The Ultimate I-40 Road Trip in the 2018 Chevy Traverse

Several years ago, as you would depart Wilmington, NC going West on Interstate 40 you would be greeted with a sign on your right that declared:

Wilmington to Barstow, CA Road Trip Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Summer of Chevy

Due to the novelty of this installment, the sign was stolen many times and after 4 replacements the NC DOT decided that it would just not spend the money on putting up a new one anymore.

The memory of that sign has inspired us to take the ultimate road trip to the final destination heading West on Interstate 40 to Barstow, California in our 2018 Chevy Traverse!

Check out how our very own Fernez Family preps for a Summer Road trip:

If you are ready to pack up the family and make your own memories this summer we have put a list together for you of the “MUST SEE” stops on this Westward Bound Great American Road Trip!

Starting with….

Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Wrightsville Beach, NC was noted North Carolina’s Best Beach – it is the perfect home for those with active outdoor lifestyles.

Year round, Wrightsville Beach, NC is home to many outdoor enthusiasts who love the versatility of the area.  Known for its crystal blue waters and spacious beach, surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) competitions, and much more, it’s easy to find something to do here. No wonder Wrightsville Beach was voted North Carolina’s best beach.

In another 159 miles, turn on Exit 273B to

The Carolina Basketball Museum

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College Basketball is THE sport in North Carolina, and whether or not your family sides with UNC, Duke or NC State, this historic stop can’t be missed.  The sports lover in you will dive headfirst into the timeline showing the infamous Tobacco Road rivalry.

199 miles later, stop over in

Catawba Falls

 

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Stretch your legs and work up an appetite by stopping over for a breathtaking hike in Catawba Falls.  Just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, NC this Blue Ridge waterfall is over 100 ft high and is located at the Southern tip of Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District, just south of the Old Fort grade on I-40.

With hiking trails and several different waterfalls this natural marvel is now open for public exploration.

 

Clean off your hiking shoes and heads just 27 miles West to enter

Asheville, NC

 

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You may want to stick around for a few days.  Downtown Asheville, NC is filled with iconic landmarks, independent shops, breweries, and some world-renowned dining all tucked away in a mountain community vibe.  Venture out to the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s Winter Estate complete with century-old gardens, hiking/biking and an on-site winery.  Tour the treasured American Pisgah and Nantahala Forests if you didn’t get enough Blue Ridge Mountain beauty in your last stop.

After you have had your fill of top-notch cuisine hop back in and head 82 miles west to

 

Gatlinburg, TN

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Have you tried white-water rafting?  Gatinlinburg has access to several classes of rafting due to its location off the Big Pigeon River.

Ready for an epic zipline adventure?  Check out CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains Zipline Tour.  Complete with World-Class Ziplining and Mountain Biking adventures, CLIMB accommodates groups of all sizes.

And if you are a Blake Shelton fan mark your calendars – the country star plans to open the third Ole Red Restaurant and Entertainment complex right off the Gatlinburg Parkway.

Get back on US-441N towards I-40 W and in one hour you will be in

Knoxville, TN

With a walkable downtown, people love to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sitesart museumsparksgreenways and more.  Check out Zoo Knoxville, commonly referred to as “The Red Panda Capital of the World” because of their success in breeding red pandas.

Continue on to I-40 for another 180 miles and you have entered Music City –

Nashville, TN

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Whether or not you are a country music fan, a MUST DO while in Nashville is visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.  This recently renovated 350,000 square foot museum showcases so much of American music history complete with the historic letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and a casual taqueria.  You can also take part in the ongoing battle over who has the best hot chicken in Nashville!

On your way to Memphis, TN, make quick stops at the Loretta Lynn Ranch and the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum.

Continue your music education by making a stop in

Memphis, TN

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About 3 hours outside of Nashville, you will be in the Western end of Tennessee.  Memphis boasts to be the home to the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and the best place in the country for BBQ (there are many in the Carolinas that will debate that opinion).

The Gibson Factory is here.  Graceland is here.  Get lost on Beale Street, dubbed “America’s Most Iconic Street.”

150 miles to

Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland, AK

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Just outside of Little Rock, AK, take a break from the city trips and take in a day hike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.  There are hiking and biking trails with varying levels of difficulty, and the peak of the mountain reaches more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley.

