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caffeinetrip 102 March 7, 2006 at 01:15 PM
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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.


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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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#1486
How do people go about getting the invites to these events? I honestly had no idea that manufacturers did anything like this - I was familiar with M Performance Driving School and AMG Driving Academy, but those are very expensive and I had no idea that there free events like these.

If anyone has any spare invites for events within driving distance of Western Massachusetts, please send me a PM - I'd be very grateful!
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Quote from dwells View Post :
How do people go about getting the invites to these events? I honestly had no idea that manufacturers did anything like this - I was familiar with M Performance Driving School and AMG Driving Academy, but those are very expensive and I had no idea that there free events like these.

If anyone has any spare invites for events within driving distance of Western Massachusetts, please send me a PM - I'd be very grateful!

Just keep an eye on postings in this forum! GL!
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Quote from dreamspeed View Post :
Me and all the people I know who registered got a confirmation email saying this email confirms your reservation at xxxxxxx

There is no confirmation number and no way to log into the website to change your info after you have registered....which i do find odd
my email is the same from them. well hopefully when i show up they dont turn me away, i did find if i said i didnt own an audi it put me on the waitlist, i tried to register my dad but he has never owned an audi.
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#1489
Just got this invite for the Ferrari Challenge at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.

http://ferrarichallengesonomafiat...hthat.com/

It looks like registration is free and you get to watch the Ferrari race and do the Fiat Abarth Autocross event.

Too bad I'm not in Norcal this week otherwise i'd definitely check it out.
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Thanks! Is the Abarth autocross actually included? I only see admission to the Ferrari Challenge. Registered anyway though, just in case.


Edit: Just saw that it IS included! Hopefully get a chance to drive one!
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if anyone has a Porsche invite code for Denver, PM me! Smilie
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How do I obtain a Porsche invite code for Miami, FL?
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Quote from melloyelloguy View Post :
How do I obtain a Porsche invite code for Miami, FL?
You can call your local Porsche dealer, but odds are that all the available time slots are filled...
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Slightly off-topic : so let me know if these are unwelcome.
LivingSocial deal $99 for laps in Ferrari or Lambo.
https://livingsocial.com/events/c...experience

Circuit One Driving Experience
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum • Uniondale, NY
June 7 to 9, August 23 to 25, or September 27 to 29

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Pay $99 ($300 value) for a three-lap drive
Pay $149 ($399 value) for a five-lap drive
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Experience the (literal) lap of luxury when you embark on a few turns around the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on a selection of dates: June 7 to 9, August 23 to 25, or September 27 to 29. After you arrive, you'll have the opportunity to jump into the driver's seat of one of the following cars for a few laps around a real racing track:

• Lamborghini Gallarado
• Ferrari 360 Modena
...and more
NOTE! If four people coordinate their buying.... could split the savings.
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Buy first, then share a special link. If three friends buy, yours is free!
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Quote from FThorn View Post :
Slightly off-topic : so let me know if these are unwelcome.
LivingSocial deal $99 for laps in Ferrari or Lambo.
https://livingsocial.com/events/c...experience

Circuit One Driving Experience
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum • Uniondale, NY
June 7 to 9, August 23 to 25, or September 27 to 29



NOTE! If four people coordinate their buying.... could split the savings.
Thanks but these are ripoffs. As per the OP, lets keep this thread for manufacture sponsored events.
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Quote from thejaredhuang View Post :
Thanks but these are ripoffs. As per the OP, lets keep this thread for manufacture sponsored events.
Although not free, I wouldn't quite call it ripoff. I appreciate being notified about these also. We can post these also & it's up to each whether or not they want to jump on it. I think there was something similar in San Francisco several months ago.
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Quote from Mungo View Post :
Although not free, I wouldn't quite call it ripoff. I appreciate being notified about these also. We can post these also & it's up to each whether or not they want to jump on it. I think there was something similar in San Francisco several months ago.
That specific event is a $100 3 lap drive in a parking lot around a stadium. Probably an autocross setup. IMO that is not a good deal. I'd rather pay $100 to track a Yugo on a proper circuit.
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#1498
Yugo R maybe, not S. Smilie
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Such deal. Much savings.
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HOORAY! Got a code for the DFW Porsche event. The local Porsche dealer surprised me by keeping my name on file weeks after I initially called them, excellent customer service.
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Quote from johnnyma45 View Post :
HOORAY! Got a code for the DFW Porsche event. The local Porsche dealer surprised me by keeping my name on file weeks after I initially called them, excellent customer service.
Which dealership was this in dallas? I'm on the list at Park Place
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