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Road & Track takes on the fastest man on The Dragon

Greg Kachadurian September 12, 2014 All Things Hoon

Ferrari 458 Speciale on The Dragon by R&T's Hollis Bennett

Photo source: Road & Track / Hollis Bennett

Nestled deep in the Great Smokey Mountains and right along the North Carolina-Tennessee border, there’s a stretch of road unlike anything else. US129, the “Tail of the Dragon”, or “The Dragon” – whatever you want to call it, it’s a road with a reputation. The Dragon is packed with a reported 318 curves in just eleven miles, which means that at no point are your wheels pointed straight. With rock faces one on side and a lethal, mostly un-guarded drop on the other, there is an impossibly small amount of room for error.

80 crashes have been reported since April of this year and four of these have been fatal in that short time (source: dragonawareness.com). Most people go here for the fun of those 318 curves, the gorgeous scenery from one of several overlooks, and the challenge of getting home without leaving anything behind on the tree of shame. Lost tourists just try to get to the other side.

However, there are others who go there for a totally different reason. They take on The Dragon with everything they have on tap. If you go during the off-season or at a slower time of the day, you just might see one of these people. They’ll be the ones dropping knees or getting every last bit of grip out of their tires for the purpose of being the fastest.

Road & Track were at The Dragon to try to meet some of these people, including one who allegedly holds the fastest time ever recorded on the road. It’s a compelling read which not only gives you an idea of what it’s like to take on of one of the most challenging roads on earth, but also gives you some interesting insight into the people who make The Dragon their life.

If you’re going to read anything else today, make it this. Head on over to Road & Track to read this phenomenal story in its entirety and start planning your next trip to The Dragon like I am.

[Sources: Road & Track, DragonAwareness.com]

The News for September 12th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 12, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is ready to fight

  • Jaguar XE is how the Brits want to take on the Germans

  • BMW 2 Series Convertible revealed

  • Dodge Viper goes on clearance

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Your best look yet at the Aston Martin Lagonda

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If you’ve been keeping up with the News in recent weeks, you’ll be well aware of Aston Martin’s plans to resurrect one of its most iconic and important nameplates in the company’s history – Lagonda. From what tiny bit of information we’ve been given so far, we know the Lagonda will be a super-exclusive super saloon destined for the Middle East, and since it is an Aston Martin, we know it’ll be beautiful.

Thanks to a couple of images Aston Martin sent us over the weekend, we really know it’ll be beautiful. They said we could do what we wanted with these images after 4:00 AM Pacific today… so at 4:01 AM Pacific, here you go. For Hooniverse eyes only, say hello to the Aston Martin Lagonda, fully uncovered and out in the open.

This is our best look yet at Gaydon’s newest masterpiece and it’s truly a sight to behold.

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The News for September 5th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 5, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Miata! As always, this is a weekly Miata of some of the biggest Miata in the automotive Miata without the Miata or Miata. I just throw in a little Miata of mine because I can. This Miata:

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 (ND) Miata!

  • Land Rover reveals something that isn’t the Miata

  • Dodge updates their not-Miata

  • Toyota prices their not-Miata

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The News for August 29th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 29, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • 2015 Volvo XC90 is finally here and ready to dominate the SUV market

  • Renault revives its racing passion with the RS 01

  • Toyota to re-release the beloved Land Cruiser 70

  • 2015 Ford Mustang enters production

  • Aston Martin Lagonda partially unveiled again

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The News for August 22nd, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 22, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren previews the madness that is the P1 GTR

  • Vaughn Gittin Jr. is ready to rock with his 2015 RTR Mustang

  • C7 Corvette Z06 is performance that now has a price

  • Mullin restores a Bugatti that isn’t a Veyron

 

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Modern Art Monday – The Porsche 918 Spyder

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I was fortunate enough to make it out to my first Monterey Car Week last week… well sort of. I was only there one day. In my short time there, I still saw my fair share of some truly wonderful cars, both in the hilariously expensive traffic jams and parked on some fancy golf course. The one event I had time for was Porsche Club of America’s Werks Reunion, a gathering of all things Porsche at the beautiful Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Roughly 500 privately owned Porsches were in attendance and greatly represented the brand’s most iconic cars (more on those later in the week, I hope).

If there’s one car that stood out to me that day, it would have to be this one: the Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche’s newest and most revolutionary super car, the 918 Spyder is brutally fast yet impressively efficient, track-focused yet civilized, and above all, breathtaking to look at. Click past the jump and I’ll tell you all about it, once I clean the drool off of my camera.

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The News for August 15th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 15, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is real(ly awesome)

  • Range Rover builds world’s fastest SUV because reasons

  • Toyota reveals second FT-1 concept

  • Jaguar shows off the F-Type Project 7 in U.S. spec with a price

  • Volvo gives us a glimpse of the new XC90’s face

  • Bentley prices the Continental GT3-R

  • Dodge to race the Challenger in Trans Am

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The News for August 8th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 8, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull – which this week is mostly pre-game for next week’s festivities at Pebble Beach. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Bugatti reveals their final Legends Veyron

  • McLaren previews a one-off P1 and 650S Spider for Pebble Beach

  • Aston Martin updates the Vanquish and Rapide S to improve performance

  • Rolls Royce announces new model in development for 2016

  • Dodge will reveal a new performance model next week

  • Plus a bunch more to look forward to from Pebble Beach

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The News for August 1st, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 1, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW gets in the Concours d’Elegance spirit with a one-off i8

  • Jaguar shows us the new XE’s face

  • Kia teases the all-new Sorento

  • Ford prices the F-150 lineup, each one sees a price bump

  • Mercedes-Benz prices the C-Class and GLA

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