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Old 07-25-2007, 08:17 AM   #1
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Subaru Enthusiasts Expected in Force at Consumer Ride and Drive in CA, Saturday, August 11, 2007

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, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru Impreza WRX enthusiasts are expected to turn out in force to be the first to drive the new performance model at a special Consumer Ride and Drive event on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Attendees will have the chance to drive the legend themselves or ride shotgun with a professional driver on a closed course. In addition, there will be an Impreza WRX festival including a tuner car salon, live DJs, games, and much more.

The event will feature two driving courses; the first is a dynamic driving course that highlights the acceleration, handling, and braking capabilities of the all-new Impreza WRX; the other course promises the ultimate thrill ride as attendees co-pilot the car on a Rally Stage and experience the new Impreza WRX driven to its limits by a professional driver.

There will also be a complete Impreza WRX festival. Festival activities
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-- Tuner Car Salon hosted by NASIOC
-- Live Blender DJ's
-- A Video Gaming Lounge
-- RC Car Track
-- Subaru Rally Team USA Traveling Trailer
-- SPT Performance Parts Display
-- Product Walk Arounds
-- Subaru Gear Merchandise
-- 2008 Subaru Model Lineup

The new 2008 Impreza WRX comes with a 224-hp 2.5-liter boxer four and reaches 60 mph from rest in just 5.9 seconds. With new, more sophisticated styling and two new body styles, a 4-door sedan and a 5-door model, the Impreza 2.5i and Impreza WRX breathe new life into the compact performance market. The new Impreza models deliver significant improvements in comfort and utility, while delivering the handling, performance and Subaru Symmetrical AWD that made the original Impreza such a success. Also new for 2008, is the availability of Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) on both the Impreza 2.5i and Impreza WRX.

In 2002, Subaru changed the face of the performance market with the introduction of the original WRX, a car that could deliver turbocharged, rally-bred performance in any driving condition. The all-new 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX follows that lead with an all-new breed of AWD performance car. Larger than its predecessor, the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX now rides on a 3.7 inch longer wheelbase (103.1 inches) that improves ride, interior space and utility.

Pricing on the all-new 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX starts at $24,350.

People interested in attending the event should pre-register starting July 26 at http://www.subaru.com/legend. Spaces are limited to 1,000 people.
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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They've specifically asked us over at The Monkey's Trunk to head up the tuned car salon / car show aspect. This should really be a fun event as SOA and Subaru Western Region really seem committed to embracing the sunbelt enthusiast contingent of Subaru buyers.

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Old 07-25-2007, 12:06 PM   #3
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They've been trying to do similar in the Bay Area, but nothing has come of it as far as I can tell.
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:18 PM   #4
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They've been trying to do similar in the Bay Area, but nothing has come of it as far as I can tell.
Well, this one came about rather suddenly (a little over a week ago). I'm simultaneously impressed and dismayed at the short notice with which they're putting this together. I think having us down here and and the new SOA Western Region office in Orange County are making events like a bit easier to handle, logistically, down here.

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Old 07-25-2007, 12:24 PM   #5
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I've tried to register at the site and it won't let me click to register after entering all the info. I think I may have already registered once, but now I want info on more of the cars. I guess there's no way to do that with their software, or else it's b0rked.
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:51 PM   #6
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OK who lives in OC?

I would make the 5 hour trek only if they had the 08 STI.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:01 PM   #7
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I'm 50+ miles south, but I'd drive up to check it out.
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:21 PM   #8
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OK who lives in OC?

I would make the 5 hour trek only if they had the 08 STI.

I live in OC. Give me an address and I'll go with my camera and see if i spot anything worth posting.
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:21 PM   #9
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I've tried to register at the site and it won't let me click to register after entering all the info.
Maybe you should wait until tomorrow.
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:26 PM   #10
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Maybe you're right.



I have no idea what day it is...
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Old 07-25-2007, 06:09 PM   #11
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they never have events like this in the southeast
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Old 07-25-2007, 09:13 PM   #12
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I'll be there helping you guys out!
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Old 07-25-2007, 09:26 PM   #13
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Where could I check for one of these in the North East?
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Old 07-26-2007, 01:29 AM   #14
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OK who lives in OC?

I would make the 5 hour trek only if they had the 08 STI.
Me!
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Old 07-26-2007, 03:06 PM   #15
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Where does one register? I don't see anything on the "Legend" web site.

Btw, I already drove the car Edmunds.com tested. My friend from Arcadia with a S2K wants to check out the new WRX. I have a friend's wedding to attend that afternoon too.

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Old 07-26-2007, 03:11 PM   #16
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Me!
Dude, you are like 15 minutes from there!
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Old 07-26-2007, 03:28 PM   #17
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Btw, I already drove the car Edmunds.com tested. My friend from Arcadia with a S2K wants to check out the new WRX. I have a friend's wedding to attend that afternoon too.
I was actually thinking about that when you wrote the post. Almost said something about giving other people a chance.
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Old 07-26-2007, 03:35 PM   #18
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Yeah, nothing there on that site would let me sign up for anything. Guess I won't be going.
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Link just takes you to the Suby site. Can't find any registration. Clue needed please. Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:33 PM   #20
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Link just takes you to the Suby site. Can't find any registration. Clue needed please. Thanks.

http://www.subaru.com/sub/misc/2008/...wrx/index.html


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Ouch, that's 120 miles north of me (according to Google maps) and over 2 hours if there's no traffic (through Orange and LA, nev4r!). $30+ bucks in gas and 4+ hours in traffic is a little more than I'd like to spend. That would have been a fun event.

Somebody go with a largish GRACO baby stroller and put it in the trunk of the 5-door and take pics -- I gotta see how much room there is to make a decision on the STI.
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Ouch, that's 120 miles north of me (according to Google maps) and over 2 hours if there's no traffic (through Orange and LA, nev4r!). $30+ bucks in gas and 4+ hours in traffic is a little more than I'd like to spend. That would have been a fun event.

Somebody go with a largish GRACO baby stroller and put it in the trunk of the 5-door and take pics -- I gotta see how much room there is to make a decision on the STI.
where in SD you located? take the 15n to the 210w and you'll cut through most of the traffic.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:05 PM   #23
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I'm in for the 2:00 time slot.
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I actually signed up for 1:00 PM even though I've already driven the car. Don't know if that will be cutting it too close w/ my friend's wedding at 4 PM. I just want to sit shotgun w/ a pro rally driver!

This thread should be good for those who get to drive the car at the event to post their impressions. I also want to see if their impressions are like mine (drives pretty much like the outgoing car).
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Somebody go with a largish GRACO baby stroller and put it in the trunk of the 5-door and take pics -- I gotta see how much room there is to make a decision on the STI.
THe one that folds? If it can fit in the back of my A3 (with upright backseats) it will fit in the STI.
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