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Old 05-16-2012, 07:08 AM
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Great meating you both. I had a blast. It was a wonderful experience and amazing drive home through the mountains. Got to do the Tail later that day in my new car. It's now safely at home. I think about what my instructor Andy taught me know all the time when I'm in the car. I'm definitely already a little bit better driver because of him.
And we're all chomping at the bit to hear more details of your experience and trip

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Great meating you both. I had a blast. It was a wonderful experience and amazing drive home through the mountains. Got to do the Tail later that day in my new car. It's now safely at home. I think about what my instructor Andy taught me know all the time when I'm in the car. I'm definitely already a little bit better driver because of him.
What did you think of Tail of the Dragon? Was it worth the drive? I'm going out of my way to drive it, so I'm hoping it's worth the detour.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:06 AM
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And we're all chomping at the bit to hear more details of your experience and trip

Well, OK... I am

Ok...since you asked here's my summary of one amazing trip. I took pics but am not good about posting them here. What's the best way to do that? I used to host them on a site, get a URL address and then link it here. Is that still the best way. That was always kind of a pain. I did get some good pics I'd like to post here.

Anyway...here's the trip summary:

Left house in Zionsville, IN and friends dropped me off at IND airport. Caught 2:10pm flight to Atlanta. Had a 3 hour layover (on purpose) and watched the Pacers game. Then caught a 6:50pm flight to GSP. Arrived around 8:00pm to GSP. Called hotel and Chuck picked me up in a gold X5. Checked in at the Marriott then headed down for dinner (this was Sunday remember). No liquor, but I was smart and brought a few 50mL bottles of scotch and they were fine with me drinking those which I did. Had a nice dinner (free of course) and met a fellow fester who was picking up the next day like me. He had brought in a six pack himself and already had 4 so he was off to bed. I stayed a while and enjoyed a nice dessert and espresso while listening to a group of germans talk. They were mad because you couldn't get a beer. Then I went upstairs to my room which was fine.

Monday a.m. May 14. Woke up at 6:30am and headed down to breakfast at 7:00. Met another fellow fester and we all had breakfast together (also free). Then I checked my luggage at the hotel and hopped on the Marriott shuttle to the Performance Center. There was a group of about 10 people. Maybe 6 cars being delivered between the 10 people (some were guests). Got oriented and they split our group up and I went straight to the X3 for the offroad course. Pretty amazing what those machines can do. We were tipped over about 30 degrees and were steady. Went through what seemed to be 3 feet of water without a problem. It was a bit nerve racking but the car did fine of course.

Then we drove the X3s over to the factory and did the tour. I wasn't really looking forward to the tour but we did it anyway. I'm glad I did. Really makes you appreciate the car and what goes into it. BMW does it right.

Then drove back to the PC for the delivery of our cars. I had already seen mine. It was in the front room to the right all by itself. It's a 2012 imperial blue 328i sedan, sport line, manual transmission, black interior with the red stripe (it's growing on me and matches the red stitching well). Went over that with specialist Andy Van Clief. He's a fascinating guy and raced go carts and other cars and knows a lot of the Indy 500 drivers (I live in Indianapolis so I am used to hearing about all those drivers).

After deliver I drove my car out front and parked it. Had some time before lunch and talked to another fester gan1huk (I think that's his handle) as he finished up his M3 delivery. Headed over to the cafeteria for lunch (also free and very good). Had to have some good german sausage and kraut and black forest cake for dessert. Ate with 2 instructors including Andy and just listened to their racing stories.

Now after lunch it was track time. Again, I got Andy as my instructor. Donnie and Ray? gave the lectures in the classroom prior to going out. I got a red F30 335i. First thing was the skid track. Of course I spun it out. It's just weird hearing him say "floor it" as you're going around a circle. I did better after a few tries but it's definitely not someting I was used to. Then we went to the ABS lesson. Worked up from 30-52mph then mashed the brakes and turned. He was really stressing the peripheral vision. Brake, look and turn. It will definitely help me out if there is an accident and I need to brake quickly. Again, I got better with each successive run. I did 7 runs.

Next was the course. He drove us around slowly then let us go. It was me and 3 others in X3s. I definitely got the hang of that and could have done that for another 1/2 hour. I enjoyed driving the little course the most.

