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Watch This Singer Have An Incredibly Close Call

CODE BROWN! I’m going to need a change of shorts over here, please.

When navigating the infamous Tail of the Dragon, one must exercise a little caution. Blind bends and off-camber turns dot the eleven-mile stretch of country road in Deals Gap, North Carolina, and too much gusto can lead to a very costly incident.

Even more the case if the car one’s driving is the pinnacle of Porsche customization. Fortunately, this Singer driver’s bit of lockup only leads to a trip onto the shoulder, but you can imagine his nerves as the plumes of grey smoke spat from the wheel wells and that hillside approached. Had it been worse, he would’ve been kicking himself in a best-case scenario, especially since the typical cost of a Singer is around the $500,000-mark.

Locking the brakes so near the shoulder on a tightening bend, this man’s day could’ve ended far worse than this.

Despite the brief excursion into the gravel,the man continues boldly on his jaunt. Clearly, these cars stir something primal in a driver and get them to charge in a way that a sober man wouldn’t—especially one not interested in parking a half-million dollars in a ravine.


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What Would You Pay For This Porsche ‘Yard Find’?

The idea of a « Barn Find » is all the rage. Especially when it comes to Porsche 356s. How many can actually be left? As has been said before, « the barn find/yard find Porsche is more and more rare every year. The joy is the hunt and the hunt becomes more difficult with each unit unearthed« . To add to the mystique of the barn/yard find, Porsches being sold with « original dirt » are inexplicably bringing top dollar these days at auction (remember this 912 that sold in February for huge money in Paris). If dust and dirt drive up the price of a barn find, then leaf litter and other detritus are sure to do the same for this Porsche « Yard Find ». At least that’s what one lucky soul is hoping.

Porsche 356 found in yard north carolina

According to the post we read, this person recently purchased a piece of land somewhere in North Carolina and on it found the 1963 Porsche 356 you see above, or at least the shell of a ’63 956. The original post doesn’t give any details other than a single picture and a serial number (212358). At this point it’s unknown if it’s just the chassis (most likely) or if there’s a transmission and engine hiding somewhere in there? We’ve reached out to the lucky new owner, but haven’t heard back as of this posting.

Too Rusty to be worth Anything?

Similar, but more complete, 356 that sold recently on BaT
Not in today’s market. Despite what you might think, that tub is worth something to someone, somewhere. The question is how much? Will it be used for just the VIN number (that’s been done) or will someone find use in some of that sheet metal (some of it looks to be in surprisingly good condition)? A ’62 356 B « project » car – that was definitely more complete (I’m using that world loosely), as it too had no tranny or engine, but did include some glass, what appears to be a front axle and a few other misc parts – recently sold on BaT for just over $4200. As the old saw goes, « there’s an ass for every seat ».

What do you think, will someone part with their hard earned cash for this Porsche Yard Find and if so, how much?


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Tail of the Dragon, North Carolina, USA

Nearing the Dragon,I climbed out of North Carolina and into Tennessee to an elevation of 1,756 feet at Deal’s Gap. 11 miles long and packed with over 300 curves, the ‘Tail of the Dragon’ is one of the most technical roads I’ve ever driven.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m scared of the driving dynamics of an old 911, and the road’s technicality unnerved me at times. Taking advantage of the plethora of sweeping banked turns and quick dips and dives can prove difficult if you don’t have a wealth of experience at the wheel of such a car. I wanted to push my own 911 harder, but never had the chance in the circumstances.

The problem with the Tail of the Dragon, you see, is that it is filled with traffic. If you ever find yourself in a post-apocalyptic America, the route from Deal’s Gap may in fact be one of the most challenging roads on Earth, but until then it’s hard to think of it as anything more than a tourist trap, rife with opportunities to get yourself into trouble with cyclists or pedestrians.

Tail of the Dragon 2

The Tail of the Dragon is often touted as the best road in America, although there are other great roads for enthusiasts in the area too, should you wish to venture off course.

Approximately two hours south from Deal’s Gap, you’ll find the Unicoi Turnpike in Helen, GA, as one such example. West is Highway 348 and Gainesville Highway, and some more of the best roads I’ve ever personally driven on unravel once more, offering everything Deal’s Gap may not be able to provide on a busy day. Quiet and untravelled, they twist around on themselves.

Essential info Location: Deal’s Gap, North Carolina Latitude: 35.4910N/839400W Length of drive: 11 miles Points of interest: Tail of the Dragon, State Parks, Miles upon miles of good roads Food and accommodation: Tapoco Lodge Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort

The scenery, if you dare to look, is beautiful. I learned a lot about my car on those roads, and the 911 chassis handles better than I’m willing to push it. I did drive some of these roads in a pretty dedicated manner, but didn’t need to push too hard to get the best from car or road.

Looking back, I can see that I missed even more great driving roads. I didn’t think to pull out my phone; I was too busy enjoying the absence of radio and cruise control in the twists and turns of North Carolina.

What’s your great driving road? Upload your own route and share it with driving enthusiasts the world over.


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Southern Charm & Hospitality

In our first ever feature with Magnus Walker, we hear why he loves to get away from the deserts of California every once in awhile. He drives his beloved 1971 Porsche 911T, Car #277, through the lush greenery of North Carolina, takes it for some hot laps at VIR, and ends his east coast jaunt with a visit to the “Seducing Speed” Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art – a must see for Porsche lovers. The post Southern Charm & Hospitality appeared first on eGarage.

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My latest video shot down in North Carolina & Virgina By Frazer Spowart goes live on tuesday january 7th

here are a few stills from the Southern charm & hospitality video




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