Take a drive in your Chevy – Top Five Places for Film Buffs in Ohio

Explore your favorite movie sites in the Buckeye State

Over the years, Ohio has been the backdrop for many movie sets. With its picturesque small towns, rolling hills, and Midwest charm, Ohio scenery offers a unique perspective not easily duplicated in Hollywood. Ohio is also home to many inspiring older theatres, where moviegoers flock to see vintage films as well as the newest blockbusters. These top five locations offer the best sites for film buffs in the State.

Athena Cinema

Time stands still at the Athena Cinema in downtown Athens. Established in 1915, the theatre has welcomed visitors for a century. The Athena was purchased and completely restored by Ohio University in 2001 and now welcomes local patrons while also providing a home for budding University filmmakers. The non-profit Art Deco theatre offers a unique partnership between the community and students by allowing patrons to take in a new major motion picture or experience the excitement of student screening all in one place. To learn more, visit http://athenacinema.com/about/.

A Christmas Story House

Who can forget one of the most memorable Christmas flicks of all time, A Christmas Story? Visit the home where the movie was filmed. See the window where the infamous leg lamp lighted the front porch and walk through the kitchen where Ralphie, his brother Randy, and their parents spent so much time. Across the street from this Cleveland suburb home is A Christmas Story House Museum. There you can see original props from the movie including the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle Ralphie admired in the store window. For more information, visit http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call (216) 298-4919. The house and museum are open all year.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Film Series

For years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has offered film screenings twice a week, and the tradition continues. Hosted in the two theatres at the Museum, the showings are a popular event among all ages. Learn more by visiting http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films/about-film/history-museum%E2%80%99s-film-series.

The Murphy Theatre

The Murphy Theatre and the town of Wilmington were the backdrop for the 1993 movie, Lost in Yonkers, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The restored theatre remains active today with live performances from entertainers and theatre groups, as well as the occasional film showing. To learn more, visit the http://www.themurphytheatre.org.

The Studio Movie Grill

A night out on the town typically involves going out for dinner followed by a movie. The Studio Movie Grill combines the two and offers a unique dine-in movie experience. Visit the fully-stocked bar before the show for a pre-dinner drink. Enter the theatre before the movie starts to place your order for your meal. When your meal order arrives, dine in style in a specially-designed seat with table top. With newly-released movies, drinks, and movies, your whole evening on the town takes place at the movie theatre. Located in downtown Columbus, the Studio Movie Grill is centrally-located. Visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com for more information.

Spend some time exploring some of these unique and one-of-a-kind movie locations in Ohio.


Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

A solid utility leader

Tow with it, haul a heavy load across the mountains or hook a snowplow to the front to clear the way – the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is built to work hard. It’s also a highly refined pickup truck that’s luxury-car quiet inside and filled with enhancements.

One thing is for sure, the Silverado (MSRP from $25,575) is highly configurable. Mix and match cab styles and box length to get your perfect pickup. Available trim levels run from work truck (WT) to luxury cruiser. The Silverado 1WT Regular Cab with standard-length box starts it off. An all-aluminum 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 provides power and efficiency thanks to standard direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management to deactivate cylinders when full power isn’t needed. The V6 provides 285 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. Other standard 1WT features include four-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch wheels and tires, power windows and locks, cruise control, and a front bench seat with fold-down center armrest. The CornerStep rear bumper and cargo area lamps are standard conveniences you won’t want to live without, either.

The 2WT trim adds the Chevy MyLink radio with a 4.2-inch screen and Bluetooth®, plus OnStar and a six-month trial of Directions & Connections, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio capability with a three-month free trial subscription, remote keyless entry, stainless-steel-clad wheels to coordinate with chrome front and rear bumpers and grille surround, as well as heated, power-adjustable exterior mirrors.

The Silverado LT includes the EZ-Lift and Lower® tailgate, Driver Information Center with 4.2-inch color display, cloth-covered 40/20/40-split front bench seat with lockable under-seat storage, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and 17-inch machined aluminum wheels.

A Silverado LT Z71 is the one you want if paved roads are scarce. You get a Z71 Off-Road Suspension with monotube shock absorbers by Rancho®, all-terrain tires, Hill Descent Control and a locking rear differential. When equipped with 4WD, the Z71 Silverado has a transfer case shield, as well. The Z71 Appearance Package includes a unique front grille design, foglamps and recovery hooks, along with its own gauge cluster, interior trim plates and brushed metal “Z71” door plates.

Other cab and box configurations open the door to even more trim and equipment options. Go with a Double Cab and standard box to get access to the Silverado LTZ trim, which adds both power and luxury. Standard in the LTZ is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 that develops 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque. This all-aluminum V8 features direct injection and continuously-variable valve timing along with Active Fuel Management. The LTZ interior is luxurious appointed with leather-covered seating, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power-sliding rear window, 110-volt outlet and rear-vision camera. The LTZ also features 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, foglamps and chrome door handles and mirror caps.

