Last 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.