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    2017 "Tail of the Dragon" - April 27-30



    What is "Deals Gap" aka "The Dragon" aka "Tail of the Dragon" aka "Hwy129"?
    "The Dragon" is located ~1hr south of Knoxville TN and ~2.5hrs north of Atlanta GA.
    The road is a popular and internationally famous destination for driving enthusiasts.
    The 11-mile stretch of the Dragon in Tennessee is said to have 318 curves. (I checked, it does...)


    What's the plan for the weekend, where do we start, where do we stop and when do we eat!
    --Reference Map (open in a new tab/window)--

    --Resort Map (open in a new tab/window)--

    This year will be organized with our group tentatively being based 100% out of Fontana Village Resort (point "A" on the Reference Map)
    Please see below for lodging and reservation group-rate details.

    Following is a rough estimation of the overall weekend, with Saturday being the primary meet day:

    Thursday April 27th
    I arrive ~1pm, relax with the crew, wander the resort, volleyball, maybe a short hike?

    Friday April 28th
    9:30am: pancake and egg breakfast by BillyM at cabin 420
    11am: spirited cruise down the Dragon (A-B-A on the Reference Map)
    3pm: Official cruise down the Cherohala Skyway - NEW for 2017
    8pm: dinner at Wildwood Grill

    Saturday April 29th
    9:00-10am: car-wash/shine (fuel up if less than 1/2 tank)
    10am-2pm: official Dragon cruise and photo-ops at the dam (A-B-D on the Reference Map)
    2-4pm: official meet lunch at the Wildwood Grill
    5-6pm: mini-golf tournament at with prizes - fun for all ages but bring your A-game
    9-10pm: campfire at cabin 420 - BYOM(arshmallows)

    Sunday April 30th
    7:30-9am: short mountain hike and photography opportunity
    10am: official farewell breakfast at The Mountainview up at the lodge
    11:30: check out and trip home


    The meet will cover ~100 miles Friday (optional) and another ~55miles Saturday of some of the greatest driving roads to be experienced. Cruising speed will be brisk but kept to a safe pace so no one feels the need to cross the double-yellow. Additionally, there are 3 full-time photographers on the 11-mile stretch who sell digital copies online.

    Cell-phone reception is spotty at best, so please bring a 2-way radio.[/url]


    Where can I stay, because it's a heck of a drive?
    We'll be staying at the Fontana Village Resort, amenities can bee seen at their website: (www.fontanavillage.com)

    Unit Type Rate Number Available!
    Reservation Date 4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30
    Lodge Room with two queen beds $89.00 5
    Lodge Room with one king bed $89.00 3
    1Bedroom Maple Cabin $129.00 3
    1 Bedroom Willow Cabin $99.00/$109.00 6
    2BR/1BA Hemlock Cabin $139.00 3
    2BR/1BA Hickory Cabin $159.00 4
    3BR/2 bath Azalea Cabin $215.00 1

    OK - these are the rooms available and we can go ahead and reserve when ready - reference "CelicaSupra 2017" and don't forget to schedule early so you can get your pick of cabin locations.


    More info, general notes, and answers to questions.
    With help from CJ and JohnB, I made the pilgrimage April 2011 and found it too nice to not share.
    2012 provided a HUGE turnout of attendees, staying in Robbinsville and having a darn good time overall.
    2013, greater than 20 cars make it out to our stay at Fontana Village for a long weekend, lets do it again!
    2014, better than 18 cars who enjoyed a BEAUTIFUL weekend and wonderful time in the mountains.
    In 2015, we hit 29 supras, and had a wonderful time with some great runs all while dodging the rain.
    In 2016, we had 20 supras come out for some of the best weather we've ever experienced.

    Please post any thoughts/questions or simply to say "I'm in and plan to arrive Thursday afternoon" here.

    Looking forward to it, and hope to see many of you in April,
    --billyM
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    I think friday we should do the Skyway in the morning
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    The only problem that presents is not giving folks arriving that day an opportunity to attend. Is there a particular reason that you suggest a morning drive that I've not considered?

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    I think we should have a Sat afternoon skyway drive. Breakfast, 2 hours allotted for dragon, lunch, Skyway drive, Group hangout at restaurant/ or mini cookout then retire.

    Friday would not suffice as Billy stated, its a travel day. I didn't have vacation to make it down sooner and only arrived Friday evening. next year I'll have vacation but not everyone will be able to attend friday.
    I really wanted to make it to the skyway this year and didn't get to.
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    Ok, you're both off the planning committee and I'm reconsidering taking out the "please post any thoughts/questions here" line for future year posting. Hahah!

    The Cherohala Skyway is a long drive and splits the group - not something we need to be doing on the primary meet day as it dissolves group photo options and makes event planning a pain. Want to drive the Skyway? ...take Friday off and do-so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyM View Post
    The only problem that presents is not giving folks arriving that day an opportunity to attend. Is there a particular reason that you suggest a morning drive that I've not considered?

    William
    A friend of mine who was also up there went Saturday morning and he said there was literally nobody on the skyway. Also the weather would be nice and cool. I consider that a big plus considering how hard we run our engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyM View Post
    Ok, you're both off the planning committee and I'm reconsidering taking out the "please post any thoughts/questions here" line for future year posting. Hahah!

    --billyM
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    Hopefully the date won't change this time. That really threw a wrench in the works for us. We are requesting off already!
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    Wish I could join you guys, but it's a bit too far from SoCal.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
    Wish I could join you guys, but it's a bit too far from SoCal.....

    - Jim
    Coast to coast, you can do it. Get that cruise control workin and take some time off retirement to explore a bit. I made it from TX last year, waiting a bit before i confirm for this one but so far it is lookin good...

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