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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 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
  • None

Lexus
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Lincoln
  • None

Maserati
  • None

Mazda
  • None

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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#481
Quote from eldiaoble View Post :
wow mini sounded awesome and food. Were there any competitor cars?

15 gift card is not bad for chrysler

but man that audi event sounded kinda sad.
I think the only competior car I saw @ Mini was the Nissan Juke & I did not see a single person ask to take it out. I was hoping they would @ least have a Fiat as a competitor, but none to be seen. I have driven one before & that is probably the closest competion.

$15 is not bad for Chrysler given the economy. I know before generally when manufactures had these events & if they were giving out gift cards they use to always be $20 gift cards. Recently there have even been a times where it was only $10 or simply nothing @ all so I guess can not complain.

The Audi event was pretty sad. Also you had to drive about 10 - 15 minutes away from the freeways up several hills to even get there.
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#482
Well Toyota is having more Toyota Drive Centers

Toyota Drive Center - Stagecoach Festival
Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:00pm
Indio, CA 92201
Stagecoach - Empire Polo Grounds


Toyota Drive Center - San Diego, CA
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:00pm
San Diego, California
Westfield Mission Valley Shopping Center


Toyota Drive Center - Massachusetts
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:00pm
Braintree, MA 02184
South Shore Plaza


Toyota Drive Center - EVS26: Electric Vehicle Symposium
Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 9:00am
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Convention Center



Toyota Drive Center - New Jersey
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 12:00pm
West Nyack, NJ 10994
Palisades Center


Toyota Drive Center - Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 12:00pm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Franklin Mills



For More Info
https://www.facebook.com/toyota/events
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#483
Quote from FrankieY18 View Post :
you are right..it didn't ask me for the address..i don't know if it's a coincidence or not then...I got the flyer 3 days after i signed up...and it's about that Jaguar driving event....and that's the only thing i signed up for Jaguar Confused
My friend in the SF Bay Area got a similar test drive + $100 gc offer. She doesn't know why/how she received it, as she's not into cars or participated in a Jaguar driving event before. Offer says it's not transferable.

Another friend in the SoCal LA area got the Jaguar driving event invitation (letter).
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#484
Quote from Mungo View Post :
I think the only competior car I saw @ Mini was the Nissan Juke & I did not see a single person ask to take it out. I was hoping they would @ least have a Fiat as a competitor, but none to be seen. I have driven one before & that is probably the closest competion.

$15 is not bad for Chrysler given the economy. I know before generally when manufactures had these events & if they were giving out gift cards they use to always be $20 gift cards. Recently there have even been a times where it was only $10 or simply nothing @ all so I guess can not complain.

The Audi event was pretty sad. Also you had to drive about 10 - 15 minutes away from the freeways up several hills to even get there.
There should have been a VW Beetle Turbo. If only, a Fiat, CR-Z, Veloster would have been something I'd try out.

East Bay MINI throws great events. I dropped by for a few minutes, but had already eaten, to see what's going on.

Good thing I skipped the Audi event, didn't seem worthwhile.

Missed the info on Chrysler, otherwise would have popped over there.
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#486
Skip Barber event was a good time. look around

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...43564989_n.jpg
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Quote from Chmeeee View Post :
Skip Barber event was a good time. look around

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...43564989_n.jpg
When was this?
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#488
Was on the Roosevelt Field Facebook and saw a listing for

Kia Ride and Drive Event on 5/4-5/6 11am-7pm
We invite you to test-drive one of four stylish and fuel-efficient Kia models at the "Experience the New Standard" Tour at the Roosevelt Field Mall 5/4 – 5/6. Test-drive the Optima, Optima Hybrid, the popular Soul or the value-packed Rio 5-door and receive a free gift! Look for the registration area at the main mall entrance, between Macy’s & JC Penney, from 11am-7pm. See you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/341262199262300/
Can't find any other ones for other malls.
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#489
Quote from halokiti View Post :
Was on the Roosevelt Field Facebook and saw a listing for

Kia Ride and Drive Event on 5/4-5/6 11am-7pm
We invite you to test-drive one of four stylish and fuel-efficient Kia models at the "Experience the New Standard" Tour at the Roosevelt Field Mall 5/4 - 5/6. Test-drive the Optima, Optima Hybrid, the popular Soul or the value-packed Rio 5-door and receive a free gift! Look for the registration area at the main mall entrance, between Macy's & JC Penney, from 11am-7pm. See you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/341262199262300/
Can't find any other ones for other malls.
Guess I'll be at Roosevelt Field 2 weekends in a row!
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#490
Yep, me too.
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#491
$20 99 ranch gift card for test driving a Hyundai at the irvine 99 ranch.
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#492
Quote from benedict View Post :
$20 99 ranch gift card for test driving a Hyundai at the irvine 99 ranch.
Lol test drive at a 99 Ranch... they really don't care if you trash their car do they?
Cuz at those parking lots... something's doomed to get scratched. No Kidding.

Btw, where did you hear about this Hyundai event? Just randomly there?
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#493
Was just randomly there lol. The 99 ranch irvine is actually pretty good w the parking situation. Test drive event was well organized and they even let you go on the freeway. All right turns tho lol. Typical.
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#494
San Francisco area (Infineon Raceway / Sears Pt) - April 27-29

Free Ferrari Challenge [ferrarichallenge.com] race weekend tix
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#495
Quote from bzerkqirk View Post :
San Francisco area (Infineon Raceway / Sears Pt) - April 27-29

Free Ferrari Challenge [ferrarichallenge.com] race weekend tix
Thanks! May stop by if I have some free time this weekend.
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