Beware Cole Street on Halloween. The leaves are changing and ghosts and goblins are on the prowl in downtown Enumclaw. On Halloween night Cole Street closes for the annual trick-or-treat celebration. Each year we find our spookiest vehicle to deliver our ghostly treats to anyone who dares knock on the trunk of the haunted truck. Halloween fun is one of the many community events we enjoy as a hometown dealership. This Enumclaw tradition provides a safe environment for costumed little ones to collect their Halloween goodies. Check the Chamber of Commerce calendar for more information. We hope to see you there!
Join Gamblin Motors in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed, now is time to join together in the fight against breast cancer. Gamblin Motors has created an #IDriveFor team and is participating in Chevrolet’s annual fundraising event. Joining us is easy. Tweet out, retweet, or post to Instagram your support by using the hashtags #IDriveFor and #TeamEnumclaw. For every tweet or Instagram post with the #IDriveFor hashtag, Chevrolet will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society. Chevrolet has partnered with the ACS for seven years and raised $7.8 million dollars in the battle against this life threatening disease. These funds are used for breast cancer screening, patient care, and research. Help contribute to the cause by joining #TeamEnumclaw and tweet, retweet, and post your support with the #IDriveFor hashtag.
Perhaps a picture of a tweet, or instagram post, so they see how easy this is. I think people think they need a sign that says I drive for, etc. So if we post on our twitter and post a pic of the tweet and one from our instagram account too. My account is private. I’m assuming the account needs to be public?
From the classic generations to Stingrays, we love Corvettes at Gamblin Motors. To see some of these models in person, join us on Saturday, September 9 for our third annual Corvette show. We are teaming up with the Tacoma Corvette Club to bring an array of Corvette models to the Plateau community.
Come down to our main store (1047 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw) to view these beauties and vote for the People’s Choice award winners. We will open at 10:00 a.m. for the public to begin viewing and voting. Voting closes at noon, but the Corvettes will remain on display until 2:00. While we are counting the ballots, enjoy music, giveaways, and a great lunch. Awards will be handed out at 1:30.
Interested in bringing home one of the trophies? Enter your Corvette through the Tacoma Corvette Club for a $20 entry free. We hope to see you Saturday.
The best way to keep you child safe while driving is to have them properly secured in a CSS (car safety seat). Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children over one year. To help keep our children safe, doctors and government agencies have set important guidelines for all parents to follow.
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) agree a rear-facing safety seat is the best seat for a young child. The AAP recommends a rear facing seat until at least two years of age or until the seat’s limits have been reached. Once a child outgrows the limits of their rear-facing infant seat, the infant or toddler should continue to ride in a rear-facing convertible seat for as long as possible. Most convertible car seats allow a rear-facing position for up to 35 pounds, and it is recommended that until your child hits the limits for the seat, they should be in a rear-facing position. In other words, keep your child rear-facing as long your seat allows. This shift from one year of rear-face to two years or more of rear-face positioning is due to current research showing better neck and spinal cord support in the rear-facing position. A physician representative for the AAP explains, ““A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body. For larger children, a forward-facing seat with a harness is safer than a booster, and a belt-positioning booster seat provides better protection than a seat belt alone until the seat belt fits correctly.” As a child’s height and weight in accordance to age differs from child to child, it is important to know the limits for your CSS and follow accordingly.
Once your child has outgrown the limits for their rear-facing convertible seat, it is time to face them forward. The height and weight limits increase for a convertible seat once they are placed in the forward-facing position. According to the AAP “There is a safety advantage for young children to remain in CSSs with a harness for as long as possible before transitioning to booster seats.” The NHTSA agrees that keeping your child in a forward-facing car seat with a five point harness is the safest mode of travel until the seat’s height and weight limits have been reached. Once a child has reached the limits for a forward-facing car seat, it is time for a booster seat. The booster seat, like the infant and convertible seat, should still be placed in the back seat of the vehicle. Booster seats aid in keeping the seat belt in the proper position for a younger child. A child is not ready for a seat belt until it properly fits without the aid of a booster. A seatbelt without booster assistance typically fits a child correctly once they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between the ages of 8 and 12. The NHTSA advises that “for a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.”
Over the past few years, Gamblin Motors has sponsored a photo contest for EHS students. The students are given two weeks to send us their very best photos. These photos are uploaded to our Facebook page. Our Facebook followers are asked to vote for the favorite photo. Students encourage their friends and family to vote for their photo. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most likes and comments wins. The winner receives $250. Participants need to be a current student of Enumclaw High School, and they are allowed to submit up to five photos.
Our 2017 contest kicks off this next week. Students can send us their photos beginning May 23. They will be uploaded to our Facebook page the next day. The contest runs from June 23-June 5. The Winner will be announced on June 6. Get ready to vote for your favorite photo.
Here are the instructions for interested EHS students:
-Save Photo with your name using this format: First_Last _Grade
-Email Photo to email@example.com Your photo will be uploaded to Gamblin Motor’s Facebook page the next day.
-Spread the word to get the most likes for your photo on Gamblin Motor’s Facebook page.
-The photo with the most likes wins $250 cash.
- Like Art Gamblin Motors on FB
- Get your photo in soon. (If your photo is one of the first posted, it will be up the longest.)
- Spread the word on your FB page.
- Repost our photo contest posts on your wall.
- Have friends and family also post your contest photo on their wall.
The more people who see your photo the more votes you will get.
