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    Fall FIAT on the Dragon event October 11-13

    I hope that everyone is making plans to join us for our Fall event in October. The weekend will start Friday evening, October 11 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast on 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA. We have a special rate $75 for our group. That is less than what we paid in Alcoa at a Hilton no less. Just mention the Italian Car Day and they will apply the rate to your room.

    We will meet at 7pm for dinner and social time in the Hilton Hotel lobby. Once we have a good idea of the number of people present, we can make better arrangements for our group meal.

    The morning will continue as we meet in the parking lot of the Hilton and proceed over to the Italian Car Day in Norcross, GA (just a short drive from hotel).

    Registration for the show will be on-site and is $25 at the gate. This show is organized by our good friend John Montgomery (joined us on our spring run) and the proceeds go to the local Atlanta group.

    Our group will need to be ready to leave the show field early (prior to 3pm) and head into the Georgia mountains for some amazing roads and scenery. The route I am thinking of taking is but this may change as things develop. My biggest challenge right now is lodging for Saturday night. Fontana Village was booked full so that is not an option for our group this year. I am working on lodging options in Franklin area and Robinsville. As soon as the information is available, I will be sure to spread it around.

    Sunday morning we will continue the adventure on the Dragon and then maybe another nearby road as time permits. My initial thought was to spend a little more time on the Dragon this year so we have time to socialize and drive the road more. We can discuss options though. The leaves will be very colorful this time of year so bring the cameras.

    I hope that we have a good turnout for the fall event. I hope to have a registration form up soon with a link to the hotel and important information. Planning is already underway for a really special Spring FIAT on the Dragon so stay tuned for more information on that event as well. Mark your calendars for for the first weekend in April of 2014.

    Also, be sure to keep an eye out on the Facebook page for the latest breaking updates.
    Brett Melancon

    Information about the Italian Car Day:
    The Atlanta’s Italian Car Day celebrates its 17th year of Italian automotive style; exhibiting private collections of the finest exotic Italian cars at Lillian Webb Park, 5 College Street in historic downtown Norcross, GA. The event includes the car show, marque awards, a raffle and silent auction. New dealer cars and merchandise will be on display to add excitement & opportunity for supporting vendors.

    Saturday, October 12th, 10 AM to 3 PM, (Show cars should arrive before 10 AM)
    Downtown Historic Norcross, GA at Lillian Webb Park, northeast Atlanta.
    Show vehicle registration $25 at gate, spectator admission free, lunch on own
    Post show reception at Landmark Fiat of Atlanta from 3 PM to 5 PM

    Marque Trophy Awards:
    Class trophies (1st, 2nd, 3rd):
    Alfa Romeo / Ferrari / Fiat / Lamborghini / Lancia / Maserati / Pantera (DeTomaso) Open Class (Unlisted marques) Italian Cycle Additional Awards (single trophy):
    Best Modified
    “Car I’d most like to drive home.” (People’s Choice)

    Each car will be photographed upon arrival at gate. Photo CD available. Please enter the park area from the intersection of Buford Highway at Britt Street and come up to the top of the hill toward College Street (in front of church) to get your photo first before parking!

    Raffle Prize Donations:
    Italian Car Day sells raffle tickets during the event for $1 each. Vendors will display their donation, product or service to all participants and spectators. All donated items should be marked by the donating vendor and displayed on tables near the event tent. Please make donations of at least $30 in value, gift certificates at least $50 in value. Vendor receives public address promotion & recognition immediately before the awards.

    Silent Auction:
    Vendor may display an item or certificate for the silent auction, setting a minimum bid price for the item. The minimum bid amount will be returned to the vendor after the show has concluded. Silent auction forms are provided by ICD. For example, a $100 value gift or product may have an opening bid set by the vendor at $75. Amounts bid over the $75 minimum support Italian Car Day, the $75 minimum bid amount is returned to the vendor. Vendors get excellent exposure for their product or service with a guaranteed return of value. All items not making minimum bid will be returned to vendor.

    Vendor Display Area:
    Vendors may secure table space to display of their product or service if needed. All donating sponsors may display their literature or catalog on a table dedicated for that purpose. Vendor space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All sponsors receive their name, phone number and/or web address on the car registration placards. All sponsors receive public announcement recognition for their support during the show.

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    I am trying really hard to find good affordable lodging in the area near the Dragon but close enough that we can drive in after the show on Saturday and still have time for dinner. This has become more of a challenge than I initially thought. I have a few options but wanted to get some feedback. Since I do not have a total on the number of rooms we will need for Saturday night, I am looking at 10-20 rooms. Here are a few affordable options. thoughts?

    2 Stars- Not the nicest but is affordable and close to the Dragon. This option also has a campground for those who want to camp.
    390 Arlington Ave.
    Bryson City, NC Map

    $65.00 USD per night + 11.75% taxes

    2 Stars- The ratings on this hotel were very gooed even though it is a 2 star. It is farther from the Dragon though. We could drive into Highlands for dinner if we wanted. It is cheap too.
    3 Bestinn Way
    Dillard, GA Map
    (10.93 miles from Highlands center)

    $59.99 USD per night + 12% taxes
    If we choose the Knights Inn, we would have a nice drive Sunday morning to the Dragon but we would need to check out early.

    Thoughts on these two options for Saturday? I have never stayed at either of these locations.

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    Getting ready for the Fall Fiat on the Dragon by practicing with these guys!


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    Getting ready for the Fall Fiat on the Dragon by practicing with these guys!

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    I guess I'll have to make the 8+ hour drive down there then. It might not be so bad if I can get the crew up here to come down as well.
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    Come on down! The 500 loves road trips. :-)

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    Here is a little teaser from our spring run...
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    With the mods you now have and your driving skills I bet you beat those guys easy through the bends!
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    Hrmm I'd like to use this as an excuse to make a trip to the Dragon.

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    Here is the official Fall FIAT on the Dragon sign up form. The weekend event starts Oct. 11. It will be bigger than last year!
    If you plan to join the fall event, please help out by signing up.

    It is free to sign up and helps plan better.
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