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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Purchase your tickets online (opening February 2020) and you will be able to check-in using the confirmation email or showing your ID when you arrive on site. Please remember your email confirmation or your ID and Driver’s License. Some on-site tickets might be available for sale closer to the event; however, we have a maximum cut-off.

General parking is available close to registration check-in. We will also have VIP/Exotic Car Parking at the VIP Pavilion.

You are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages to the venue, and there is no tailgating at Drive Festival. You are permitted to bring beverages and food to the venue. Bring a refillable water bottle as we will have some water stations to refill bottles.

We encourage you to capture and share your experience and remember to tag us or use the hashtag #drivefestival in your social posts. Please do not use cameras, or set up in-car cameras, while test driving vehicles.

Drive Festival is an open event, and we have accessible parking at the VIP Pavilion. On-site shuttles will also accommodate those with special accessibility needs.

Local hotel listings are available here.

Amazing cars shown at speed on our Dream Car Speed Run, four test-tracks, VIP Pavilion, Family Area and Manufacturer Displays makes Drive Festival a dynamic automotive event, unlike any other in Canada! Drive Festival’s format is based off one of the most popular car events in the world.

Everything from family fare and eclectic food trucks to champagne and oysters is available at Drive Festival. The diversity of automobiles only surpasses the variety of food on site.

Drive Festival prides itself on not only having new manufacturer cars but providing a variety of exciting cars from exotics, classics, trucks, historical, sports, muscle, luxury, domestic, European and all imports. We will also have some famous, classic and modern race cars on site. Drive Festival is all about the thrill of cars at speed.

Our event focuses on vehicles that are being driven and loved with less of a focus on Concours cars that you may see at Cobble Beach the following week.  https://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/

Test Tracks

Manufacturers will be managing their test drives individually, but we have 4 test tracks on-site with the possibility of some further dynamic displays. There is a zero-tolerance policy for any alcohol or drugs while driving on any of our tracks.

All vehicles will have professional driving instructors or manufacturer representatives with you as you drive and you must follow their directions.

Test tracks are available on a first-come, first-served basis and we will let attendees know the cars available a few months prior the event.

Manufacturer Track

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs.
Additional Passengers: Likely allowed as long as they complete a waiver and wear a seat belt.

See the manufacturer display onsite to book a test-drive.

This 3 km country drive will get you acquainted with manufacturer cars in a safe and controlled environment. Designed around a real-world country drive with a couple of moderate turns, and controlled speed means this closed roadway is suitable for anyone with a valid driver’s license. A variety of manufacturer cars will be available including electric, hybrid, SUVs, cars and trucks.

Off-road Track

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs.
Additional Passengers: Likely allowed as long as they complete a waiver and wear a seat belt.

See the manufacturer display onsite to book a test-drive.

Our off-road test track isn’t for the squeamish as these gullies, ditches, dunes and drop-offs challenge manufacturer SUVs and trucks on our 1.5 km loop.

Performance Track 

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs, Possible Security Deposit and Possible Additional Cost.
Additional Passengers: Passengers are not allowed on the Performance Track unless a professional driver is driving them.

See the manufacturer directly onsite to book a test-drive.

Experience the ultimate rush as you test drive sports, muscle and performance cars with professional instructors around our 2.88 km closed-circuit driver development track.

Hagerty Classic Car Drive or Learn to Drive a Stick

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs.
Additional Passengers: Likely allowed as long as they complete a waiver and wear a seat belt.

See Hagerty Insurance on-site, and they will let you know of availability.

Booking & Tickets

Online registration opens in February 2020. The earlier you register, the more you save.

To guarantee yourself a spot at the event, purchase a ticket online. We may have some limited day-of tickets on-site, but they will be more costly.

Complimentary parking, access to all the display/test drive areas, Dream Car Speed Run viewing, a show guide – Drive Festival is the place for car enthusiasts.

Complimentary VIP parking, VIP shuttles, gift bag, access to the 23,000 square foot VIP Pavilion building, as well as all-inclusive premium food and beverages – VIP tickets are exclusive and limited to a few hundred per day.

The weekend pass will allow you unfettered access to the entire weekend, where day-of passes are only applicable for the day you purchased.

