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.

This year the big change is the addition of one day to the event. Official activities now start on Wednesday rather than Thursday and run through Saturday night/Sunday morning. As always this years registrations are breaking all previous records with hundreds officially signed on.

For those who haven’t been to the Dragon, don’t let those big numbers scare you off. Even with all the MINIs, bikes and the random BMW test mules from the Spartanburg SC Plant, there’s still ample opportunity to get a clear stretch of the Dragon (or any of the other equally amazing mountain roads in the area) day or night.

For complete information on how to register, where to stay (yes there are still some beds available) and what to do, check out this list of links:

+ MINIs on the Dragon 2008 / NAM

+ MOTD 2008 Registration / NAM (ends 04.18)

+ 2008 MOTD Forum / NAM

MotoringFile at the Dragon

Despite how much we all love the MINIs on the Dragon here at MF, we’re sad to say that work and personal schedules have conspired against us this year. Todd and DB will be gearing up for MINI Takes the States (among other things) and I’ll be across the ocean doing real work. So we’ll be relying on our readers to give us a glimpse of the event. So that means if you have pictures you’d like to share, please make sure to send them to the MotoringFile Flickr group and we’ll get them on the site. And if you have a Dragon ‘08 experience you’d like to share that would make a great MF feature, send it in!

Hopefully we’ll see you all there in ’09 or at MINI Takes the States later this year.