Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Lineup

Next month makes 4 years since my family has been involved with Chevrolet. Back in December 2011, we drove a Chevy Volt from Naples to Key West, Florida. They’ve flown me up to Detroit a few times as well. And this past summer, they let us drive a 2015 Colorado to go see our nephew graduate boot camp in Montgomery, Alabama.

This week Chevy invited me to the Nashville Auto Show, to check out their new 2016 vehicles. I particular enjoyed getting to sit in the 2016 Corvette… but what guy wouldn’t?

I’ll be going there with my son tomorrow so he can see all the cars. But as for today, I had the whole place to myself.

With the way Nashville traffic works, I knew that if I didn’t leave super early, I’d get there fairly late. So I was able to take pictures of the vehicles, in order to share them with anyone out there on the Internet who is such a Chevy fan they wanted to catch a peak of the new line-up.

So here’s your sneak peak:

2016 Corvette

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Lineup

2016 Corvette

2016 Chevy Silverado

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Lineup

2016 Chevy Malibu LT

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Lineup

2016 Chevy Impala 

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Lineup

2016 Chevy Spark

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2016 Chevy Sonic

2016 Corvette

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Corvette

2016 Chevy Traverse LTZ

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy Equinox LTZ

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy Malibu 2.0 Tc12

2016 Chevy Camaro

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy Colorado

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy City Express

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy Tahoe

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy Silverado

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

2016 Chevy Suburban

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Vehicle Lineup

Thanks for taking a look at all these pictures I took of the 2016 Chevy lineup. Time (and statistics) will tell whether a post like this does well.

I just thought it might be a decent place for car enthusiasts to be able to catch some glimpses of the new Chevy lineup all in one place.

After seeing the City Express, it makes me sort of wish Chevy would turn this into a family friendly vehicle; kind of like a cross behind a small SUV and an updated minivan. That’s basically what it seems to me anyway; and I like it.

Nashville Auto Show 2015: Pictures of the 2016 Chevrolet Lineup

The Return of the Small Town: Boom Days 2010 in Fort Payne, AL

A glimpse at the culture of Fort Payne, Alabama.

It can be common for people who grow up in a small town to want to move away as soon they graduate high school, as was the case for myself.  Since I graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1999, I have lived in Florida, Virginia, and for the last five years, Nashville.  That means for over 11 years, I have pretty much lived away from the hometown that molded me.  Now, I realize that a lot of this could be that I am married now and have a baby on the way, but I must admit, my old hometown suddenly seems really cool again.  Maybe it’s because the pace of my life is slowing down, compared to my single days and even my married-with-no-children days, and is now starting to match the speed of a small town and no longer a big city.  But I still think something special is happening in this small town, apart from my interference or commentary.

This past weekend my wife and I spent the weekend there with my parents, sister, and her husband.  My sister Dana had mentioned to me that there was this thing going on called “Boom Days” on Saturday in the city park.  She heard something about free pancakes and people dressed up like “old times”.  That’s all she knew.  I was way too curious about this possible Lord of the Rings picnic not to go.  So I went.

Turns out the pancakes weren’t free, but instead they were part of an all-you-can-eat-pancake-buffet for just five bucks, and the people dressed up were Civil War reenacters, not from Medieval times.  There was also a llama, a clown, a car show, a guy on a unicycle, horses, cool crafts exhibits, three concert stages, (four if you count two guys playing bluegrass on the sidewalk), a BBQ competition, and even a dog show.  I had originally only planned to check it out for a little while to say that I went, then leave.  But instead, I was there for over two and half hours and left with a slight sunburn.

In other words, I had a whole lot of fun.  It was a reunion of sorts: I caught up with some childhood classmates like Alex Igou and Tiffanie Baker Vincent, as well as our legendary elementary school librarian, Mrs. Jane Mauldin.  Boom Days 2010 was truly the kind of city wide event that had something for everybody.  I predict that like the days of June Jam (1982-1997), Boom Days will similarly help the culture of the town to resurface.

It wasn’t really until I was in college and started bringing friends home for the weekend that I realized that Fort Payne supersedes commercialized stereotypes of what a small Southern town is supposed to be like.  Fort Payne is not simply Country music, cows, and tractors- which are all good and necessary.  Being that when I was growing up I was constantly in plays and musicals, most of them written and directed by native Eddie McPherson, I was always aware of Fort Payne’s love of the arts.  It has to mean something when there are two theatres in downtown, on the same street, a block away from each other.

Fort Payne is also set apart from many towns in that half of the city is on a mountain and the other half is in a valley.  I grew up on the mountain side, sandwiched in between Little River Canyon, Little River Falls, De Soto State Park, and the artistic town of Mentone.  So while the valley half is where I learned to be social and outgoing, at school and at church, it was the outdoorsy mountain half that catered to my introspective and artistic side.  Simply put, Fort Payne is the perfect environment to yield well-rounded and level-headed people.

It takes a village.  Mine was Fort Payne.

All of the scenic route snapshots  used in this post were taken during Boom Days 2010, courtesy of Nick Shell.