Villages MINI Club at MOTD Welcome Dinner

Everyone was missing Rhonda at dinner but we did pick up an unexpected couple when Diana & Mike joined us so we are now nine cars strong at MOTD.

Ken & Karin’s new MINI had not one but two bumps in the last 48 hours but fortunately they are fine and ready to tame the Dragon.

Perhaps they were shot at by this guy:

Weather permitting we’ll drive the Cherohala Skyway & the Dragon tomorrow. Otherwise some of us are going to board the Great Smoky Mountain Railway.   Meanwhile here’s a photo of our cigar smokers at the MINI Skirts Dance Party

Villages MINI in route to MOTD

The VIllages MINI Cooper Club has eight (8) cars in route to Fontana Village to enjoy several days of motoring fellowship with fellow “MINIaics” at MINIs On The Dragon (MOTD).  We’ll be driving the Tail of the Dragon as well as many of the other scenic drives offered in western North Carolina.  Like last year, I will be posting a daily update from the day’s festivities. 

This year, with the help  of Ken Bornstein, our cars will be sporting this nifty Villages MINI Cooper Club logo. Thanks Ken!

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MOTD Finale – Road to Nowhere, Bryson City and Goodbye

Today was the last full day at the event for most of us. The Caseys and Longs started the day with a trip on The Road to Nowhere which starts in Bryson City and leads to a tunnel where construction stopped in 1943.    


We lunched in Bryson City at The Cork and Bean, a lovely eatery and then watched several dozen MINIs come into town for the ice cream run. 

We made one more stop at Troy and Sons Distillery in Ashville for a tour and tasting.       


All in all, a splendid trip for all Villages MINI Coopers involved.  

MOTD Day 3 – Waterfalls, Waynesville, Asheville and S’mores

Our group, now known in MINI circles as “Jane’s Group” went our separate ways today. Karl and Kathleen went sightseeing in Asheville while Bob and Jane made a run to Waynesville. 

The Caseys and Longs made a great run past the Dry Falls to Highlands. A beautiful drive.     On the way back we stopped under the Bridal Falls for a photo op.  

For dinner “Jane’s Group” all assembled at the cabin The Caseys and Longs were sharing in Almond, NC for dinner and S’mores. A great night.