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Lexus, Mazda, Porsche, GM, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru (Car & Driver), Honda, Toyota, BMW, Jaguar, Audi or any other manufacturer sponsored event.


Qualifications:

Free or Low Cost to attend
Free food and drinks
Road race course or autocross
Off Roading course for SUVs
Manufacture's new cars
Competition's comparison cars
Free parting gifts to take home
Or some mix of the above


Upcoming Events:

Check the Wiki and the latest replies for details on the upcoming events. My favorite ones have been the Taste of Lexus events, where there have been great food, free gifts and a ton of competitors cars to drive.

Update:

Thanks to everyone who continues to update this page with new events! I started this in 2006 and it's still going strong with new events in 2014!!!!

If any SD'ers wanna keep in touch:
www.facebook.com/JohnnyFDK
[facebook.com]www.twitter.com/JohnnyFDK
www.JohnnyFD.com
[JohnnyFD.com]

If you guys hear of any events, update the Wiki or Post a reply!
These events are a fun FREE way to spend a day driving new cars, taking home gifts and eating free food!



Past Events: Check these sites often since many are annual events.
Also many of these let you sign up to be notified of the next event.

Taste of Lexus [tasteoflexus.com]
Toyota Tundra Prove It [tundraproveit.com] Thanks Thanks chinchillax!
Audi Driving Experience [audidrivingexperience.com] Thanks Discopimps!
audidrivingexperience [audidrivingexperience.com] Thanks aznlilchino103
tasteoflexus.com [tasteoflexus.com] Taste of Lexus Thanks dianne9276!
Mercedes C-Class Event [themercedescdrive.com] Thanks dianne9276!
Street SMART [smartusa.com] Thanks spitt!
Shift 2 Nissan Event [jeep.com] Thanks Cargeek!
BMW Ultimate Drive [bmwusa.com] Not a normal car event, but for a good cause!



Scion Backstage [scionbackstage.com] Thanks Mlharris!
-- The given link is broken -- Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge Event
yarisworks.com [yarisworks.com] Yaris Works!
zoomzoomlive.com [zoomzoomlive.com] Mazda Zoom Zoom Live
www.jaguar.com [jaguar.com] JaguarGorgeousbyDesign
drivesummit.com [drivesummit.com] Cadilliac
audistreetsoftomorrow.com [audistreetsoftomorrow.com] Audi
mazdarevitup.com/ [mazdarevitup.com] Mazda
rideanddrive.net/ [rideanddrive.net] Subaru
autoshowinmotion.com/ [autoshowinmotion.com] GM
grabthekeys.com/ [grabthekeys.com] GM
c-spotdriveparty.com/ [c-spotdriveparty.com] Mercedes Benz C-Class
lovemercedestour.com [lovemercedestour.com] Mercedes Benz
www.bmwusa.com/bmwexperience [bmwusa.com] BMW Ultimate Drive

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Last Edited by gja May 9, 2016 at 07:01 PM
Manufacturers With Free Events Scheduled

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Cadillac
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Porsche
Toyota


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Quote from beowulf7 View Post :
That'd be great, but they need to get moving if they want to keep similar dates as last year. Or maybe they'll change up the order. Last year, the Porsche event in Dallas (technically FW) was in April.

Like chinch, said, I e-mailed a dealer and he provided me with a code. nod
I'm hoping the DFW one will be sometime in June or July, so that I can attend.

Assuming I can talk a dealer into giving me a code, that is.
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Quote from Cubaricua View Post :
In regards to Porsche, I just called a few local dealers and lucked out. Some of them were real a-holes though, given that I wasn't an owner, but thankfully one was nice. Definitely looking forward to it this year.
May I ask what exactly did you say? I want to attend but am a little scared as to what to ask
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#333
in searching the web I found this

