Drive, They Said

ds.jpgLast night came what was clearly a direct mail promotional piece wrapped up in the clothing of a fancy invitation “to view a private collection rarely assembled in one place.”

I’m not sure what bulk mailing list I ended up on to be labeled among “a very select group of individuals” but eye-rolling and head-shaking didn’t stop me from looking inside to find I’m being considered a sucker for Cadillac’s 2005 Drive Summit scheduled to take place at the end of this month at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine.

From the invite:

“We’ll transform this dramatic venue into your personal proving ground with a collection of the world’s most desired luxury performance vehicles. You’ll have a rare opportunity to slide behind the wheel and perform head-to-head tests of BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, and the new Cadillac vehicles. And as our guest, you’ll also enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres along with a gift to take home. We hope you’ll join us and exhibit your appreciation of automotive masterpieces — hands-on.”

Sure, it’s just one big targeted test-drive, and I’m so not in the market for a new car — certainly not any they’ll be pushing. But I can’t help but get revved up at the thought of tearing up and around the runways of an old airbase doing timed-accleration runs, high-speed braking, competitive driving, and avoidance manuevers. The latter probably from sales reps.

3 Replies to “Drive, They Said”

  1. Benjamin, from what I gathered from the Drive Summit website you don’t need to have received an invite in order to participate. Go to and register and maybe I’ll see you there (I chose the Sunday from 12-2:30 p.m. timeslot on October 29).

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