Have You Ever Been To The Factory Where Your Car Was Made?
I’m one of the lucky ones.
In 2015, I was invited by Audi to journey across the Atlantic to Ingolstadt, home of quattro and so much more. It was a chicken and the egg scenario however, as I didn’t yet own an Audi. The trip had been arranged on behalf of U.S.–based media who would be shown an early look at the 2016 S3 Sedan, and a chance to belt it out on the Autobahn before anyone else in America.
And belt it, I did.
Comfortably, on snow tires, I hit 153 mph. A feat that, in hindsight, was incredibly foolish…but at the time, a semi-lethal cocktail of jet lag and German-engineered caffeine made me feel rather invincible.
It was this seminal experience: my first trip on various Autobahnen, my first trip to a factory that made automobiles at that scale, and it was without question an influence on my decision to purchase an A3. It’s been three months into ownership as my second car in Los Angeles, and I haven’t looked back.
Jump into the comments below and share your stories of pilgrimages to automotive mecca—lord knows a few of you must have awesome tales.