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Kayaking illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

What’s Trending in Tennessee

What’s New, Trending and Blooming this Spring in Tennessee

  • Memphis – Memphis Zoo’s all-new Kangazoo Experience lets you get face-to-face with kangaroos roaming free in the walk-through exhibit. Visitor favorites also include giraffe-feeding, the panda exhibit and Sting Ray Cove.
  • Jackson – Discover what makes Jackson a unique place for music lovers of all backgrounds whether you’re looking for new eclectic sounds, blues and gospel, country music or more with live performances of Jackson’s Hidden Tracks.
  • Nashville – Enjoy premiere shopping, world-class dining, live music and views of downtown at Fifth + Broadway. This 300,000 square foot multi-level mecca is a must-see and home to the National Museum of African American Musicand Assembly Food Hall featuring two dozen restaurants on multiple levels.
  • Columbia – The Mulehouse is a 55,000 square feet new music and event venue located a few blocks from the downtown square, established by country radio personality and broadcaster, Blair Garner.
  • Manchester – A brand new concert series features live, in-person performances in a socially-distanced setting at the Bonnaroo Farm. Concerts on the Farm includes performances by Billy Strings, Jon Pardy, Jameson Rodgers, The Avett Brothers and more.
  • Chattanooga – Grab your thinking caps, maps and don’t forget your mask. Take adventure to the next level. Learn more about Chattanooga’s top attractions and neighborhoods during the Spring Break Safari Scavenger Hunt.
  • Knoxville – Three levels of magical crystal barrooms wait to be discovered in downtown Knoxville. Bernadette’sbarrooms include the Knox County Quartz House, the Amethyst Lounge, and a stunning rooftop of Crystal Gardens.
  • Gatlinburg – Anakeesta will be in full bloom with the launch of Blooms and Tunes featuring colorful nature-themed art installations, live music and a new spring-themed menu at four restaurants in the park.
  • Townsend – The Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival Noon-10 p.m. May 22 includes live music, vendors, food trucks, bigfoot competitions, oral histories, 1-mile fun run and more at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.
  • Johnson City – Grab a scavenger hunt clue card online or from a downtown business to search for 15 bronze animal sculptures as part of Wildabout Walkabout Scavenger Hunt from the public library and King Commons Park to Main and Market Streets.

New Restaurants, Breweries and Distilleries

  • Memphis – Renowned chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman are at it again, this time with their Little Bettie pizza joint inside Wiseacre’s newly opened downtown taproom.
  • Clarksville – The Thirsty Goat is a newer gathering place outside of the city that features a beer garden, artisan coffee shop and oven-fired pizzas.
  • Murfreesboro – Biscuit-based meals made baked fresh daily are at the forefront of Maple Street Biscuit Co. Jams and jellies are also made in-store. Featured on Food Network, The Squawking Goat dish is an all-natural fried chicken breast, fried goat cheese medallion and house-made pepper jelly atop a flaky biscuit.
  • Columbia – Wolf and Scout Coffee Car is located in the Columbia Arts Building serving varieties of coffees and their signature drink, the Wolfhunter.
  • Carthage – Cajun wings, honey BBQ wings, onion rings, fries and delicious sides are on tap at Something 2 Wing About.
  • Farragut – 35 North, located in the heart of Farragut, features the area’s best food trucks, local brews, wine and spirits and features two patios, an outdoor fireplace and a place for gathering.
  • LaFollette – Twin Flame features amazing hot dogs, burgers, wings, catfish, specialty drinks and much more with carry-out and dining room seating available.
  • Wartburg – The MoCo Brewing Project is Morgan County’s latest brewery and coffee shop with signature beers named and influenced by local landmarks. The owners brew beer, coffee and offer flavored coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Sevierville – Tennessee Shine Co.uses family recipes and small-batch distilling, features a tasting bar and Moonshine Tour.
  • Johnson City – Watauga Brewing Company is a three story brewery, restaurant and rooftop bar. Restaurant On 2 combines upscale New American cuisine with Appalachian and southern roots. The chef uses local, seasonal foods in her menu. 

New Attractions and Exhibits

  • Memphis –Visitors can enjoy movie nights and world-renowned musicians in an all-new outdoor setting at The Grove at GPAC.
  • Memphis – Graceland celebrates the 50 anniversary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll meeting then President Richard Nixon with a special pop-up exhibit and artifacts with Dear Mr. President: Elvis and Mr. Nixon.
  • Nashville – Once Upon a Spring at Gaylord Opryland includes a live story time show, art activities, cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, boat rides and other fun programming.
  • Knoxville – Zoo Knoxville’s The ARC (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus), open spring 2021, will showcase the zoo’s pioneering conservation work with these species and feature revolutionary STEM education resources.
  • Johnson City – Paradise Acresis a family farm park with an 18-hole mini-golf course, outdoor laser tag, barn-side drive-in theater and U-Pick produce.

