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Front Lines - August 2014

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Jun 6, 2014
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I just wanted to compliment Kevin DiOssi on his photography for the Lashway cover story in the June ’14 issue. The striking white C7 against the background of the railroad cars and elevated highway looks really cool. Thanks.

Mark Alan Altman
Bristow, Virginia

Wrong Branch

I enjoyed your article on the ’57 Vette big-block mod (June ’14, “Pilot Car”) with the exception of NAS Miramar being described as an “Air Force Base.” Miramar, also known as “Fighter Town, USA,” was the West Coast home for the fearsome F-8 Crusader and F-4 Phantom fighters, with the Crusader having the leading kill record against the Mig-17 during the Vietnam War. I look forward to seeing Miramar’s proper attribution to the USN.

Norm Gandia
CAPT, USN(ret)
Fighter Pilot, TOPGUN alumnus, and current ’66 big-block driver

Hey Norm,

NAS Miramar was handed over to the Marines in 1993 as MCAS Miramar. It was also made famous by the movie Top Gun, but the one thing it’s never been is an Air Force base.

Dragon Slayer

In the February issue (“America’s Best Driving Roads” by Rick Jensen) you mentioned the Tail Of The Dragon in Tennessee.

I interviewed the PR-director for the (at the time) Deals Gap MC Resort and asked him several questions about the road. He said that nobody had really counted the number of curves (hinting that nobody really wanted to know, anyway).

He also said that back in the ’90s a guy from an eastern Tennessee riders group, who liked to ride “the Hill” as it was called locally then, went to the owner of the Deals Gap resort, which was then a fishing resort, and asked the owner if he realized that an aerial photo of US 129 looked like a dragon.

Since the owner really didn’t give a hoot about motorcycles he blew the guy off. The guy pestered him again and asked him if he knew how many curves there were between Deals Gap and the bridge, 11 miles away. “Three hundred eighteen,” the guy said in such an authoritative manner that the motorcycle guy thought he surely must have counted them, and so the urban legend of “318 Curves in 11 Miles” for “The Dragon” was born.

This certainly doesn’t take away from the fact that it is one of the great driving roads in the US.

We all love our legends, don’t we?

David Bell

Deals Gap Map Racing Roads 2/2


We’ve driven that road a few times and were way too busy to count the curves, but there are a lot. A road that should be on every Vette owner’s bucket list.

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