Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Tail of the Dragon in General Discussion; Great article in Jun06 R&T mag. I did a search on this forum and found out there's a few lucky ...
Great article in Jun06 R&T mag. I did a search on this forum and found out there's a few lucky drivers out there who've run it on two or four wheels, but from what I read, not in their V. How about it, any first hand V accounts? The sheriff quoted in the article seems like decent guy...he runs it himself but won't use radar or chase anybody due to a bad experience one of his officers had. http://www.tailofthedragon.com/
This route has become too popular and is now a detriment to the locals. Having spent some of my time growing up in Robbinsville and my mother born and raised in Robbinsville now living in Maryville, TN (at the base of the Dragon), I can say that now it is becoming spoiled by a bunch of frickin' idiots who insist that they are entitled to raising hell on the Dragon. My mother (77 years of age) drives up to see family (people who actually help settle this country) on the weekend's and for the most part the visitors are decent, but it is changing.
There is "zero" room for error on the Dragon, as a road shoulder is nonexistent and you plummet down into the canyon and other side is carved right up against the rock strata. You'd better have a satellite cellphone as the cell towers are far and few between, so if you go off the road they may or may not find what's left of you and your vehicle.
I would love to run the gap/dragon. But I will not go due the crazy idiots on motor bikes not only crusiers but rockets too. They think they own the road. I've known several people in the miata clan ( ) That have also pushed a bit too hard and gone off the side.
I run the snake in N. Ga. its alot less populated still not many people know of it. Its too rual so you don't get those rare 18 wheelers that try to kill everyone on the dragon.
Automobile(s): None now...1972 Challenger=my pride and joy.
Sonoma Co, CA
Re: Tail of the Dragon
Have not heard of the dragon...the snake, however, I was just talking about the other day to a buddy of mine that thinks his S2000 is the baddast thing ever built. It is pretty sweet, especially for under 20K, but I love to give him crap about it.
hey ive been there .....tho with a minivan ....pretty hard to drift an astro ...
i might add , i know you dont normally drift that area ..but with an astro thats about the only way to go thru it at a hair rasieing speed...the steering wheel in a asstro is merely a negotiation tool , the van basicly decides a few mintues after the turn if it was a good idea or not ....