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Nic Hamman Wins Nissan GT Academy Season 4

Nissan GT Academy Season 4Nic Hamman, a Wisconsin native and lifelong racing enthusiast, has won the fourth season of Nissan GT Academy, a program that takes the best virtual Gran Turismo gamers and turns them into real racecar drivers.

Hamman secured his crown in a group of 11 racers on the Silverstone circuit in England, driving a Nissan 370Z on the road course. Far from the world of PlayStation, these racers faced entirely real conditions.

“The whole thing has been an awesome experience for me,” Hamman told Nissan. “I can’t thank everyone at Nissan, Sony PlayStation and Silverstone enough for giving me this opportunity and believing in me.”

It’s programs like Nissan GT Academy that make Nissan such an interactive and forward-thinking company. That attitude is clearly reflected in Nissan’s vehicles, which are always intuitive, innovative, and efficient.

Visit us at Blackburn Nissan to check out one of the many available models we have in store. Congratulations to the Nissan GT Academy Season 4 winner, Nic Hamman!

List of Great Holiday Events in Vicksburg

Holiday Events in VicksburgThe holidays are a magical time, not only because Santa is coming to town, but also because it allows everyone to spend more time with their families. To make sure you have the best holiday season possible, Vicksburg has plenty of great events to offer. Make sure you check out this list of holiday events in Vicksburg and enjoy the holidays in the best way possible!

Outlets at Vicksburg Moonlight Madness
Where: The Outlets at Vicksburg
When: November 27 at 11:00 PM
Activities: Black Friday shopping with deals galore! You can even win great prizes, including a shopping spree.

Downtown Vicksburg Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House
Where: Downtown Vicksburg
When: November 30 at 1:30PM to 5:00PM
Activities: Experience Christmas in Downtown Vicksburg while exploring shops! Santa will also make an appearance, making it a magical holiday adventure.

Breakfast with Santa
Where: Southern HeritageAirFoundationMuseum Hangar at Vicksburg-TallulahRegionalAirport
When: December 6 at 8:00AM
Activities: Eat a delicious pancake breakfast, take a photo with Santa, and enjoy tons of Christmas activities!

“Holly Days” Arts & Crafts Show
Where:1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg39180
When: December 6 at 9:00AM
Activities: Peruse a variety of vendors as they sell their handmade wares. 

Downtown Vicksburg Christmas Parade of Lights
Where: Downtown Vicksburg
When: December 6 at 5:00PM
Activities: Watch the annual parade walk along historic Washington Street!

Wrap Up the Holidays Sale
Where: The Outlets at Vicksburg
When: December 22 to December 24
Activities: Shop for the last few gifts you need at affordable prices!

Do you have any holiday events in Vicksburg you would like to tell Blackburn Nissan about? Share them with us below!

Nissan Commissions Reverse Graffiti Mural in London Powered by LEAF

Not many people can make a statement while cleaning walls, but that’s exactly what reverse graffiti founder and artist Moose did when Nissan commissioned him to create a mural in London using power from the Nissan LEAF.

reverse graffiti mural in London
2014 Nissan LEAF

Reverse graffiti is the art of using a jet washer to clean layers of dirt and grime from walls, creating an artistic design. Moose’s mural of the London skyline on a subway wall in Waterloo, London is a clear picture of the damage caused by vehicle exhaust and the power of the zero emissions Nissan LEAF.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe’s EV director. “It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect of air quality on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

We at Blackburn Nissan are incredibly impressed with the reverse graffiti mural. We’re even more impressed with the positive impact even a single LEAF can have.

Ways You Can Organize Your Glove Box

The glove box isn’t the part of a car many people give a thought to. Along with the center console bin and side door storage, the glove box is often used as a catch-all for Happy Meal toys, expired insurance cards, and shopping receipts. To ensure that you can find what you need, when you need it—like your registration when you get pulled over—follow these tips on how to organize your glove box and maximize your storage space while enjoying a clutter-free car!

Make piles. To start your glove box-cleaning adventure, go through the bits and pieces of riffraff in your glove box, sorting it in to different piles. Keep in the glove box what you absolutely need—no, that doesn’t include your child’s Frozen toy—and throw away or move to another place anything you don’t need. Shred expired insurance cards, throw away expired coupons, and make sure everything that is to stay in your glove box belongs there.

Use some elbow grease. Before you begin gathering everything that is staying in your glove box, make sure you give it a quick once over with a simple solution of dish soap and water to clean up the dust inside. Lysol wipes also work, along with any number of the dashboard car cleaners out there. For something other than vinyl or plastic, a lint brush can also do the trick.

Focus on organization. As you begin to place objects back into the glove box, try to make it logical, keeping your registration and proof of insurance together and making it easy to access your owner’s manual. Also, using plastic sleeves to hold everything is always a great idea, along with book marking pages in your manual that you will use often.

By following these tips on how to organize your glove box, you will ensure yours always stays tidy! Do you have any tips you would like to share? Tell us about them below!

Best Places to Visit in the U.S.

Best Places to Visit
Yellowstone National Park

Everyone needs a vacation, and what better time than the summer? The kids are out of school and the weather is perfect for a family adventure. Here is a list of some great road trip stops if you are looking for something new and exciting to do!

Yellowstone National Park – Take in the view and enjoy a nice hike at this national park. From our dealership it will take just over a day to get there, but you can break up the ride and visit some other great cities on the way.

Washington D.C – There is more than just politics in the nation’s capital. Take in the history and beauty of old buildings and monuments. You can get there in 15 hours if you drive straight through.

