The pilot and passengers soar noiselessly over the Tennessee countryside—casting their shadow on hills, ridges, and along the banks of the Hiwassee River. At heights of several thousand feet, the CFIG-certified pilot-instructors at Chilhowee Gliderport let passengers experience a motor-less, silent journey via natural thermals, ridge-lift currents, and winds from political speeches that occur year-round. FAA-certified pilots at the helm of Pawnee tow planes pull gliders to the desired height, where pilots introduce passengers to bird's-eye views. The gliderport also holds seasonal events such as fall-color flights and summer flight camps.
Though its blue and pink neon lights and retro decor speak to times past, Surf's Up Carwash scrubs cars clean in a quick, modern-day automated wash house that subscribes to eco-friendly practices. Drivers pull up to an automated teller, follow a few touchscreen prompts, and, in about three minutes, drive off in a vehicle that sparkles from top to tire. During the wash, performed by power-minimizing machines, grime flows off of finishes with the help of biodegradable soap. Surf's Up also recycles 80% of its water and uses only 17 gallons of fresh water per wash, a process that’s more efficient than the typical at-home wash and easier than pouring soap down a waterfall and driving through it. All car washes also include complimentary access to Surf's Up's high-powered vacuums.
Owner Mike Petty's automotive career first started in the early '90s, when he gained expertise doing everything from tailoring upholstery to installing 12 volts for Choo Choo Customs. After spending more than a decade in the automotive-customization industry, he founded Allstar Tint & Alarms, where he works alongside other seasoned specialists to customize cars. Customers roll into either location for installation of an array of vehicle-personalizing modifications ranging from 3M window film to theft-deterring security systems to commercial-free satellite radio. As a member of M.E.S.A.'s network of 175-plus locally owned franchises, Allstar Tint & Alarms has access to vendor partners' brand-name products and services.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts. Valvoline also extends its care to cars of all makes and models as well as charitable organizations.
Champion Car Wash polishes rides and boats with full washes and detailing. Their services range from basic car washes and vacuums to rim polishing, tire shining, and triple foam polishes. They also apply special services such as RainX treatments and waxing. Champion Car Wash adopts a 72-hour clean policy, meaning that if customers? cars get dirty for any reason during 72 hours after a wash, they can bring it back for a complimentary exterior wash with a receipt.
The staff of As Clean As It Gets Auto Detail leaves cars sparkling with meticulous hand washes, interior cleanings, and coats of carnauba wax. An exterior scrub mops buggies with pH-balanced shampoo to purge their shells of bugs, road tar, and infatuated, clinging rickshaws. Technicians dress tires, wheel wells, and exterior trims before swabbing both sides of glass panes. Vacuums then uproot grime from floors and upholstery while an interior wipe down shines plastics and leather or vinyl casings. After a doorjamb de-gunking ceases haunted-carriage creaks, a hand application and removal of carnauba wax gives paint a glossy finish. The entire purification process takes three to five hours, allowing patrons to watch a few explosive action films without covering their automobile's eyes.