Patriotic Pickup Trucks, Courtesy of Chevy

Is it at all surprising that the beloved, all-American bowtie brand would up the ante when it comes to respecting Old Glory? The most award-winning automaker, Chevrolet, continues to build upon its legacy of legendary pickup trucks by constantly evolving and embodying everything red, white, and blue. In preparation for the Texas Sate Fair, opening this week, during which Chevy is set to introduce its impressively updated 2017 Silverado 2500HD, the true blue auto manufacturer unveiled the “World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle,” along the Texas Motor Speedway.

How large? Well, as they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and this flag is no exception. Stretching across 3,186 square feet, the flag was required to fly, via Chevy Silverado towing prowess, a minimum distance of 100 meters before it touched the ground. Anything short of that would have disqualified it for the world record.

Chevy’s response? How about crushing four laps, covering a total distance of six miles, just for the hell of it? Can’t be too careful when it comes to patriotic displays, after all. But, how did this actually go down? Or up, as the case may be?

Well, at the starting line, a group of 20 individuals held the flag aloft of the ground, and were there to catch it when the Silverado wrapped up its jaunt and arrived at the pits. Let’s not forget that this took place in Texas – home of some of the most patriotic Americans Uncle Sam could ever conceive of. But, rather than run the risk of upstaging their hosts, Chevy representatives unleashed a second truck from which flew…you guessed it – the state flag of Texas. Chevy’s way of both recognizing and thanking the Lone Star State for its hospitality.

So, what kind of trucks are we talking about here? Well, obviously, these are Chevy trucks for sale – most specifically, the Chevy Silverado 2500HD pickup trucks, which now roar to the tune of a brand new 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine, which is rumored to produce a stunning 445 horsepower and unbelievable 910 lb.-ft. of torque. Dubbed by Fox News as Chevy’s “most potent pickup ever,” the proof was in the patriotism at the Texas State Fair. The boosted horsepower represents a 12 percent increase over the current engine it’s replacing, while the torque amounts to a 19 percent increase over the current offering.

But why all the enhancements, particularly on a truck already so awarded and beloved by the American consumers? Well, according to GM’s Chief Engineer for full-size trucks, Eric Stanczak, “Customers tell us that whatever they have behind their truck is typically their most precious possession. They need to have confidence that they can get their cargo from point A to point B…We want the truck and the trailer to talk to each other better.”

Well, it’s safe to say this conversation has started off on the right foot and is sure to advance Chevy’s commitment to customer satisfaction, while proving that Chevy, although a veteran automaker, is still committed to cutting-edge innovation and design. When it comes to the love of its country and customers, Chevy takes the lead.