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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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#3961
Quote from aigochamaloh View Post :
I did the 9/25 PM session at Thermal Club.

Schedule is attached. This place is crazy. It's a country club with a track instead of a golf course. There will be three separate tracks that can be joined to make a full 4.5 mile course. The 3rd part is still under construction. I didn't see any completed villas along the track, but they are being built. Something like 85k to join the club, 15k yearly fee, and the villas/garages are well over a million dollars. BMW has a small course on the other side of the main track and they will move into their permanent building next month.

Drive in, park right next to the temporary BMW building, and check in. Don't forget your driver's license, and if you haven't gotten a confirmation, it seemed like they were taking some people on the spot if there were no shows.

After about a 30 min classroom session, you are let loose. You are split into 4 groups at registration to go around the stations. M4 autocross, M3 lead-follow on south track, M2 lead-follow on north track, and M6, X6 M, and M3 drag race.

I started with the M2 group. You are paired with a passenger and you switch off between sessions. We had two groups of 4 cars, each following an instructor. You get a warm up lap, then the pace picks up as you follow behind. First car switches to the rear on the straightaway and you go another lap. Same thing on the M3 lead-follow.

The drag race is just that. You get to swap around the different cars and drag race them. This was my least favorite part of the day. Meh.

Autocross is on the BMW side on their dedicated course. It is timed and competitive. They promised prizes for the fastest times of your AM/PM session. You get a slow recon lap, then you get three timed runs as the cars cycle through. Once you get your three done, you switch with your passenger.

After this, you get a hot lap with an instructor on the full north/south track combined. Very fun.

The cars were great, but you can tell they are beat on. My M2 refused to switch to Sport+ and went back into comfort during acceleration. But overall, an excellent experience. They feed you at the end, with a selection of sandwich boxes. You are sent off with a BMW goodie bag with a BMW water bottle and some Shell pamphlets.

Oh, and the great prizes at the end for the fastest times? 3rd and 2nd get a mini cone and M keychain, and 1st place gets a $50 Shell gas card, along with the cone and M keychain. Thanks for the free gas BMW and Shell!

Happy to answer any questions.

https://youtu.be/kJ3uKM3PPTE
Were you able to activate the launch control feature on the cars during the drag race or did they specifically say you couldn't do that? TIA

Thanks for the write up btw!
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Quote from nighthawk06si View Post :
Were you able to activate the launch control feature on the cars during the drag race or did they specifically say you couldn't do that? TIA

Thanks for the write up btw!
They specifically said no launch control allowed. They are very efficient, almost no downtime between all the activities and swapping of cars/drivers.
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Quote from aigochamaloh View Post :
They specifically said no launch control allowed. They are very efficient, almost no downtime between all the activities and swapping of cars/drivers.
Ahh okay. Thank you for the reply!
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aigochamaloh, thanks for the detailed recap and pics! I'm jealous! Repped nod Smilie.
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#3965
Quote from Tac420oma View Post :
I have two spot available for Friday 8AM at Thermal, CA. Please let me know if you are interested. I have some people that cannot attend.
Interested if you still have them!
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#3966
AM & PM sessions are open for next 3 days.
Just registered for tomorrow PM session!
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#3967
My badges from Miami and Thermal, and a lapel M pin. Makes me SMILE!

My Videos. Vid dot me is a bit crappy quality, compared to my originals. But you get the idea.

Sept 23, 2016
https://vid.me/57uT BMW M Track Thermal entrance drive
https://vid.me/TuGC Directions to drivers #1
https://vid.me/7afU #2
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#3968
Looks awesome.
I am going tomorrow to Thermal for PM session.
Any tips?

Quote from FThorn View Post :
My badges from Miami and Thermal, and a lapel M pin. Makes me SMILE!

My Videos. Vid dot me is a bit crappy quality, compared to my originals. But you get the idea.

