This past week has been a crazy amount of driving (2000+ miles) and such a great time. I really bonded with my car on the wild mountain roads of North Carolina while also meeting all sorts of great people. I didn’t take many photos since I was too busy driving. But I just want to briefly describe my experience.
Sure, I saw a ton of Miatas from day one through the end in every corner of the area (the MANY Many corners). But mainly, I ran with a core group of people who just wanted to drive hard all the time. They knew some great roads and really made the experience. Best part was I met these guys totally at random on the dragon and just ran around with them since we had the same idea of just driving. Didn’t go to any of the “official” drives but I did at least do the big group photo.
My picture does the gathering no justice really since this is such a small snapshot of it. There were 550 cars there in total. FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY! And the crazy part was that not really one car was alike another. It ran the gamut from totally stock from every generation to extremely modified and even crazy unnecessary things like the title image.
The group photo thing was such a small part of the event for me. It was the waking up at 6am to get ready to drive all day and then continue on well after midnight, just because it was awesome. Finding all of the lesser known roads and just continuing to push the envelope of my car.
Of course, it seemed that some people pushed the envelope too far. I never really felt in danger of something like that but it was a very real concern on my mind. The danger added to the fun a little bit but really just the comradderie of all the like minded miata people around me is what made it special.
Plus, that whole area is just fucking beautiful. I could spend months there and never get bored. I truly feel like a twisty road addict now and cannot wait to get on some good roads again. I don’t think any other place on the East Coast could ever truly compare.
I plan to write a nice piece about the Dragon and my opinion on it and other roads in the area soon. MATG was just super awesome. Even found a fellow Oppo down there (not driving a Miata) by pure chance and it was great to catch up after the mysterious note on my car haha.