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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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Community Wiki

Last Edited by aauxta June 29, 2015 at 09:14 AM
Manufacturers With Free Events Scheduled

BMW
Cadillac
Ford
Porsche
Toyota


Other Manufacturers

Acura
  • None

Audi
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Buick
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Chevrolet
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Chrysler
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Dodge
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Fiat
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Honda
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Hyundai
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Infiniti
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Jaguar
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Kia
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Land Rover
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Lexus
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Lincoln
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Maserati
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Mazda
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Mercedes-Benz
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Nissan
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Scion
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Subaru
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Volkswagen
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Volvo
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I attended the Can-Am test ride event in Lewisville, TX yesterday and had a blast, despite the chilly temps (low to mid 50s). This time, we rode the 2013 models. I took a yellow ST trim out for a spin. We did a 5-mile loop and I got it up to 66 mph. So much fun, but it costs so damn much (in the teens). I recognized a guy from last year's event. He told me about a SeaDoo event that's also held north of Lewisville, toward Denton. BRP owns both Can-Am and SeaDoo.
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Quote from dreamspeed View Post :
That sounds way better than the Monterey one. You definitely can't just drive the cars at Monterey and you pretty much have to pay a hefty admission fee for most of the bigger events going on there that weekend
Last year, I was invited to a mansion party in Pebble Beach given by Jaguar and Playboy, for free. Playboy bunnies traipsing around and Jaguar models on display, and great appetizers.
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Quote from spitt View Post :
Last year, I was invited to a mansion party in Pebble Beach given by Jaguar and Playboy, for free. Playboy bunnies traipsing around and Jaguar models on display, and great appetizers.
So basically Jaguar offered desserts and appetizers. yummy
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anyone know if they are still doing the cadillac V lab events this year?


BTW the Audi driving experience is up again for this year.

You can sign up here and try to get in

http://www.audidrivingexperience....creen.aspx
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What happened to all of the Taste of Lexus events from year's past? Those were the best.
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Quote from spitt View Post :
Last year, I was invited to a mansion party in Pebble Beach given by Jaguar and Playboy, for free. Playboy bunnies traipsing around and Jaguar models on display, and great appetizers.
I was invited to that party also last year. Too bad I couldn't make it as it was a weekday. Frown

Quote from Madden2006 View Post :
What happened to all of the Taste of Lexus events from year's past? Those were the best.
They were the best. The economic down-turn caused them to indefinitely postpone future events. Frown
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Quote from dreamspeed View Post :
anyone know if they are still doing the cadillac V lab events this year?


BTW the Audi driving experience is up again for this year.

You can sign up here and try to get in

http://www.audidrivingexperience.com/Prescreen.aspx
Thanks for the heads up. I registered around my area, but it seems like they will put you on a wait-list unless you have a registration code. I went to this event a few years back so hopefully they will send me a code for this year. It was a blast.
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Quote from dreamspeed View Post :
anyone know if they are still doing the cadillac V lab events this year?


BTW the Audi driving experience is up again for this year.

You can sign up here and try to get in

http://www.audidrivingexperience....creen.aspx
Thanks, I signed up for the one in Atlanta.

The rep from Cadillac at the international auto show in charlotte back in nov. told me that they are redesigning the V and will have a major one upon its release.
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got an email from club sportiva in regards to an open house for their new location in Marina Del Rey, CA www.clubsportiva.com

"On March 15th, Club Sportiva will be celebrating the Official Grand Opening Party of our newest Club House in Marina Del Rey. Those that have RSVP'd will have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities and features of this picturesque location.

Doors will open promptly at 6:30PM, where you will be welcomed with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Once inside, you can explore the game room, the latest exotic car offerings, a roof top deck with a cigar bar, and more.

The Marina Del Rey Club House is centrally located to all Los Angeles hubs, and is less than 20 minutes away from LAX, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.

If you'd like an exclusive invitation to the Official Grand Opening Party
send an email to justdrive@clubsportiva.com with RSVP in the subject line."

Good luck, thought I would pass this along since I am up North
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another email....


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For $99, regularly $249, ride shotgun with a pro doing the driving""

dont know what kind of layout they will have, good luck

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After watching the video of the travelzoo offer it looks pretty "meh..."

It should really state the cost as $198 as you need to pay an additional cost for insurance.
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Quote from Madden2006 View Post :
What happened to all of the Taste of Lexus events from year's past? Those were the best.
Yeah, those were great, esp. the very first one (at least that I was aware of) back in 2004.

I think Lexus replaced them w/more targeted events aimed only (?) at current Lexus owners. Frown I own a Toyota-branded vehicle which apparently doesn't help me. Frown
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Quote from ncc1701d View Post :
Yeah, those were great, esp. the very first one (at least that I was aware of) back in 2004.

I think Lexus replaced them w/more targeted events aimed only (?) at current Lexus owners. Frown I own a Toyota-branded vehicle which apparently doesn't help me. Frown
Yes, like the Lexus test drive event I attended last Sept. at Giants Stadium in NJ w/ my father, who owns a Lexus and received the invitation. I haven't seen a non-Lexus-owner version in many years.
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Quote from dreamspeed View Post :
anyone know if they are still doing the cadillac V lab events this year?


BTW the Audi driving experience is up again for this year.

You can sign up here and try to get in

http://www.audidrivingexperience....creen.aspx
Thanks I have been waiting for another Audi event. Big Grin
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#1335
Attended the V-lab event @ fontana in 2011... ended up buying a cts-v.
Wonder if the same thing will occur at the Audi one =/

by the way, it seems like specific parameters do get you past the waitlist Wink
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