It’s been fifty years since the Chevrolet K5 Blazer made its debut with the 1969 year model as an answer to vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Jeep Cherokee, and International Scout. It was built on the same frame as the full-sized K5 Chevy trucks and easily out-sized the competition, giving the power and off-road capability of a Chevy Truck with enough room for up to 5 passengers.
Here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, we’ve been dreaming of the Blazer to make a comeback for a while and were starting to think it’d never happen; That is, until Chevrolet dropped this major teaser this morning of a man sporting a fashionable sport jacket… A blazer!
We’ll be honest; We were very perplexed at first and actually thought the post was a mistake. The people at Chevrolet assured that we were in for a surprise and once the light bulb went off, we haven’t been able to contain our excitement.
General Motors ceased production of the Blazer with the 2005 year model and although we love how far efficient crossovers like the Equinox and Traverse have come, we’ve been longing for a rugged off-roader to be added to Chevy’s SUV lineup. According to Chevrolet, the special event is happening tomorrow, June 21st, 2018 at 7PM EDT so we’ll definitely be following the news and posting updates here as soon as its available!
In the meantime, get nostalgic with us! Take a quick look at the first Chevy Blazer brochure courtesy of OldCarBrochures.com below and let us know in the comments what your favorite feature was or tell us about the fond memories of your family’s Blazer growing up!
For a more detailed history of the Blazer over its first lifetime, check out this article.
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.
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
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
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!
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).
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! –
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
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).
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!
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.
From 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.
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.
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.
For those who enjoy camping any time of the year, one of our favorite GearOn™ accessories is this Sportz® Camping Tent by Napierthat 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Three 5,000 Cash Drawings
June 16 to June 29
Two 5,000 Cash Drawings
June 30 to July 13
One 5,000 Cash Drawings
July 14 to July
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.