To the LTZ trim you can add the Z71 heavy-duty off-road suspension, with the monotube shocks by Rancho®, all-terrain tires, a transfer case shield (4WD), a locking rear differential and the Z71 Appearance Package.

The ultimate premium Silverado, the High Country, comes in Crew Cab configuration. The Silverado High Country is a highly versatile truck. It features four full-size doors, a spacious interior and either a short or long cargo box to meet your needs. The large cabin features premium, perforated leather upholstery and 12-way power adjustable heated and cooled front seats. A Bose® premium audio system and power-sliding rear window are also standard for the High Country trim. Front and Rear Park Assist help with maneuvering, as does a rearview camera. A unique chrome grille and 20-inch chrome wheels finish off the look, and an upgraded suspension conquers road irregularities with comfort and control.

Towing is a Silverado high point. With the 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 you can tow a maximum trailer weight of 5,800 pounds. If you need more, the 5.3-liter V8 is capable of hauling 11,300 pounds when equipped with the 3.73:1 rear axle. That’s a lot of capability to pack into a half-ton pickup, and the Silverado’s four-wheel disc brakes, robust frame and sophisticated engineering deliver that capability on a magic carpet of refinement.

In creating the new Silverado, Chevrolet engineers developed an entirely new body that results in exceptional comfort and quiet in the cabin. The doors nestle into the bodysides to keep wind noise down, and the cab rides on new mounts that absorb noise and vibration, even as the suspension copes with bad roads. With the new Silverado, the phrase “rides like a truck” is now a compliment.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has all the bases covered. It can be a hard-working two-door pickup, or a hard-working and luxuriously outfitted four-door family truck. With a solid pair of engine choices and 4WD options to back you up, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. With a thorough commitment to quality, the Silverado 1500 will get you and your stuff from here to there for many years to come, too.

Come in today to learn more about the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, and be sure to save time for a test drive or two.


Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass Half a Billion Electric Mile


Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

“The fact that most of the folks who purchased the Volt at launch are still enjoying EV range performance on target with when they took delivery is testament to the attention to detail our team paid to delivering on our promise of most people driving all electrically most of the time,” said Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer.

Volt owners are doing more than 63 percent of their overall driving in EV mode. While the driving range in EV mode can be greatly impacted by temperature, driving technique and terrain, the ease with which Volt drivers are avoiding gasoline use further shows the Volt’s suitability for almost any lifestyle.

Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station less than once a month. The 2014 Volt provides owners with fuel economy of EPA estimated 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 city/40 highway on gasoline power, saving $1,450 in annual fuel costs with no change in daily driving habits.

In an independent study conducted between July and December 2013, Volt drivers who participated in the Department of Energy’s EV Project managed by Idaho National Labs totaled 1,198,114 vehicle trips of which 974,692, or 81.4 percent, were completed without the gasoline-powered generator being used.

Since the Volt was launched in 2010, owners have helped to reduce gasoline consumption by more than 25 million gallons, the equivalent of no gasoline being used in Washington D.C. for 2½ months.


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Places to go in your Chevrolet – Top Five Hidden Historical Gems in Ohio

Discover Ohio’s influential historical past

Because of its geographic location, natural resources and size, Ohio has a far-reaching and diverse history. The Buckeye State was home to several Native American tribes. As the dividing line between the North and South during the Civil War, Ohio played an instrumental role in the Underground Railroad. The State of Ohio was the birthplace of aviation, and the state was also the birthplace of several U.S. presidents. Revisit history by checking out some of Ohio’s historical gems.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Museum

Located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in East Dayton, the U.S. Air Force Museum is the earliest and largest museum dedicated to military aviation in the world. Numerous exhibits display aircraft from every conflict of the last century. Learn the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the two Dayton brothers famous for constructing the first airplane. For more information, visit http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

The Great Serpent Mound

Located in Peebles, the Great Serpent Mound is the largest mound of its type ever found. The mound is presumed to have been built by the Adenas, prehistoric people of the area, and consists of a series of underground caves and tombs. The mound measures over 1,300 feet in length. To learn more, visit http://greatserpentmound.com.

Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home and School

As an authoritative general and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant was one of the most popular and well-respected political figures of his time. Tour Grant’s boyhood home, where he spent most of his childhood, and see the school where he spent his formative years. Located in Georgetown, the home and school have been completely restored. Visit http://www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org to learn more.

The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education

As the featured exhibit at the museum, Mapping Our Tears, allows visitors a glimpse of life during the Holocaust. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati is a premiere center of Holocaust education in the Midwest and offers eyewitness accounts of life during the time of Germany’s Nazi control. You will have to plan on spending an entire day to allow for plenty of time to view all of the exhibits and artifacts. For more information, visit http://www.holocaustandhumanity.org.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House

As the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe offered a bold look at slavery in the United States. The novel was a spark that fueled the flames of the Civil War and forced Americans to take a look at the daily lives of those born and sold into slavery. Visit Stowe’s childhood home in Cincinnati to learn more about the acclaimed author. Because the Ohio River was a crossing point into the free North during the Civil War, and because Stowe was also a strong abolitionist, information about the Underground Railroad is also included in the artifacts at the house. For additional information, go to http://www.stowehousecincy.org.