New Hotels & Places to Stay

  • Memphis – Walk the line between southern hospitality, offbeat and elevated cuisine to get a genuine taste of Midtown’s unconventional personality, storied art district and Overton Square at The Memphian, set to open April 2021.
  • Memphis – Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis is within walking distance of the city’s famed entertainment district, nestled in a vibrant neighborhood known for lauded music venues, historic landmarks, southern comfort and Memphis-style barbecue.
  • Nashville – W Hotel Nashville is set to take the stage in the heart of the Gulch. Opening spring 2021 with 346 rooms, the new hotel will welcome visitors with curated local tunes, garden-to-glass cocktails and welcoming communal spaces.
  • Pigeon Forge – Pigeon Forge RV Resort along the Little Pigeon River includes 149 RV sites, camping, riverside fishing, illuminated river walk. On-property offerings include on-site concierge services, a pool, and hot tub, playground, picnic pavilion, a dog park, golf cart rentals, a retail store, conference room, gym, and laundry facilities.

New Stores

  • Columbia – Columbia features several new stores including Cope (in the Columbia Arts Building with a variety of trendy plants), family-owned jewelry store Tillis Jewelry on the downtown square and Southern Clutter Boutique with a variety of clothing, accessories, home goods and crafts.
  • Farragut – Euphoric Cheese features cut-to-order cheeses from all around the world, a wide variety of charcuterie items, specialty groceries and a selection of local brews. Items such as chocolate-covered figs, blue cheese stuffed olives, creamed honey and rosemary crackers will make your grazing board memorable.
  • Kingston – That Local Cheeseboard Co.features handcrafted charcuterie boards & boxes, grazing tables, customizable boxes, corporate catering, and gifts and items for special occasions.

Hot/Trending Places for Spring

  • Hornbeak – Vacation while you dine at Blue Bank Fishhouse & Grill at Blue Bank Resort with delicious weekend specials, local craft beer, live music, fire pits, butterfly garden & front row seating to a beautiful sunset on Reelfoot Lake.
  • Alamo – Drive through the 5.5 miles of safari roads in your own car, interact and feed animals at Tennessee Safari Park. After the journey, experience the walk-through zoo, enjoy refreshments at the concessions, the playground area, and the petting zoo.
  • Clarksville – Downtown at Sundown Concerts at Downtown Commons includes free live music the first and third Friday nights May through October. The large urban outdoor park allows space to socially distance with your chairs or blanket.
  • Linden – Experience serenity on the water. Commodore River Adventures offers an uncrowded, individual or small-group, artisan kayaking experience.
  • Nashville – Celebrate spring, warmer weather and longer days with more than 150,000 blooming bulbs and fun seasonal activities during Cheekwood in Bloom.
  • Nashville – Board the General Jackson Showboat, one of Gaylord Opryland’s most popular attractions, for cruises featuring first-class live entertainment, delicious meals and gorgeous views of Nashville.
  • LaFollette – Chapman Hill Winery is a quaint winery with an elegant tasting room nestled in the hills of East Tennessee on the edge of Norris Lake. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the Vineyard Vibrations live music series.
  • Farragut – Enjoy a stroll through town, a heritage trail, cemetery and educational sites to learn history of the area, pioneer settlements and more through artifacts, photos and stories during the Farragut History Walk.
  • Harriman – Lakeshore Park offers recreation fun for the family and is home to the Gupton Wetlands area, where at least 114 species of birds can be found. Bring bikes, kayaks, fishing poles and enjoy scenery and trails.
  • Lancing – Lilly Hopyard Brewery is tucked away in the woods near the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Warm up around the campfire, watch the game, play corn hole, listen to live music and enjoy the Sauced Frog eatery.
  • Winchester – Stroll with family and friends during Food Truck Fridays at the downtown Farmers Market Pavilion on the Boulevard. Downtown merchants will stay open late on the first Friday of every month.
  • Johnson City – At the 40-acre Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park, riders can experience the thrill of off-road riding from the gnarly, rocky downhill of the Black Diamond to smooth dirt paths on the green trails.
  • Pigeon Forge – Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under an Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from chefs during Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival.

