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MTTS Headliners Announced

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MOTD May 23rd, 2008 13 Comments

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For those of you that are getting the updates from the MTTS website, this is old news. For the rest of you, they have announced the headline entertainers for all 4 events. Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the site to get all of the updates via email or RSS.

You can get more information about these events, plus register at the official website, blog.minitakesthestates.com.

Tail of the Dragon Video: The Full Run

MotoringFile Sections: MOTD, Video May 4th, 2008 5 Comments

Another tip of the cap to MINIs on the Tail of the Dragon which is taking place this weekend. This video shows a (almost) full run of the famed road from last year’s event with me in a 2007 MCS press car. Unfortunately several sections had to be cut out due to some traffic, but I think you generally get the idea. And keep in mind that this particular run was done casually with some regard for the law. continued →

Tail of the Dragon Video: The Way Down

MotoringFile Sections: MOTD, Video May 1st, 2008 9 Comments

In honor of MINIs on the Tail of the Dragon taking place this week we thought we’d pull out a video we created last year of our trip from Chicago. It gives you a small window into our 10 hour drive that day – including a shortened version of the ‘Dragon Night Run’ posted last year. continued →

MOTD Update: Dragon is On Fire (Literally)

MotoringFile Sections: MOTD Apr 18th, 2008 17 Comments

(Updated) What happens with a full tanked up bike goes over a edge of the heavily forested ravine on the Dragon? Fire. Currently firefighters are battled the blaze which has now spread to around 10 acres. Here’s an excerpt from a local news crew:

Miller said the steep and rocky terrain prevents firefighters from making a direct attack on the fire. They were working to contain it between the highway and the Topoco power line.

Officials said the motorcyclist walked away from the crash.

+ Wildfire Started by Motorcycle Crash / Fox News (via Autoblog)

+ UPDATE: Dragon brush fire fighting effort focuses on containment / WBIR


MINIs on the Dragon 2008

MotoringFile Sections: MOTD Apr 14th, 2008 16 Comments

In two weeks the largest non-official MINI event in North America will take place in a far western corner of North Carolina. For those that don’t know much about the Tail of the Dragon as a road or a MINI event, think of it this way; arguably the best roads in North American combined with some of the most beautiful rural scenery and hundreds of other MINI owners. Or to put it another way, if there’s one event that every MINI owner in North America should experience, this is probably it. continued →

MotoringFile Videos: MOTD ’07 Collection

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MOTD, Video Jun 1st, 2007 2 Comments

Over the last few weeks we’ve featured a number of videos shot at this year’s MINI’s on the Dragon event. For this week’s video Friday (yes, a day late) we thought it might be appropriate to put them all in one post for the ultimate look back at MOTD 2007. Enjoy…

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Tail of the Dragon Video: The Way Down

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MOTD, Video May 18th, 2007 22 Comments

Most likely the last of our Dragon video footage for 2007, this is a full compilation of all video I shot from my garage in Chicago to our Cabin at Fontana. It gives you a small window into our 10 hour drive that day – including a shortened version of the ‘Dragon Night Run’ posted last week. For a little continuity, I’ve synced it to another LCD Soundsystem song; “Jump into the Fire”. Unfortunately there’s no iTunes link as it’s only availble on a 7″ vinyl single from the UK. But if you’re dying to hear more, there’s always the vintage Harry Nilsson version or your friend and mine, Google.

And yes, it’s also sped up just a bit…

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