Learn more about Ohio’s broad history by visiting some of the historical gems throughout the state.


2015 Corvette Z06 Rated at 650 Horsepower


DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.

The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.

“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”

Compared with other supercar engines, the LT4 is a veritable fountain of low-end torque, producing 457 lb-ft (619 Nm) just off idle and 625 lb-ft (847 Nm) by only 2,800 rpm. The V-12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, for example, produces about 28 percent less torque than the Z06, despite offering about 12 percent more horsepower – and its peak torque isn’t achieved until 6,000 rpm. The LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque, or 592 lb-ft (802 Nm), from 2,500 to 5,400 rpm.

The new LT4 engine eclipses the Porsche 911 Turbo S engine’s peak power levels by 90 horsepower (67 kW) and 134 lb-ft of torque (182 Nm).

“Torque is the pulling power of an engine and the LT4’s abundance of it at every rpm in the engine’s speed range helps the 2015 Corvette Z06 accelerate quicker and respond nearly instantaneously,” said Jordan Lee, chief engineer for Small Block engines. “It’s the very definition of power on demand.”

The new Z06 engine produces 40 percent more peak torque (180 lb-ft / 244 Nm) than the previous-generation’s 7.0L LS7 engine – and 7.5 percent more than the supercharged 2013 Corvette ZR1’s 604 lb-ft (819 Nm). At 3,200 rpm, the new LT4 surpasses the LS7 by 208 lb-ft of torque (252 Nm). On the horsepower side of the graph, the LT4’s 650-hp rating is 29 percent greater than the LS7’s 505 horsepower (376 kW), and 12 horses more than the ZR1’s LS9 engine.

“The new LT4 engine builds on the design strengths of our previous supercharged engine and leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing – to take Corvette performance to an all-new plateau,” said Lee. “Our new, very compact supercharger also helps the engine make power more quickly, and perhaps more importantly, it helps produce more torque earlier in the rpm band.”

“It’s also worth mentioning that the LT4’s supercar performance numbers are achieved with an engine that is nearly the same size as the very compact LT1 engine introduced in the 2014 Corvette Stingray,” Lee said. “The power density of the LT4 makes it one of the smallest and lightest 650-hp engines in the industry.”

LT4 details

The new LT4 engine is based on the same Gen 5 small block foundation as the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 6.2L naturally aspirated engine, incorporating several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:

  • Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads
  • Lightweight titanium intake valves
  • Machined, forged powder metal steel connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
  • High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency and is enabled by direct injection
  • Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
  • Stainless steel exhaust manifolds and an aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
  • Standard dry-sump oiling system with a dual-pressure-control oil pump.

A new 1.7L supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s engine. The rotors are smaller in diameter, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to produce power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

“The Small Block’s cam-in-block design heritage has always enabled very high performance and responsiveness in a small, compact package – an attribute amplified by the performance of our new supercharger’s design,” said Lee.

The LT4 is assembled at the new Performance Build Center at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant and at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in New York. It is matched with a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an all-new, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission built in Toledo, Ohio.

Designed to deliver shift responses on par with the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions, it is the first automatic offered in a Z06. It also makes the Z06 one of the few cars this powerful to offer the choice of a conventional manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Tech Tips: Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Why you need it and how to help care for it

When people talk about car care and servicing their cars, they’re normally concerned with the regulars like oil changes and tire rotations. One of the most overlooked aspects of car care, however, is changing the filters, especially the cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter cleans outside air coming in through the vents, so the air you breathe inside the cabin is free of allergens and other pollutants. Cabin air filters should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000-miles (at least once per year), but you should check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s specific recommendation. The service technicians at your dealership, the people who know your vehicle best, can answer your questions and provide advice.

Here are a few helpful tips:

What’s That Smell?


If you notice an unpleasant odor coming through the vents, it’s probably time for a filter change. It’s been said that pollen and other substances can be up to six times more concentrated inside the car. For allergy sufferers or people with respiratory issues, even a little more contamination in the air can be a bit deal.

Get The Right Part

Don’t just settle for any filter. Be sure to get the filter that is made specifically for your vehicle. While generic options are available and may fit, they are not likely to perform to the standards of a manufacturer-recommended filter; it’s best to get the parts that the manufacturer recommends. Your dealer’s Parts Department has everything you need to ensure maximum efficiency, performance and value.

Why Pay More?

Take advantage of your dealer’s seasonal service specials to save money and get a quality job done the right way for your vehicle. Factor in the peace of mind that comes from knowing the work is being done by factory-trained technicians, and the value quotient continues to grow.

Make sure the air you breathe while behind the wheel is the cleanest it can be. Check your cabin air filter, and all the filters in your vehicle, regularly.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. www.jackmaxton.com