2019 Summer Solstice the Longest Day

 

At Jeff Gordon Chevrolet we have already kicked off our summer with Summer of Chevy, but technically speaking summer does not officially begin until Jun 21st also being the summer solstice and the longest day of the year for anyone who lives north of the equator.
Now you may be asking yourself what is the summer solstice and why is it the longest day of the year?
The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5 degrees north latitude, meaning it will occur exactly at 11:54 am ET on Friday the 21st. Due to the Earth orbiting around the sun on a tilted axis, the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight over the course of a day between March and September. Then the rest of the year the Southern Hemisphere gets more causing the season changes. Fun fact; longest day to ever happen in Earth’s history dated back to 1912.
Depending on where you live depends on how much sunlight you will see. Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider created this terrific guide:
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Not only is the longest day well the longest day of the year but it is also when thousands of participants all across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Participants choose an activity that they desire to participate in to raise funds and awareness for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Interested in participating? It’s simple!
First things first choose an activity that you would like to turn into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s. Then follow the steps below!
Register– Sign and select the fundraising activity you’d like to do.
Fundraiser– Set the fundraising page and add details about your activity.
Invite Others– Ask others to fundraiser with you or just simply donate to help meet your goal!
The earlier you start fundraising the great difference you make! Staff and volunteers from the Longest Day will be there every step of the way to assist with tools, tips, and coaching. By working together we can strengthen our light to outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s!
Support our Jeff Gordon Chevrolet team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Chevy Equinox panoramic roof
Enjoy the extra long day cruising around town with the wind blowing through your hair because the Chevrolet Equinox has a panoramic power sunroof giving everyone in the vehicle a wide-open view. Road trips don’t need to boring ever again because you have the panoramic roof which is great to search for constellations or cloud spotting. Working on the road, or need to entertain the kids? The Equinox offers available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, as well as  The Equinox,  offers 39.7 inches of rearseat leg room with enough room for 5 passengers. One of the worst things about summer is crawling into a vehicle with hot seats but in the Equinox you never have to worry about that again because there are ventilated seats.
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The Ultimate I-95 South Road Trip in the 2019 Chevy Traverse

If you are looking to take a road trip and make memories this summer with your family we have compiled a list of “MUST SEE” stops heading on I-95 South from Wilmington to Florida!

Starting with….

South of the Border

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Your first stop on the trip heading south on 95 should be South of Border. For over 50 years South of the Border has been a landmark of the southeast. Pedro the lovable grinning mustachioed caricature mascot stands 97 feet tall making him the largest freestanding sign east of the Mississippi, you can even drive through his legs! When driving on I95 you see Pedro talking to you from the signs for miles telling you you’re almost to South of the Border. Mexico Shop East and West have tons of souvenirs, everything you can think of. A summertime favorite, fireworks start at the South Carolina state line, Pedro’s Rocket City has a huge selection with all the favorites! Don’t forget about the best Mexican food in northern South Carolina at Sombrero Room Restaurant. There are other food choices if you do not want Mexican or a sit-down restaurant. Pedro’s Casateria offers food in short order making it quick and easy to get back on the road. There’s also Pedro’s Southern Fried Chicken which looks like an antebellum mansion with rocking chairs and a giant chick on the roof. Then there is Peddlers Steakhouse shaped like a Mexican hat very hard to miss. Before getting back in the car be sure to ride to the top of Sombrero Tower in the glass elevator. If you decide to stay at South of the Border there is RV campgrounds and 300 motel rooms spread of 135 acres which allows access to Pedro’s Pleasure Dome with indoor pool, steam room, jacuzzi, bar and wedding chapel.  

 

Darlington Raceway

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Head to “The Track Too Tough to Tame” at Darlington Raceway. Even if there’s not a race going on when you visit you can still take a walk through the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum. Not only will you see the history of Darlington Raceway but also the entire sport. Whether you’re a long time race fan or new to the sport the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and NMPA Hall of Fame offers a unique stroll through the history of NASCAR. Darlington Raceway gift shop, NMPA Hall of Fame and Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Be sure to stop by, who knows you may even spot some Jeff Gordon history!   

 

Wood Bay State Park

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Next on the stop is the Wood Bay State Park, get out and stretch your legs while enjoying some time in nature! Wood Bay offers one of the last remaining large Carolina Bay on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. The 1,590-acre park features a wide range of habitats such as marsh, sandhills. Oak-hickory forest and shrub bog. There is much wildlife to see and great for bird watching especially during migration seasons. The park can be explored by taking the nature trail which circles the mill pond or walks the length of the 1,150-foot boardwalk, where you can see the alligators in the cypress-tupelo swamp. If you want to make it a longer adventure the best way to see the park is by following the canoe trail which will take paddlers pas the Carolina Bays to the elliptical depressions.