Introducing Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt is being hailed as a game changer in the industry. Chevrolet has been experimenting with electric vehicles since the 1960’s. With the new Chevrolet Bolt, they have hit their stride and are shaking up the electric car market. According to one judge, the Bolt is simply “twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3.” Motor Trend and Car and Driver are both putting Tesla on notice as this new Chevrolet has set the standard of performance but is coming in at a reasonable price. It is not just a top of the market electric car; it is a remarkable car, period. Motor Trend asserts that “perhaps the most impressive thing about the Bolt EV is there are no caveats, no ‘for an electric car’ qualifiers needed in any discussion. It is, simply, a world-class small car.” What happens when you have a long-range electric vehicle in a world-class package? You get the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV runs an EPA=certified range of 238 miles. This long-range charge is set to cover a commute, errands, quick getaway, or any other unexpected tasks that pop up in your day. The Bolt EV’s tall hatchback design lends a comfortable experience for all passengers and does not fail to provide entertainment for those along for the ride with its seven device capable 4G LTE onboard Wi-Fi hot spot. Don’t worry drivers, you won’t be left out. Motor Trend judges report the Bolt is “fast, fun, and genuinely entertaining to drive.”
How much will the car of year cost you? This is where the Chevrolet Bolt EV truly shines. Coming in well below other electric vehicles on the market, the Bolt starts at $37,495 in LT trim, but with available tax credits, consumers can drive this vehicle home for under $30,000. This affordable, cutting edge technology housed in a world class vehicle is revolutionary for the industry. As Car and Driver affirms, the Bolt is “the most important vehicle for battery-electric technology to date.” To see the Motor Trend Car of the Year for yourself, come in for a test drive today http://bit.ly/2rdnvLC.
New and versatile comes the 2018 Buick Enclave. This Enclave will include more third row space, improved towing, more safety technology, useful interior features, and intuitive technology. “Every detail of the all-new Enclave is designed to feel premium, well-crafted and integrated,” said Helen Emsley, executive director of Global Buick and GMC Design.
New proportions and bodylines accentuate the redesigned front end grille. This new body was built for safety. There are 17 radar, camera, and ultrasonic sensors that come standard and allows you to customize your safety alerts. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds and comes with a standard 3.6 L V-6 engine. It is estimated to have 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Trying to top the benchmark for quietness, the 2018 is engineered to further minimize unwanted interior noise. QuietTuning and active noise cancellation help reduce, block, and absorb noise. “For Enclave customers, who are often driving family and friends, the ability to easily carry a conversations with passengers in all three rows is essential to their daily driving experiences,” said Dean Perelli, chief engineer for the Buick Enclave.
The Enclave has lots of cargo solutions for large and small loads. There is seating for seven. Second and third row seats fold flat to create a nearly-flat load floor. The Enclave boasts more interior space than an Acura MDX, Audi Q7, and the Infiniti QX60.
Standard on the 2018 Enclave includes keyless entry and push-button start, a hands free power programmable liftgate, tri-zone climate control, universal home remote, and six USB ports. It will come equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. An 8-inch diagonal infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Adroid Auto is standard.
You can expect to see the 2018 Enclave on our showroom in the fall of 2017.
Stirrin’ Dust is a local Drill Team that caught our attention. Stirrin’ Dust was started in 2005 by two sisters, Lana and Alicia. Alicia was the one who first hatched the idea that they should start a drill team. Neither sister had ever ridden on a drill team, so starting their own was a huge challenge. A lot of people told them they would not be able to succeed. These two girls proved those people wrong; they studied everything they could found and began to practice. They quickly attracted other riders.
Stirrin’ Dust started out as an exhibition team showing off some great choreography skills. They performed at Meridian Riding Club Playdays, Horse Shows, and county fairs. As the team began to perform they accrued a great group of riders. Several years later, the riders decided to begin riding in the competitive circuit. In 2012 the won the Novice division, but were most excited to bring home the Sportsmanship award. The sportsmanship award is voted on by all the teams in the league to honor the team that should dedication to their fellow riders.
This amazing team prides itself on provided a home for any rider that would like to learn regardless of skill level. They believe that if you have a horse and a respect and a great attitude you are welcome. Running a drill team is hard work and is a very costly sport. We are happy to sponsor this great drill team. Be sure to check out their up coming schedule. http://www.stirrindust.com/
We love hearing about great community events. This month we were contacted by the Enumclaw FFA Chapter; they asked us to help sponsor a great event. We were happy to provide a donation to help with its annual fundraiser. The local FFA Chapter held its annual Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. The event had a great meal, live music, and a silent auction. The money raised is used to help support the FFA members and to help pay for their involvement in leadership events.
The National FFA Organization is committed to helping students have personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but is not just for those interested in farming. Over the years the FFA has expanded its members to students who are interested in careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, and business owners. The FFA mission statement states, “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”
Watch our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss this great event next year.
Be prepared to feel the pinch when renewing your vehicle tabs this year. As of March 1st, the Regional Transit Authority tax goes into effect for those living within the Sound Transit District. While Gamblin Motors’ hometown of Enumclaw and Buckley are not positioned within the taxed district, many of our neighbors in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County can expect a higher bill this year. How much higher? The tax will increase from 0.3% to 1.1% resulting in a $110 annual fee for a $10,000 vehicle. While the Sound Transit 3 measure garnered strong support last November, residents are still in for some sticker shock when it comes time for tab renewals.
Taxes collected are slated for a large expansion of light rail in Tacoma, Seattle, and Everett. The Sounder Commuter will also see expansion under the measure. In addition to the rail improvements, park-and-ride and bus-rapid transit are scheduled for further development. Just how much is this investment going to cost you? First, it is important to determine if you live within the taxable district. Sound Transit provides an address locator to see if you fall within the boundary: http://bit.ly/2mECzfm. If you do in fact live within the Sound Transit District, the Department of Licensing has a vehicle tab estimator to give drivers an idea of what to expect when their tag renewal letter arrives in the mail: http://bit.ly/2lOrI51.