Attention Fiat owners: The Fall Fiat on the Dragon event is coming soon! The event takes place at one of the most beautiful areas in the country and on one of the best roads anywhere in the world. The road called Tail of the Dragon is located deep in the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina/Tennessee state line. With 318 curves packed into 11 miles, the road is a car enthusiast's dream.
The semi-annual Fiat on the Dragon events are held during the spring and fall seasons. The event has quickly become a big hit with all who attend with an atmosphere that is relaxed and friendly. It is something you shouldn't miss!
The Fall Fiat on the Dragon event starts on Thursday, October 2 and runs through the weekend.
Brett Melancon, Fiat on the Dragon event organizer dropped us a note explaining the details:
This fall, the FIAT on the Dragon will be a little different. This "unplugged" event is going to be more spontaneous than the planned event of the spring drive.
Some updates for the fall drive...
Thursday night, we are meeting for dinner and to discuss our drives. Please be sure that your car is topped off for fuel prior to Friday morning.
We will be staying at the Comfort Inn of Oak Ridge. Here is a direct link for the hotel to get the rate of $70!
This rate includes a hot breakfast too.
I suggest that you make reservations soon for October 2-5. We will be staying at this hotel for the entire weekend and work our drives around it. It is also very close to Harper FIAT. I am sure that they will welcome us over for some social time. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Early Friday am, we leave for our scenic route to the Tail of the Dragon. We will make a few stops along the way and hopefully make it to Highlands, NC for lunch. I plan to stop at Bridal Veil Falls along the way for a photo op. We will continue back towards Tellico Plains along the Cherohala Skyway. My hope is that we can see some really nice fall colors and maybe a killer sunset.
I am working out the details for the Saturday route and lodging options but I would love to make it back to Knoxville if possible for Saturday night. Saturday drive is still open, maybe the Devil's triangle or the Snake. Plan for our traditional visit to the local cruise in Saturday night.
Remember, this is the FIAT on the Dragon "Unplugged" so plan to have fewer plans. This drive will take shape differently than the spring event. If you like planned events that have everything taken care of, do the spring FIAT on the Dragon. If any questions, please let me know.
This will be a very loosely organized event and plan to wing it as we go. If you like spontaneous travel, this one is for you.
Image: Brett Melancon