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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!
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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 20th
I arrive ~1pm, relax with the crew, wander the resort, volleyball, maybe a short hike?

Friday April 21st
11:00am: meet in front of the Wildwood Grill for tire-kicking
12noon: spirited cruise out via the Cherehola and back via the Tail of the Dragon
8pm: dinner at Wildwood Grill

Saturday April 22nd
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
7-10pm: hang out at cabin 420 - maybe campfire and BYOM(arshmallows)

Sunday April 23rd
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)

Reservation Date 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23
Lodge Room (2Q or 1K) $96.00
2BR/1BA Laurel Cabin $119.00
2BR/1BA Hemlock/Hickory Cabin $136.00
2BR/2BA Azalea Cabin $189.00

OK - these are the rooms available and we can go ahead and reserve when ready - reference "CelicaSupra 2023" and don't forget to schedule early so you can get your pick of cabin locations. If anyone would like to rent a cabin that isn't listed in the group-rate selection please let me know and I can reach out to the group-event facilitator. (Feel free to cluster around cabin 420 if you want to have easy access to the general happenings and nearest walk to the grill.)

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.
2015, we hit 29 supras, and had a wonderful time with some great runs all while dodging the rain.
2016, we had 20 supras come out for some of the best weather we've ever experienced.
2017, we officially added the Cherehola skyway run to our itinerary and it was a great drive.
2018, we added lunch at the far-end of the Cherehola skyway run to our drive-plan itinerary.
2019, we pretty much fudged the itinerary and did whatever we felt like for the most part.
2020, pandemic shut everything down: wah-wah...
2021, a small subset made it out and enjoyed socially-distanced drives during COVID.
2022, returning to more normalcy post-pandemic, had a great turnout and amazing weather.

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 mean, maybe not all of us, but the solid majority are decent folks... Lol! (I'm joking, we try to make sure it's a relaxed atmosphere and fun for all.)

Let folks in this thread know where you'll be traveling from and roughly when and you may be able to catch up with a caravan of folks making their way in too.

Cheers,
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Coming from Celica-GTS forums. I'm currently in works to get money saved to caravan with whoever in Cali is planning to go with their celica or celi-supras. Yes, im looking to come from cali.

If anyones interested in tagging along, it'd be awesome. I think going in a pack is far safer in this case, and am ecstatic to run the tail. id likely be setting off on monday, the 17th from Sacramento California, then just slingshoting through the interstates to the destination.

Good luck to everyone making the trip.
 

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Just received the following from the group coordinator:

I hope you had a good Christmas. TVA will be doing some repair work at the resort to a power line coming to the main lodge starting 01/09/2023. There may be times that the phones are out during this time. Your groups cutoff date is 02/01/2023 so I wanted to let you know about this so you can get the word out to folks to call in and book. They can reach reservations at 800-849-2258, and just give the group name.
You heard them, get those reservations in ASAP and remember the group name is "CelicaSupra 2023"

Cheers,
--billyM
 

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@Tanya - find someone to split a cabin with (it's way cheaper that way) but even if not staying the Friday or Saturday is worth making the trip for...

@Solo1Supra - come on down with the 428, you know it'll eat up those highway miles in a particularly JoeB-friendly manner...

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