In about 333 miles – YOU ARE NOW AT THE EXACT HALFWAY POINT to Barstow, CA! –

Nicoma Park, OK

278 miles to

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

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This offbeat roadside attraction features 10 graffiti-covered Cadillacs standing upright in a row, buried nose-first in the ground. The sculpture is the brainchild of Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh III, who chose classics dating from 1948 to 1963, the “Golden Age” of the American automobile.

Continue on I-40W and in about 278 miles you will enter

Albuquerque, NM

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Any I-40 road trip would be incomplete without a stop in Albuquerque, where the famous Route 66 brought visitors from all over the country.  Historic neon signs still glow along old Route 66 through Albuquerque, which is now Central Avenue. Alongside vintage signs, you’ll see new versions put up by businesses that are continuing the aesthetic traditions of Route 66, and many museums and tours to show the growth of the city since 1926 (when Route 66 was first commissioned).

You are so close – almost done!

En route to Flagstaff, be sure to stop and check out the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park.

About 323 miles outside of Albuquerque, you will enter

Flagstaff, AZ

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In the middle of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is an active city where a mix of small town charm and endless outdoor adventures will welcome you in.  Take in a guided tour of everything from the Grand Canyon to haunted city homes to old Route 66 stops.  Visit Coconino National Forest to see endless amounts of varying terrain including red rock, southwest desert, pine forests and frozen tundra – all in one place!

And finally, in about 352 miles you will enter…

Barstow, CA

You made it!  You have seen Interstate 40 in its entirety, coming up just shy of a straight away coast to coast road trip!

 

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown HotspotsCruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

TRAVERSE TAKES THE LEAD

The all-new 2018 Traverse is a step ahead of the competition when it comes to offering cargo space, Wi-Fi technology and safety features like the industry-first Front Center Air Bag.

Ready for the road-trip of a lifetime?  Check out our Chevrolet Traverse inventory so you can be well equipped.

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2018

CHEVROLET TRAVERSE

2018

FORD EXPLORER

2018

TOYOTA HIGHLANDER

BEST-IN-CLASS

Maximum Cargo Space

98.2 cu. ft. 81.7 cu. ft. 83.7 cu. ft.
AVAILABLE

4G LTE Wi-Fi

YES YES NO
AVAILABLE

Surround Vision Camera

YES NO YES

INDUSTRY FIRST

Front Center Air Bag

YES NO NO

 

 

Testing Out a Colorado ZR2 with GearOn™ Accessories

The Perfect Combination for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Adventures

For Summer of Chevy 2018, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is exploring our coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas with a different vehicle every week all summer long! For the first week of Summer of Chevy, we are having fun with the 2018 Colorado ZR2 and just a few of the many available GearOn™ accessories that Chevrolet has to offer.

Water Sports

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 GearOn Accessory Kit - Thule - Jeff Gordon Chevy Trucks Wilmington NC.jpgFrom Wrightsville Beach to Carolina Beach to the Cape Fear River and everything in between, there is no shortage of places to jump in the water around here. Our friends over at  Hook, Line, and Paddle happen to know a thing or two about water sports and were happy to help us put Chevy’s GearOn™ accessories to the test. They generously brought over Native’s latest fishing kayak – the Slayer 12 XC (video below) to pack on top of our Colorado. To do that, we equipped the Colorado with Thule® Roof Racks  and the Hull-A-Port Pro™ Folding J Kayak Carrier, allowing us to carry the sizeable fishing kayak securely on one side of the roof. With space to fill on the other side of the roof, we decided on the Thule® Roof-Mounted Big Mouth™ upright bike carrier – making the perfect combination for summer time adventures hitting the trails and waterways with plenty of cargo room to spare for additional gear! For cyclists who need to carry more bikes for family or friends, Chevrolet also offers options to carry over the cargo bed or hitch-mounted carriers that can carry up to 4 bicycles, if needed.

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And, for those who enjoy bigger toys during the summer, the Colorado ZR2 has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds to get your boat or jet skis to the ramp with ease. Not to mention, with the new tow hitch guideline feature available on the new Chevy Trucks, you can get your trailer hooked up in no time.

While shopping Chevy Accessories for our Colorado ZR2, we discovered just how versatile the GearOn™ accessory line really is with its customization options. We were able to showcase its ability to cater to bikers and water sport enthusiasts on this truck, but it also has plenty of options for other outdoor activities. So, if you happen to live closer to the mountains than the coast, GearOn™ has you covered year-round.

