TITLE: Taste of Lexus
DATE: 08/23/2007 12:52:33
PRIMARY CATEGORY: Personal
ALLOW COMMENTS: 1
In the past few years, I have always been too late to register for Taste of Lexus event. The open slots filled up quickly. This year, I didn't plan on going, but when I logged into the registration web site 2 days before the event, much to my surprise, there were still 3 open time slots available. I immediately grabbed the Saturday 4:00 pm slot and registered a guest.
The event was held at Alameda Point, a former Naval Air Station. When we arrived at the entrance, it was about 4:15 pm. A few new guests were arriving and signing the waiver forms.
After the registeration, we were directed to a small group introduction area where the speaker introduced the layout of the site and the rules of the event. There were Hybrid, Luxury, Performance areas, and some entertainment and food areas.
Because the event ends at 5:30 pm, we didn't have a lot of time to explore all areas. We decided to go directly to the Hybrid area to learn and test drive the hybrids, since it's new to us. There were 3 models for test drive: RX400h, GS450h, and LS600h L. We were able to get on the appointment to test drive LS600h L and RX400h.
First, we waited in the line for LS600h L since it was the shortest line at the time.
At over $100,000, it was the most expensive car from Lexus. "h" in the model name stands for Hybrid, "L" stands for extended wheelbase. This particular car has a 4-seat package where there were only 2 seats at the rear. One of the seats has power footrest and massaging feature.
Then, we went on to wait in the line for RX400h. The line is much longer.
Here is the picture from the rear seat of the car.
After the drive, we still have a few minutes left, we quickly went to the Cucima cafe to get something to eat. The choices were certified angus sliders, grilled lamb, or grilled organic vegitable & goat cheese focaccia. The food was much better than at the C Drive. No wonder the event included the keyword "Taste" in its name. It's quite tasty.
We quickly finishing up our mini dinner and went through the different areas. We only had time to experience about 20% of the event. Next time, we need to register early and grab the earlier time slots. We could spend the whole afternoon here.
My overall impression of the event: food is great, but driving course is short and most of the time is spent waiting in the lines. I prefer the 15-20 minutes of Street Drive from Mercedes C Drive where you get to drive the car for longer and your passenger get to play with the toys inside the car.
AUTHOR: NJ Lexus
DATE: 09/22/2007 17:51:11
I attended the Taste of Lexus event today at Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.
Got to drive all the hybrids, and the reservation system was brand new which gave the impression of the lines being shorter.
Food was just okay, and allowed only one meal.
The big disappointment was no free gift at the end. The very first year that Lexus had "Taste of Lexus", they gave a way Coach Leather CD case.
DATE: 09/24/2007 10:49:21
Thanks for your comment. About the gift, Lexus representative told me instead of giving gifts, they are donating in participants' names to organizations that help to improve the environment.