Spring Festivals & Events

  • Gatlinburg (March 18-20) – Explore the new Gatlinburg St. Patrick’s Day Celebration complete with traditional Irish music, food, fireworks, and more. The city will be decorated with Shamrock green and feature fireworks show at 10 p.m. Friday at the Space Needle.
  • Bell Buckle (March 20) – The historic town adapts Daffodil Days to include a tree seedling give away, spring bulbs vendors on the square, spring items in stores, and a book signing by beloved former Tennessee Poet Laureate Maggi Vaugn.
  • Chattanooga (March 20-21) – Come see the High Falls flow green during Shamrock City at Rock City featuring Irish food, specialty beer from Chattanooga Brewing Co., bagpipers, pop-up Irish dance performers, and virtual scavenger hunt.
  • Linden (March 26-27) – The Blooming Arts Festival mixes fine arts, local craftsmanship, performances and fantastic local eats. Masks and social distancing recommended. Sanitization stations will be up on Main Street.
  • Pigeon Forge (March 26-28) – Cowboy cooks circle the wagons for the one-of-a-kind outdoor Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff that features chuck wagons–the original food trucks. Attendees can sample the offerings at lunch.
  • Murfreesboro (March 29-April 2) – Looking for a fun and safe way to kick off spring? Stop by the Discovery Center for Mess Fest. Get creative and messy with free outdoor activities such as making oobleck, elephant toothpaste and more.
  • Spring Hill (April 2) – Grammy Award Winner Casting Crowns performs a socially distancing family-friendly drive-in concert 7 p.m. at RippavillaTickets benefit the Well Outreach Food Pantry.
  • Crossville (April 2-June 24) – Cumberland County Playhouse kicks off its 2021 spring season with productions like Clue on Stage, The Savannah Sipping Society, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now and Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.
  • Savannah (April 3) – The 9th Annual Generals Breakfast kicks off at 9 a.m. at Cherry Mansion with an outdoor breakfast, storytelling program and a Q&A by the homeowners. Tickets are $15. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
  • Murfreesboro (April 23) – Travis Tritt with special guest Frank Foster takes the stage at 7 p.m. at Hop Springs Beer Park. There’s live music every weekend at the family & dog-friendly park with food and a huge selection of craft beers on tap.
  • Harriman (May 1) – The May Day Craft and Antique Fair will have vendors that display handmade crafts, vintage items and antiques, food vendors, live entertainment and classic car show.
  • Granville (May 1) – The Cornbread & Moonshine Festival features whiskey tastings, cornbread tasting, food, music, and craftsmen. Admission is $5. The new Whiskey Decanter Museum also opens with over 3,000 whiskey decanters.
  • Cookeville (May 1) – Cookeville Storyfest 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the big tent in Dogwood Park includes headliners Andy Offutt Irwin and Minton Sparks, and an amateur storytelling competition.
  • Tellico Plains (May 1) – The Tellico Trout Festival 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. downtown gathers fishermen, river sports enthusiasts and families for fun, education, food, entertainment and outfitter services.
  • Gatlinburg (May 1-3) – Guests can begin a creative journey in crafts, woodworking, basket weaving, jewelry making and more during Hands on Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Register in advance before workshops sell out.
  • Pigeon Forge (May 5-8) – Textile art and techniques to stitch quilts are on display at Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest. Guests can register for instructional classes. The free quilt exhibit and vendor hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LeConte Center.
  • Sweetwater (May 7-8) – Head to Historic Downtown Sweetwater for the Blooms, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival with live music, barbecue competition, vendors, picker’s corner, kids’ zone and fun activities.
  • Smithville (May 8) – Center Hill Lake Fest 4-10 p.m. at The Burlap Room Beer Garden and Dispensary features plenty of space to socially-distance while enjoying food from local food trucks, craft beer and local vendors. Please wear a mask in vendor and restroom lines. Tickets for the kid and pet-friendly event start at $20.
  • Rugby (May 8) – Raise a cup to Queen Victoria during the Queen’s Tea at Historic Rugby. The festive tea will include sandwiches, scones and dessert. Tickets are $22.
  • Wartburg (May 15) – The Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival is filled with music, food, exhibits, creative arts, crafts, a car show and 24 designated scenic trails 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. around courthouse square.
  • Harriman (May 22-23, May 29-31) – Join a weekend of fun with costume contests, pirate Olympics, treasure hunts, get a picture with a mermaid or scallywag or shop the merchant village for unique treasures at the 5th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest.
  • Bell Buckle (May 29) – Load up the car and go on an adventure in Historic Bell Buckle geocaching for prizes 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the Bell Buckle Car Cache and Pig Bash. Registration information can be found here.
  • Donelson (May-October) – Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, shop from local vendors, listen to live music and stroll through the historic grounds of Two Rivers Mansion Fridays 4-7 p.m. during the outdoor Hip Donelson Farmers Market.

For a complete list of what’s happening in Tennessee, visit the calendar on the website.  

Five Celebrities That Own a Pickup Truck

Americans have always had a great liking for their pickup trucks, and this trend is growing by the season. In 2020 alone, a year known for being one of the worst for automotive sales due to the Corona Virus pandemic, we still saw around 11 million trucks sold throughout the USA. Conventional trucks, such as the Ford F-150, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevrolet Sierra are admired for their strapping performance, proven long-term reliability, and well-roundedness in just about every area. And these days, trucks bear those qualities alongside what people expect from modern-day vehicles, qualities such as eye-catching aesthetics, contemporary driver-aids, safety specs, and many comfort features, as well as suitable everyday practicality. Added to this is the so-called street-cred associated with such vehicles. So there’s no wonder as to why so many celebrities choose to opt for a pickup truck over any other overly extravagant car, here are just a few of the celebs rocking pickups: 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Ford F-150

Famous Hollywood actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is said to have a mighty fine collection of vehicles in his garage. One of those vehicles is the Ford F-150, one of the best selling pickup trucks of all time in the USA. Ford offers a selection of strapping V6, V8, and even hybridized engines for the F-150 along with strong transmission and drivetrain constituents. There are numerous powertrain, body, and bed length configurations offered, too, meaning the truck can be purposed for the road, the unbeaten trail, or for full-on utility. Some modifications to ‘The Rock’s’ F-150, nicknamed “The Bull”, include a custom black grille, a five-inch dual exhaust setup, and an advanced sound system.

Kid Rock – GMC Sierra

American singer-songwriter, Kid Rock, has been producing chart-topping hits for a long time. And if you’ve heard his music, which you probably have, you’d know this cowboy couldn’t not have a pickup truck in his garage. His pick: the ever-popular GMC Sierra, a half-ton cruiser proffered with many potent engine options, cab options, and cargo bed lengths. A lot different from the base model, his beast features the K2Package which includes a blacked-out front grille and custom fender flares, and a suspension lift kit that elevates the chassis six-inches off the ground for an aggressive, towering stance.