Winter Sports

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Hitch-Mounted Wintersport Carrier by Thule ® - Associated Accessories

For those who enjoy winter sports, there are plenty of options to secure your gear and equipment separately and securely. With the Flat Top (above) or Hitch-Mounted (right) Ski/Snowboard Carriers by Thule®, you can anchor up to four snowboards or six pairs of skis in the back of the truck without sacrificing any cargo space in the bed.

Camping

PhotoFor those who enjoy camping any time of the year, one of our favorite GearOn™ accessories is this Sportz® Camping Tent by Napier that is designed to fit perfectly into the bed of your Chevy Truck, and can be put up and taken down with ease. Since you’ll have your Chevy Colorado with a 4G LTE WiFi hot spot, there’s nothing stopping you from uploading a peaceful Boomerang of yourself being one with nature to your Instagram story.

Whatever your camping style, Chevrolet offers a wide array of accessories including cargo bed dividers, nets, and roof-mounted cargo carrying options to make sure your camping trip goes just as planned. And you’ll be rest assured that whether you’re driving out on the sand, snow, or up the side of a mountain, the Colorado ZR2 won’t leave you stuck in the mud.

So by now, we’re sure you’re wondering where to get one of these amazing trucks and some handy accessories to go with it. Jeff Gordon’s Chevy dealer in Wilmington has you covered! Come join the JGC Family like the dozens of smiling faces below. Shop for your Colorado or Silverado, pick out your accessories, and have them installed all under one roof.

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For all your kayak, paddleboard, and fishing needs, go see Chris and Finn at Hook, Line, & Paddle at 435 Eastwood Rd in Wilmington!

 

Note: All links to GearOn accessories in this post are meant to fit the specific truck featured. When shopping, make sure you select your Chevy Truck’s year, make, and model to ensure a proper fit.

 

 

 

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Diesel Dominates Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6

The Chevy Colorado looks great on North Carolina Beaches, but how does it size up against its toughest competitor?

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Rocks, mud, the competition.  ZR2 conquers them all.  With its segment exclusive features like Multimatic shocks and an available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine-not to mention its aggressive stance and styling-ZR2 leaves the Tacoma stuck in a rut.

But don’t just take it from us – check out the comparison chart below and  see what automotive industry experts say when comparing the the two midsize trucks.

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Segment-Exclusive Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel

Yes

No

Segment-Exclusive Standard Multimatic TM Shocks-DSSV Damping System

Yes

No

Segment-Exclusive Standard Front and Rear Electronic Locking Differential

Yes

No

Torque

369 lb.-ft

265 lb.-ft

Front and Rear Tread Width

65.9 in./65.9 in.

64.0 in./64.0 in.

Available Full-Size Bed-Mounted Spare Tire Center

Yes

No

Tubular Rocker Protection

Yes

No

Fully Boxed Frame

Yes

No

EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate

Yes

No

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Yes

No

Duralife TM Brake Rotors

Yes

No

Remote Start

Yes

No

Available 4G LTE Wifi Hotspot

Yes

No

Available OnStar or Equivalent

Yes

No

Available Touch Screen

8-Inch diagonal

7-inch diagonal

Available Max. USB Ports

4

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Find the right truck for your summer adventures here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to enjoy all of our Summer of Chevy Series!

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown Hotspots, Cruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

You Can Win Jeff Gordon’s Personal Corvette & Up to $15,000 in Cash

Proceeds Support Fight Against Childhood Cancer Through Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation 

CHARLOTTE (June 2018) – Four-time NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Jeff Gordon, one of the most iconic names in racing and pop culture, intends to repeat last year’s record-breaking $1 million raised for childhood cancer research.  To realize this goal, he has donated a very special car from his personal collection – a 60th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition – along with $15,000.

2018 CFAC Your Chance

Tickets to win the car and cash are available June 1 – July 31 for $100 each at www.CorvetteForACure.org and only 10,000 will be sold.  In addition to the chance to win Gordon’s car there also are three “stage drawings” of $5,000 each.  The earlier a ticket is purchased, the more chances there are to win.  All federal taxes will be paid on the car and cash prizes, and Gordon will personally hand over the keys and sign over the title.

10,000 tickets are available for purchase June 1 – July 31.  They are $100 each and sold out early last year.

