Scenic Winter Drives Near Charlotte, NC

scenic winter drives near Charlotte

Our location in Newton gives us access to beautiful drives in nearby Charlotte and the great state of North Carolina. If you have just purchased a new Chevy SUV or truck at our dealership and want to take it out this season, go on one of these scenic winter drives nearby.

Hanging Rock Scenic Byway

This beautiful stretch of road runs through Stokes and Surry counties. Along the way, you can take in the sites Hanging Rock State Park and enjoy 20 miles of trails, which take you to some stunning waterfalls, (which may even be frozen during winter).

Blue Ridge Parkway

Head into the Great Smoky Mountains via the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 252-mile road that takes you through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Along the way, you can stop at Mount Mitchell State Park, which contains the highest peak in the eastern United States.

Whitewater Way

You’ll have to drive a couple hours to make it to this 9-mile stretch of road, but trust us — it’s worth it. This drive goes past Gorges State Park with a tremendous waterfall — a towering 411 feet tall. It’s quite a gorgeous site in the wintertime; just make sure you bundle up!

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC sells many vehicle options that make excellent road trip rides. Come see what we have!

Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Accessories

Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Accessories

Deck Out Your Tailgate

Amazing Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Accessories

Chevrolet Silverado tailgate accessories can help improve every tailgating event, no matter the time of day. From illumination to safety, there’s a tailgate accessory for every occasion. Gather around the Silverado pickup and celebrate with friends and family this summer!

Tailgate Light Bars

Making your Chevrolet Silverado more visible when tailgating continues after dark is as simple as installing a tailgate light bar. Most light bars are fairly affordable and urge caution to those who happen to be driving by. Light bars are a cost-effective lighting and safety solution for those who never want the tailgate to end.

Tailgate Mat

Protecting your tailgate from scratches, dents, and other forms of damage doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A simple tailgate mat can go a long way in protecting the bed of your truck during a night of tailgating. Not only will a tailgate mat protect your truck and look good doing it, but it can also make those sitting in the bed more comfortable.

Tailgate Net

Keeping unwanted guests out of the bed of your Chevrolet Silverado is easy with a tailgate net. In addition to keeping people from climbing in and out of the truck, the net can protect your tailgating supplies. Containing coolers, grills, and other tailgating necessities can be accomplished by an easy-to-install tailgate net.

Of course, if you want accessories for your Chevrolet Silverado tailgate, then explore our lineup at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC.

Homegrown Tomato Festival

Tomato Celebration

Celebrating Tomatoes

This year’s Homegrown Tomato Festival is the place to be this July 28th. The festival celebrates everything tomato, ranging from crowning the best tomato grower to eating tomato sandwiches. The Homegrown Tomato Festival will take place at the NoDa Brewing Company. The local festival allows tomato lovers to celebrate as they please, with live music and entertainment keeping the event lively. Two contests, the Best Tomato Grower and Best Tomato Themed Cocktail, pit tomato lovers against one another in the quest for a crown.

Homegrown Tomato Festival Food

Tomato sandwiches, a hot commodity, will be in full supply at the event. The sandwiches feature locally grown tomatoes of all kinds, shapes, and sizes. The produce is grown by local growers and small farms. The Bulb will run this year’s tomato sandwich booth. The Bulb focuses on providing the local area with access to food sources and health and wellness education. To provide access to food sources, The Bulb hosts pop-up markets with produce provided by local farmers and culinary classes. Proceeds from the tomato sandwich booth will be split between 100 Gardens and The Bulb.

100 Gardens Charity

Proceeds from other attractions will benefit 100 Gardens, a charity that builds aquaponics labs and develops curriculum in local schools. The Homegrown Tomato Festival takes place on July 28th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in Charlotte, NC. If you need a vehicle to get you to this event in style, consider one of our models from Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Make Plans for the Lincolnton Food & Wine Brew Fest

Lincolnton food & wine brew fest

The Best Fest Near Lincolnton

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, we love festivals. One of the best spring festivals in the area is undeniably the Lincolnton Food & Wine Brew Fest. This year, it will be held Saturday, April 28th in downtown Lincolnton from 11 am to 7 pm.

