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A Brief History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day from College Chevrolet Buick!

Celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is known nowadays as the end of summer and the three-day weekend made for grill-outs. Some people may know that Labor Day was originally created to honor the contributions of workers, but many don’t know the in-depth history of Labor Day and its origins in the Industrial Revolution. In that era of our nation’s history, many people worked long hours in unregulated, hazardous conditions for very little pay.

Labor Day was first proposed during a time when many workers were going on strike for unfair wages and wanted to be recognized for their value and efforts. The idea was first proposed by one of two men, though people disagree on which one it truly was—either Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew McGuire of the Central Labor Union. Either way, the proposal was made and adopted in 1882, the year the very first Labor Day parade was held in New York City.

The holiday had difficulty working its way up to a national level. Originally, the idea of a “workingmens’ holiday” was honored in some state governments, but it wasn’t until 1892 that Congress solidified the history of Labor Day as a turning point in American history and uplifted it to the level of a national holiday.

Buick Convertible History: Looking Back Only to Look Forward

2016 Buick Cascada

2016 Buick Cascada – Coming Soon!

The debut of the all-new 2016 Buick Cascada at the North American International Auto Show has people buzzing about a new Buick convertible. In order to appreciate what’s to come, we thought it would only be appropriate to give a rundown of Buick convertible history so we can appreciate the past as well. We at College Chevrolet Buick have listed some of our favorite past Buick convertibles below.

The first Buick convertible came in the form of the 1908 Runabout. It was the best-selling model of its time and had a price tag of $900. The Runabout was so popular that the production plant had to have around-the-clock shifts to keep up with its demand. Another favorite of ours was the 1938 Y-Job. The Y-Job was considered the auto industry’s first concept car and was deemed the “Car of the Future.”

We also have a soft spot in our hearts for the 1953 Buick Skylark. It was the masterpiece of Buick’s 50th Anniversary series. It was also one of the most luxurious Buick’s ever made, even featuring the owner’s name on a gold emblem on the steering wheel.

Reminiscing about some of the greatest Buick convertibles makes us even more excited about the new 2016 Cascada. It will be Buick’s first convertible release in 25 years! As we wait for the day the Cascada arrives, let us know what some of your favorite Buick convertibles are with a comment below.

60 Years of Corvettes

Are you able to pick a Corvette out of a line-up just by looking at the body design? If you can, that is no accident. The iconic Chevy is on the verge of being 60 years old, and through all six generations, the Corvette has been designed to have a visual connection to its predecessors.

Tom Peters, GM performance vehicle design director, said, “Every generation of Corvette has had a signature look, as the Corvette changed to reflect the high-performance technology and design of the times. However, each generation of Corvette shares some common elements which create a consistent Corvette theme that is expressive, distinctly American, artful, and passionate.”

Even though the newest ‘Vette, the 2013 427 Convertible, doesn’t share a single component with the original 1953 Corvette, the two are obviously related.

Some of the common elements of this Chevy are proportion, a waterfall effect, dual cockpit architecture, a bodyside cove, and the tail design.

Peters also stated, “Corvette designers have often looked to fighter planes for inspiration. You can see that aerospace influence in the Corvette’s low, wide stance, proportionately small cockpit, and how the body is wrapped around the mechanical components.”

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