Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy HalloweenThere are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit but there’s none better than paying a visit to a haunted house or trail. Tennessee happens to be home to many excellent attractions designed to inspire fright and thrills leading up to Halloween. Here at Gossett VW, we know of some wonderful Memphis haunted houses and trails that you should visit this fall!

  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – The Wicked Ways Haunted House is widely considered to be the largest indoor haunt in the area. The attraction is filled with zombies, clowns, ghosts, and many scarier obstacles to overcome. The haunt is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 30th to Halloween night.
  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – Located in Millington, the Shadowlands Festival of Fear is open on Friday and Saturdays leading up to Halloween. Doors open at 7pm. Jones Orchard operates a kid-friendly corn maze, hayride, and pumpkin patch until 10 pm so families have something to enjoy together.
  • Haunted Web of Horrors – The Haunted Web of Horrors is located in Cordova and is arguably the best haunted house in the Memphis area. There are multiple haunts to explore. Tormented takes visitors on a walk through an insane asylum, while Dark Matter boasts a labyrinth designed to frighten even the toughest of customers.

VW Golf Drag Car Boasts 600 HP

2016 VW Golf
2016 VW Golf

Most drivers tend to love the incredibly expensive, insanely powerful, sleekly designed supercars, but what if we told you that a VW Golf could outrun them? If you’ve already laughed at the mere thought of that happening, we have a video that you need to watch. YouTuber Gumbal took a standard Golf and switched out the engine to create the ultimate VW Golf drag car.

The VW Golf drag car had its standard four-cylinder engine switched out for a 2.9-liter turbocharged VR6 that pumps out a whopping 600 hp. All that power is sent directly through the front wheels.

In the video, the VW Golf takes on a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. In the first quarter-mile drag race, the Golf posts a time of 12.3 seconds compared to theML63 AMG’s 13.63 seconds.

Throughout the four minute video, the Golf outruns all of its competitors, including an Audi R8 with a massive V10 engine under its hood.

Toward the end of the video, the VW Golf drag car takes on a Dodge Challenger SRT, a more affordable model for most drivers. The old Golf easily outpaces the muscle car without breaking a sweat.

Here at Gossett VW Germantown, we’d be pumped to drive such an incredible VW Golf!

Labor Day Activities in Memphis

Labor DayAs one of the most popular cities in America, Memphis is home to a number of attractions that draw in millions of visitors every year. There are plenty of ways to spend a long weekend so here are a few Labor Day activities in Memphis suggested by us here at Gossett VW Germantown!

  • Graceland – Elvis Presley rose to super-stardom, and while he’s no longer with us, his home remains. The Graceland Mansion is often referred to as the second most famous house in America, and for good reason. The mansion sitting on 14 acres of land and houses all of Presley’s mementos, stage costumes, and much more. Travel through time as you walk through the house and pay your final respects to Presley.
  • Memphis Zoo – A visit to the Memphis Zoo is a great way to spend a day. The zoo is home to thousands of animals including mammals, fish, amphibians, and birds. In addition to a diverse amount of exhibits, the Memphis Zoo also holds animal shows and special events on a regular basis!
  • Beale Street – If you want to experience the culture of Memphis, there’s no better place to start than Beale Street. The street is home to the Civil War headquarters of General Grant as well as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. A trip down Beale Street is one of the best ways to take in the city’s culture!

Catch REO Speedwagon Live at the Garden

concertEvery year, the Live at the Garden concert series brings in five of the music industry’s finest touring acts and puts them onstage for your viewing pleasure. Amid the beautiful grounds of the Memphis Botanical Gardens, you have chance to enjoy great music in a great setting.

Only the best of the best grace the stage at the gardens. If you’ve ever been to one these shows, you may have caught such hit-makers as the Steve Miller Band, The Goo Goo Dolls, Styx, or Tony Bennett.

The 2016 lineup includes REO Speedwagon. These 1970s rockers are responsible for such hits as “Take It On The Run,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and “Keep On Lovin’ You.”

If you’ve ever listened to rock radio, you are all too familiar with the Speedwagon. Their songs are still in regular rotation, and for good reason—they rock! You can catch REO Speedwagon Live at the Garden on August 25th at 8:00pm.

How and When to Get Into Memphis Attractions for Free

If you have kids who have the summer off of school, you are probably looking for fun activities to do with them. Fortunately, Memphis, Tennessee has plenty of attractions to entertain. Visiting these attractions can be difficult if you are working on a tight budget. However, many of the museums and zoos of Memphis offer free admission to Tennessee residents during certain periods of the week. Here’s how and when to get into Memphis attractions for free!

ElephantThe Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 species of animals, and you can see them all for free when you visit the Zoo after 2pm on Tuesdays.

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum documents the events of one of the most important chapters of American history, and you can visit without charge on Mondays after 3 pm.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Soul music is the true soul of the city of Memphis. This museum can be experienced for free on Tuesdays between 2pm and 7pm.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Soul music isn’t the only form of art that Memphis is known for. On Wednesdays between 10am and 8pm, guests can enter the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for an optional pay-what-you-can fee.

