OCTOBER 8-9, 2022
CHD7 FEATURE: TORSION BAR HONDAS
For CHD7 we will be featuring a particular group of cars for the first time ever. Fittingly, we will be featuring the very cars that started the event... TORSION Bar Hondas! If you are planning on bringing a TORSION Bar Honda and would like to participate in the feature, please contact us (or click here to register) to let us know you're coming. There will be a VIP parking area just for the TORSION Bar Hondas as well as other swag and goodies, so we will need to have a head count to make sure there is room for everyone who wants to participate. Thank you in advance and we're excited to see you this year!
ABOUT THE EVENT /
CHD (Classic Hondas on the Dragon) is an annual event held at the 'Tail of the Dragon', which is the fancy name for route US129 in western North Carolina and south eastern Tennessee. It is a gathering of classic Honda enthusiasts who spend a weekend talking cars, taking pictures, making friends, and most importantly, driving the famous 318 turn road. The location, if you haven't been there, is very mountainous, with beautifully paved roads and incredible views.
For CHD7, we've moved the Saturday morning meet location to Maryville, TN. You are welcome to stay in Maryville if you prefer, but we still recommend Bryson City, NC as a good home base for our event. The Tail of the Dragon is in between Maryville and Bryson City. Maryville, TN is about 40min north of Deals Gap, and Bryson City is only 45min east Deals Gap (and closer to the Fontana Dam meet location). Both locations will serve you well as a home base with access to good food and lodging options.
EVENT BACKGROUND /
Over the years, a small group of 80's Honda enthusiasts (specifically of the first generation CRX and third generation Civic) banded together, primarily through the RedPepperRacing forum, to exchange ideas and parts, as well as show of their builds. Their collective passion for these fun and inexpensive cars triggered the creation of the Classic Hondas on the Dragon event.
The brainchild of founder Stephen Dettman of the GENONE Blog, CHD began with a small group of enthusiasts from the southeast region of the United States, who enjoyed not only each other's cars and company, but fantastic fall weather, local cuisine, and the wonderful driving roads in and around western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. However small, the group enjoyed themselves very much, and after sharing their adventures on social media, word of the event spread quickly causing a dramatic increase in attendance for the following year's event, including 6 first generation CRX's. The next year's event shared the same success bringing in even more classic Honda enthusiasts. As we approach the event's seventh year, we are excited to see what is in store for this Honda-crazed community. Even though this event was founded by enthusiasts of 80's Hondas, we love all classic Hondas and welcome anyone who owns and/or loves them. We hope you decide to join this great group of folks and their beloved cars on some of the best driving roads in the United States.
Day 1 - Saturday, October 8th
9:00AM - 1:00PM
MAIN MEET AND GREET (TORSION BAR FEATURE)
COME AND PARK YOUR CLASSIC AND ENJOY
MEETING NEW FRIENDS! THIS IS WHERE WE
WILL HAVE THE VIP PARKING AREA SETUP FOR
THE TORSION BAR CARS. WE WILL ALSO BE
PARKING ALL THE CARS BY MODEL.
AFTERWARDS WE WILL DRIVE OVER TO THE
TAIL OF THE DRAGON FOR SOME FUN DRIVING.
WILLIAM BLOUNT HIGH SCHOOL
219 COUNTY FARM RD
MARYVILLE, TN 37801
REGROUP AFTER DRAGON RUNS
AFTER FOLKS HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO DRIVE THE
TAIL OF THE DRAGON A FEW TIMES, WE WILL GATHER
AGAIN ON THE TENNESSEE SIDE OF THE TAIL. THERE
IS A LARGE GRAVEL PARKING LOT ALONG US 129/115
AND NEXT TO CHILHOWEE LAKE (LOOK FOD CHD SIGNS).
THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING IS YOURS
TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE... SPLIT OFF INTO SMALLER GROUPS
TO DRIVE NEARBY ROADS, GO GRAB A MEAL, OR CONTINUE
TO TAME THE DRAGON. ENJOY!
Day 2 - Sunday, October 9th
MEET AT FONTANA DAM
AFTER FOLKS GRAB SOME BREAKFAST WE WILL
MEET UP AGAIN AT THE FONTANA DAM FOR A
RELAXED ROUND OF SOCIALIZING AND
ADMIRING CARS. THIS YEAR WE WILL BE
MEETING AT THE BASE OF THE DAM INSTEAD
OF THE TOP LIKE LAST YEAR
FONTANA DAM BASIN
(BOTTOM OF THE DAM)