 

Congaree National Park

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Just a short drive down the road from Wood Bay State Park is the Congaree National Park. The Congaree National Park offers a wide range of biodiversity with the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forever remaining in the southeastern United States. There is so much to do at Congaree, with canoeing through the beautiful rivers, camping, fishing, hiking, nature watching, you’re sure to enjoy time with the family while taking a break.

 

Santee State Park

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Another great State Park is the Santee State Park sits along Lake Marion, and is known for its abundant population of large catfish. Other activities include hiking, biking, pontoon boat tours, kayaking, boating and a whole lot more! If you want to camp on the lake there is lakeside camping, if you prefer indoors there’s also 10 cabins that sit on the piers overlooking the lake.

 

UFO Welcome Center

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In the small town of Bowman, SC with less than 1,000 residents is the UFO Welcome Center. Bowman resident Jody Pendarvis has been building the UFO Welcome Center for the past 25 years. Pendarvis graduated from Bowman High School in 1970 then he went on to serve in the Air Force from 1973 to 1984, where he gaining a military education working on computers. Following his service in the military, Pendarvis attended South Carolina State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1990. Four years later he began working on the welcome center. The UFO Welcome Center consists of a 42-foot-wide flying saucer built out of wood, fiberglass, and plastic, in 2003 a smaller saucer about 20 feet in width was added on top of the original structure. There is everything that an alien might need if they are to visit, Pendarvis envisions himself as an ambassador for aliens. During the summers the top saucer is cooler than Pendarvis’ mobile home so he stays in the top saucer. There is a wooden container near the sentence that is painted blue saying “Tips” as the admission fee. There is a sign near the entrance that reads “Space People Only. Enter at Own Risk, Danger” then you walk in there is a book which asks you to write down your name and the planet that you come from. Bowman Mayor Marion Glenn would like to make the UFO Welcome Center more a true town welcome center, however, Pendarvis is indifferent about it, for now, it will remain Jody’s Welcome Center. When visiting the UFO Welcome Center like all places be sure to watch your step, stay safe, and take a lot of photos. Who knows you might be there to welcome the aliens.

 

Carolina Heritage Outfitters

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The Carolina Heritage Outfitters just outside of Walterboro, SC is the perfect night getaway especially after being on the road. At the Carolina Heritage Outfitters, you can enjoy canoeing and if you plan to stay you will be able to stay in beautiful tree houses. The tree houses offer the perfect relaxation with the privacy which is only accessible by canoe, it is a beauty to take in the longest free-flowing blackwater river with sandy banks and a shallow sandy bottom perfect for swimming and picnicking. When the water is higher during the winter months you can paddle right into the forest of cypress trees.

 

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Savannah, GA

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Now we continue south to Georgia where our first stop is Savannah, a city with a lot of history and so much today is a coastal city separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. Take a trip to Savannah Historic District with tours of the downtown and water tours you can see the history and beauty of Savannah. Or head over to City Market for fine dining, shopping, and fun entertainment while taking in the historic town.

 

Tybee Island, GA

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Just 20 minutes outside of Savannah is Tybee Island is the perfect sandy getaway. Tybee Island is home to Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse which you can take a tour of, you can also visit Fort Pulaski where the Union Army successfully tested a rifle canon in 1862 during the Civil War. If you want to get into nature and enjoy the water Tybee has boat rides where you can see the dolphins, kayaking, paddle boarding and all of the beach favorites!

 

Cumberland Island, GA

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Another stop along the Georgia coast is Cumberland Island. Cumberland Island is much different than Tybee Island. While Tybee Island is beautiful and there’s a lot to do it is made for the tourist. Whereas Cumberland Island is the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia. It offers over 17 miles of secluded white sandy beaches, wild horses and other island wildlife freely roaming throughout the ruins and along the beach. A beautiful scenic escape Cumberland Island has a lot to offer from history to nature. If you’re interested in riding the ferry it is recommended to book a reservation prior to arriving.

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Now we have made it to Florida, there are a lot of stops to make in Florida along the coast, so get ready for a fun-filled journey as we venture down the beautiful coast of Florida!

 

Jacksonville, FL

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Our first stop in Florida is Jacksonville, a large city that shows it all. No matter what type of adventure you are looking for Jacksonville has it! In addition to Jacksonville Beach, there are several others. See some animals at the Jacksonville Zoo & Garden or head over to the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary to see big cats. Downtown Jacksonville has a lot to offer, you could spend all day in Jacksonville or keep heading down the beautiful coast Florida, really just depends on your time.

