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Old 05-06-2012, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What exactly is the Dragon?

This may seem like a stupid question, but may help newer and younger tuners like myself. From reading the earlier threads, it seems to be a big car meet in NC. From what I read it takes place on the highway like a big caravan on spirited roads. Then there's basically a big meet where everyone has a lot of fun. So- maybe past goers can elaborate on this and tell about everything you do there and what goes on. Seems like it'd be an awesome senior trip when I graduate in 2 years. Thanks, Derek.

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Old 05-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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its a mythical creature usually intertwined with stories of time in the medieval era.
you don't want to eff those

on a serious note, its just a massive meet for civics i believe... theres a lot of twistys so you can test out your handling, also its basically just a really big planned out meet

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The "dragon" is a portion of route 129 on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. It's a curvy road in the mountains, with 318 curves in 11 miles of road that has little to no driveways making it a prime destination for sports car owners and motorcyclists who love to go and ride the dragon for a little bit of thrill seeking. Most of us do like to go fast, but there's a limit that we try to keep within to be somewhat responsible.

The 8th civic Tail of the Dragon meet is when a bunch of 8th civic members meetup at the dragon to hang out with like minded car enthusiasts. There's dinner, scenic drives around the area, drives of the dragon no doubt, billiards, etc. It's a lot of fun to drive down the road in a line of 30 Civics, a sight to see.. (check out last years photos thread!). There are even some imposters driving Subaru STIs or Mazdaspeed3s, or probably me this year... driving.. something .... different.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lots of motorcycles at "the dragon" so keep an eye out because some of them can get crazy. Also sometimes a semi gets stuck on this road even though it is suppose to be illegal for them to be on it which becomes a huge pain in the butt. I hear sometimes there is a cop for every mile of that road.
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Yeah cops found out about that road.

We need meets like this in socal.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Cops always knew about the road, and I think it was fine last time we were there, I did see a few but that's the main tourist attraction there.. I didn't see them being too much of a pain
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They sometimes even have helicopters checking speed!

Almost every time I go though I never see a cop
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The best time to drive the road (by drive I mean ) is early in the week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) or at night. Early in the week you gotta worry about trucks though, although hopefully that should slow down soon.

As for the question "What is the dragon?", I will respond with two more questions

1) Do you like cool people?

2) Do you like drive on twisty mountain roads?

If you answered yes to these two questions, then the dragon is for you
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Too bad it's on the east coast.

Too far of a drive for twisty fun.

Planning a north California trip with my girl.

Just for the drive haha, I found a long twisty road with banked turns, About an hour of it, perfect for our Si's, except we took an altima... This was before I got my fg2.
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I plan to attend this year
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the dragon is only one of the best roads in the world. Good people. Good times.







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Old 05-10-2012, 09:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
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freaking love the dragon and all the surrounding roads.

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No cops at night!!!!, mainly because most bikes will not run the road at night. I'll be doing a few night runs.
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Night runs are terrifying but awesome
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I dodged a family of black bears at night... I was like.. .wow those shadows are awfully large to be walking... wait
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No cops at night!!!!, mainly because most bikes will not run the road at night. I'll be doing a few night runs.

I love night runs. that's when you go fast
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My first ever run on the dragon was a night. They had just gotten done clearing the sides of the road somewhat. We turned a corner in a large pack doing about 40 and my headlights just went out into space. Boom! **** my pants.
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My first ever run on the dragon was a night. They had just gotten done clearing the sides of the road somewhat. We turned a corner in a large pack doing about 40 and my headlights just went out into space. Boom! **** my pants.
I'm sorry what happened here? lol
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My first ever run on the dragon was a night. They had just gotten done clearing the sides of the road somewhat. We turned a corner in a large pack doing about 40 and my headlights just went out into space. Boom! **** my pants.
My first run down was at sunset, my first ride back up was dark. I said I was gonna take it easy for the first few times to get used to the road...that lasted no time at all


Tony fell asleep in the back seat on the way back up
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it gave us our much needed alone time

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