Corvette Racing Helps Young Cancer Patient Through Make A Wish

Corvette Racing
As part of the Make A Wish Foundation, which works to make the dreams of children with serious illnesses a reality, Tripp was able to make his dream of being part of the Corvette Racing team come true – and the team couldn’t be happier to have its newest member.

Many people dream of their names being featured on one of the vehicles in the 24 Hours of Daytona, but few actually get to realize that dream, especially when it involves a Corvette C7.R. Earlier this month, one more person managed to achieve his dream – Tripp Postmus, a young cancer patient.

As part of the Make A Wish Foundation, which works to make the dreams of children with serious illnesses a reality, Tripp was able to make his dream of being part of the Corvette Racing team come true – and the team couldn’t be happier to have its newest member.

Tripp’s name was displayed on the #3 C7.R. He and his family were also brought down for a visit to the Corvette Racing garage after attending the 24 Hours of Daytona – but that’s not all.

The Corvette Racing crew chief, Dan Binks, recently announced that the team will also be putting up multiple items for auction on eBay, benefitting Tripp and his cancer care. The items will include a variety of things, including hats, fire suits, trophies, and posters. Along with this, the team also shared a link to Tripp’s GoFundMe page.

At Fairground Auto Plaza, we are proud to be part of the Chevrolet family.

A First Look at the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado
First unveiled in December of last year, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado debuted in its full glory at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

The Silverado, Chevy’s full-size pickup truck, is getting a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. First unveiled in December of last year, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado debuted in its full glory at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

The North American International Auto Show took place from Jan. 13-28 in Detroit, Michigan. Chevy revealed the 2019 Silverado on Saturday night, the first day of the show, stressing that every part of the new Silverado is all-new.

The 2019 Silverado’s redesign does away with parts that hearkened back all the way to 1988, instead bringing the latest technologies throughout the entire truck. The Silverado will come with six engines and powertrains for you to choose from, but only three engines and one powertrain were discussed at the NAIAS.

Chevy was asked about fuel efficiency in its trucks, and executives responded that efficiency is only important to truck drivers as long as it’s practical and beneficial, without sacrificing performance and towing and hauling capabilities. Chevy, at the moment, has no plans to add electricity to the Silverado.

To find out more about the upcoming Chevy Silverado or to schedule a test drive of the current model, give us a call at Fairground Auto Plaza.

Carbon Fiber Trucks Could Be the Future of Pickups

Carbon Fiber
Nothing has been officially announced by GM, but rumors have been circulating that their trucks have something better than Ford’s trucks: carbon fiber.

Not long ago, the Ford F-150 made a bold move. The full-size pickup replaced its steel bed with one made of aluminum. The idea was to cut back on weight, therefore improving capability and efficiency. However, aluminum is a weaker material than steel. Since that major change at Ford, General Motors has been working hard behind closed doors on an even more modern update to their own pickup models like the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Nothing has been officially announced by GM just yet, but rumors have been circulating that these pickups have something better than their competitor: carbon fiber. If, in fact, GM does plan to upgrade its lineups to include carbon fiber trucks, the result could be pickups that weight much less than the aluminum Ford F-150 and their strength would increase. That would likely put these GM trucks ahead of the segment in efficiency, stopping time, and power.

The team at Fairground Auto Plaza is looking forward to hearing about this potential development from the source itself. We’ll be keeping our ears open during the North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit this coming January and may be just the place for GM to share more about their potential carbon fiber trucks.

If you’re interested in one of GM’s capable pickups, stop by Fairground Auto Plaza today.

Rolla Christmas in the Park Light Display Will Be a Blast for the Whole Family

Rolla Christmas in the Park Light Display

If you’re like us here at Fairground Auto Plaza, you look forward to the holidays all year long. Part of the reason we can’t wait for winter to roll around is all the fun and exciting holiday events that happen right here in our community. One of the most highly anticipated events is the Rolla Christmas in the Park Light Display. Whether you’re a Rolla resident, home for the holidays, or just passing through, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable Christmas celebration.