Orlando – This is great place for families. Adults will feel like children again as you visit Disney World and Universal Studios. You won’t experience anything else like it! If you plan on driving, it will take a little under 11 hours to get there.

New Orleans – Take a long weekend and head south to Mardi Gras central! Experience an excellent atmosphere, great food, and unique culture. It will take just a little over 3 hours to get there from Vicksburg!

Charleston – Looking for a beautiful beach? Check out Charleston, South Carolina. There you can experience beautiful architecture and a little rest and relaxation. It is an 11 hour drive from our dealership in Vicksburg.

Are you headed somewhere for summer vacation? Let us know in the comment section below!

Nissan Has Perfect Vision of the Future with Nissan Gran Turismo Concept 2020

Earlier this month, Nissan hinted that it was going to reveal an all-new playable concept for the Gran Turismo 6 game. Now, we finally get to see it and it is spectacular!

The Nissan Gran Turismo Concept 2020 will be available for in-game download starting in July and we’re sure players will be eagerly waiting to get behind the wheel of this bad boy.

This car is part of Gran Turismo’s Vision Concept program, which invites automakers to create concept cars exclusively for the Gran Turismo game. What makes Nissan’s Concept 2020 stand apart, is that Nissan has said this car is a distinct vision of a future Nissan supercar (read: GT-R). And, Nissan has even strongly hinted that this concept will be seen in the metal, possibly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

If you want a glimpse of what your future game play could look like, check out this video of the Nissan Concept 2020 in action.

What features from the Nissan Concept 2020 would you love to see in a new Nissan GT-R?

The Nissan Pathfinder: The Perfect Car for Getting Around Mississippi

 

Getting around Mississippi
2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Whether you’re commuting across town, road tripping across the state, or loading the family up for a weekend camping trip or another soccer game, the Nissan Pathfinder has you covered. Featuring a sleek design, best-in-class towing capability, and a comfortable, modern, and spacious interior, the Pathfinder has it all.

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a powerful 3.5-liter V6 that generates 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Pathfinder to tow up to 5,000 pounds with ease. With such power, it’s hard to believe it earns up to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway fuel efficiency. Nissan’s largest crossover is one SUV you can feel good about driving around town.

The cavernous interior means you’ll have no trouble loading up all your camping gear, plus the whole family. Seven comfortable seats and up to 79.9 cubic feet of cargo space (with the second and third rows folded) allow you to configure the interior to fit your needs.

Loaded with modern technology, premium materials, and a clean design, the Pathfinder has been named one of Ward’s ten best interiors. All of your passengers will be comfortable in the Pathfinder’s warm and welcoming interior.

Stop by Blackburn Nissan to learn more about the Pathfinder and hit the open Mississippi roads this summer in confidence!

Celebrating Memorial Day Vicksburg-Style

Celebrating Memorial DayPlease tell us you aren’t thinking there is nothing fun to do in Vicksburg for Memorial Day. In case the thought flew through your head, let us at Blackburn Nissan give you a few suggestions.

Settle down for a relaxing evening with the Vicksburg Symphony Orchestra at the Vicksburg National Military Park, a fitting way to observe the holiday.

If you’re looking for a more family friendly activity, the Lake Fest at Eagle Lake offers a host of entertainment for everyone from games, live music, a flea market, and, of course, food! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Eagle Lake community.

For your shopping pleasure, the Outlets at Vicksburg promise to offer special Memorial Day sales throughout the weekend. To see the sales your favorite store is offering, check out the Outlets’ website before you go.

True to the cookout tradition of Memorial Day, the House of Ribs will be hosting a Grand Opening Memorial Day Festival. While we haven’t tasted their food, the name sure makes it sound like good food and good times await.

With all these events going on around Vicksburg, there’s no need to celebrate the holiday twiddling your thumbs at home. Hop in your Nissan and enjoy the day!

Enter to Win!

Blackburn Nissan and Blackburn CDJR want you to win a $60 gift card to Roca Restaurant! All you have to do is like our Facebook Page, enter a photo of you and your mom into our Mother’s Day Photo Contest, and get your friends to vote for your photo. The photo with the most votes (at least 30) by May 16th at 12PM CT will be our winner!

Enter to Win
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How nice would it be to take your mom out for a nice dinner… ON US? Here at Blackburn, we would love to see photos of you and your mom! Once you enter the contest, be sure to get your friends to vote for your photo. To enter for your  chance to win visit: https://www.facebook.com/blackburnmotorcompany. Be sure to like our page! Visit http://blackburnmotorco.pgtb.me/klgmXJ to enter the contest and to view entries! Hurry and get your entry in so you have more time for your friends to vote for your photo!

Nissan Newest Sponsor for Champions League Soccer

Nissan Newest Sponsor for Champions League SoccerWhile here in the United States, soccer is definitely not the most popular sport, in the United Kingdom, soccer (or football, as they call it) is king. That is why Nissan decided to become the newest sponsor for the most prestigious soccer club tournament there, the Champions League.

The Champions League is part of the overall European soccer governing body, the UEFA.

This sponsorship is a big step in Nissan’s goal to become the top Asian brand in Europe. Based on last year’s sales, Nissan ranks third, but is only a hair away from number two, Hyundai, and less than 100,000 vehicles away from top-ranking Toyota.

“European growth is important to Nissan, and in UEFA we feel we have found the perfect partner to help us achieve our business goal of becoming the #1 Asian car manufacturer in Europe by 2016,” said Bastien Schupp, vice president, Marketing, Nissan Europe, in a statement.

We think this is a great move for Nissan and will greatly increase its presence in the European market. And, hopefully, by 2016, we can all yell, “Goal!” when Nissan is number one.