April Events in Memphis

Let’s be honest: there’s never a lack of things to do in Memphis. But if you want to explore it outside the usual hotspots, here are some great events coming up in April that you can check out.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival – April 9th

This festival takes over the square with great music, large arts and crafts markets, and tons of crawfish.

30th Annual Africa in April – April 12th–17th

Africa in April transports you to Tanzania through food, fashions, music, arts & crafts, and more! It takes place on Beale Street over four days.

Bacon & Bourbon – April 16th

This event brings you two of Memphis’s greatest things: BBQ and bourbon. Hosted at Central Station, you’ll find every brand of bourbon imaginable and tons of bacon and BBQ. All proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market.

7th Annual Memphis Brewfest – April 16th

You can get brews on this day too, with American and international brews served at AutoZone Park. All proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Beale Street Music Festival – April 29th–May 1st

This annual multi-day music festival hosts tons of headliners including Meghan Trainor, Train, Jason DeRulo, and the Barenaked Ladies.

We at Gossett VW of Germantown hope to see you at one of these great April events in Memphis!

4 Weird Tennessee Travel Destinations

roadThe point of taking a road trip is to make memories, and what better way to do that than to visit these weird Tennessee travel destinations?

# 1 – International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum – Chattanooga

Chattanooga has come to be known over the years for being the one place a person can go and celebrate the tow truck. Not only is the largest tow truck factory in the world located here, but they’ve built a museum too!

# 2 – Giant Skinny Indian – Kingsport

It is really is just that: a giant, skinny Indian. He stands 30 feet tall in front of Pratt’s Restaurant and has done so for that last 40 years.

# 3 – Burgers Cooked in the World’s Oldest Grease – Memphis

Dyer’s Burgers has been using the same grease to fry its burgers for over a hundred years. They have to add new grease from time to time but it’s the same batch they’ve been using since 1912!

# 4 – World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel – Shady Valley

When a lumber company wanted a shorter route to town, they did what anyone would do: they blew a hole in a giant rock. That hole is now the World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel. To find it, take Highway 133 through Shady Valley. Pay attention though; it’s only a few feet wide.

The Best Attractions on Beale Street

Whether you’re visiting Memphis or living nearby it, you know that it’s famous for a handful of things: Elvis, the blues, and barbeque. You’ll experience all of those things when you visit Beale Street, so let’s go over the best attractions on Beale Street.

  1. New Daisy Theatre

There’s not just food and drinks on Beale Street; there’s entertainment, too! The New Daisy Theatre is an all-ages concert venue where doors for most shows open at 7pm. But make sure you hit the ATM, because it’s cash-only!

 

  1. BB King’s Blues Club & Grill

BB King’s has it all: lunch, dinner, shopping, and late-night partying. They need to see I.D.’s starting at 10pm, but there’s also family friendly music on Sundays.

 

  1. The Orpheum Theatre

Another entertainment venue, The Orpheum has plenty of plays and musicals ranging from children’s shows to classics to Broadway shows.

 

  1. Tater Red’s Lucky Mojo’s

Tater Red’s has more unique memorabilia than you can imagine. Open at noon daily, this unforgettable spot has fun collectible items for your tourist visit or Mardi Gras celebration.

 

  1. King’s Palace Café

This Cajun/Creole restaurant has a homey feel and unique dishes. The gator nuggets are better than you ever thought an alligator could taste.

Scott Speed Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for VW Andretti Rallycross Team

Taking third place in the last race of the tournament, Scott Speed secured a win for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship earlier this month.

Despite the violent weather affecting the track and the drivers, Speed’s third place win earned enough points to secure the Volkswagen Andretti team’s first championship win at the GRC after only two years participating in the race.

Scott Speed had a rocky season, dropping to ninth in the rankings at one point before climbing back up to win the championship. Speed made at least third place in nearly every race of 2015, save for a seventh-place finish in Washington.

In 2014, Speed was the only driver to make all ten main events, so it’s no surprise he performed exceptionally in the 2015 season. Speed came into the championship race with a 36-point lead over the other competitors, and though he careened into a tire barrier at one point and dropped to fourth place, he managed to come back and secure the win.

Congrats to Scott Speed and the Volkswagen team!

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween CostumesOh no! It’s Halloween night and your child doesn’t have a costume for Trick or Treating! What do you do? Fortunately for you, there are plenty of creative and creepy last minute Halloween costumes.

Ghost

The ghost is always a classic. Not only is it super spooky, but it’s also easy to make. All you need is an old white sheet and a pair of scissors to make sure your little ghoul can see.

A Bag of Jelly Beans

This one is pretty creative. What you do is take a clear garbage bag and cut holes in it so your child can fit inside. Then, fill the bag with balloons of different colors. Their costume will be a treat in itself.

Secret Agent

If your child has a nice suit and a pair of sunglasses, than they have everything they need for the perfect secret agent costume. Not only is it simple, but it’s simply cool!