Finally, as we all know, is the "hot lap." I got my instructor Andy to give me a ride in an E60 M5. Wow! I am amazed at how good of a driver those guys are. As he was blowing through the track he said "not back for a luxury sedan!" Right.

Then we all gathered back at the entrance to the PC and said goodbye. Kind of bittersweet. I wanted to stay but the next part of the adventure was about to begin. I did head over to the museum gift shop and got a few things for the family and a key ring for me. I was parked out front by the fountain and got my GPS unit ready (Garmin), my regular print atlas (always a good back up for GPS), water, snacks, sunglasses and I was ready to go. I was planning on making it to Knoxville TN that night. I originally thought I'd do the Tail in the a.m. but I figured I had time so I'd try to hit it the same day. It actually worked out.

I head out around 3:30pm of Greer towards Greenville and Traveler's Rest on 276. That was a beautiful road with lots of turns. Took that towards Waynesville and then headed over towards the Smoky Mtn. Expressway(US 74) towards the tail. Opened up the car a bit here. Also took 28 which was another beautiful road. Car is feeling really good and fits like a glove. I came from an E90 328i sedan 6 MT so I was used to the feel. It's a bit raining and drizzly but not bad and I'm feeling good. I had stopped a few times (once in Pisgah national forest at a beautiful waterfall) and I wasn't tired and I was so close to the Tail of the Dragon I said "go for it." And I did. I'm so glad I did. It was practically empty. I saw 2 other cars and 4 motorcycles the whole time running from S to N. I was using the techniques I learned in class that day and it really helped. Was playing some good tunes on my iphone and was in a groove. The sun was starting to set and I stopped at a scenic overlook about 1.5 miles from the North end and got some amazing pics.

So I exited the Tail with a grin on my face. Headed north on 411 to Maryville. Stopped at a liquor store to see if they had any interesting whiskies which they did but I didn't buy any.

Stayed on 129 and took it to Knoxville and stopped around 9:30pm at Hampton Inn. I didn't have a reservation but luckily they had a room. This is a nice hotel and was near an O'Charley's so I walked there and had some dinner. I was starving and a bit tired after that long day but it was worth it.

Went back to the hotel and mapped out my plan for the next day.

Woke up and left by 6:30am. Headed north on I75 and exited on 150 to 127 to Lawrenceburg KY. Stopped at Four Roses distillery for a tour and a free sample and some gifts for friends and family. Then drove some more back roads to Wild Turkey. Quick stop and walk around and gift shop (no tour). Then I drove to Frankfort to Buffalo Trace Distillery. Beautiful grounds. Huge. had lunch at an outdoor cafe near the old fire station. Did a little self guided tour. Changed out of pants and socks into my shorts because it was getting hot out. It was about 1:30 and I hopped in my car and was ready to head home.

Got on 127 towards Madison IN. This was another back road with curves. Beautiful scenery. Made it across the bridge over the Ohio River and then took route 7 NW towards Columbus IN (again, another beautiful peaceful uncrowded road) then hit US 31 for 11 miles then finished the last leg on I-65 to my house. Actually I made it in time to pick my son up at school around 5:15pm and meet my wife at home at 5:30pm for a cocktail on the porch and a look at my new car.

So all in all it was an amazing trip. I'll get some pics up soon if it's not too hard and time consuming. I'm getting it tinted this weekend and I'll get my bimmerfest stickers on too.

Everyone should do PCD once in their life. I've done ED and PCD and enjoyed both. They are different but PCD is a trip to remember.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:07 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to post your experience and your drive back. I'm glad to hear you had a great time. That sounds like it was a great road trip!

We had to run that day backward when you where here due to a corporate event that was using the entire track that morning. I came up to try and find a couple of you after the driving that afternoon to say hello, but everyone already leaving.

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:22 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to post your experience and your drive back. I'm glad to hear you had a great time. That sounds like it was a great road trip!

We had to run that day backward when you where here due to a corporate event that was using the entire track that morning. I came up to try and find a couple of you after the driving that afternoon to say hello, but everyone already leaving.

Enjoy your new BMW!
Thanks. Not a problem. The day was actually good the way it went for me. Here's a few pics of my car...and yes it was a great road trip in a great car.




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