2017 WAJ Media Days

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Date(s) - 04/25/2017 - 04/27/2017
All Day

The Monterey Tides Hotel


The WAJ Media Days team is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Media Day in scenic Monterey April 25th ~ 27th

WAJ Media Days returns to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula and Mazda Raceway for a 3-day extravaganza that is the WAJ “must attend” event of the year.

This year our headquarters will at the Monterey Tides Hotel. The Tides will also serve as the site of our annual banquet, as well as several of our Media Days activities.

The 25th Annual Media Days will take place over a three-day period, beginning with registration and buffet dinner on Tuesday, April 25th, the Ride-and-Drive on Wednesday April 26th with on and off road driving opportunities and lunch at the scenic Quail Lodge, followed by a day of track testing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Thursday, April 27th.  Please note that only credentialed WAJ members may drive the vehicles that will be available during Media Days.  Associate Members and Guests are welcome to ride along as passengers. You must have renewed your 2017 WAJ Membership in order to attend.  You can renew your membership HERE.

Here is our current schedule.  We are still working on additional activities, so check back for updates.

Arrival Day – Tuesday – April 25, 2017
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Afternoon Registration at the Monterey Tides
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sponsored Buffet at the Tides

On/Off Road Ride and Drive – Wednesday – April 26, 2017
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM Registration at the Monterey Tides
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Sponsored Breakfast at the Monterey Tides
9:00 AM – Drive from the Tides to Quail Lodge
9:30 AM – Arrival at the Quail Lodge. The Ride & Drive and Land Rover sponsored Off-Road course starts at 9:30. Both will be based out of the Quail Lodge and the Land Rover Experience Center.
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Sponsored Morning snacks and coffee
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Sponsored Lunch & Presentation at the Quail Lodge
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Ride & Drive and the Land Rover sponsored Off-Road driving
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Sponsored Afternoon Desert and drinks
4:00 PM – Return to the Monterey Tides at 4PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sponsored Reception at the Tides
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Dinner and Keynote Address, Silent Auction and Raffle.
 9:00 PM – After-glow gathering at the Tides

Track Evaluation Thursday – April 27, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Sponsored Breakfast and Driver Orientation (Mandatory) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Driver Orientation on the track
9:30 AM – 11:45 AM Vehicle evaluation on the track
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Sponsored Lunch in the garage
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Vehicle evaluation on the track
4:00 PM – Mazda Raceway Closes.

Early Bird Pricing
Register to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for WAJ Members of $80 until April 14th. After April 14th the Member ticket price is $155.00.

Want to Attend for Free?
Volunteer to be a WAJ reporter or photographer for Media Days. We need a few good journalists and photographers to do daily Media Days updates on our web and social media sites.  If you are interested, contact our Communications VP for more information.

Monterey Tides Hotel
We are pleased to announce a discounted rate for WAJ members. The rate is $140/night with no resort fee. Due to a bug in the hotel’s booking system when you make the reservation you will see a rate of $155/night plus a resort fee. This is NOT the final rate and when you check in to the hotel the rate will show as $140/night with no resort fee. Only full members will see the discount, additional rooms or non-members that book with this link are not eligible for the discounted rate. Reserve Your Room Now.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
WAJ Guest Ticket
Full 3-day program including meals.
WAJ Member Ticket
Early-Bird Special for the full 3-day program including meals
Banquet Dinner Only Ticket
Full Banquet Dinner, does not include drive or track programs
Lunch Only Ticket
Lunch for Tuesday or Wednesday, does not include drive or track programs