Tale of the Dragon – Request Started!

Here’s some updated info from the guy who requested the table.

What type of era do you want this pin to by styled as? 60s/70s

I’ll answer as best I can. My fav. graphics/style is Gottlieb’s Amazing Spiderman pin. I’m not a big fan of the newer pins with all the ramps, spinning huge gimmicky objects, multi-balls, etc. Some of the ideas of those things might come into play. More on that at the bottom of this e-mail. I have included a brief description of the road below, hopefully it will give you an idea of the concept.

Deals Gap (Tail of the Dragon) is a portion of U.S. Route 129 in Tennessee. The road earned its name from its curves being said to resemble a dragon’s tail.

Deals Gap is a popular and internationally famous destination for riding enthusiasts (of motorcycles), as it is located along a stretch of two-lane road known as “The Dragon”.

The 11-mile stretch of the Dragon in Tennessee, is said to have 318 curves/corners. Straight down the side of the mountains on one side (no guardrails) and straight into the mountain on the other. Some of the Dragon’s sharpest curves have names like Copperhead Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Wheelie Hell, Shade Tree Corner, Mud Corner, Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, Beginner’s End, and Brake or Bust Bend. At one end of the Dragon, at a popular gas station/memorabilia store, is located the “Tree of Shame” with collection of parts from crashed motorcycles.

Since part of the road is also the southwestern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is no development along the 11-mile stretch, resulting in no danger of vehicles pulling out in front of those in the right of way. It mostly travels through forested area and there are a few scenic overlooks and pull-off points along the route. At one of these, you can view the Topoco Dam, it was used in the famous dam jump scene from the movie The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford.

I have highlighted in red (Not visible on this page, sorry) , the best parts of the road that I think should be incorporated. Maybe something like the Fugitive Dam outlets being drop targets or the roll overs at the top of the playfield? The “Tree of Shame” being some kind of objective to get your bike parts back? The “Scenic Overlooks” could be the usual roll overs on the playfield sides near the middle? “Wheelie Hell” is a part of the route that crests a hill and the road drops out from under you, so maybe some kind of 3D hill near the top of the playfield, to one side? For me, it’s all about the switchback tight corners, mountains, riding a Sportbike style motorcycle (rice rocket/crotch rocket). There, how’s that for a beginning?

Thanks Mark! I’ll start working on a design this comming week!

One thought on “Tale of the Dragon – Request Started!

  1. This table is awesome. I’ve ridden the “Dragon” twice. Great concept. I am very interested in following the progress on this table. Nice job.

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