student of the Month” and are featured guest speakers.

To learn more about The Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair visit:

Teachers Can Enjoy the Highways as Much as the Hallways

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“Many people don’t know that Art Gamblin followed in his mother’s footsteps and became a school teacher and taught school for many years before changing careers and becoming a car dealer. My grandmother and father were school teachers, and three of my children are school teachers. The work of teachers and other school employees is often taken for granted or vastly underappreciated,” said Alan Gamblin of Art Gamblin Motors. Although it’s a small token of our immense gratitude for these hard-working pillars of our community, Gamblin Motors is happy to extend the GM Educator Discount program as one way of saying thanks. Now through September 30, 2015, current employees of Washington State public or private schools, universities or colleges are eligible to participate in the new GM Educator Discount program at Art Gamblin Motors and receive a significant discount on the purchase or lease of a new 2015 or 2014 Chevrolet or Buick vehicle. Teachers and school employees can get an even better deal by combining your GM Educator Discount with other current offers and savings. “GM values the work our educators and support staff are doing across the county to create a strong, responsible workforce for the future,” said Linda Stouffer, manager, Vehicle Purchase Programs for GM. “The GM Educator Discount is our way of showing our support and appreciation for everyone in the education community.” Come in and take advantage of this great offer.

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2015 Enumclaw King County Fair


The King County Fair is 153 years old. When you visit the fair this year, it will remind you of the fair you attended as a child. Carnival rides, games, fair food, exhibits, and animals will  bring the memories back. There will be two, free stages of entertainment ongoing through out the day.

Buckley native, Blake Larsen is going to preform Saturday, July 18. “I was thrilled to receive the invitation to play at the King County Fair again!,” Larsen wrote in an email to The Courier-Herald. “This is going to be a very fun and intimate evening. It will be just me and my guitar player. I want this show to feel like you came over to my house and we had a concert in the back yard. Informal and lots of fun!”

There are some great attractions this year at the Fair. Enjoy a fun zip line ride or jump in a giant bubble ball and play soccer. Take an up close look at the exhibit from the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum. Don’t miss the animal fun. There is an FFA petting zoo, pig races, and Mutton Bustin’. Visit the 4-H animals.

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Any trip to the Fair wouldn’t be complete with some delicious eats. There will be a variety of food vendors to satisfy any hunger patron. Don’t forget to grab those scones.

The Fair runs from Thursday, July 16th-Sunday, July 19th at the Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw. Admission is $7, but presale tickets are available at area Safeways beginning on June 28th. Children 5 and under are free.


Chevrolet Lifts Lid on 2016 Camaro Convertible

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. In addition, it introduces the most sophisticated convertible top in the segment, with fully automatic operation, hard tonneau cover, and the ability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. In addition, it introduces the most sophisticated convertible top in the segment, with fully automatic operation, hard tonneau cover, and the ability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph.

Let the sun shine in. Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the all-new 2016 Camaro, featuring the segment’s most advanced top, arriving in early 2016.

The 2016 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:

  • Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top.
  • Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph.
  • Remote opening with the key fob.
  • A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.

The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.

Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.

The architecture also enables the Camaro convertible’s sleek design, allowing the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard tonneau cover automatically covers the folded top, creating a finished appearance.

Convertible CamaroAbout the 2016 Camaro

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years.

Offered in LT and SS models, it provides a faster, more nimble driving experience and a broader powertrain range.

Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower, an all-new 3.6L V-6 producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque – the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling, while enhancing highway fuel efficiency.

Inside, the driver-focused cabin integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature.

FAST FACT: In 1967 – Camaro’s first model year – the available convertible model came with a manually operated top. A power-operated top was a $52.70 option selected by 47 percent of buyers.


Sophisticated Sophomore: All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze – a larger, lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze – a larger, lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.

Chevrolet recently introduced the all-new 2016 Cruze – a larger and lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.

Packed with new technologies such as available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment.

The all-new Cruze will be on sale in early 2016. A new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 153 horsepower (113 kW) helps enable a General Motors-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology helps enhance the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

The new turbo engine and a leaner architecture that reduces up to 250 pounds (113 kg) also contribute to the new Cruze’s stronger performance, with expected 0-60-mph acceleration of eight seconds.

“We’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of the all-new Cruze at Gamblin Motors,” said Tyson Gamblin. “From its updated design and safety features, to its innovative technologies, we’re confident the Cruze will fit our customers’ wants and needs while on the road.”cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (2)

Vehicle highlights include:

  • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with smartphone integration capability, including a standard seven-inch-diagonal screen and available eight-inch-diagonal screen (at launch, eight-inch screen only with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming later)
  • New 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and stop/start technology matched with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission (North America)
  • Maximum highway range of 530 miles per tank
  • All-new, stronger and lighter body structure enhances agility, efficiency and safety – with an approximately 250-pound (113 kg) lower curb weight
  • Class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase enhances roominess, contributing to greater rear-seat legroom and more rear knee room
  • Projector headlamps with light-emitting diode (LED) signature lighting – and LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models
  • More standard features than most competitors’ small cars such as 10 air bags, four-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • New, available features including wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
  • New model range for North America including L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package

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Time For a Cold One


1933 saw the first air conditioners installed in cars as an aftermarket item and it wasn’t until 1939 that the Packard Motor Car Company offered the cooling device as a factory option.  Many summers have past since then and A/C has become a standard option on just about every vehicle in the world.