Kourtney Kardashian – Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado is a massive truck, but that didn’t stop 5’ 1’” Kourtney Kardashian from buying one. Yes, she does sometimes have trouble parking the behemoth and yes, she does need a step ladder to get inside, but, regardless of those mild inconveniences, it sure does have her standout from the crowd, which is the point, right? Well, the expansive array of aesthetic, feature and mechanical modifications certainly have it catching the eye of other motorists. Her sisters, Kim and Khloe, drive a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Land Rover Range Rover respectively, both premium and expensive rides. Still, a top-of-the-line Silverado can come in at anywhere over $60,000.

Amber Marshall – Dodge RAM 3500

It’s no surprise that this country music star and actor spends her daily commutes in a mammoth-in-size heavy-duty RAM 3500 Mega Cab. With its rugged exterior, high-horsepower powertrain, and lofty ground clearance, it’s also the perfect beast for her to get around her Alberta ranch with. The Mega Cab is commodious, housing comfy and supportive seats and providing more than enough room for all her human and furry friends that she tours around her ranch with. It carries a sizeable cargo bed, too, and can tow a maximum of up to 35,100 pounds, all she would need to haul about her horse trailer and bikes, and if so inclined, complete any ranch-related chores.

Rutledge Wood – Toyota Tundra

Rutledge Wood has an extensive automotive background and having been one of the presenters on the USA’s version of Top Gear, has had plenty of experience in a large variety of automobiles. His truck of choice is the Toyota Tundra built by Toyota Motorsports for the 2007 SEMA. At the helm, a monstrous 5.7-liter supercharged V8 unit does duty, the Tundra has been specced-out with 2016 TRD Pro performance parts, a Honey D wide body kit, and a 3M wrap. It’s a ferocious metallic yellow demon and highly capable family runabout.

Pickup trucks are awesome, and despite there being so many on the roads, it’s easy to get yours to stand out with how customizable and configurable they are. Not only can they be used to stick out or tower above the crowd, but they can be purposed for an array of practical daily tasks. 

Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires for Ford F-150 as announced by 360 MAGAZINE.

Pirelli Scorpion ATR x Ford F-150

A new “tailor-made” Pirelli Scorpion ATR tire has been designed specifically for the all-new Ford F-150, part of F-Series, America’s best-selling vehicle for 38 years.

For more than 20 years, Pirelli and Ford have had a strong relationship, working together to develop tires specifically designed for a wide range of more than fifteen different Ford models. These joint efforts manifest today in this new version of the Scorpion ATR with innovations designed to emphasize the performance of the new F-150. This new tire design will be the basis of a range of tires within the Pirelli Scorpion family that will be released in the coming months.

Over the past two and half years, engineers from Pirelli and Ford worked together through a rigorous homologation process, which involved co-design, prototyping, industrialization phases, severe indoor testing as well as hundreds of hours of simulation and modelling.

The goal was to design a perfect-fit tire that incorporated all of Ford’s targets. In particular, Pirelli’s engineers designed mold profiles specifically for the new F-150, in order to offer a maximum level of grip with improved rolling resistance.

In addition, the tailor-made Scorpion ATR for the Ford F-150 presents a dedicated tread design to reduce tire noise by up to 3 decibels. Pirelli’s technicians also worked on a new generation of tread compound to provide secure wet handling and snow performance for this heavy duty vehicle.

To achieve these goals, Pirelli deployed its most advanced simulation and engineering tools to meet Ford’s demanding tire specification targets at every iteration of development. This digital and collaborative design approach significantly increased development speed and optimized tire performance, along with a reduction in the number of physical tires tested.

The Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires designed for the Ford F-150 are available in two sizes: 275/60R20 and 265/70R17.

The ATR is part of the Pirelli’s range of Scorpion SUV and light truck tires, offering comfort, excellent traction and better wear resistance. As an All Season tire, it provides controlled performance on the most diverse surfaces and weather conditions.

Ram Trucks, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

RAM 1500 REBEL

By Vivek Lalchandani × Krishan Narsinghani × Vaughn Lowery

2020 will be remembered as the year of Covid-19. Some people went so far as to think the world would come to an end. Now think about a perfect vehicle for the end of the world situation. You’d want something big, practical, tough, and hi-tech, right? The 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel checks all those boxes and then some. 360 Magazine got to spend some time with the Ram and we were massively impressed. So now the question arises, would we pick it over the best-selling F150?

Design

Ram prioritizes presence and power in its exterior design. The Rebel takes the philosophy to another level. Front and center is a huge, imposing Ram logo which is more common nowadays. However, what’s not common is the Hulk Hogan looking mustache surrounding the logo. Talk about showing presence. Truck enthusiasts will also find two front mounted tow hooks, front and rear skid plates, black accents throughout, and slightly higher ride height. Out back there is a dual exit exhaust setup which is a unique touch in the pickup segment with every other truck having rear side exit exhaust. One place the Ram loses out is the rear tailgate functionality. Ford incorporates a step and hand grip, while Chevy does a step on either side of the rear bumper, and GMC has the new Multi-Pro tailgate and its various opening techniques. The Ram is simply dampened and open either down or sideways. Other design details around back are fairly typical with pick up vertical taillights to comply with rules and another immense Ram logo painted matte black. With this sleek makeover, it’s safe to say the truck has an aggressive profile all around.

