I attended the Ride and Drive in Southern California today. Someone stated on the Forum it was for dealers only. Well, this is true. But, you just don't know me. I went to the Ride and Drive today in San Bernardino, CA., at the Orange Show Center. I parked at Gate 9, followed the signs for the Pontiac Event and went to the Registration Line. I was dressed with shirt, slacks and a tie (looking like a Pontiac Salesman). The registrar asked for my Drivers License. They couldn't find my name on the list. But I did not sweat. Even though they couldn't find my name, they added me to the bottom of the list. They made a badge for me, had me sign a release waiver for the drive and sent me to Blue Group/ #1. This event is great, I was amazed at how much more I knew about the car then the average Joe salesperson. Saw several slide presentations and had close up personal experiences with the cars. "THE SOLSTICE IS AMAZING IN PERSON". Words can't describe how awesome this car really is. It is a real head turner. On display inside the event were three solstices: Mysterious fully loaded and two Cools. I just missed out on the open course drive, but made it on time to the closed course drive session. "THE MOMENT OF TRUTH". After the inside event presentations, it was time for me to drive. I couldn't believe I pulled off getting into this event and getting a badge to drive! I drove a Sly Gray Solstice on the closed cone course. "THE CAR IS MORE THAN I EXPECTED!" This car sticks to the ground better than my previously owned Porsche Boxster. It handles as good as the Lotus Elise. I am too impressed with this car. Pontiac could have easily put a $30,000 tag on this one. During the closed course session, I also test drove the Honda S2000 (rough drive) and a 2005 MX-5 Miata (felt cheap). These are my personal experiences, you'll only know for yourself on a test drive. I did take video shots, I'll post through "putfile" within the next few days. If you live in Southern California, the Event is a three day event at 689 E. St. San Bernardino, CA. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Even if you can't get in. You can view the cars from the street. Total Solstices on Site, about 15!