Sept 23, 2016
https://vid.me/57uT BMW M Track Thermal entrance drive
https://vid.me/TuGC Directions to drivers #1
https://vid.me/7afU #2
https://vid.me/YWML #3
https://vid.me/XPqo #4
https://vid.me/krOu #5
https://vid.me/FXon #6
https://vid.me/GCX0 #7
https://vid.me/EfvH #8
https://vid.me/xkOt #9
https://vid.me/wtzO #10
https://vid.me/NQDk #11
https://vid.me/nEvG #12
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#3969
Quote from slickdeal_seeker View Post :
AM & PM sessions are open for next 3 days.
Just registered for tomorrow PM session!

can you send the link??
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#3970
Quote from daveamoose View Post :
can you send the link??
https://mtrackdays.bmwusa.com/reg...inar_id=13
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#3971
Quote from FThorn View Post :
My badges from Miami and Thermal, and a lapel M pin. Makes me SMILE!

My Videos. Vid dot me is a bit crappy quality, compared to my originals. But you get the idea.

Sept 23, 2016
https://vid.me/57uT BMW M Track Thermal entrance drive
https://vid.me/TuGC Directions to drivers #1
https://vid.me/7afU #2
https://vid.me/YWML #3
https://vid.me/XPqo #4
https://vid.me/krOu #5
https://vid.me/FXon #6
https://vid.me/GCX0 #7
https://vid.me/EfvH #8
https://vid.me/xkOt #9
https://vid.me/wtzO #10
https://vid.me/NQDk #11
https://vid.me/nEvG #12
Awesome videos. Gonna be attending the PM session tomorrow
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Quote from aigochamaloh View Post :
Oh, and the great prizes at the end for the fastest times? 3rd and 2nd get a mini cone and M keychain, and 1st place gets a $50 Shell gas card, along with the cone and M keychain. Thanks for the free gas BMW and Shell!

Happy to answer any questions.

https://youtu.be/kJ3uKM3PPTE
Dude, sick! What does the keychain look like? You actually got 3 laps on the autox on a Sunday?! I went on Weds but only 2 laps because there's 15 in our group. Totally overshot the brake box in the first run and choked on the 2nd run. :'( I ended up with a 29.7. The fastest overall was 27.7 or 27.8, so nope I was quite far from getting that keychain LOL
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#3973
My rider got sick/nauseated on first laps. I drove alone/TWICE AS MUCH as everyone on every part of the tracks. Same as in Miami; guy got sick, I drove M2 TWICE AS MUCH.

Winning combination, in my book. Smilie
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Quote from FThorn View Post :
My rider got sick/nauseated on first laps. I drove alone/TWICE AS MUCH as everyone on every part of the tracks. Same as in Miami; guy got sick, I drove M2 TWICE AS MUCH.

Winning combination, in my book. Smilie
laugh out loud I did the same thing for the Porsche show last year. Brought my wife along, she let me drive each time. So much seat time at that event. I missed the BMW day at Limerock this year but hopefully next year either BMW or Porsche comes back.
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Quote from aigochamaloh View Post :

Oh, and the great prizes at the end for the fastest times? 3rd and 2nd get a mini cone and M keychain, and 1st place gets a $50 Shell gas card, along with the cone and M keychain. Thanks for the free gas BMW and Shell!
Congratulations on the first place finish! Any tips or pointers for the autocross course? I got third place last year, so I'm going for the gold this time. laugh out loud

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My rider got sick/nauseated on first laps. I drove alone/TWICE AS MUCH as everyone on every part of the tracks. Same as in Miami; guy got sick, I drove M2 TWICE AS MUCH.

Winning combination, in my book. Smilie
You, sir, are too lucky! Last year, one guy had to leave early, so the driver in the M4 behind me got to do the lead/follow twice; was quite jealous lol. I was hoping my weekday slot will mean fewer people and a better chance to drive twice at one or more of the modules, but it's already filled up again as of this morning shake head
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