Dale Jr. and the All New Silverado Break Ground in Upcoming Daytona 500

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Wilmington, NC- The 61st running of the Daytona 500 is quickly approaching just days away! One of the most sought out sporting events of all time,  the Daytona 500 will be held on February 17th.

In a unique start this year’s Daytona 500 will feature the 2019 Silverado 1500 as the official pace vehicle. This is the first time a pick-up truck will serve as the pace car in the Daytona 500, with two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the driver’s seat.

Honored to pace the Daytona 500 in the Silverado 1500, Earnhardt Jr. said (as cited by Motor Authority, 2018) “Away from the track I’ve driven Chevy trucks all my life, and I’m excited to have this unique experience of pacing the Daytona 500 with the Silverado.” Earnhardt Jr. is a member of the Hendrick Motorsports family, and retired from racing in 2017. Earnhardt Jr. is now a race analyst for the NBCUniversal, and owner of JR Motorsports.

Under the Hood– Although the Silverado 1500 lacks the appearance of a traditional race car, under the hood it features a 6.2-litre V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, packing a punch close in line with the Chevy Camaro.

Our very own Jeff Gordon will be commentating the Daytona 500 on Fox Sports. Gordon has won three Daytona 500’s 1997, 1999 and 2005. In 2015 Gordon’s final year of racing he won the pole at the Daytona 500, then in 2017 Gordon was the honorary pace car driver for the Daytona 500.

Although this is the first time for a pick-up truck to pace the Daytona 500, Chevrolet has been in the spotlight before pacing the “Great American Race” a total of 12 times; 5 of those times were with a Corvette, and 7 with a Camaro.

Behind the Scenes – Veteran Owned Veteran Grown Feature

To showcase the Silverado during Summer of Chevy, we chose to go a different route in our filming.  Earlier this year, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet met Bill O’Brien and a few other board members of Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, a local non-profit that aids veterans by giving a renewed sense of purpose and potential entrepreneurship through agricultural endeavors.  The ultimate goal is to help veterans live a full, sustainable life and build a stronger community together.

VOVG exists for several reasons. The biggest one is to connect veterans and their families socially so they don’t feel like they are alone in this journey.  We focus strongly on agriculture in its many forms to help veterans become sustainable,” according to the Veteran Owned Veteran Grown website.   “Farming is hard work with long hours but, it also provides a peace and serenity that no pill the VA will give you can. Everything from raising chickens to craft work. We will do whatever we can to make you sustainable.”

Please enjoy the short feature that we produced on site at Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, starring some of their members with a little help from Team RWB Wilmington.

 

 

It was a beautiful day of shooting at Veteran Owned Veteran Grown Inc, headquartered in Burgaw, NC.

Check out some of our behind the scenes photos:

 

 

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For More Information on Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, their upcoming events, fundraisers, or how you can get involved, please visit their website or Facebook Page.

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.

What to Know About Chevy Military Discounts

No matter what branch of the armed forces you or a loved one has served in, Chevrolet is proud to honor that immense sacrifice with the Chevy Military Discounts program. This program is offered by the manufacturer and is currently available to Active Duty members, National Guard Members, Reservists, Veterans within one year of discharge date, and retirees of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It also applies to any spouses of eligible military members.

Different vehicles in the Chevy lineup have different discounts in proportion to their MSRPs. Once you have picked the vehicle that is best for your needs, visit the official General Motors Military Discount page to get an authorization number. Then bring that number to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and we’ll help you get your perfect ride and drive away happy.

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevy, we are so proud and honored to serve veterans and retirees of America’s armed forces. Without you, America wouldn’t be the free country it is today. If you have any more questions about the Chevy Military Discounts, check out our answers to some of the most common queries here, or feel free to talk to us at the dealership.

Join Jeff Gordon Chevy in Showing Support for Military Spouses

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The Milspo Project will be holding its 2nd Annual Honor Auction and Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 11th, 2018 from 5PM-8PM at The Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve in Downtown Wilmington, NC. Tickets are on sale now and for a limited time, you can get 10% off by using our discount code: JGCHEVY – expires April 20th!

Check out the Official Facebook Event

What you get when you buy a ticket:

Ticket purchases include craft beer and wine from Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve, Mission BBQ hors d’oeuvres, pecan pie from Apple Annie’s, and a chance to dance the night away to hits from our headliner, CC Martin, and foot tapping country dance music from Wilmington’s own Bryce Fox Band.

This celebration of the military spouse also includes a silent auction and raffle featuring handmade military spouse-made products and services, as well as NASCAR packages, and couples’ getaways! Attendees will learn about Milspo Project throughout the evening and about each individual military spouse business owner showcased at the auction.

There are still 2018 Honor Auction2018 Honor Auction Sponsorship opportunities available.  With your generous gift Milspo Project will be able to continue to bring more essential business resources, and support, to our military spouse members. Contact Lisa Valentine for more info.

About The Milspo Project

milspo projectEstablished in 2014, the Milspo Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was created with a dream to connect the military spouse business community and has grown to become the largest military spouse-member business community in the country. They provide military spouses with support and resources to help in their entrepreneurial ventures. Today, they have 450 members connecting daily both online and in person.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has always been a huge supporter of those who serve and is glad to be a contributor to this non-profit in support of military spouses. We’re proud to honor the best military discount in the industry to active duty members and Reserves, including their spouses, of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard.

2018 EOD Memorial Ride | Fueled by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

Starting April 25th, a group of U.S. Marine EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) technicians will get on their bikes and  embark on a journey 1,000 miles long over the course of ten days. Their ride begins at Camp Lejeune, NC to the EOD Memorial Wall in Niceville, Florida. Riding alongside the bikers with supplies, first aid, and spare parts will be a 2016 Silverado 2500HD purchased from and fueled by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. Participants will arrive at their destination on May 5th and attend the 49th annual EOD Memorial Service at Eglin Air Force Base, set to stream live on the EOD Warrior Foundation YouTube Channel.

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EOD Memorial Ride Route – Click for more details

EOD Warrior Foundation LogoThe EOD Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID: 20- 8618412), committed to serving EOD warriors and their families across all four branches of service. The Foundation’s ongoing mission is to disarm the challenges of the EOD family by providing support with compassion and caring to every individual they serve. Since its inception, the EOD Warrior Foundation has supported over 150 newly combat injured EOD technicians, placed 326 names on the EOD Memorial Wall, provided scholarships to over 660 students, and supported hundreds of EOD families stationed worldwide.

In 2016, the Foundation served over 1200 EOD families around the world through their support and outreach programs, and provided over $600,000 in direct support of these families. The programs of the EOD Warrior Foundation also enable wounded warriors, their caregivers, and Gold Star family members to attend therapeutic healing retreats. This work would not be successful, or possible, without supporters like you.

Keep up with the journey by following the Facebook event or their Instagram account: @eodride. You can also make a direct donation here.