When Is The Lincolnton Food & Wine Brew Fest

This is a free public event and will be held rain or shine. If you plan on tasting some locally-brewed beverages, you will need to purchase a tasting pass. This costs $15 if you buy it in advance and $20 at the gate.

Plenty Of Food To Eat

Along with the craft beverages, you can enjoy some delicious foods from a variety of food truck, live music from local artists, and street performers throughout the day. You can also learn a few things at this festival. There will be live art and culinary demonstrations at certain booths throughout the festival along with other family activities.

The Largest One To Date

According to the festival website, this year is going to be the biggest one yet. It will be the third year for this festival and organizers are anticipating crowds near 10,000. Since the crowds may be so large this year, plan to arrive early so you can park easily and enjoy all the food and drinks you desire.

If you need a vehicle to get there, our team at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC can help you find the ideal Chevy model for you.

New 2018 Corvette ZR1 Design Spotted: Sleek, Sporty & Modern

2018 Corvette ZR1 design

Something Is Staring At Us

The new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was recently spotted—and it’s better than ever. This sleek and sporty model looks like something straight off the track, with a massive rear wing, sloping contours, large intake, a quad exhaust, and more. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this stunning model.

According to Car and Driver, the new 2018 Corvette ZR1 design includes little details you won’t find elsewhere, including blue-painted opposed-piston brake calipers, a massive front-fascia intercooler air intake system, and an adjustable rear airfoil. An aluminum sub frame is bound to be light, especially thanks to space-age materials. A composite body also helps to cut some weight, and a two-seat interior is ideal for this new sports car.

“With the Viper’s demise imminent, the Corvette soon will be one of only two U.S.-built sports cars,” said editor Don Sherman in an earlier piece about the Corvette. “The new ZR1 will toast seven generations of classic American V-8 performance and value.”

Under the hood will likely be a tuned V8 engine with up to 750 horsepower—enough to thrill any driver. Although there is little news on official specs and other features, the new Corvette ZR1 is bound to set new standards in the industry. We can’t wait to see it in action.

Let us know what you think about the new Corvette, and stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC, and let us know!

Fall Driving Locations: North Carolina Country Roads

fall driving locations

Fallen Roads Around North Carolina

Fall is the perfect time to go for a ride in North Carolina. That’s why we’ve posted a list of fall driving locations in the area, specifically country roads you won’t want to leave. The open road, crisp air, and autumn foliage are the perfect way to relax on a fall day.

According to OnlyInYourState, every North Carolinian loves to visit Blue Ridge Parkway more than any other location when it comes to driving. This 469-mile strip of road has it all: mountain views, waterfalls, lakes, and steep drops. Thanks to large overhangs, you will have the perfect vantage to see acres and acres of bright leaves as they change from bright green to dark earth tones.

Another great drive is the Whitewater Way, which gets its name from the falls. As the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, this location is a must-see place for any driver. The Whitewater Way can be found on Highway 281 between Sapphire and the South Carolina border. You can also stop by the Gorges State Park or the Nantahala National Forest as well.

Hanging Rock and Pisgah Loop Scenic Byways are also great for driving. Hanging Rock is a winding road that goes straight through the Sauratown mountain chain, while the Pisgah Loop takes you along an ancient forest. Running parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway at times, it’s the perfect place to stop by for some peaceful hiking.

Other great locations include Waterfall Byway, Meteor Lake, Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway, Tail of the Dragon, Upper Yadkin Way, and the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. You’ll learn to love driving again once you stop by these beautiful fall driving locations. Tell all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC what you thought about your road trips around Colorado.

Chevy’s 238-Mile Promise

238-Mile promise

The Doors Are Open

Chevy has made a promise – a 238-Mile promise. So, what does this mean? Well, with the all-new Chevy Bolt, it means you’ll be going far.

Chevy has promised that the 2017 Chevrolet Volt EV will have a 238-mile range on a full charge. This is groundbreaking for not just the Chevy Bolt, but for electric cars everywhere.

Fully electric cars have gained popularity over the last years, partly because of its money-saving efficiency and partly because of its low environmental impact. That’s why Chevy has devoted so much to making the Chevy Bolt the ideal electric car.