No refunds on tickets. We will allow the resale of tickets through our platform with details coming at a later time. 

Please show up for the day you purchased your ticket. Weekend passes will also be available. 

Once your ticket is purchased we will be able to find your name easily on event site – all you need is a valid id. Once you pay online we have a record of you and you are in the system.

Accommodations & Parking

General parking is available within 600 metres of event registration. For VIPs and Exotic cars, there is an additional parking area at the VIP Pavilion.

Shuttle service is available around the park and to the test-drive areas. You can also choose to walk as many of the features are located within a short walk (less than 600 metres) from the main festival area.

 

We recommend that attendees bring suitable closed-toe walking shoes to the venue. 

See our accommodation page here.

Drive Festival is not allowing camping or tailgating at our event. 

Yes, we will accommodate any person with special requirements.

Attending the Event

Test Tracks

Manufacturers will be managing their test drives individually, but we have 4 test tracks on-site with the possibility of some further dynamic displays. There is a zero-tolerance policy for any alcohol or drugs while driving on any of our tracks.

Test tracks are available on a first-come, first-served basis and we will let attendees know the cars available a few months prior to the event.

Manufacturer Track

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs.

See the manufacturer display onsite to book a test-drive.

This 3 km country drive will get you acquainted with manufacturer cars in a safe and controlled environment. Designed around a real-world country drive with a couple of moderate turns, and controlled speed means this closed roadway is suitable for anyone with a valid driver’s license. A variety of manufacturer cars will be available including electric, hybrid, SUVs, cars and trucks.

Off-road Track

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs
See the manufacturer display onsite to book a test-drive.

Our off-road test track isn’t for the squeamish as these gullies, ditches, dunes and drop-offs challenge manufacturer SUVs and trucks on our 1.5 km loop.

Performance Track

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs, Possible Security Deposit and Possible Additional Cost
See the manufacturer directly onsite to book a test-drive.

Experience the ultimate rush as you test drive sports, muscle and performance cars with professional instructors around our 2.88 km closed-circuit driver development track.

Hagerty Classic Car Drive or Learn to Drive a Stick

Required: Valid Driver’s License, Waiver, Zero Tolerance for Alcohol or Drugs

See Hagerty Insurance on-site, and they will let you know of availability.

General parking is available close to registration check-in. We will also have VIP/Exotic Car Parking at the VIP Pavilion.
Shuttle services will be available on the festival grounds, but most of the features are available within a short walking distance. We advise that attendees wear sensible closed-toe shoes they can walk in comfortably.

This event is not open to general lapping.

Should you have an interesting or special car that fits into our Dream Car Speed Run, please fill out an application here.

Manufacturers will be here to promote their vehicles, and if you want to purchase one, they will help you with a purchase. 

Please follow the look, but don’t touch approach, for private and Dream Car Speed Run cars. Some manufacturer cars will be available to view, touch and sit-in, but most of the exotic cars are not open for the general public to touch or sit-in. If in doubt, ask a manufacturer representative or owner for a closer look!
We recommend that attendees bring suitable walking and/or closed toe shoes. Those attending the garden party or VIP area we recommend smart casual attire; however, the essential part is that you are comfortable!
Many types of food are available at Drive Festival with everything from family fare and eclectic food trucks to champagne and oysters. The diversity of automobiles only surpasses the variety of food on-site.
Drive Festival is an outdoor event, and it operates rain or shine. In the event of lightning, please seek safe shelter in one of the buildings (washrooms, VIP Pavilion) on-site or in a car or trailer with a roof.
We love animals, but Drive Festival does not allow pets on site. Cars, crowds and animals do not mix well.
Drive Festival is a family-friendly event, and we have family activities to keep them engaged. Remind your kids of our look, but no touch policy on private and Dream Car Speed Run cars.
Sorry, there are no ATMs or Money Trees on-site, but credit card purchases are available.

Medical

General medical services for attendees are available on site.

Security

We will have on-site security. If you have a problem, please seek out an event staff member, and they will find the police or security.

Lost property

A lost and found will be located at the main registration tent.

Sustainability & Environment

Please carpool whenever possible.