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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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Quote from daveamoose View Post :
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.)

There will be plenty of cars to see in and around Monterey/Carmel next weekend.

List of car related events Aug 16-21. [pebblebeachconcours.net]
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Looks like a cool ride I wish they had more locations besides Pebble Beach.
http://www.insideline.com/land-ro...-tour.html

* Land Rover is taking its all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque on a six-city tour across America.
* Its first stop is the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, on August 18, where it lets consumers test-drive the first new Range Rover model since 2005.
* The tour then travels to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco.
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http://www.insideline.com/land-ro...-tour.html

* Land Rover is taking its all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque on a six-city tour across America.
* Its first stop is the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, on August 18, where it lets consumers test-drive the first new Range Rover model since 2005.
* The tour then travels to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco.
Cool so how do you sign up for one of the other cities on the tour.
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Anyone attend the Range Rover Evoque drive yesterday or today if so how was it?
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Anyone attend the Range Rover Evoque drive yesterday or today if so how was it?
was suppose to go today but had a change of plans.

I plan on going when they are in San Francisco, but have not seen any info on that yet.

I think Mungo was hitting both the Porsche event and the Range Rover event today.
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was suppose to go today but had a change of plans.<br />
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I plan on going when they are in San Francisco, but have not seen any info on that yet.<br />
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I think Mungo was hitting both the Porsche event and the Range Rover event today.
I'm @ the events now. Lots of test drives from many high-end manufacturers. Will report back later when I have more time. Lots to see & do.
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Just got back from the events.

There were so many events going on around the Monterey area. Outside the Pebble Beach area & around Carmel they had Porsche, another Land Rover, & I think I also saw signs for a BMW test drive event.

I got hung up @ the main events going on inside Pebble Beach so I missed my appoint for my Porsche drive event, which was located outside Pebble Beach, & they were fully booked with people waiting 2+ hours to test drive them by the time I got there. I did spend a little bit of time to check out some of their cars, got some food / drinks, & took their Porsche video game driving simulation challenge. I did notice that they were giving away the same USB flash drives that we got @ the last Porsche event if you filled out an exit survey after your drive.

Inside Pebble Beach there were Land Rover, Jaguar, Porsche, Infiniti, Lexus, Cadillac, Hyundai, Lotus, & Saab all with their own lounge areas set up. May have been other manufacturer's also that I missed. Land Rover, Jaguar, Infiniti, Lotus, & Saab all had test drives. Also saw several Ferrari's, Lambo's, Massaratti's, Bentley's, Roll's, & various other unique vehicles such as Fisker, McLaren, & various prototypes.

I also saw several Mercedes SLS AMGs with dealer plates being driven on the roads. Not sure it they were doing test drives on those or they were just the manufacturer / dealer's people driving them.

Needless to say there were lots of classic cars & lots of people were driving their own high-end cars.

Also heard someone there say that yesterday Jay Leno made an appearance.

Overall it was a good day spent. Cool
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Wow. Wish I live in CA :-) Lotus drive events? I've owned a Lotus since 2005 and never knew they have any test drive events. I guess I need to hang out with the right crowds :-)
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That was truly one of the most fun events I have ever been to. I originally signed up for Range Rover's Evoque and honestly they were great. Got to test drive there new model and also they gave everyone who test drove a 2 gb flash drive in the shape of a Range Rover car remote. Right next to them was Jaguar and they let you test drive every single car in their line up especially the XKRS. I test drove the XF and the XJ whereas my gf drove the XKRS and the XF. I was doing about 70-80 in the inner streets which was amazingly fun. They gave out little tote bags with a poster.

Lexus had their own area which didnt let you drive anything but they were giving out free booze which were champagne with absinthe balls and also mojitos and also some kind of strawberry jam concoction they made. The best was whisky they actually smoked on sight. They also had an area where you could take a picture and it made you look you were from the 1920's with a leather hat and goggles while driving around a bend. Infiniti let you drive their IPL lineup but I was there pretty late and couldn't get an opportunity to. They were giving out free food which was great. Lotus was also giving out test drives of their new Evora S which at the time I got there it was too late (boo).

All in all it was a great day. Everything was free (except the entrance fee to 17 mile drive which was $9.50) and had a fun time driving some nice cars.

Supposedly Steven Spielberg also attended.
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I am also a car events lovers. thank you for your information here ..
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Cadillac Golf Clinic today. Should be perfect weather for it Smilie
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My Monterey California weekend:
* Test drive:
- Porsche Cayman S test drive, Porsche printed photo with the car I drove and USB flash
- Land Rover Evoque test drive, USB flash stick (looks like car remote)
- Jaguar XK R-S test drive, poster and magazine
- Infiniti G37 IPL test drive, free Compartes chocolate and some food
- Lotus Evora test drive
- AMG SLS test drive
- Maybach 57S test drive (opted to be chauffeured)

Other than Porsche and Land Rover, everything was walk-up registration. Bugatti also had test drives, but I didn't bother as they probably had requirements.

* Sat in: Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador, amongst other cars.

Plenty of cars to see as the third week of August is car week in Monterey/Carmel/Pebble Beach.
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Quote from eldiaoble View Post :
Everything was free (except the entrance fee to 17 mile drive which was $9.50) and had a fun time driving some nice cars.
You should have told the guard you were there for the test drive events. They would have let you in for free. I was able to get in & out twice for no cost.
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Quote from bzerkqirk View Post :
My Monterey California weekend:
* Test drive:
- Porsche Cayman S test drive, Porsche printed photo with the car I drove and USB flash
- Land Rover Evoque test drive, USB flash stick (looks like car remote)
- Jaguar XK R-S test drive, poster and magazine
- Infiniti G37 IPL test drive, free Compartes chocolate and some food
- Lotus Evora test drive
- AMG SLS test drive
- Maybach 57S test drive (opted to be chauffeured)

Other than Porsche and Land Rover, everything was walk-up registration. Bugatti also had test drives, but I didn't bother as they probably had requirements.

* Sat in: Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador, amongst other cars.

Plenty of cars to see as the third week of August is car week in Monterey/Carmel/Pebble Beach.
DAMN!!!!
Test drove a Lotus, and AMG and a Maybach?????

Looks I missed the event of the year!!

Note to self, Make note of the third week in August
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bzerkqirk, wow, you had a hell of a weekend test driving all those cars! Cool
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