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aka Tunergirl
2007 Forester STI 6 Speed /R180
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9th Annual


Friday May 3th - Sunday May 5th, 2019

Here it is. The official 2018 DGM meet thread.

When: May 3-5, 2019
Where: Deal's Gap, Tennessee
Who: All the cool kids
Why: Because we can

This is our 9th year doing the meet and it keeps growing every year. So you can bet this year will be bigger and better than ever. As in years past we will have 4-5 posts at the start of this thread that will have all the information one will need to have a great weekend with us.

The event takes place on the infamous stretch of road better known as the Tail of the Dragon. Nestled along the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, this eleven mile stretch of road features three hundred and eighteen turns to test both car and driver.
The annual "Deal's Gap Meet", which is better known as DGM by the organizers and participants, is actually centered around the ample supply of accommodations and attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where all of the activities take place aside from the Saturday cruise to Deal's Gap.

***Everyone is responsible for their own lodging***
A popular option is getting a group together and getting a cabin as once its divided between all the people its as cheap or cheaper than a hotel room.

Disclaimer: Any form of hooniganism will not be tolerated. This is a very friendly gathering. There is almost a family gathering nature to it. We are out there representing not only ourselves, but everyone at and the Subaru nameplate in general. So as long as everyone can abide by that one simple rule we will all enjoy ourselves. This is a public road, so we ask that you try to abide by all the local traffic laws. Know your limits and drive within it, your error in judgement could ruin more than just your own day.

Also if you have close friends that wish to join but are not attending in a Subaru Forester they are welcome. We have had many non-Foresters in the past, everything from WRX's, Volkswagen Golf's, Nissan Skylines, and even a Ferrari 458. We're like a big family and won't turn anybody away if they treat us the same way. We'll be doing away with the raffle this year and continuing with our silent auction for local charities in its place. Our first silent auction in 2017 raised $800 for the Sevier County Humane Society

2019 Subaru Forester Deal's Gap Meet | Facebook Event

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aka Tunergirl
2007 Forester STI 6 Speed /R180
1,332 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
2019 Itinerary:

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
PRE-MEET (Optional Cruise)
Gatlinburg, TN - 8:00am
Those who wish to cruise over to the starting point at the Fontana Dam with the rest of the folks staying in the Gatlinburg area can join the group during a pre-dragon refuelling stop (MARATHON; 1141 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN). The group leaves this spot at 8:30am sharp with or without you. The route passes through Cherokee, NC and will include a brief stop for breakfast before continuing on to Moonshiner 28 en-route to the Fontana Dam welcome center.

START (Group Photo)
Fontana Dam - 10:30am
Be sure to meet at the UPPER parking lot at the dam for the group photo. Organizers will be taking a group photo at 11:00am sharp so be there before then if you want to be a part of it. Don't be late, there will likely be free swag if you show up in time!

THE DRAGON/CHEROHALA SKYWAY (Number of passes varies)
US129 - 12:00pm NOON
The group is free to do as many passes of the dragon as they wish during the allotted time period once they leave Fontana Dam following group photos.
A small group may also be doing a loop of the Cherohala Skyway for those who have already tackled the dragon on a previous visit and wish to try something new.

DINNER CRUISE (Regrouping point)
Foothills Parkway - 3:30pm
Those wishing to attend the group dinner are required to meet at the first Foothills Parkway overlook (Southwest Parking #1) just 3½ miles north of the dragon/US129. The group leaves this spot at 4:15pm sharp with or without you.

REFUELING STOP (Secondary regrouping point)
Townsend, TN - 4:45pm
Those who may have missed the Dinner Cruise departure from Chilhowee Lake/Foothills Parkway can rejoin the group during a post-dragon refuelling stop (SHELL; 7945 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN). The group leaves this spot at 5:00pm sharp with or without you.

DINNER (Food & Raffle)
Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, Gatlinburg TN - 6:00pm
This is where everybody gets a chance to relax and unwind after the day's events.
The event's silent auction will take place at this stop with proceeds going to a special cause TBA.
The restaurant menu is available for viewing online HERE

Every vehicle will be given a copy of the post-dragon itinerary (attached below) upon their arrival at the top of Fontana Dam in the morning. This is to provide all vehicles with an outline of the intended route to be taken to the group dinner as well as the time-frame for specific stops for those who might have missed the group's departure. The itinerary includes GPS coordinates for those who wish to use them.

Sunday, May 5th, 2019
DGM Domo Cup (Go-Karting)
Xtreme Racing Center - Pigeon Forge, TN - 10:00am
The fourth annual go-kart championship series for those wishing to participate. The winner will get their name on the Domo Cup trophy. Racing will start at 10:30am sharp, competitors will pay their entry fees on site. We are receiving a group discount so entry cost is $19.99+tax.
The racing will be done in a Time Attack format, so racers don't need to be the overall race winner since the fastest combined lap times will determine the Cup winner.
The facilities at Xtreme Racing Center has electronic lap timing capabilities. This electronic timing system will be used to establish each racer's top lap times in two separate races. The top combined time of the two races will determine the overall winner, not their finishing position on-track.
The two races will use different karts on the same track, but the course direction is reversed for the second race. This setup keeps the odds more even, and should somebody excel in one direction versus another they may not score the fastest combined time should somebody set a better pace in one or more races.
In 2015 the margin of victory was 0.009 seconds.
In the event of a tie the driver's second fastest lap times will be used to calculate their combined time.
Currently the karting is planned to take place at Xtreme Racing Center of Pigeon Forge *subject to change* which requires helmet usage during "Xtreme Track" races. If you wish to use your own DOT approved helmet then it is recommended that you bring it with you. Also, open toed shoes are NOT permitted on track. Please wear appropriate clothing.
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