The Corvette Program Stages are as follows:

June 1 to June 15 (*Best Odds Of Winning)

  • Corvette Drawing
  • Three 5,000 Cash Drawings

June 16 to June 29

  • Corvette Drawing
  • Two 5,000 Cash Drawings

June 30 to July 13

  • Corvette Drawing
  • One 5,000 Cash Drawings

July 14 to July

  • Corvette Drawing

About the Corvette

Gordon’s Corvette is Arctic White with full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the blue convertible top extending the graphic theme over the roof, and Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents.  The sticker price is $90,490 with features including:

  • 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine and 6-speed manual transmission
  • 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Carbon fiber raised hood, Z06-style fenders, floor panels, and “front splitter and rocker panels
  • ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and “60th” logo on wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests
  • Lightweight machine-face Cup wheels with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wrapped in ZR1-style Michelin PS2 tires

This is the 13th year of the Corvette program, which has raised nearly $7 million in the previous 12 years.  Gordon started the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation in 1999 – a 501(c)(3) public charity – to help improve outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer.  Since then, more than $18 million has been used to fund some of the most promising research in childhood cancer, as well as open the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C. and the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda.

Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease for children, and families of two children every hour receive the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis.  Only four percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to pediatric cancer, with pharmaceutical companies contributing minimal resources, leaving childhood cancer heavily reliant upon private donations.

To buy tickets for the Corvette program, review complete rules, and learn more about the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation visit www.CorvetteForACure.org.

3 Best Places to Take Your Dog in Wilmington, North Carolina

Let’s face it: Pets are family, and we want to make sure they always feel loved and appreciated. That’s why it’s important to pamper your cat around the house and take your dog on adventures outside of the house.

Many of our employees at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet are dog parents. According to them, these are the best places to take your dog in Wilmington:

  1. Wilmington Dog Park at Empie: Dogs are social creatures, so it’s important to let them play with other dogs under your supervision at a dog park. The Wilmington Dog Park is a great place to do just that. Set on two acres, this off-leash park has two distinct play areas—one for large dogs and one for small dogs.
  2. Abbey Nature Trail: Dogs love walks, especially in new places with exciting smells. Take your pooch out to Abbey Nature Trail along Highway 17 North. Set on 67 acres, this nature preserve offers up a 2.4-mile trail that takes you through the woods and over the mill pond.
  3. Entropy Boat Rentals: Does your dog love to swim? Consider this unique experience with the pet-friendly Entropy Boat Rentals, where you can ferry your dog over to a pet-friendly beach.

For more suggestions on ways to keep your pet happy in Wilmington, contact us at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. We’ll also be happy to recommend the top pet-friendly vehicles we have in our inventory if you’re in need of a new ride.

Local Women Team Up for National Women Build Week

Women across the Cape Fear Region fastened their tool belts and picked up their hammers to help a local family build the home they have been waiting for.

During the week of May 5th-12th, over 200 women divided into teams to build a home for a local mother and her two children in New Hanover County. This massive team effort was a part of “National Women Build Week”, a partnership initiative by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Throughout the fundraising campaign, donors had the opportunity to donate in honor of a strong woman in their life.

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WWAY was on hand to cover the local build organized by Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

In support of these efforts, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet donated refreshments for the volunteer teams and provided some helping hands for the first build day of the week.

National Women Build Week took place in over 300 communities across the country, timed to line up with the Mother’s Day holiday. Lowe’s Home Improvement has donated over $2 million dollars to the growing initiative.

Check out out the National Facebook Group to follow the stories across the country. Learn more for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity at capefearhabitat.org. And, check out the full album from the week here.

 

Keep up with more that Jeff Gordon Chevy is doing around the Wilmington community by following Jeff Gordon Events on Facebook.

 

4 Best Coffee Shops in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is a place of movers and shakers. Whether you’re exhausted from a long day of work (or have just woken up and are staring down one of those long days) or need a pick-me-up after a fun day exploring the city with your dog, a cup of coffee should do the trick. These are the four best coffee shops in Wilmington:

  1. Grinders Caffé: This café is located at 5032 Wrightsville Avenue and is well-known for offering a different coffee flavor each day. We recommend an iced coffee—they include iced coffee cubes!
  2. Luna Caffé: Tucked away at 604 Castle Street, this little café is celebrated for its delicious espresso and is easy to spot from the road—just look for the bold blue bricks.
  3. Folks Café: This local café has done so well for itself that it has opened two locations—one is at 1201 Princess Street and the other is at 706 North 4th Beans are organic, fair trade, and roasted in-house.
  4. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee: Whether you prefer your beverages cold or hot, this quality joint offers a range of teas, coffees, and smoothies to quench your thirst.

Contact us here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet for more suggestions of where to get a cup of java in the area. We’ll be more than happy to recommend our favorites.