GM hopes to not only boost the popularity of this car, but raise the standard of electric cars themselves. The Chevy Bolt will be unique because unlike most other EV’s on the market, it will have a range of over 200 miles when fully charged, and it’ll come in at a reasonable MSRP of $37,000. And that’s before the $7,500 federal tax rebate.

“If you look at the reason why people didn’t buy electrified or pure electric vehicles, it was really around either the cost or price range, or in some cases utility. We think with the Bolt we have all of those covered and more,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of global product development.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is sure to impress. Are you excited for it? Let all of us know at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Charlotte, NC today!

2016 Lake Hickory Haunts

Lake Hickory Haunts

Scary Fun in Hickory

Lake Hickory Haunts is filled with spooky atmosphere and eerie characters. It’s not just one haunted trail, hayride, or house; it’s a bunch of haunted attractions all in one place! Halloween is approaching quickly, so get in the spirit by exploring Lake Hickory Haunts. Here’s the spooky themes of this year’s attractions:

Extinction. The human race is at stake in this haunt, starring a beast that has emerged from Lake Hickory to take over the world.

Shipwrecked. Pirates shipwrecked at Lake Hickory unite with voodoo doctors to recruit you to join them.

Big Top Circus. You got it… clowns. Enough said.

Nightmare Factory. Here, you’ll be dosed with a slimy liquid that turns your worst nightmares into reality.

Junkyard. Here you’ll be thrown into a junkyard maze, where backwoods cannibals are on the hunt… for you.

Land of the Undead. The undead are hungry for life in this haunt, and will do anything to take yours.

Plus, in the Midway of Mayhem, you can take pictures with characters, grab a bite to eat, or hit up the arcade.

Maybe the best part about Lake Hickory Haunts? Parking is free! Let all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Charlotte, NC how you liked these Halloween events.

Bobby Isaac Memorial Brings Everyone Together

Bobby Isaac Memorial

Bobby Isaac The Legend

For the 32nd year, the Bobby Isaac Memorial will bring legends and fans together to celebrate an iconic race car driver’s life.

Coming up on Labor Day, this event will commemorate to death of Bobby Isaac but mostly, celebrate his life. Isaac was from Catawba, North Carolina and quickly established his career as a legendary race car driver. He first started racing at Hickory Motor Speedway and eventually won the prestigious Winston Cup Championship in 1970. Over the course of his career, he set 28 world speed record and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

It’s held every year at Hickory Motor Speedway, known as The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, since so many famous drivers got their start there.

So what is the Bobby Isaac Memorial? It consists of the Bobby Isaac Memorial 200, a race that started the year of his death. Anyone can go see the race and you can even take part in Pre-Race Ceremonies and an On-Track Autograph Session so fans can meet their favorite drivers!

So this year, head down to Hickory Motor Speedway and help Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet celebrate Bobby Isaac’s life. Find out more information about ticket prices for this event in Hickory, NC.

Dale Earnhardt Statue

Dale Earnhardt Statue

A Fitting Tribute

Just about everyone knows the name “Dale Earnhardt.” One of the most notable race car drivers of all time, Earnhardt set an abundance of records and worked his way into all of our hearts. In Kannapolis, North Carolina, you’ll be able to find a touching tribute to him: a Dale Earnhardt statue.

One of the top NASCAR drivers of all time, Earnhardt died doing what he loved: racing. In February 2001, he was competing in the infamous Daytona 500 when his car was bumped from behind, causing him to crash into a wall head-on. His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished second in the race. Tragically, Earnhardt Sr. was brought to Halifax Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

His legacy, however, has not died. You can visit his statue in nearby Kannapolis, North Carolina to pay him tribute! Earnhardt was referred to as the “working man’s” driver and his statue stands tall in that nickname, donning a button-down with rolled-up sleeves, a pair of jeans, and cowboy boots.

Over his career, Earnhardt won 76 races and 7 Winston Cup Championships, making him one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers. His “working man” nickname was given to him because of his laid-back attitude and relatability to fans.

So if you’re an Earnhardt fan, check out the Dale Earnhardt statue in his hometown of Kannapolis, and stop by The Intimidator’s actual dealership in Newton, NC at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.