Performance/Capability

Most people will purchase the monstrous truck for its looks alone; however, few may solely buy it for it’s capability. Those who do will not be disappointed. Ram set out to create one of the world’s best off road trucks with the Ram Power Wagon. In doing so, they built a platform that can perhaps only be rivaled by the Ford Raptor. The Rebel stands to benefit from this platform more than any other trim, combining both on and off road manners. Owners will thirst for power and exhaust note from the base 3.6L Pentastar V6 with a mild hybrid system that’s good for 305 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. Good news is there are two optional 5.7L V8s, both pushing 395 hp and 410 lb/ft of torque. One is a mild hybrid which is the sweet spot in the range with its extra 130 lb/ft for launches. For more utilitarian users, there’s also an available 3.0L Ecodiesel with 260 hp and 480 lb/ft of torque. All models are excellent in class on fuel economy with the V6 at 19/24, V8 models at 15/21 and 17/22, and diesel at 21/29 city/highway. All numbers increase slightly with 4×2 equipped. All engines can tow 7100 lbs other than the diesel which is rated at 7200 lbs.

Driving this monster was thrilling on and off road. On road, drivers get a sense of power and security towering over other drivers with 33-inch all terrain tires on 18-inch wheels. Sedans and coupes look pitiful in comparison while even most other trucks feel small. Handling and suspension are exactly what you expect from a giant truck that’s dull, soft and bouncy. Put some extra weight in the bed to fix the bounciness and you’ll have an SUV-like driving experience thanks to the available four corner air suspension. Ram is also the only truck manufacturer to include coil over suspension versus traditional leaf springs. Looking at the automobile is pleasant in itself, but wait til you try off-roading. Feel comfortable tackling almost any type of terrain. To test, we took it on a slight rock crawl course and it didn’t fail to amaze as it glided across the bumps and all without as much more quiet than one would expect. Rest assured, it’ll do just fine in the snow and rain that most owners never steer away from.

Interior

Some may say this beast is the The Rolls Royce of trucks after sitting inside this beast. With perfect appointments and a red trim, families can enjoy riding in style with plenty of room. In this crew cab configuration, notice a larger back seat and slightly smaller bed. Leather seats for this upgraded version give a nice touch of luxury worth noting. Hands down, the technology is gawking with a 12.3-inch screen. All essential climate control features are still hard buttons, which is surprisingly familiar and appreciated.

The mighty vehicle lives up to the hype in all aspects of design, interior and performance. It beats the class leading F-150 in every way, save for the tailgate functionality. Buyers will be tremendously surprised by the amount of luxury and attention to detail in this monster. The days are gone where trucks are only for work. Instead, trucks are the most practical vehicle anybody can buy. Ram looked ahead and realized they are one of the only profitable divisions of FCA and threw everything in the kitchen sink at this truck. With that being said, the crew cab starts at $47,990 for the Rebel trim. The base Tradesman starts at $32,145 and pricing can go past $90k with all premium upgrades. Worth it? Hell yes. In every single way.

Pre-order NOW!

NYC, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Road Safety Tips Every Truck Driver Should Know

Long-distance truck driving can be a great job, but it can also be very dangerous. Every year, there are over 500,000 accidents involving trucks on American roads. More than 10% of all traffic accidents in the US involve a trucking accident. Driving long haul can be very, very physically and mentally and a moment’s lapse in concentration can have fatal consequences. 5,000 trucking accidents each year lead to death so it is so important to take every measure necessary to drive safely. 

This article lays out four road safety tips that every truck driver should know.

1. Do Not Drive If You are Tired

Long haul driving is extremely extraneous and tiredness is one of the main contributing factors in traffic accidents. If a driver is tired they may momentarily lose concentration or even fall asleep, both of which can lead to a crash. Being overly exhausted and staring for hours at the road can even lead to hallucinations which can cause a driver to make a mistake. Over 70,000 accidents a year come as a result of drowsy driving and these lead to more than 800 deaths. The expert attorneys at http://www.kraftlaw.com/, who represent drivers in all kinds of accidents, told us that it is vital for long-distance truck drivers to ensure that they have plenty of sleep before doing a long drive or an accident can easily occur for which they may be culpable. Whether you are a long-distance truck driver or a parent on the way home for a school run, your legal case will be significantly weakened if you were found to be overly tired when involved in a crash. Many truck drivers consume large quantities of caffeine or other stimulants to stay awake and alert, but these can distort judgment and affect reaction times so being well rested before the trip is a much safer method. 

2. Make Sure Your Truck is Fully Operational

A huge number of traffic accidents are caused by a mechanical failure and so it is vital to make sure that your truck is fully operational and that the brakes, lights, and other important safety features are all working perfectly. It is far better to check your truck before the trip rather than having to stop and find somewhere to make repairs. Not only may you not be able to find a place that can do the necessary repairs, but even if you do, the delay will put you behind schedule. This may cause you to speed which will increase your chance of an accident. Not only should you personally check your truck each time, but all commercial trucks should be regularly serviced by professional mechanics to make sure that they are up to road standards. 

