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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

BMW
Cadillac
Ford
Porsche
Toyota


Other Manufacturers

Acura
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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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Quote from beowulf7 View Post :
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.
Good to know as I recently bought a Lexus. Taking it in tomorrow. I'll try to remember to ask about that. Perhaps find a junk Lexus (worth nothing) buy it to get on the mailing list? Smilie
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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.com/Prescreen.aspx

Repped! Thanks, I signed up for the NJMSP one.
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Quote from FThorn View Post :
Good to know as I recently bought a Lexus. Taking it in tomorrow. I'll try to remember to ask about that. Perhaps find a junk Lexus (worth nothing) buy it to get on the mailing list? Smilie
Congrats on your Lexus. I don't know if it's as simple as joining a mailing list b/c I've been on Lexus' spam list since the "Taste of Lexus" days and I didn't get notified about the Lexus test drive event that my father did that occurred in NJ last fall. Then again, he lives there and I'm in TX, so maybe it was a regional Lexus mailing list that got it.
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As promised, attached are a few pics from the Can-Am test ride event in Lewisville, TX last Fri. The yellow one was the one I rode. Cool
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So basically Jaguar offered desserts and appetizers. yummy
Absolutely.

Long overdue, but here are pics from the event:
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Both events (Can Am, Jaguar) seems like fun!

I hope more events pop up this year, haven't seen much so far
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Thanks I have been waiting for another Audi event. Big Grin
Awesome. I answered all the questions honestly and got registered for the Audi event in Fontana. Not sure if I'll really make it though..
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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
Submit button doesn't seem to be registering. Anyone else having this issue?
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Absolutely.

Long overdue, but here are pics from the event:
Thanks for posting pics!
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Thanks for the audi link

Waitlisted for the Sonoma Event
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Submit button doesn't seem to be registering. Anyone else having this issue?

i had that problem but i just restarted the browser and it worked

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Thanks for the audi link

Waitlisted for the Sonoma Event

I'm 99% sure that if you are "waitlisted" that means your request was rejected because you did not answer their questions "correctly" if you know what i mean
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Absolutely.

Long overdue, but here are pics from the event:
Thanks for sharing. Looks like it was a great party. Too bad I couldn't make it. Hopefully this year. Smilie
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Attended the Jaguar event here in Charlotte and it was a blast. The autocross course was probably my favorite. It was slow so my instructor let me have a practice lap before I was timed. Managed a 1:43 I believe and then he took me for a lap with him driving and he ran a 1:37. It was insane with him driving it haha.

Gonna try for the Atlanta Audi Event, thanks for the link!
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Quote from spitt View Post :
Absolutely.

Long overdue, but here are pics from the event:
Very nice. Jaguars and (Playboy) bunnies, lucky you!
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Attended the Jaguar event here in Charlotte and it was a blast. The autocross course was probably my favorite. It was slow so my instructor let me have a practice lap before I was timed. Managed a 1:43 I believe and then he took me for a lap with him driving and he ran a 1:37. It was insane with him driving it haha.

Gonna try for the Atlanta Audi Event, thanks for the link!
What day did you attend? They must have made the course bigger when you went. On Friday, the winning time for my session was 42.97 , I ran a 44.38, and I asked to ride with the instructor who got 40.02. I had a friend who went on either Saturday or Sunday and said everyone was running in then mid 50 second range. This makes me wonder if they change the course.

Also, how fast did you get in the XKR-S? I got 92 mph and I saw a few mid to high 80's. My friend also said that when he went everyone was in the high 60's to 75. I wonder if they didn't shorten that course and lengthen the auto cross.
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