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Leaving VIR, next stop was the "Slay the Dragon" Hill climb in Robbinsville N.C. - an impossible mountainous, no interstate drive from Alton VA. The "Slay the Dragon" Hill climb was located just east of Deals Gap on the North Carolina–Tennessee state line. The main road in is US 129. Fortunately, the Duntov rig came in from the Northeast, as coming in from the west, you have to go through the event's namesake also known as The Dragon or The Dragon's Tail. While it is one of the most exciting roads in the country for motorcycles and sports cars, it is definitely not semi-trailer race car transporter friendly, with 318 curves in 11 miles. On any day, thousands of motorcycles and sports cars venture, skid, slide and twist the 318 turn mountain road - zooming past ominous yellow signs noting "Caution - High Crash Area" as well as the ambulances and State Police at 3 mile interval checkpoints along the route. The police only seemed to become involved if there appeared to be any alcohol usage or to assist mopping up the mess of the inevitable mistakes in judgment. The 30 mile speed limit seemed to be only enforced on the straights stretches - of which there are few.

Susie and her husband flew into Knoxville and drove The Dragon, while Colby - who drove down from Columbus on Saturday to be with the gang - actually went back and forth a couple of times in his ATS - playing with a puzzled group of motorcycles as to how a street car handled so well. He arrived at the hill climb with a broad grin and stayed only long enough to make an appearance before stating that he was going to go drive the Dragon a bit more.

Robbinsville N.C. 2017Duntov Crew Chief Clete Wilden on his way by ankle express to find a restaurant in a nearby town.

This was SVRA's first hill climb event, and unfortunately all but a few SVRA racers missed it! The event was called after Saturday due to an inbound hurricane, but it was fun while it lasted. The Duntov team learned not to bring a big trailer to a hill climb, as there was no room anywhere near the track to park! They staged at a lumber yard twenty miles from the event, and the racecars had to be driven to the track.

Robbinsville N.C. 2017What the event lacked in convenience, it made up for in scenery.

Both Susie Patterson and Tony Parella set fastest times for their classes. A good time was had by all, but next year it will no doubt be better

Robbinsville N.C. 2017 Tony surveys the scene as the event gets underway.
Robbinsville N.C. 2017 Susie and the event mascot, a green inflatable dragon.


Duntov Motor Company is the exclusive licensee for the continued production of the authentic original Corvette Grand Sport.  Duntov Motor Company is the exclusive licensee for the manufacturing and distribution of the updated street version of this famous car. We service what we sell. We also restore and service 1963-1982 Corvette race, street and performance cars using original and replacement parts including front and rear suspension, brake calipers, brake rotors, brake pads, both J-56 and stock brake caliper pistons, and Corvette stainless steel parking brake parts. We offer the finest original U.S. built Corvette spindles and GM stub axles, along with remanufactured Corvette differentials for both street and race cars. We build both new and rebuilt Corvette trailing arm assemblies for 1965-1982 Corvettes, and offer Corvette street and racing springs and both steel and composite leaf springs in a wide selection of spring rates. Check out our Corvette parts section for shocks, sway bars, upper and lower A-arms, Corvette ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman arms, idler arms, shocks and U-joints.

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