Need the space of an SUV but don’t want to sacrifice driving characteristics? The all new Chevrolet Blazer is the perfect SUV then! Growing families, empty nesters, young professionals, or adventures, whoever you are the Blazer it sure to fit all of your needs! Let’s dive in to see all that the Blazer offers.
Tired of sacrificing the speed and driving characteristics when it’s time to upgrade to a bigger vehicle? Well the time for that is over! Chevrolet’s all new Blazer gives you the driving capabilities that’s in a Camaro but with more space. The resurrected SUV-turned-crossover handles well with twin-clutch and all-wheel driver. The RS model especially is very sporty and the steering system is similar to that of a Camaro. General Motors engineers made sure that the RS model feels different than the standard driving mode, because if you’re buying an RS model you should feel like you’re driving a Sport mode. It comes available in a 3.6-liter V-6, making 308 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque, combined with the nine-speed automatic. The standard model comes in a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine that makes 193 hp and 188 pound-feet of torque, combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Blazer comes available in both front- and all-wheel drive.
Now that we have you excited it’s time to tell you about the design which is a big change from the old rugged trucklike featured that the Blazer used to have. Now it is more sports-car-like exterior and sleek, tech-savvy interior. The cabin features circular air vents, a sleek screen and several more upscale features which are all features in the Camaro. The design-focused SUV mixes style and adaptability with its strong frame and sliding rear seats. It has 4,500 lbs. max towing for weekend road trips.
The Blazer is the perfect vehicle for any of your adventures. Stop by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet today and take one for a test drive then fall and love and take it home!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Now we have made it to the “World Center of Racing” Daytona International Speedway! Go to the place where Jeff Gordon 4 time NASCARCup 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 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.
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.
There you have it you have made it! You have seen I-95-South in its entirety!
A summer classic is going to the drive-in movie theater with a vehicle packed full of your friends or a romantic date night. Unfortunately, though there aren’t many drive-in-movie theaters around anymore.
There are still alternatives though! Around Wilmington, there are movie nights where you can go to a park and watch movies for free sitting in the grass. You could always host your own movie night in your backyard just be sure to invite the neighbors so they don’t get upset. Or if you’re looking for a more romantic night, crawl into your vehicle and set up your movie.
Here are some places around Wilmington where you can watch movies in the park:
When: All summer long every Sunday film begins at dusk
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: No alcohol or glass allowed.
DIY Backyard Movie Theater
It may not be a drive-in-movie but it’s still a lot of fun for a nice summer night with friends and family, here is everything that you’ll need to make your own outdoor movie theater right in your backyard!
There are 4 key components that you will need when setting up your backyard theater;
Video Source: Some options for this would be your laptop, DVD player, Blu-Ray player, or gaming console.
Video Projector: What your projector will need:
Brightness – go for 2000 lumens or better
Resolution – look for a 720p or 1080p model HD is also a great thing to look for.
Sound- Don’t worry about if the projector has a built-in speaker, they do not help for outdoor settings.
Sound System: Think about something that you have that produced enough sound and can be plugged into your video source. Some ideas are:
A good set of computer speakers
Take it old school with a boom box – as long as it has auxiliary outputs
Home Theater in a box
A Screen: Really any white material will work, but here are a few ideas to make your screen.
What you will need:
Two white king sized flat/top sheets.
40 feet of 1 1/2 inch SCH 40 PVC Pipe
(2) 1/4 inch x 3-inch eye bolts
(2) 90° PVC elbows
(3) 1 1/2 inch PVC “T” pipes
(3) five-gallon buckets
Cord or Rope
How to make the screen:
Cut 2 pieces 100” X 56”
Turn right side out with the seams on the inside, ironing down the seams will help it lay flat
Make pockets for the pipes by sewing the seam around all four sides about 4” away from the edge
Fold and iron the raw edges from the final side that has not been closed. Stitch the edges together to close the final side.
How to make the frame for the screen:
Lay your screen you just made flat on the ground. Take a 90° elbow and connect it to a ten-foot piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe. Slide the pipe through the top pocket of the screen. Measure from the left to the right side of the screen and mark where you need to cut it. Take the pipe out, cut the pipe, and slide the pipe back through the screen. Place the second 90° elbow on the opposite end of the top pipe.
Place the “T” PVC connector into the bottom left-hand corner of the screen where it would belong. Measure from the top 90° elbow connector to the bottom tee connector to determine the length of the side pipe. Cut the pipe and slide into the side pocket of the screen and fit into the 90° elbow and then attach the “T” connector. Repeat for the right-hand side.
There should already be a hole in the screen for this, place the final tee connector in the center of the bottom pocket in the screen. Measure from the left tee to the center tee and cut to fit. Slide it in and attach to both tees. Repeat, by measuring from the center tee to the right tee, cutting and attaching.
In case of winds you will need to tie down your screen so attach one eye bolt to each side pipe.