3. Rest Every Few Hours

As well as getting lots of sleep before the journey, take regular rest stops along the way. This gives you a chance to recharge your batteries and to switch off mentally for a little while. Maintaining the concentration levels necessary to do a long drive is incredibly taxing so regular rests are very important to make sure that you don’t lose focus. Plan these stops on your route before you head off to break the journey up into manageable chunks. Budget the stops into your predicted driving time and make the most of each one. Whether you are stopping for a bite to eat, for a cigarette, or a nap, make sure that you are fully refreshed before you set off again. Meal times are a great time for rest stops and if you are driving a route you know well, you probably already have your favorite eateries to stop off at on the journey. Take your time and you will be well-rested and ready to continue.

4. Don’t Exceed the Speed Limit

Make sure you plan the journey well and give yourself enough time so that you can take those important rest stops and don’t have to speed. More than 50% of crashes are caused by speeding or careless driving and it can be so tempting to exceed the speed limit when you are falling behind schedule. When you are planning your route, assume there will be heavy traffic, roadblocks, or other obstacles and take them into account when estimating your journey time.

Long-distance truck driving can be a fantastic way to see the country and to spend some time with your thoughts. To make sure that you finish your journey safely, it is vitally important to follow all appropriate safety measures. Being well-rested, making sure your truck is working properly, and planning your route and time carefully are all key to safe long-distance truck driving. Take these tips into account next time you are planning a long haul journey.

pickup, trucks, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

5 Pickups for the 2020s: Like Nothing You Have Ever Seen

In November, Elon Musk revealed his Cybertruck pet project in a video that went viral after he smashed supposedly unsmashable windows. 

This Rubik’s cube of a car is a big deal for Tesla because trucks are consistently the best-selling vehicles in the USA … by a lot. For decades, the Ford F-Series has held the record for best-sold vehicle in America. People feel safer in large cars. According to car accident lawyer Lampert & Walsh, 3,800 commercial trucks were involved in fatal crashes nationwide in 2012, compared to a total of 33,500 fatal crashes.

Consider, for example, how many corporations buy elegant and powerful SUVs to minimize liability for the drivers of their fleets. Within this group is pretty much every single major construction company, by the way. 

The second, third, and fourth best-selling vehicles in the USA, are also large non-sedans (they include pickups and SUVs). You might think, ‘wait a minute,” with all of the green energy and environmentalism going around, people must be buying less large gas-guzzlers now than ever,’ but you’d be wrong.

Pickup truck sales in the US went from 2.5 million to 3.1 million between 2015 and 2019. There is a silver lining though. Companies are still producing large vehicles, yes, but many new models reflect the concern for the planet by offering EV and hybrid options. This includes a (very expensive) but all-EV Hummer with an insane amount of force.

For this reason, it is refreshing to see large-car manufacturers listening to their environmental Jiminy Cricket. 

The SUVs and Pickups of The Future

Tesla Cybertruck

On the truck’s main webpage, Tesla uses a hardcore punk font for the Cybertruck. It is indeed extreme. It has a tow rating of 7,500 lbs and a 0- to 60-mph of 6.5 seconds. It has a range of about 500 miles on a single charge. It is meant as a mix between utility and sport … obviously it is fully electric. 

It’s slated to hit the streets in late 2021.

Price: 

The base version is priced at $39,000. For comparison, the bestselling F-150 costs about $30,000. 

RivianR1T 

It has a frunk and has been called “cute” by caranddriver.com. This is no normal pickup truck. We’re talking about a car manufacturer that was founded in 2009 and ten years later has major-scale deals with Amazon and Ford. Amazon wants them to build their electric delivery vans and Ford has them working on a Lincoln SUV concept. Rivian’s designers have built their concept around the idea of eco-friendly SUVs. 

It gets about 400 miles per charge and tows about 11,000 lbs.

Price: 

about $69,000. At this time, Rivian is taking $1,000 deposits. Production will begin in 2020.

GMC Hummer EV 

A winner of the 2020 Miami Superbowl ads. This military brat turned eco-warrior is being promoted as having THREE engines. This is worth pointing out because generally dual-engine vehicles mount either engine on either axel. Nobody knows exactly how Hummer will pull off the weight distribution for this feat. 

This monster will have 1000 horsepower when it comes out to the public in Fall 2021. 

Price: 

None announced yet, but it is expected to be upwards of $70,000.

Bollinger B2

This extended pickup is known for having a ridiculous amount of storage capacity. It has 72 inches of bed length and 96 inches if you unfold the expandable cut. Within the market, the Bollinger is positioned as a champion of simplicity and transparency. It is a no-nonsense brand that makes cars that look like toolboxes. 

It gets about 200 miles per charge.

Price:

$125,000

Nikola Badger

At the end of the day, how many fleet-purchasing agents will be swayed by a 2,000 lbs difference in torque as opposed to their gut feeling about a car’s appearance? Aesthetics are important and that might be the Badger’s strength. It is marketed as the most attractive SUV of 2020. It is clean, muscular, and futuristic-looking, while still retaining a “normal” SUV build (unlike the cute R1T, the divergent Cybertruck, and the pragmatic B2)

This truck is special for one other reason that will inevitably garner a lot of attention: it’s a hydrogen fuel-cell/EV hybrid.