Visit www.fordexperiencetour.com

they are giving away a 2012 or 2013 ford, sweepstakes entry starts tomorrow

list of cities for the tour (no CA sites!!)
01/23/12 01/29/12 2012 South Florida Fair West Palm Beach, FL
02/23/12 02/26/12 Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, FL
03/09/12 03/17/12 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach, FL
04/13/12 04/15/12 Poteet Strawberry Festival Poteet, TX
04/19/12 04/22/12 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival Fort Worth, TX
05/02/12 05/06/12 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL
05/25/12 05/28/12 Celebration of Heroes Wildwood, NJ
05/26/12 05/28/12 Taste of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
06/01/12 06/03/12 RiverFest Redbank, NJ
06/21/12 06/24/12 Travelers Insurance PGA Cromwell, CT
07/04/12 07/04/12 Welcome America Philadelphia, PA
07/07/12 07/08/12 Taste of Buffalo Buffalo, NY
07/20/12 07/22/12 Bite of Seattle Seattle, WA
08/03/12 08/12/12 Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, IN
08/09/12 08/19/12 Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA
08/09/12 08/19/12 Missouri State Fair Sedalia, MO
08/12/12 08/12/12 India Day Novi, MI
08/17/12 08/19/12 Wilson County Fair Lebanon, TN
08/23/12 09/03/12 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN
08/31/12 09/03/12 Arts, Beats & Eats Royal Oak, MI
08/31/12 09/03/12 Taste of Colorado Denver, CO
09/06/12 09/09/12 Yellow Daisy Festival Stone Mountain, GA
09/11/12 09/13/12 Husker Harvest Days Grand Island, NE
09/22/12 09/23/12 Bellmore Family Street Festival Bellmore, NY
09/28/12 09/30/12 Norfolk – Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend Virginia Beach, VA
10/05/12 10/07/12 Tempe Oktoberfest Tempe, AZ
10/11/12 10/21/12 North Carolina State Fair Raleigh, NC
10/12/12 10/14/12 St. Francis Fall For Greenville (Taste Fest) Greenville, SC
11/16/12 11/18/12 Ford Championship Weekend Homestead, FL
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Quote from Freak4Dell View Post :
I'm hoping the DFW one will be sometime in June or July, so that I can attend.

Assuming I can talk a dealer into giving me a code, that is.
The problem with June-July is that it gets pretty damn hot in TX. EEK! But I won't complain if it's to beat on some Porsches. nod
Quote from daveamoose View Post :
in searching the web I found this

Visit www.fordexperiencetour.com

they are giving away a 2012 or 2013 ford, sweepstakes entry starts tomorrow

list of cities for the tour (no CA sites!!)
01/23/12 01/29/12 2012 South Florida Fair West Palm Beach, FL
02/23/12 02/26/12 Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, FL
03/09/12 03/17/12 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach, FL
04/13/12 04/15/12 Poteet Strawberry Festival Poteet, TX
04/19/12 04/22/12 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival Fort Worth, TX
05/02/12 05/06/12 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL
05/25/12 05/28/12 Celebration of Heroes Wildwood, NJ
05/26/12 05/28/12 Taste of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
06/01/12 06/03/12 RiverFest Redbank, NJ
06/21/12 06/24/12 Travelers Insurance PGA Cromwell, CT
07/04/12 07/04/12 Welcome America Philadelphia, PA
07/07/12 07/08/12 Taste of Buffalo Buffalo, NY
07/20/12 07/22/12 Bite of Seattle Seattle, WA
08/03/12 08/12/12 Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, IN
08/09/12 08/19/12 Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA
08/09/12 08/19/12 Missouri State Fair Sedalia, MO
08/12/12 08/12/12 India Day Novi, MI
08/17/12 08/19/12 Wilson County Fair Lebanon, TN
08/23/12 09/03/12 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN
08/31/12 09/03/12 Arts, Beats & Eats Royal Oak, MI
08/31/12 09/03/12 Taste of Colorado Denver, CO
09/06/12 09/09/12 Yellow Daisy Festival Stone Mountain, GA
09/11/12 09/13/12 Husker Harvest Days Grand Island, NE
09/22/12 09/23/12 Bellmore Family Street Festival Bellmore, NY
09/28/12 09/30/12 Norfolk - Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend Virginia Beach, VA
10/05/12 10/07/12 Tempe Oktoberfest Tempe, AZ
10/11/12 10/21/12 North Carolina State Fair Raleigh, NC
10/12/12 10/14/12 St. Francis Fall For Greenville (Taste Fest) Greenville, SC
11/16/12 11/18/12 Ford Championship Weekend Homestead, FL
The website is blocked for me from work (I'll check it out from home later or through my smartphone when I get a chance), but I know I've seen some car companies at the MSAF in FW in the past, but it's only to fill out a sweepstakes form, but no test driving. Maybe different this year? Confused
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#335
go here http://www.kia.com/
along the bottom of the page you should see OPTIMA $25 Test Drive offer, click that, (if you do not see that, there is a scroll bar on the side)
fill out the info and then you get a certificate to bring to a kia dealer