Join Lions Club International at Rolla Lions Club Park from Dec. 15-23 for an evening of wonderful holiday fun that the whole family will enjoy. From 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, you and your whole family can meet Frosty, Santa, and the Grinch. Plus, there will be a fantastic Christmas light display that will fill you with holiday cheer.

The Rolla Christmas in the Park Light Display is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. All the money raised will stay right here in our community and benefit local organizations making a difference in Rolla.

Don’t let the winter cold keep you from experiencing the best the season has to offer. Instead, make plans now to check out the Rolla Christmas in the Park Light Display. From all of us at Fairground Auto Plaza, we hope you have a great holiday season.

Bringing New Thanksgiving Traditions to the Table

New Thanksgiving Traditions
Thanksgiving is approaching. Consider adding these new Thanksgiving traditions into your celebration to shake things up a bit for 2017.

Thanksgiving is approaching, and while your previous holiday traditions are important, it’s always fun to introduce new traditions into the mix. Consider adding these new Thanksgiving traditions into your celebration to shake things up a bit for 2017.

Take Breaks from Technology

Spend more time with your family by having everyone take a sabbatical from their mobile devices over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Participate in Charity Work

Many people this holiday season won’t have adequate clothing, shelter, food, or even a family to spend time with. Do your part in the community by donating, visiting a nursing home, volunteering at a local food bank, or find other opportunities in your area.

Get Creative with Your Tablecloth

Lots of people do creative things to give thanks during Thanksgiving. Why not find your own way to express it – right on your tablecloth? Get some butcher paper and make a fun, personalized tablecloth by having everyone write down what they’re thankful for.

Take a Family Stroll After Dinner

There is nothing quite like quality family time. After everyone’s gotten full off their second or third helping and the drowsiness starts to set in, sometimes a crisp breeze and a leisurely walk is all you need to digest that hefty meal.

Sign Up for a “Turkey Trot”

“Turkey trots” or short 5K or 10K marathons on Thanksgiving are becoming increasingly popular. They’re fun, social, and a great way to burn off all the extra calories you’ll pick up at dinner.

Making new Thanksgiving traditions with your family will give you all memories for years to come. At Fairground Auto Plaza, we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Chevrolet Pumpkin Carving

Chevrolet Pumpkin Carving in Rolla, MO

Pumpkin carving is a fall tradition that many families from around the world take part in. American auto enthusiasts tend to put their own spin on things with car-like creations. Chevrolet has embraced the pumpkin carving tradition with free pumpkin stencils. Chevrolet pumpkin carving will allow you to show your pride this fall!

Chevrolet’s various pumpkin carving stencils combined popular vehicles with a Halloween theme. The Chevrolet Volt appears with bat wings and vampire teeth. The Chevrolet Spark, a small car, is caught in a spider web.

For those who enjoy a sports car design, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray logo is prime for the carving! The Camaro face design is a great choice as well. Carvers who was a simpler style can go with one of the many Chevrolet bowtie insignia stencils.

The Chevrolet pumpkin carving stencils are free. All you have to do is print them off from the Facebook album. Once your creative carvings are done, be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page!

Grab your carving knife, clear the pumpkin of seeds, and get started. Those Chevrolet pumpkins aren’t going to carve themselves.

At Fairground Auto Plaza, we hope to see some of your Chevrolet pumpkin carvings!

Tips for Back-to-School Auto Maintenance

back-to-school auto maintenance - kids in classroom

School has started for most, which means your schedule is likely crammed with events and activities. However, back-to-school auto maintenance should also be a priority this time of year. The fall is the right time to schedule regular service like oil changes, inspections, and more.