Price:

$60 – 90k, according to CEO Trevor Milton

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Time To Replace Your Semi Truck Headlights?

If you think about the safety equipment on your truck, chances are you think about your brakes, the marker lights or other semi truck parts that stand out. However, you may not think about your headlights. However, these are among the most important safety parts. They let you see what is ahead of you during dark conditions and also alert other drivers to your location.

Taking care of the safety equipment on your truck is an essential part of maintenance. However, if you are like many truck drivers and owners, you may be uncertain when it is time to replace your headlights.

Signs Your Lights Need Replacing

Many people avoid changing their lights until they burn out. This is a mistake because lights can dim over time. This could leave you with significantly reduced light output. If you have incandescent bulbs, their light output may have reduced by 20% within the first two years. Even more modern LED lights should be replaced regularly.

Over-the-road truckers should be especially careful about replacing their headlights. You don’t want to be a hundred miles into a multi-day route when you realize that your headlights need to be replaced.

Changing your headlights on a regular basis is a good idea and relatively inexpensive. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific intervals recommended for your vehicle and headlights. Always change them both at the same time. If one is on its last legs, the other is almost certainly following close behind.

If you notice that your lights seem dim or inconsistent, it is time to replace them. It is almost always better to be safe than sorry with your lights. Headlights are typically different for each vehicle model. For example, Freightliner Century headlights are different from Mack headlights.

For semi-trucks, most people replace the entire headlight assembly. This can be easier than just replacing the bulb and avoids the possibility of the lenses getting cloudy or dirty. Plus, trucks undergo a lot more wear than passenger cars and need parts replaced regularly.

Replacing the Headlights

Typically, replacing headlights is fairly simple. The steps vary depending on the model, so consult your owner’s manual to find what you need to do. Most people can perform this in an hour or less. All you will need to do is remove the mounting screws that hold the headlight assembly in place, unplug the lights and replace them with the new ones. Always turn them on when you are done to ensure they are working.

If you want a little more style, you can find headlights in all sorts of designs. You may also be able to switch to colored lights but check the local laws before making this modification.

Get Started

Changing your headlights is easy to do and well worth the time and expense. Make sure you get the right replacements. For example, you will need to get specific Peterbilt 389 headlights for that model. Keep in mind that the fit may change over different model years. Get started replacing your headlights today by ordering the parts.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Off-Roading Near Denver

You have just purchased your first Jeep or ATV, and you are ready to take it for a spin. You are in luck if you live in or near Denver, Colorado. The area is a paradise for ATV enthusiasts, and you can really test the limits of your vehicle in this area. Make sure you have the right truck rims for the job by purchasing any truck parts online you need. Once you are all set, follow this handy guide to lead you to a weekend of fun.


Bill Moore 4×4 Loop and the Empire Area


The Bill Moore Lake area offers a lot of beautiful scenery for you to enjoy. Even if you have lived in Colorado your entire life, you will see a side of it you have never witnessed before. There is a network of trails around here you definitely have to check out. The three main trails in this area include Red Elephant Hill, Mill Creek and Bill Moore Lake. Red Elephant Hill is recommended for advanced offroaders only. You can check it out once you have some experience under your belt, but for the time being, Mill Creek and Bill Moore Lake are plenty of fun.


Yankee Hill Network


You can get a full day’s worth of enjoyment out of the myriad of trails on the Yankee Hill Network. Most of them are perfect for beginners, so you can drive around to your heart’s content. The most popular route for locals to take is to start at St. Mary’s Glacier and drive over to Central City. As you head along this trail, you can take various side routes and develop your own loops. One point to keep in mind is that rocks generally litter the trails. You need to make sure you lower the air pressure in your tires before heading out so that you can increase your traction. Just make sure you avoid Miners Gulch.


Rampart Range


If you do not mind traveling a bit further away from Denver, then you should absolutely visit Rampart Range, located in the eastern Colorado plains. You can take your vehicle along the main road, which is appropriately named Rampart Range Road. It is a simple dirt road to drive across, but you should bear in mind that it does close down seasonally. As long as you visit the area during the right time of year, you can drive down it as well as the dozens of other service roads in the park.


There are numerous trails to visit around Denver. Before you head out, make sure you purchase all truck accessories Denver you may need. Additionally, it is vital to remember that if you do not feel comfortable taking a certain trail, then there is no shame in turning around. When you are just a beginner, you do not want to push your luck. You could end up stranded in the middle of a park, which is the last thing anyone wants. As long as you buy everything you need from a reputable online ATV shop, you can enjoy greater peace of mind.

Rolls-Royce Miami, American Dealer of the Year

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS MIAMI CELEBRATED AS 2018 AMERICAN DEALER OF THE YEAR

Each year Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas singles out one dealer that exemplifies its ability to deliver on the complete brand promise of the world’s most coveted luxury brand. For 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami has been honored as Dealer of the Year for the Americas. This prestigious honor recognizes the efforts of the entire team in Miami in ensuring the experience that every Rolls-Royce Motor Car owner deserves and expects. The criteria for the recognition is consistency in delivering the ultimate luxury experience from the initial idea through the entire commissioning and ownership experience. While only a small factor in the evaluation, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami, part of Braman Miami, was among the top dealers in delivering Rolls-Royce commissions in 2018. This performance helped lead the brand to a record year, with 4,107 Bespoke creations leaving Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, for collections worldwide.

