Yes it’s that time of year again. Time for a few hundred MINI enthusiasts to tackle that little stretch of road simply known as the Dragon.

Once again North American Motoring (along with countless volunteers) is helping to put on one of the biggest US based MINI events of the year centered around the road. Like last year MINIUSA will be making an appearance (with a JCW S Convertible no less) along with around 400 participants and over 300 MINIs! For those that are interested but haven’t signed up yet.. the clock is ticking.

There’s only a couple of days left until registration is closed. Here’s a quick overview of the event for those interested to know more
(from North American Motoring):

So what is the MINIs on the Dragon?

MINIs on the Dragon is the largest gathering of MINIs and their owners in the US. This year we’re expecting around 400 people and more than 200 MINIs. The weekend is centered around the mutual interest and enjoyment of what can be argued as the most fun car on the road.

Where is the event held?

Deal’s Gap, North Carolina. The home of the Tail of the Dragon. The Tail of the Dragon (Hwy-129) is perhaps the finest road in the United States for motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts who enjoy driving on an 11+ mile stretch of twisty road with a fantastic road surface and not a single intersection or cross road for the entire length of the Dragon. 318 curves in 11+ miles! The MINI was made to TURN and the Dragon is the perfect asphalt compliment to our fantastic little cars.

What do you do?

Hang out with our MINI friends from all over the country, drive the Dragon and other great roads through the Smoky Mountains, and generally just have a great time surrounded my beautiful scenery and more MINI’s than you have ever seen in your life. There are group drives, meals, fun contests, vendors coming from far and wide to meet YOU, and even a few (ok, more than a few) giveaways. This year many of the social events and hub of activity will be Fontana Village Resort. Located on Fontana Lake and surrounding by beautiful scenary it’s a great chance to both get away from the daily grind and obsess about your MINI at the same time.

How do I get started?

To get started be sure to log into North American Motoring (or register if you haven’t already done so). Once you’ve logged in start out with the Events link. This page will be your personal event planner. At a glance you can see your status on the basics and each event that requires some form of RSVP or registration. If the event is clickable just click on it to find out more information on it as well as who has currently RSVPd to attend.

The other area to read is the Registration area. This attempts to explain the updates to this year’s event in regards to event insurance and what options are available for registration.

Here are a few more details on registration for the Dragon (again from North American Motoring):

Registration options are new for this year. As with organized clubs whose officer’s and members plan activities there are potential risks that arise relative to liability. With an event that involves driving there are additional risks that can place the organizers and coordinators of that event at a significant financial liability if something (accident, injury, claim by third-party non-event participant, etc.) were to happen during that event. To alleviate this concern and allow everyone to put forth a best effort for coordination and planning without worry about risk DC Metro MINIs has worked to support the 2005 MINIs on the Dragon with event insurance.

To participate in any of the events at the 2005 MINIs on the Dragon an event registration is required. This provides a form of documentation that you are indeed a member of this group of attendees for the weekend of the event and thereby covered by the DC Metro MINI policy. There are two options available, both of which include this coverage.

[ Dragon Registration ] North American Motoring

If you would like to know more about the Dragon itself, check out the official website (yes, a website for a road):

For those curious, there’s an outside chance that I’ll be making the trip this year.