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Perhaps a former 107 owner can share a drive in a 129? Monday, I introduced my R129 to US 129. More famously named The Tail of the Dragon, the drive is situated along the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, and includes 318 curves in 11 miles. Fantastic scenery and an exhilarating drive. Hope you get a chance to visit. A quick Google will provide you with all kinds of info. I recommend the Tapoco Lodge for a quaint mountain get-away.
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Very nice pic of your 129, Ears. Nice (and different) color too. I could easily be persuaded into picking up a 129, while keeping my 107. It looks like you had a perfect day to slay the Dragon.
 

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Perhaps a former 107 owner can share a drive in a 129? Monday, I introduced my R129 to US 129. More famously named The Tail of the Dragon, the drive is situated along the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, and includes 318 curves in 11 miles. Fantastic scenery and an exhilarating drive. Hope you get a chance to visit. A quick Google will provide you with all kinds of info. I recommend the Tapoco Lodge for a quaint mountain get-away. View attachment 2716791
You should have joined us in 2010.

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No he wasn't with us. That was taken by a guy that parks on the side of the road and takes pictures to sell.
As was the picture I posted. Website has pictures dating back years…. Killboy.com (no affiliation). 2 others: 129 slayer and us129 photos, if I remember correctly. Nobby or Jon,what was the date y’all drove the dragon? I bet pictures are still available.
 

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As was the picture I posted. Website has pictures dating back years…. Killboy.com (no affiliation). 2 others: 129 slayer and us129 photos, if I remember correctly. Nobby or Jon,what was the date y’all drove the dragon? I bet pictures are still available.
I took this picture on 3-25-2010. Of course I don't know if that is the date of the picture or the date I saved it to my computer.

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Perhaps a former 107 owner can share a drive in a 129? Monday, I introduced my R129 to US 129. More famously named The Tail of the Dragon, the drive is situated along the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, and includes 318 curves in 11 miles. Fantastic scenery and an exhilarating drive. Hope you get a chance to visit. A quick Google will provide you with all kinds of info. I recommend the Tapoco Lodge for a quaint mountain get-away. View attachment 2716791
107 owner here who loves driving 129s. Have had amazing experiences with a '94... the transmission is so familiar and there are so many little carryovers from my 560SL: I love driving the older 129s. Bet that 5spd in your burgundy beauty makes it even quicker and more modern. Love it!
 

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107 owner here who loves driving 129s. Have had amazing experiences with a '94... the transmission is so familiar and there are so many little carryovers from my 560SL: I love driving the older 129s. Bet that 5spd in your burgundy beauty makes it even quicker and more modern. Love it!
I can say I recall a huge difference from my 560, but i have not had the opportunity or pleasure to drive an early 4-speed 129 (I do miss my ole 107).
 

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As was the picture I posted. Website has pictures dating back years…. Killboy.com (no affiliation). 2 others: 129 slayer and us129 photos, if I remember correctly. Nobby or Jon,what was the date y’all drove the dragon? I bet pictures are still available.
We were on our way to SC that year. Yes...2010....there's a thread somewhere.

That's me, John and Stef.
 

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I took this picture on 3-25-2010. Of course I don't know if that is the date of the picture or the date I saved it to my computer.
"The Tree of Shame"... As I leveled out on the flat near the lake, I met a Ambulance and rescue squad car roaring south toward the dragon... I haven't been able to find anything on what happened. It must have been well behind me, as the response time is over 20 minutes. I believe Killboy had pictures back to 2005 or earlier (may have been one of the other two, 'though). I think I'll look-see... Did you guys drive it going South?
 

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We were on our way to SC that year. Yes...2010....there's a thread somewhere.

That's me, John and Stef.
Looks like between April 12 to 16 ish. 2010
 

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I can say I recall a huge difference from my 560, but i have not had the opportunity or pleasure to drive an early 4-speed 129 (I do miss my ole 107).
I've driven an early R129 with 4-speed hydramatic and a 1999 R129 with 5-speed electronic transmission. That 5-speed electronic transmission really stands out. In fact I didn't notice much difference between my 560SL and the early R129, but a huge huge difference with that 1999 R129, wow!!
 

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I've driven an early R129 with 4-speed hydramatic and a 1999 R129 with 5-speed electronic transmission. That 5-speed electronic transmission really stands out. In fact I didn't notice much difference between my 560SL and the early R129, but a huge huge difference with that 1999 R129, wow!!
I’ve never driven a 1999, but had a 1992 500sl and my brother in law got a 1998 sl500. I’ve driven both and definitely hammered on the 1992 more (since it was mine). Above all was how well planted the car felt on the ground and I guess the lack of body roll compared to any 107. Both R129 were surprisingly fast despite their large size.
 

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Took a trip with Samson today to a town called Saluda NC. Population 700. Saluda features the highest grade RR in the country with a 7% grade. The track has not been in service since 2001 as they found it was cheaper to go around the long way that to climb the hill. Passed a convoy of trucks going up the hill in granny gear on I 26, heading into Saluda. Round trip about 450 miles. The trip to the waterfall was as nobby says "Deals Gap on steroids"

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Took a trip with Samson today to a town called Saluda NC. Population 700.
Believe it or not, but this Canadian has been to Saluda a number of times. Last time the winter before Covid.

My wife's sister lived there. She sadly passed away just a few weeks ago. We probably won't ever be back that way. Certainly some great scenery in the area. Thanks for the pictures. My wife will enjoy seeing them.
 

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Believe it or not, but this Canadian has been to Saluda a number of times. Last time the winter before Covid.

My wife's sister lived there. She sadly passed away just a few weeks ago. We probably won't ever be back that way. Certainly some great scenery in the area. Thanks for the pictures. My wife will enjoy seeing them.
I would have loved to have been there when the train was huffing up that hill. Bet that had quite the carbon footprint.
 
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