Now, we will save you the boring lecture, and jump right to the cliff notes, on how this life changing system works.  With the summer heat upon us, here are a few signs that your A/C system may be in need of repair.

  1. If the air coming out of the vents isn’t as cool as you remember
  2. If you are unable to remove moisture from the windows with the defrost function
  3. If you hear a belt squeal or knocking under the hood around the A/C components
  4. If you do not hear any components turn on under the hood, or the engine RPM dip, when you turn on the A/C

Win Me 5K

If you are one of the millions of people who don’t think the words “Fun” and “Run” should appear so close to each other in any sentence, please continue reading. On August 1st at the Enumclaw Expo Center thousands of people, of varying age and fitness level, will be participating in the “Win ME 5K”. What makes this 5K different than any other race? Color! As your race through the beautiful route be prepared to be doused with color along the way. Start the race wearing white and end in a rainbow of colors.


Giving away prizes is one of many perks that come along with being one of the participants. Each runner will be entered for a chance at thousands of dollars in prizes, the opportunity to give back to multiple charities, and the experience of a lifetime. Gamblin Motors is excited to be the title sponsor, as well as sending one lucky winner home in a Brand New Chevrolet Spark. The Spark is a nimble and compact commuter car that is capable of 39 MPG but is truly one of the world’s only big, small cars.

A new car, thousands in gifts and prizes aside, the Win ME 5K is about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle while supporting local charities like Seattle Children’s Hospital, Strong Against Cancer, and the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation.

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This isn’t the Boston Marathon, Win ME 5K is an experience designed to strengthen the heart and soul of its participants through running, jogging, even a brisk a walk, but most importantly a heavy dusting of paint and the opportunity to give back to so many deserving charities.

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Don’t miss this event.  Register today 

Five Cars + One Truck = Six Million Dollars (part 3)

By: Alan Gamblin

It’s not every day you get to drive a million dollar car; let alone six of them. That was my experience yesterday in the desert of Nevada. Chevrolet invited their dealers to a race track in Spring Mountain, Nevada to drive prototypes of the redesigned 2016 Camaro, Malibu, Spark and Colorado Duramax Diesel. Earlier I had the opportunity to drive the new 2016 Volt at a facility in Las Vegas. As these vehicles are pre-production cars, each car cost one million dollars or more to build. I can only say it was six million dollars of awesome. Let me share some thoughts on each vehicle.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

The all-new 2016 Volt has been refined and reengineered, based on customer input. Volt owners are the most satisfied in the industry and are very loyal, 90% say they would own another one. Current Volt owner feedback drove the changes in the new Volt. Many of you know that I love the Volt. Not only have I owned one, but I have leased Volt to family members as well. Driving the new Volt confirmed that Chevy listened to us.

Let me start out by highlighting the nuts and bolts changes before I talk about styling. The new Volt has more electric range. Now 50 EV miles, up from 38 miles with an estimated 102 MPGe (Combined). MPGe is the energy equivalent to a gallon of gas. While in gas mode the car will deliver more than 41 MPG’s. Chevy achieved this with a two-motor drive which increases acceleration and increased efficiency. Something else that is new is the ability to set your charging preferences for home and the car’s GPS will adjust to home settings automatically. You will save at the pump as Volt now runs on regular unleaded when your charge runs out. All new is Regen on Demand, which enables the driver to initiate regenerative braking using a steering wheel button. The vehicle’s kinetic energy is captured and sent back to the battery, while the vehicle is slowing down.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range is unveiled Monday, January 12, 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The next-generation Volt has a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range is unveiled Monday, January 12, 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The next-generation Volt has a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

Inside are where some fantastic improvements have been made. Volt has greater rear leg room and is now capable of carrying five people. I need to qualify that as the Volt propulsion system still limits the size of the new fifth seat. My favorite change is the better intuitive instrument panel controls. I drive a lot of different vehicles and remembering how to turn on my heater in a Volt was aggravating.   Now the controls are easy to see and operate. New Smartphone technology connects to MyLink and displays on Volt’s color screen through the Apple CarPlay feature.

Outside the new 2016 Volt offers a muscular and sleeker design. If I could use only one word to describe the new outside appearance it would be ‘athletic’.

Chevy asked Volt owners for opinions, we responded and Chevy listened. The new Volt certainly exceeded my expectations. I shouldn’t be surprised because we Volt owners redesigned this new generation.