expires march 31, 2012

also, heard the dealer in San Leandro was also giving away 2 Warriors tickets with a test drive along with the card!!
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Last edited by daveamoose February 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
#336
also, anyone near sears point raceway, or infineon raceway whatever they call it now..in the San francisco bay area
they are having a free open day on Saturday.
Some INDY drivers are in town practicing, free to the public on Saturday only
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Quote from daveamoose View Post :
also, anyone near sears point raceway, or infineon raceway whatever they call it now..in the San francisco bay area
they are having a free open day on Saturday.
Some INDY drivers are in town practicing, free to the public on Saturday only
Cool, thanks for the heads up. May stop by if have some spare time.
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Quote from eldiaoble View Post :
May I ask what exactly did you say? I want to attend but am a little scared as to what to ask
I was just honest really; I asked, "I'm interested in attending the Porsche World Road Rally and was wondering if there are any codes available for the online registration?" Some dealers said I had to come in, others didn't know what I was talking about, or knew and didn't want to give me any, and one said he would have to check and get back to me. I gave him my number and email address with no expectations. To my surprise, he got back to me with a working code. So, as i say, it's a crap shoot, but well worth it to attend.

On an off note, does anybody have wind of a Subaru or Toyota event with the BRZ/FT86? I'm extremely interested in test driving it considering it's the closest thing to a coupe version of a Miata (my favorite car).
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Quote from Cubaricua View Post :
On an off note, does anybody have wind of a Subaru or Toyota event with the BRZ/FT86? I'm extremely interested in test driving it considering it's the closest thing to a coupe version of a Miata (my favorite car).
I totally second that. I am most excited for that car and the fiat 500 abarth this year. Hopefully there will be test drives this year.
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#341
I've been following the FR-S/BRZ for years and will be definitely getting one. As far as events are concern, I remember someone mentioning that Yokohama will have an event this year and might be using the FR-S/BRZ.
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#342
Looks like this weekend at santana row you can test drive a lincoln and get a 20 dollar visa giftcard
Also theres a Prius Plug-in Ride & Drive next week Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:00pm until Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:00pm, details in the link below
https://www.facebook.com/events/230181627076966
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Quote from vietazndude View Post :
Looks like this weekend at santana row you can test drive a lincoln and get a 20 dollar visa giftcard
Also theres a Prius Plug-in Ride & Drive next week Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:00pm until Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:00pm, details in the link below
https://www.facebook.com/events/230181627076966
Thanks for the info. Do you also have a link with more info about the Lincoln event? I want to head down there this weekend, but need to know the hours.

Also will head to the Prius Plug-in Ride & Drive event next weekend also. FYI, they will have all the Toyota hybrids there, not just the Prius.
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Last edited by Mungo March 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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yay for the san jose/bay area
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Quote from Mungo View Post :
Thanks for the info. Do you also have a link with more info about the Lincoln event? I want to head down there this weekend, but need to know the hours.

Also will head to the Prius Plug-in Ride & Drive event next weekend also. FYI, they will have all the Toyota hybrids there, not just the Prius.
No link it was just on the Santana Row facebook, they said they would be there all weekend, didn't have time to head out there today.
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