Cut three 1 1/2 inch PVC pipes in lengths of 41 inches each. These will be the legs of the screen.
Stand the legs in the center of the 5-gallon buckets. Fill the buckets with sand to hold the legs in place.
Attach the “legs” to the 3 tee connectors on the bottom of the screen.
Now you have your screen, time to go pick out your movie and invite your friends over, don’t forget the popcorn!
If you do not have the time or simply do not want to build the screen there are other options, you could always do a projector screen although they are typically not that large, there are inflatable screens, as well as outdoor movie screens that you can buy. Another simple option if you have the space for it and location is to project the movie on the side of your house, garage door, tall fence. There are endless options for a movie screen, it’s all just a matter of how creative you want to get. Most importantly is to have fun, enjoy the movie, and eat popcorn!
Looking for something more romantic? Get in your vehicle with WiFi and have a movie night!
Here’s what you’ll need:
A vehicle with WiFi capability
TV, tablet, laptop
Pillows and blankets
Most of our Chevy’s have a WiFi hotspot, but here are some of our favorites that would be perfect for your in-car-movie night.
With a large truck bed, the Colorado makes for the perfect night under the stars, watch a movie or both! Featuring a 6-speaker system you’ll have surround sound, plus there is a WiFi hotspot so just connect your laptop to your trucks WiFi and you’re set or a movie marathon! Don’t forget to bring plenty of blankets, pillows, and snacks.
Turn your date night of two into four and make it a double date or bring the pets along! With a HUGE truck bed large enough for the whole family to join! Featuring Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots offering a fast and reliable internet and 6-speaker system makes for the perfect in-car movie dates! Bring your friends, family, or pets and pack into your Silverado for a movie marathon, don’t forget the snacks, pillows, and blankets!
The Chevrolet Blazer, Equinox, Traverse, Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban are all great cars to have your in-car movie date. Just like the Silverado, they all feature Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots. You can lay the seats down, back or take them out whatever your preference whatever the vehicle it will be a great night! Just don’t forget your snacks and your date!
Drive-in-movie theaters do not have to be a thing of the past with all of these fun ideas you can bring it back and enjoy those long summer nights with some movies! Remember the 3 most important things about a drive-in-movie; 1. pick a good movie 2. enjoy it with friends family or a date and 3. you must have snacks lots of snacks. Now that you have these ideas and a checklist go make this the best summer yet, and do it in a Chevrolet!
Wilmington, NC- Jeff Gordon Chevrolet would like to introduce you to our newest Teammate, Jeff The Bear. Prior to joining the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet team, Jeff was a member of the Boyds Racing Family, and as the newest addition to our staff, he’s going to be doing everything he can without having an opposable thumb and forefinger.
Here are just a few ways you will be able to interact with Jeff; you can find Jeff at the Track, play #WheresJeff, follow along as he travels the country #JeffsGoingPlaces. Jeff’s also an active supporter of many great causes locally and nationally, and you can learn more with #CommunityJeff. He’s an avid Instagrammer and Twitter user, so be sure to interact with him on social media.
Jeff at the Track
Just like our boss, NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon, Jeff the Bear will be hitting the NASCAR circuit this year and his next race will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the All-Star Race on May 19th. If you want to meet Jeff at the track, follow Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on social media and use #MeetJeffAtTheTrack or #JeffAtTheTrack and he will do his best to meet up with all of his fans! We may even have a Jeff Meetup with prizes from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet for those who come out.
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will post photos on social media using #WheresJeff. If you guess correctly where Jeff is then Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will have prizes for you. #WheresJeff will be used all over the country, not just in Wilmington and the surrounding area. All you have to do is guess where he is and tag him on Twitter or Instagram.
Jeff’s Going Place
Jeff enjoys taking road trips especially with the Summer of Chevy coming up. When Jeff Gordon Chevrolet uses #JeffsGoingPlaces you know Jeff is on a Chevy One Tank Trip, so be sure to follow Jeff’s travels and it might give you a few ideas where you can have fun with your family on just one tank of gas.
Jeff enjoys helping out around the community. When Jeff Gordon Chevrolet uses #CommunityJeff you will be able to see what Jeff is doing to help others and, who knows, maybe you can join in, as well. Jeff really enjoys doing charitable work and giving back to the community.
Car Questions? Ask Jeff
Looking at a pre-owned car, truck or SUV but not sure if it’s been in an accident? #JeffTheBear can run a CARFAX report for you! Just send us a PM with the vin number and #JeffTheBear will run the report for you! And don’t forget, Jeff The Bear’s boss has over 7,000 Pre-Owned vehicles and they all have a free CARFAX Report.
The Bowens have been relying on their 2004 Chevy Suburban to help them run their Whiteville, NC HVAC business since they purchased it from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in 2003! They came back just a little over a decade later and left with this beauty – a diamond white 2015 Chevrolet Suburban! Looking good you two! Thanks for being loyal members of the #JGCFamily!