 

St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine lays the claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., being known for the Spanish colonial architecture and Atlantic Ocean beaches. The history is a must see when visiting St. Augustine. First, we will head to Castillo de San Marcos which symbolizes the clash between cultures. The St. Augustine Light Station is a site to see as it is still an active working lighthouse. Who doesn’t love treasure and pirates, right? Check out the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum to be transported back to the Golden Age of Piracy over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica. Cannot miss the beautiful white sandy beaches of St. Augustine to get to the beach cross over the Bridge of Lions. Bridge of Lions spans the  Intracoastal Waterway, it connects downtown St. August to Anastasia Island across Matanzas Bay, it is a site to see for sure! Visit any of the beaches in St. Augustine you won’t be disappointed!

 

Daytona Beach, FL

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Now we have made it to the “World Center of Racing” Daytona International Speedway! Go to the place where Jeff Gordon 4 time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer won not one but three Daytona 500s! There are 3 types of tours that you can do of Daytona International Speedway. In addition to tours, fans can also access the new Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which now house the DIS Ticket and Tours Building, as well as take part in NASCAR Racing Experience. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America showcases and honors all fours of motorsports: Stock Cars, Sports Cars, Open-Wheel, Motorcycles, Drag Racing, Land Speed Records, Powerboating, and Aviation. In addition to Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach has much to offer! If you’re looking to get away from the crows check out Tomoka State Park. Tomoka State Park is a 2,000-acre State Park located along the Tomoka River, where your visitors can camp, hike, and boat. Of course, when visiting Daytona visitors must enjoy the World’s Most Famous Beach. There is so much to enjoy in Daytona.

 

Ponce Inlet, FL

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Ponce Inlet is a beautiful beachy town in Volusia County, Florida, located on the southern tip of a beach peninsula just south of Daytona Beach. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light is the tallest lighthouse in the state, beautiful stop for sure! Smyrna Dunes Park is a vast public park where pets are allowed on the leash and fun for the whole family! Go-Kart City is a fun-filled day for the whole family with a lengthy go-kart track, 7-stall batting cages, and a colorful, fun 18-hole putt-putt course because who doesn’t love putt-putt, right? Ponce Inlet has much to offer and is just a short drive from Daytona!

Along the coast, there are many stops in Florida that visitors can stop and not be disappointed in. Now we continue south because our trip must come to an end to Homestead Florida.

Homestead, FL

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Just south of Miami Homestead has much to offer. Of course, a Jeff Gordon or NASCAR fan must stop by Homestead-Miami Speedway. Another stop is Coral Castle created and structured by Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin, who single-handedly and secretly carver over 1,100 tons of coral rock. Everglades Alligator Farm the farm features snakes, alligators, caimans, and crocodiles plus airboat tours. Another fun place to see wildlife is the Monkey Jungle it is a 30-acre wildlife park in 1933 for the exhibition and study of endangered monkeys in their semi-natural habitats.

 

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There you have it you have made it! You have seen I-95-South in its entirety!

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 us for Summer of Chevy for events and giveaways all summer long June-August

TRAVERSE TAKES THE LEAD

The all-new 2019 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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2019 Chevrolet Northsky Blue Metallic Silverado 1500 RST- Gallery

 

Wilmington, NC-The first day of Spring was an overcast in Wilmington, but April showers brings May flowers! Even with the overcast we were able to get some great shots of the Chevrolet 2019 Northsky Blue Metallic Silverado 1500 RST! We went to Humble Roots Farm for some fresh vegetables and eggs, then took this beauty around town. Want this truck to be yours? Schedule an appointment to pick it up by clicking here!

New and Improved Chevrolet Silverado

In 2019 the Silverado legacy expanded. It’s BIGGER, STRONGER, and more dependable than ever before! By completely rebuilding from the ground up, Chevrolet has brought to market its longest lasting pickup of all-time.

The 2019 Silverado is  wider and taller, with a longer wheelbase giving an extra 2 inches of back seat legroom. The truck bed is widened by 7 inches. To lighten the overall weight Chevrolet is using an aluminum on the hood, tailgate and both doors, while the bed itself remains steel. The all new Chevrolet is packed with technology turning this everyday work truck into a pickup that is also perfect for a night out! With the highly insulated cab you will feel as if you’re in your own world. There are 8 different trim levels to choose from. Packed under the hood is up to 420 horsepower with available 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8 engine, and 6 PowerTrains. Advanced trailering technology and active safety features are a must to keep your drive simple and safe!

Technology

Chevy invested heavily into making sure the all new Silverado came equipped with a myriad of technology features. With an 8 inch wide infotainment screen on the center stack the Silverado is easier to navigate and has more accessibility. With more features than the previous generations, there is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a trailering app (available smartphones), 4G LTE Wi-Fi, hitch view camera, climate controls in-screen and through buttons/dials, microphones for both the driver and passenger for clearer hands-free phone calls. The push-button start has been added to the Chevrolet Silverado, and a quality heads-up display (HUD). An optional class-exclusive HUD that’s easy to read and configure comes with the 2019 Silverado.