“Being a part of the world’s leading luxury brand is an exclusive honor,” said Mike Rodriguez, General Manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami. “Everyone in our operation is dedicated to a single purpose, ‘ensuring an effortless experience.” He added, “Our clients and the weight of the Rolls-Royce brand demand the absolute highest level of service and it’s our commitment to deliver.” Since opening the doors to its new showroom in 2016, Rolls-Royce Motor Car Miami, part of Braman Miami, has grown the family of Rolls-Royce owners significantly and remains one of the top Rolls-Royce retailers worldwide.

“In 2018 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami continued to deliver the experience we know and expect for our owners. Commissioning and owning a Rolls-Royce is a rare experience for any lover of luxury. The entire team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami deserve this recognition,” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Americas. He added, “We are proud to have Mike and every member of his team represent our brand and deliver the ultimate in commissioning new motor cars and an effortless ownership experience,”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chooses the Dealer of the Year after careful consideration of a wide range of criteria. As a brand that values the luxury ownership experience above all else, service and owner satisfaction are at the top of the list. The company also reviews sales and operational performance as well as client satisfaction. Every aspect of the Rolls-Royce Motor Car ownership experience is expected to be effortless. That begins with the initial commissioning of a truly unique and exclusive motor car with one’s retail consultant. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami set this standard.

Inside the Bespoke lounge, clients personalize their new vehicle from more than 44,000 available exterior colors and a wide variety of textiles and interior materials ranging from the highest quality leather to high-tech carbon fiber. Working together with a team of expert colour, material and design consultants in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, the Bespoke process is what makes these cars exclusive and unique. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered significant bespoke activity in North America in more than 80% of all vehicles commissioned.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami is one of 44 Rolls-Royce Motor Car retail partners in the Americas, including 37 in the United States, 4 in Canada, 2 in South America and one in Mexico. Last year the company delivered 4107 units for a record year of growth. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the company’s state-of-the-art assembly facility in Goodwood England.

Rolls-Royce Vancouver Inspires Greatness

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS VANCOUVER HONORED WITH 2018 ‘INSPIRING GREATNESS’ AWARD

Dealer recognized for bringing the Rolls-Royce Brand to life in its May 2018 Showroom debut and Cullinan introduction

  • May 17, 2018 American premiere of Cullinan at the grand opening of Rolls-Royce Vancouver
  • Festivities brought the world’s leading luxury brand to life including a real-life Spirit of Ecstasy performance artist
  • Showroom was the first standalone Rolls-Royce building in the Americas
  • The event featured the American revel of Cullinan, the brand’s first-ever SUV
  • Nearly 200 guests including top media experienced the world class luxury event

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver has been recognized for its prowess in bringing the world most venerable brand to life with the marque’s coveted ‘Inspiring Greatness Award’ for 2018. Reserved for the most engaging and outstanding dealer client activity that embodies the brand promise and attitude of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Vancouver team received the award for the festivities surrounding the opening of its new showroom that included the Americas-wide debut of the all-new Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

“It’s an honor to be singled out for the way we do business,” said Christian Chia, Principal of Rolls-Royce Motor Vancouver. “Our goal is not to be the biggest, rather, we strive to share the beauty and inspiration of the Rolls-Royce brand with every one of clients and potential clients.” He added, “We had the distinct honor of introducing the new Cullinan to all of the Americas during the opening of our magnificent new showroom. It was a perfect intersection of events for the brand.”

In creating this truly inspirational event for Vancouver, Canada and the entire Americas, Chia commented, “Cullinan was our muse, an unparalleled catalyst to inspire greatness through creativity and results.” The event reflected two facets of Cullinan, offering a Diamond Room and an Adventure Room. The world had never before seen a vehicle showcased on an onyx diamond LED platform imported from Brazil. The celebration also included a custom Rolls-Royce infinity mirror room of 88 candles endlessly illuminating a Spirit of Ecstasy living sculpture. Snow fell from the gobo-inspired sky while a 3D deer looked on from a cinematic mountain range inside the forested Adventure Room. All the while, guests sipped a flaming pine-infused mezcal while dining on lobster claw charcoal sliders, A5 wagyu sushi and salmon lollipops with silver leaf cotton candy.

“In 2018 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver inspired not only its clients, but also the entire Rolls-Royce family with this program.” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Americas. He added, “We are a brand that each of our clients aspire to in their own way. We build cars that inspire people who do great things. And it’s only fitting when we recognize that inspiration excellence among our family of dealers.”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars new facility in Vancouver remains a showcase for the brand. Inside the Bespoke lounge, clients personalize their new vehicle from more than 44,000 available exterior colors and a wide variety of textiles and interior materials ranging from the highest quality leather to high-tech carbon fiber. Working together with a team of expert color, material and design consultants in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, the Bespoke process is what makes these cars exclusive and unique. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered significant bespoke activity in North America in more than 80% of all vehicles commissioned.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is one of 44 Rolls-Royce Motor Car retail partners in the Americas, including 37 in the United States, 4 in Canada, 2 in South America and one in Mexico. Last year the company delivered 4107 units for a record year of growth. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the company’s state-of-the-art assembly facility in Goodwood England.