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post #1 of 20 Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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FREE: Lexus Driving Event

These events are cool...I went to a Mercedes driving event about 2 years ago and had a lot of fun.

http://www.tasteoflexus.com/default.asp
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A full day of style, luxury and sheer driving excitement - compliments of Lexus. Please join us for Taste of Lexus, Performance Edition.

Come slip behind the wheel of our newest models and feel the performance behind the luxury. Savor fine cuisine inspired by top-rated chefs. And immerse yourself in all things luxurious. Explore more Event Details.
Taste of Lexus, Performance Edition will be visiting 10 cities from September to November. Please click on the city nearest you - or where you would like to attend - and get full information including driving directions.
Atlanta Stone Mountain Park Oct 22/23
Chicago Arlington Park Oct 8/9
Chicago Arlington Park Oct 15/16
Dallas Texas Stadium Oct 22/23
Houston Reliant Park Oct 15/16
Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Nov 5/6
Miami Calder Race Course Oct 1/2
New York Belmont Park Sept 17/18
New York Belmont Park Sept 24/25
Orange County Marine Corps Air Station El Toro Nov 12/13
San Francisco Alameda Point Nov 5/6
Washington FedEx Field Sept 24/25


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post #2 of 20 Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:13 PM
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Of Course LA to full to the max. Still on the wait list though. Good find.

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daaamn, too bad you have to be 21.

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Wait listed. Thing filled up fast. I hope somone at 9am on sunday morning decides that its more important to praise the lord than drive the new IS.
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^^ Lmao...I'm surprised it is filled up, being so close to the bible belt and all.
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daaamn, too bad you have to be 21.

dammit...
i got all tingly feelings too

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daaamn, too bad you have to be 21.
DAMN!! Guess I can't go! I'm not 21.......hehehehehe

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The new GS430s are nice though.

Besides...Give me a Nissan/Infiniti event on the same day and I'd do that instead.

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FYI...went to the AutoShow in Motion here in Dallas and am looking forward to the Lexus event next month.

http://mreous.home.comcast.net/AutoShow.html

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Wait listed. Thing filled up fast. I hope somone at 9am on sunday morning decides that its more important to praise the lord than drive the new IS.
Yeeeauh.

Taste of lexus will be at Fedex Field on sunday and i just got bumped up from the waiting list to the first slot (9am) to drive the new IS.
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Drive the all-new, much-heralded 2006 IS 250 and IS 350. Compare the race-bred suspension, high-output engine and refined appointments to its top competitors – all on a tight, autocross-style drive course.
I'm damn hyped and will be posting pictures sunday afternoon.

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Looking forward to the pics!

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My alarm went off at 7am sunday morning and i was trying to find any excuse i could to stay in my nice warm "tempurpedic" bed. I was blessed with a pretty wicked hangover that was accompanied by an excruciating headache. Something willed me to get out of bed and make the 45 minute treck up the beltway to fedex field though and i'm damn glad i went.

I pulled up to the parking lot and saw 3 separate autocross courses with a myriad of Lexus vehicles flying around them at full speed. This was the point where i started waking up.

I planted myself behind the wheel of 1 of the 20 existing models of the brand new IS350's and took off slowly. I accelerated through a long straightaway before slamming on the brakes for a sharp left turn that lead into a right sweeper. Another medium straightaway led into a 90 degree right turn and led out into a short straight followed by the "avoidance manuver" portion. By now i was wide awake and i had a huge smile on my face. The course ended with the slalom section and i was brought back to civilized speeds.

The IS350 was awesome. Until sunday i'd never driven a car with the option of "paddle shifting". I actually struggled to get the hang of it and gave up after a while. I found that the automatic transmission did a better than adequate job of keeping me in the right gear and always revving high. The Rear wheel drive of the 350 and the well tuned handling gave this car a very good turn in for a 4 door sedan. I almost felt like it knew where i was going before i got there.

I drove the is250 twice. The first time i went at about 70% to get comfortable w/ the AWD handling, and the second time i really pushed it. The AWD gave the car great stability and grip, but it had a tendency to understeer pretty badly. I have to say though the slalom was great fun. I was able to maintain a fairly speedy 4 wheel drift through all the cones.

I much prefer the predictability and power of the 350 over the AWD of the 250. They were both great fun at speed, and absolute luxury perfection for those that want to get from point A to B in style.

The entire event was very "highbrow" and catered with all kinds of exotic looking foods. My fiance, who was initially complaining about going to "another car thing" was pacified by a free massage. I was thankful for that opportunity to sneak off to the ESPN section of the event where i was schooled on my Golf swing and my short game.

We only planned to spend 30 minutes at the event and ended up there for almost 4 hours. My fiance didnt complain about anything. She wanted to stay longer. The best part of this event was that it was all free. They even gave me a Paul McCartney Cd and a reasturant guide in an "attractive leather casing" just for attending. I dont know if all that will make me buy a Lexus, but it was good for the hangover.

I would have more pictures but my camera battery conveniently died 30 minutes into the event.






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Sweet...thanks for posting your experience. About 3.5 wks till I go.

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My co-worker has a Lexus and he's going, damn I wish I could. The LA and OC ones he said were almost full when he got his invite.

How does one get invited to all these driving events anyways? I know other car makes have stuff like this and I think it would cool to go.

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