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danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
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1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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"Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: danmas
Date: January 25, 2012 11:18AM

The Discovery channel will air a special on the "Tail of the Dragon" tonight at 9:00 EST. Check your local listing for your area. Should be interesting. I've been there a few times! The first time was in 1969 in a school bus. The last time was last year in this. This was better!

On the Dragon small.jpg



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/25/2012 12:35PM by danmas.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 25, 2012 11:27AM

9pm Eastern?


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
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1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: danmas
Date: January 25, 2012 11:48AM

Yup, that's EST.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5935 posts)

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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: January 25, 2012 05:02PM

Wow! I actually get that channel! Man, I'm psyched!

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 25, 2012 09:12PM

It's good so far! Didn't know Kill-boy used to run it on his bike & now photographs instead.


NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: NCtim
Date: March 16, 2012 12:09PM

In the paper today:

MARYVILLE, TENN. A rock slide has closed a Smoky Mountains highway popular with motorcyclists.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says a slide onto U.S. 129 at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line has closed the highway in both directions. The incident was reported Friday at 7 a.m. EDT.

The highway is nicknamed the Dragon because of its numerous tight curves.


burner1
Gary W

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: burner1
Date: March 16, 2012 07:19PM

The highways around the ail of the draggon are far more fun. The "Dragon" which typically has 3 or 4 cops on a 4mile stretch is hard left, hard right, etc. The dragon is like a parking lot race where the nearby roads are more like road courses.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 18, 2012 02:15PM

In our local paper:

[www.timesnews.net]


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 18, 2012 02:19PM

Speaking of "other roads", this one is closer to me. I took Mike Moor on a section of it from Shady Valley, TN to Bristol, TN when we were traveling back from the Durham, NC V8 Meet.

[www.421thesnake.com]


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: March 18, 2012 02:46PM

By my reckonin', 'The Snake' has 15 curves/mile and 'The Dragon' has 29 curves/mile......sure beats the roads in Illinois!


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
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1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: danmas
Date: March 18, 2012 03:53PM

You can buy a t-shirt at the gift shop on the "Dragon" that says:

"The Dragon - 318 curves in 11 miles.
Illinois - 11 curves in 318 miles"


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
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10/25/2007 09:37AM

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2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: March 18, 2012 07:05PM

Now Graham, you know you can't coast very far in Illinois either! You run out of gas, and coast about 60-70 yards if you are going above the speed limit and stop. No rolling forward or back.:) Not like Tn.


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
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1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: danmas
Date: March 23, 2012 11:00AM

The rock slide has been cleared and the Dragon is open again.


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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11/06/2007 01:55PM

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1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: Dan B
Date: March 23, 2012 01:11PM

Here is a fun ride you may want to take if you are ever in Southern WV

[www.youtube.com]


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Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5935 posts)

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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 23, 2012 03:10PM

Not 318 curves though. Do you think we just might oughta be counting the straight stretches instead? I saw about four.

Pretty typical for a W.Va mountain road. I'd of gotten seasick if I wasn't acclimated. Rt. 60 over Gauley Mountain is pretty good too, along with Rt. 16, 61 and some others, basically any road going to a different town in those parts that isn't freeway. Rt. 60 over Sewell Mtn. is really good too, though Rt 60 is a high speed road. If you can call the occasional kiss your ass hairpin high speed that is. All depends on your driving technique I guess.

Jim


Merv
Merv Hagen
IL
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05/21/2008 05:48PM

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1980 MGB Buick 215 T-5 Trans

Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: Merv
Date: March 25, 2012 05:30PM

Am I mistaken or is MG 2012 going to be doing the Tail of the Dragon?
I know that many of these cars may be missing four cylinders (does that make them Spurious?) but it still looks to be a lot of fun.
Merv


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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10/17/2007 09:36PM

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1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: "Tail of the Dragon"
Posted by: mowog1
Date: March 25, 2012 06:13PM

Yes, there will be tours to SR129 during MG2012 in Dillard, GA.


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