Safety
Chevrolet’s number one concern has always been safety of their drivers. With the new Silverado it is the perfect combination of brains and brawn giving the ultimate safety pickup truck. To help the driver and passengers stay out of harm’s way while on or off the road, the available active safety features along with the high-strength steel safety cage ensures the safety of all inside the truck.

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Durabed
The hardest-working Silverado of all-time has been redesigned to be lighter, larger and stronger than ever before! The most functional bed of any pickup combines high-strength roll-formed steel, more cargo volume than any other truck and 12 standard tie-downs, with innovative features also available such as industry-first power-up/-down tailgate. With 20% more cargo volume Chevrolet knocks the competition out of the ballpark. Two convenient power tailgate options are offered for the Durabed making loading and unloading even easier. The power release tailgate  is available on the Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss and LT, and standard on RST, LT Trail Boss and LTZ. It can be automatically lowered by using the key fob, a button inside the cabin or a touchpad on the gate itself. An optional tailgate is the industry-first Power-Up/-Down Tailgate. It takes the functionality of the Power Release tailgate a step further by letting the user raise the tailgate with just a push of a button. This feature is available on the LTZ and standard on High Country. Additional enhancement such as available 120-volt outlet near the tailgate, lighting around the hitch, cargo box, and perimeter of the truck and larger CornerStep footwells are all available to make the life of the consumer easier.

Trim Levels 

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Work Truck

RST

  • Starts at $38,800
  • Keyless Open and Start
  • Body-color center bar, bumpers and door handles
  • LED headlamps, taillamps, foglamps and cargo area lighting
  • 18-inch Bright Silver painted-aluminum wheels

LTZ

  • Starts at $43,000
  • Chrome grille, center bar, bumpers, mirror caps, door handles, and beltline accents
  • 18-inch Bright Silver painted-aluminum wheels
  • Advanced trailering features
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating

LT

  • Starting at $36,900
  • Chrome center bar, bumpers, and mirror caps
  • 8-inch digonal color touch-screen display
  • 17-inch Bright Silver painted-aluminum wheels
  • LED headlamps with LED signature daytime running lamps

LT Trail Boss

High Country

  • Starts at $53,000
  • Exclusive grille and center bar with two-tone Bronze and Chrome finish
  • Industry-first Power Up/Down tailgate
  • High-intensity LED (HID) headlamps
  • 20-inch machined-aluminum wheels

Custom Trail Boss

  • Starts at $39,500
  • 2-inch factory suspension lift
  • Z71 Off-Road Package
  • 18-inch Black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Off-Road tires
  • Autotrac® 2-speed transfer case

Custom

  • Starts at $34,600
  • 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen
  • Signature LED taillamps
  • 20-inch Silver painted-aluminum wheels
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

If you haven’t taken the all new Chevrolet Silverado on a test driver yet stop by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC! On Friday, March 8th wewill be hosting our Silverado Open House held at the dealership. Test drive any of our 2019 Silverado models, and learn about what makes it stand out from the competition. We will have prizes and giveaways throughout the day with staff on hand to answer any of your questions!

How To Get Pulled Over by the Cops

Well, this may seem like a pointless post since we did all have to take a driving test in order to obtain our licenses – we already know the rules of the road! Unfortunately, road rage is becoming more and more prominent these days and everyone probably needs a little reminder.

Here are the top 5 things that catch the attention of traffic police:

  1. Speeding
    Well, duh. But why? The faster you go, the longer it takes for you to react to an unexpected situation. Braking distance also increases as your speed builds.
  2. Cell Phones
    We all know that texting and driving is a big no-no. In North Carolina, it is legal to talk on your cell phone while driving, but using Bluetooth or some hands-free device will keep an officer’s eyes off of you.
  3. Hazardous Driving
    This includes: blowing stop-signs and lights, improper lane changes, illegal U-turns, and driving at unsafe speeds. The cops are also going to notice when you’re busy shaving, putting on make-up, or changing your clothes. Of course, it’s not necessarily against the law to do these things, but you’re only drawing attention to yourself and a cop will likely pull you over as soon as you slip up.
  4. Equipment Violations
    Leading the list are: heavily tinted windows, burnt-out headlights, broken windshields, expired tags, etc.
  5. Cruising on the Highway
    Cruising in the left lane on a multi-lane highway instead of using it only to pass slower traffic on the right will grab an officer’s attention. The same goes if you’re going significantly slower than the normal traffic flow.

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So, when you do get pulled over, know that officers have legal discretion in what they can cite you for. Saying or doing the wrong thing may make things worse. When the officer approaches you and says: “Do you know why I stopped you today?” – take a minute to answer. If you admit guilt or name a specific speed that you were driving, your fate is sealed. Be courteous but vague. However, if it’s very clear you’ve done something wrong, it won’t help being too evasive either.