Eagle’s Nest Harley-Davidson makes motorcycle pipe dreams come true with its stock of glistening hogs and Harley Davidson–certified instructors, who teach new riders the ins and outs of navigating the road. A far cry from Stockton’s first Harley-Davidson dealership, which was opened by Soapy Sudmyer in the 1930s, Eagle’s Nest Harley-Davidson has changed hands numerous times in the last 80 years, finally coming to rest in the paws of Terry Davis, who relocated the dealership to its current 46,000-square-foot facility. Here, hundreds of motorcycles, racks of clothing, and a parts department coexist in a winery-themed complex where massive wooden eagles overlook the showroom. Technicians swap out oil and repair broken parts in 14 service bays, and Buell Blast practice bikes help riders learn the rules of the road during extensive five-day training courses.
Prime Shine greets ragged road-huggers with a precursory prewash before leading them into an all-cloth cleaning stable where experienced technicians tenderly groom horseless buggies. A nonacidic wash works to dispense with gunk and grime from all auto parts, from besmirched bumpers to unclean underbellies. Next, motor wagons are sprayed with a cleansing, perfumed polish, then coated in an invisible shield of silicone to seal in a glossy luster. Rain-X protectant bonds to every inch of exterior to make cars impervious to water, bugs, and bug-shaped water balloons. Finally, after a 120-horsepower blow dry, mechanical beasts are ready to shake manes and roar away. The Protex car wash takes only about three minutes from start to finish, and customers can use self-service vacuums to put any finishing touches on rejuvenated rides.
Though the name implies speed, the staff of Quicki Kleen Car Wash is still thorough—all four of their wash and dry services are done by hand with additional touches that include waxing or interior vacuuming. Detailing treatments attend to the inside or outside of vehicles, and extra services such as headlight restoration ensure drivers’ ‘My Headlights are Brightest’ bumper stickers ring true.
Shell’s yellow seashell logo is ubiquitous in the US, where it adorns more than 140,000 gas stations, and it’s equally omnipresent around the world. One goal unites the international chain’s thousands of locations: keeping cars on the road without degrading the environment. It might sound like an oxymoron, but Shell is making headway. Their progress looks slightly different depending on whether you approach the company as a current customer, or a customer in the year 3000.
As a current Shell station customer, you can pump fuels backed by top-tier scientific research on fuel efficiency. Shell’s production process often involves blending petrols and diesels with biofuels, which minimize carbon dioxide emissions, or gas-to-liquid gasoil, which improves efficiency. Their high-quality motor oils boost efficiency, too, lubricating engines and minimizing the energy they waste.
As a customer in the year 3000, however, you’ll see the fruits of Shell’s current investments in alternative energy. Behind the scenes, the company experts are exploring natural gas, wind, and other lower-carbon replacements for traditional gasoline, rather than trying to fill gas tanks with really strong coffee. Through partnerships with scientists and innovators, Shell helps the world explore as-yet-unheard-of energy sources, too, aggressively pursuing a more sustainable future.