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Fri, Oct 06


Historic Tapoco Lodge Resort

Minis Slay The Sleeping Dragon 2023

Come join hundreds of Minis in a gathering like no other!!

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Minis Slay The Sleeping Dragon 2023
Minis Slay The Sleeping Dragon 2023

Time & Location

Oct 06, 2023, 5:00 PM – Oct 08, 2023, 5:00 PM

Historic Tapoco Lodge Resort, 14981 Tapoco Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771, USA


About the event

Welcome to the 21st Annual MINIs Slay the Sleeping Dragon! For 21 years (that’s over TWO DECADES!!!) our club members and friends have been poking the Sleeping Dragon and enjoying the fall colors! MINIs Slay the Sleeping Dragon is a gathering of MINIs to enjoy MOTORING THROUGH THE FALL COLORS on and around The Dragon, Fontana Village and Lake Areas.


Come out and spend a colorful weekend with your MINI Friends! It’s going to be a great one! This is an official THMMC sponsored event, and before you ask, there is no vendor alley at MSSD, that’s only MOTD in the Spring.

We'll be meeting at 4:30 PM, Friday, October 6th, 2023 at the Ingles Market Grocery store parking lot where we will pass out T-shirts and make run announcements.

You can pick up event goodies and T Shirts at GRAYce, The Light Gray Countryman S of Loretta Fredere, where you'll likely find a bunch of MINIacs swarming like bees to honey!

Ingles Markets 19/23 Hughes Branch Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713

AT OR AROUND 5 - 5:15 PM, we'll have a few quick announcements in the parking lot, after which we can head to dinner!

Then we'll jump in our MINIs and Motor towards downtown Bryson City where we will park in and around or near the Swain County Clerk of Court Building so we can park together!

The Bad News: We can’t have a table big enough to sit at for everyone. The Good News: Y’all all couldn’t all talk to everyone no how 'cuz there’s so MINI People!

By spreading out we can share the bounty with the town businesses and reduce the opportunity to overwhelm one place with TOO MINI PEOPLE!

Sooooo, grab some friends, and split up to have dinner in Bryson City and make note that dinner is at your own expense.

Restaurants listed below a lot of folks have gone to over the years and a few new ones added.

Pasqualino’s Italian Restaurant 25 Everett St Rear, Bryson City, NC 28713

Jimmy Mac's Restaurant 121 Main St, Bryson City, NC 28713

Bryson City Brewing 234 Deep Creek Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713

Nate And Nick's Pizza 225 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713

Keep in mind all of the runs start Saturday Morning and run all day!

Your Job is to Have Fun, Enjoy the Fall Colours, Stay On Your Side, and Don’t forget to WAVE at other MINIS, cuz we will no doubt be passing each other at some point along the weekend!

To Find and Sign Up for Individual Drives Offered during the event, go to our MSSD Facebook Event Page and look for the Run Descriptions and signup there by clicking GOING…. The Event Tab is hard to find a bit, click on the More Tab and then Events

Please commit GOING so we know how many to tell them if there is Lunch during your run! And there is no need to tell us you are NOT GOING or INTERESTED, GOING IS THE ONLY BUTTON THAT MATTERS!

And PLEASE RESPECTFUL THE PACE of the Group you are signing up with. If it says Easy or Moderate, that means about anybody can handle it. If it says SPIRITED, you may want to check and tie everything down in your MINI because all the ducks on the dash are going out the window in the first 3 turns probably… Our Leaders Work hard to make sure you have a great time, it is a totally unpaid job and we only get paid by the smiles and atta boys and atta girls so be kind to your leaders, we want to keep everyone safe.

Speaking of Safety, we want to remind you we use FMRS GRMRS Walkie Talkies in the MINIs to communicate between the cars for safety. To those who say “I don’t need one, I’m not gonna talk to anyone anyway” THAT is NOT what they are for, they are so YOU know exactly what is happening in the pack both ahead and behind and they keep us from ending up in a pile if there is someone like a truck or something like "ROCK in the road" in front of us to slow us down. Your responsibility to your other friends is to monitor the radio on the channel specified, often 20/20 or 7/21, always relay if you are in the middle so those in the back can hear if the leader makes an announcement of concern and the sweeper’s job, last man or woman in the train will make sure NO MINI IS LEFT BEHIND.

If you haven’t got a radio, not to worry, there will probably be someone who you can borrow one from. If you want to buy one, make sure you get one with more than 20 channels on it and includes the private channels.

Get Registered at Fontana Village, there is a block of rooms with a discount held for a bit ahead of time but they will likely release the block within 30 days of the event or earlier so don’t miss the break to get in early and get a room there.

If Fontana fills up, be resourceful, use the web, there’s plenty of places around Robbinsville, AirBnB you can find some accommodations.


Registration for MSSD 2023 is now open!

Here is the link for registration,

NOTE: It May Take us a few days to get T Shirts LIVE IN HERE so please be patient.

NOTE You need to sign up for the club and create a login which is FREE to Join as always:

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