OCTOBER 7-8, 2023
CHD8 FEATURE: HONDA EF CHASSIS
For CHD8 we will be featuring the Honda EF chassis. This includes the second generation CRX, and 4th generation Civic (1988-91). That means if you have a 4th gen Civic wagon, hatch, sedan or 2nd gen CRX, you are welcome to be included in our event feature. No need to register. Just show up and we will direct you to the feature parking area.
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.
Now that our primary meet locations are on the north end of the Tail of the Dragon, specifically in the Maryville, TN area, we recommend that area as a home base for ease of access and better availability to accommodation. If you are ok driving an hour to get to the Saturday morning meet location, or 45min to Deals Gap, we still recommend Bryson City, NC as a place to stay as well.
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 7th
9:00AM - 1:00PM
MAIN MEET AND GREET (HONDA EF CHASSIS FEATURE)
COME AND PARK YOUR CLASSIC AND ENJOY
MEETING NEW FRIENDS! THIS IS WHERE WE
WILL HAVE THE VIP PARKING AREA SETUP FOR
THE HONDA EF CHASSIS CARS.
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 FOR 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 8th
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. WE WILL BE MEETING
AT THE BASE OF THE DAM, JUST LIKE
WE DID LAST YEAR.
FONTANA DAM BASIN
(BOTTOM OF THE DAM)