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Old 07-05-2007, 03:09 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Deals Gap / The Dragon

Just to let any out of towners know... Deals Gap is going to be pretty much closed for the summer, the Blount County SD and THP is planning to have patrol cars up there 7 days a week for the next few months. And believe me, these guys will pull you over for ANYTHING, sometimes NOTHING, and they won't be giving warnings either. Basically the LEO free-for-all I got caught up in last october will be a daily thing now.

It was gonna happen eventually, the place is a circus thanks to all the publicity it gets.
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Damn maybe Jhon C Calhounos can stop them.
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lol name cracks me up every time now I know where it came from
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Are they doing this just for the summer or are they going to do this for most of, if not all, year?? I usually go twice a year.
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They are doing it to stop chinese animals from tearing it up at the gap + they seen a bunch of solstices wreck and every one knows fliping a super car liek the solstice takes alot of speed and stupidity they are so glued down and powerfull it is crazy
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Are they doing this just for the summer or are they going to do this for most of, if not all, year?? I usually go twice a year.
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Ownage...

I've wondered this for a long time, but why is it that it seems GM took the Opel Speedster and Vauxhall designed roadster and fucked it up? Non turbo and not mid rear and not rediculously light weight.
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I've wondered this for a long time, but why is it that it seems GM took the Opel Speedster and Vauxhall designed roadster and fucked it up? Non turbo and not mid rear and not rediculously light weight.
Two completely different platforms.. the Speedster/VX220 are Elise based, whereas the Solstice/Sky are on basically a shrunken Corvette chassis.

GM could have probably just brought the VX220 here (after getting it up to snuff with the feds), but come on.. this is GM we're talking about. :gay:
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hmm i was just there 2 weekends ago, cops were there but didn't bother anyone. i doubt they'll do too much, the towns there will have no revenue
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I would rock a vauxhul in a heartbeat they are sweet *** cars,
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I would rock a vauxhul in a heartbeat they are sweet *** cars,
An Elise is almost the same car, it's not like the Vauxhall would be much cheaper. It would have been a bad move on GM's part to bring it over. Amazing car yes, good selling car no.
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hmm i was just there 2 weekends ago, cops were there but didn't bother anyone. i doubt they'll do too much, the towns there will have no revenue
I kinda agree with this. There's a couple of whole counties out there that survive based on revenue from tourist/bikers/cars that specifically come to the Gap to run it.

I've been watching the place for years now and keeping up to speed on what happens there as I used to ride Ventura County/Mulholland two or three times weekly when I was stationed in Pt.Mugu. Deals Gap is kinda the east coast version of the entire Malibu Hills system.

The only guys I ever saw wreck or have problems in Cali were the dudes on brand new Gixxer wearing jeans and t-shirts. In three years I saw 2 deaths... but at least once or twice a month, some dork would wash out the front wheel braking THROUGH a turn and shave his shoulder down to bare scapula. It's those ******** who are the problem.

I'm assuming that the Gap is the same way. New riders w/small ***** getting in way over their heads not wearing any gear at all on brand new 1litre ***** extenders... except worse because most of the guys have super-huge redneck ego's which are twice as big as yuppie-surfer ego's in Malibu. And from what I hear, IT'S DAILY BAD WRECKS AT THE GAP IN THE SUMMER.

That woman in the Solstice that wrecked is like every other dude who wrecks on a dry mountain road... NOT ENOUGH SKILL and WAY TOO MUCH EGO. She was trying to hang with the boys and just couldn't stand the embarassment of pulling over and bringing up the rear at her own pace.

I think the die-hards who respect the road and are good will still come... but putting out the word that cops will be out in force is just a way to keep the dorks at home.
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Sam you nailed it spot on...

Guys trying to be badasses with no knowledge of their vehicles.

Al, your local? Where are you from? I'm from Gastonia, NC and go to school in Boone, NC...have a bunch of friends outside of Asheville, we need to run the gap sometime, I still have yet to make it out. x.X
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It's been bad several years now, locals complaining of cars and bikes flying through there often in the wrong lane, almost daily wrecks, several deaths. Word is that blount county is under pressure from the state to get it under control.

as for the tourism, whats funny is the store and the resorts are on the NC side, whereas 95% of the road is on the TN side, so I doubt they're worried about that.

I'm in Knoxville. I'll still probably go to Miatas at the gap, but, it won't be for the driving experience. I'll be doing 15mph the whole way.
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Ownage...

I've wondered this for a long time, but why is it that it seems GM took the Opel Speedster and Vauxhall designed roadster and fucked it up? Non turbo and not mid rear and not rediculously light weight.
that guy is getting a turbo one next...with more power it won't flip as easily.






god what a dumbass ------.
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that guy is a short girl.
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And to think, I just bought a house within easy driving distance of the Gap. O well, there are many interesting mountain roads in western N.C. we just need to keep them to our selves.
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And believe me, these guys will pull you over for ANYTHING, sometimes NOTHING, and they won't be giving warnings either.

Yeah, as if they can catch me!
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after doing it about twice a year for the last few years i would hate to see the cops get ---- about it. when i have been it seemed like everyone was very in control and doing pretty much the right thing. but there is the few out there that ruin it for everyone. i found it pretty amazing that cops didnt really care before honestly. but if they start caring about people like us they need to stop sending semi's down that road that double lap the hairpins.

honestly i think that road is such a blast they should let us do our thing and shut it down for semi's and anyone that disobey's the "dragon rules" gets a ticket. have like a big sign that tells you what to expect if you just "driving thorugh" to get somewhere. and maybe make you pay some sort of toll to keep gravel off of it and keep the semi's off and maybe give the cops some money to keep them out there getting on the people that dont go by the rules.
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sounds like a good idea semis who take those roads to circumvent wieght stations etc are a PITA anyway. even on my raods they need to get way tougher on semis no matter what they finally decide.
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Really I'm not that upset about it... I just hope that the word gets out that the gap is ruined and come winter it will be empty of cruisers, morons, and cops. It's ridiculous when people are driving/riding from kansas, canada, etc. Find your own damn roads...
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