According to Allstate, the first thing you should do this fall is get an oil change. Most cars need an oil change roughly four times a year (3,000 miles or three months), which means fall is the perfect time to bring your car in. You can also check and top off fluid levels, including coolant, oil, transmission fluid, brake and power steering fluid, and washer fluid.

Next, check the tires. Tire pressure decreases in cold weather, which is usually right around the corner by the time school starts. Air pressure decreases at about 1 psi for every 10-degree dip in temperature. This can also cause added wear on the tread—another thing to check. You can test tire tread using the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above President Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time for new tires.

Finally, check your lights. This time of year is often darker than early summer, which means it can be hard to see. Plus, the school year brings added pedestrians to sidewalks and cross walks. Have someone help you test your lights to see if they’re all on (including brake and reverse lights).

Stop by Fairground Auto Plaza this fall for your regularly scheduled maintenance.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Safety

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric vehicle known for its impressive 238-mile range. The popular electric model has earned a reputation for comfort and reliability. Now Chevrolet can add safety to the list. The Chevrolet Bolt recently earned the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

According to the IIHS, the Chevrolet Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle to earn the honor. The Bolt scored a top “Good” rating in all five crash tests. Its advanced safety technologies brought it even closer to the top score with a “Superior” rating.

The active safety technologies helped the Chevrolet Bolt stop and avoid collisions as both 12 mph and 25 mph.

The only thing that stopped the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt from achieving the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating was its headlights. While many vehicles feature headlights that are generally rated as too dim, the Chevrolet Bolt’s headlights were the exact opposite. Its headlights were so bright that they could cause glare for oncoming drivers.

Had the Chevrolet Bolt dimmed the headlights a little, it would have earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating with ease.

We here at Fairground Auto Plaza are happy to see the advanced Chevrolet Bolt raises the bar with an abundance of safety features!

GMC Adds New Yukon Denali Updates for 2018

Yukon Denali Updates
2018 Yukon Denali Stands Tall

GMC has always catered to fans of upscale luxury with the brand’s range-topping Denali models. For 2018, the GMC Yukon Denali is getting a few upgrades to its already lavish design. Ranging from differences in the powertrain to even more high-end styling cues and touches, the Yukon Denali updates will keep the model on the cutting edge of cool without losing that standard GMC reliability.

New Trims

Updates to the Yukon’s Denali trim level will include a brand-new sculpted grille on the exterior, a cabin featuring a Mastique Ash real wood trim, and a Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission to go with the Yukon’s 6.2-liter V8 engine for a smoother and quieter driving experience.

Sophisticated Design

Director of Global GMC Exterior Design Matt Noone commented on the styling changes:  “It’s a more exciting and sophisticated design, while remaining instantly recognizable as part of the GMC Denali family.”

More Premium Features

With all the premium features that come both standard and available, the GMC Yukon Denali updates add a bit of extra flair to its already luxurious design. The 2018 Yukon Denali will be available at dealerships in the fall of 2017, at which time you can come to us at Fairground Auto Plaza in Rolla, MO to experience it for yourself!

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Road Pickup

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Road in Rolla, MO
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Road

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is one of the most anticipated off-roading pickups to ever hit the market. The versatile model shipped out earlier this month, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts everywhere. Built on the standard Chevrolet Colorado, the new model brings plenty of advanced features designed to tackle the toughest terrain the world has to offer.


Starting at $40,995, the Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup is more than $2,000 cheaper than the nearest competitor*. The new model rolls out on 31-inch off-road tires, a two-inch lifted suspension, and front and rear locking electronic differentials.


Under the hood likes a 3.6-liter V6 engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and produces a thrilling 306 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The available 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features

The off-roading pickup is far from just brawn though. Inside, drivers will enjoy a standard rear vision camera, automatic cruise control, Chevrolet MyLink, and an eight-inch touchscreen.

“ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Marketing Director.

We here at Fairground Auto Plaza are happy to see the long-awaited Colorado ZR2 finally shipping out!

*Use for comparison only.