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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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#31
Interesting, so 2 out of 4 people here got the mag. of those who did the Porsche test drive this year.
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Interesting, so 2 out of 4 people here got the mag. of those who did the Porsche test drive this year.
Add me to the no, so 2 for 5. Cool
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I went with 2 friends to the Socal one and we all got it.
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Quote from beowulf7 View Post :
Interesting, so 2 out of 4 people here got the mag. of those who did the Porsche test drive this year.
Another way to get one is to buy a Porsche. That's when I started getting mine.
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#35
I wonder why Porsche only sent the mag. to some people but not all who attended. Confused

Yeah, it is a good way to market themselves for Porsches. I signed up for the complimentary subscription, which will include 6 issues for a year. Cool
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Quote from Chmeeee View Post :
Add me to the no, so 2 for 5. Cool

add me to the no list as well...2 for 6
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add me to the no list as well...2 for 6
My friend and I attend it and got it.

So that makes 4 for 6
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Quote from ewg751 View Post :
My friend and I attend it and got it.

So that makes 4 for 6
I think that's 4 for 8, so 50%.
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#39
Looks like 50% it is - a coin flip on if you get the mag. or not. However, for someone who wants the mag., perhaps they can call the Porsche (maybe the same # as used for the event) and request a complimentary subscription to "Christophorus" mag.
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http://www.rsvplandrover.com/pebb...index.aspx

Experience the all-new 2012 Range Rover EVOQUE

Be one of the first to drive the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque along scenic 17 Mile Drive during the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. Join us on Peter Hay Hill where you will experience first-hand the new evolution of classic Range Rover with its dramatic lines, muscular shoulders and signature floating roofline. With luxury materials and precision detailing, the new Evoque is a Range Rover through and through.

Peter Hay Hill

Corner of Ondulado Road and Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach

Thursday, August 18
Friday, August 19
Saturday, August 20

Time slots are available each day beginning at 9am.
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Quote from bzerkqirk View Post :
http://www.rsvplandrover.com/pebb...index.aspx

Experience the all-new 2012 Range Rover EVOQUE

Be one of the first to drive the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque along scenic 17 Mile Drive during the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. Join us on Peter Hay Hill where you will experience first-hand the new evolution of classic Range Rover with its dramatic lines, muscular shoulders and signature floating roofline. With luxury materials and precision detailing, the new Evoque is a Range Rover through and through.

Peter Hay Hill

Corner of Ondulado Road and Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach

Thursday, August 18
Friday, August 19
Saturday, August 20

Time slots are available each day beginning at 9am.
Looks like a cool ride I wish they had more locations besides Pebble Beach.
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Quote from bzerkqirk View Post :
http://www.rsvplandrover.com/pebb...index.aspx

Experience the all-new 2012 Range Rover EVOQUE

Be one of the first to drive the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque along scenic 17 Mile Drive during the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. Join us on Peter Hay Hill where you will experience first-hand the new evolution of classic Range Rover with its dramatic lines, muscular shoulders and signature floating roofline. With luxury materials and precision detailing, the new Evoque is a Range Rover through and through.

Peter Hay Hill

Corner of Ondulado Road and Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach

Thursday, August 18
Friday, August 19
Saturday, August 20

Time slots are available each day beginning at 9am.
SWEET!! Set up to drive a Porsche at 2:30 on Saturday August 20th and...
set up to drive this Range Rover at 4:00.

Thanks!!Repped!!
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Is there a phone number that came with your email from Porsche? I would love to get a code and drive the Prosches. Thanks!

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SWEET!! Set up to drive a Porsche at 2:30 on Saturday August 20th and...
set up to drive this Range Rover at 4:00.

Thanks!!Repped!!
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Quote from daveamoose View Post :
SWEET!! Set up to drive a Porsche at 2:30 on Saturday August 20th and...
set up to drive this Range Rover at 4:00.

Thanks!!Repped!!
Me too. I'm set up for both drives too on the same day. Range Rover @ 12PM & Porsche @ 2PM. I hope they don't charge us to get inside Pebble Beach. That would suck. Smilie
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#45
if you are going to be in Carmel on August 20th drivinbg either the Porsches or the land Rover, you might want to check this out in Monterey, although it might not be much to look at?? got this in my email:::

Concours d'LeMons Monterey: Free Show, Handier Venue
(Though even free, it's probably overpriced.)



Seaside CA--In these rating-downgraded times, access to the Concours d'LeMons (Saturday, 20 August at Seaside City Hall) has been re-priced to reflect what it's worth: nothing. So come celebrate the end of irrational exuberance with the show that honors the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world in good conscience; you'll still have your last 20 bucks for one shrimp at the The Quail.



Monterey Weekend's most tetanus-inducing event has also moved to a handier venue this year: Just two blocks off Hwy 1 at the Seaside/Del Rey Oaks/Rt 218 offramp. (Laguna Grande Park, right in front of Seaside City Hall. Take Exit #403, head away from the water, and stop when you start feeling itchy.)



As always, LeMons racecars receive two Get Out of the Penalty Box cards for attending. All other miserable hoopties get to enjoy not being another dumb 308. Tommy Bahama hats, polishing diapers, and passive-aggressive "Please Nicht Ger-Touchen" signs will be confiscated at the gate.



What: Concours d'LeMons 2011

When: Saturday 20 August, 9-ish to 3-ish

Where: Seaside City Hall/Laguna Grande Park (exit #403 off Highway 1) Contact:

Alan Galbraith, CdL Boss Man

agalbraith@concoursdlemons.com

916.207.4645
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