In 2016, Ram did just that. By bringing the Ram Truck Territory Ride & Drive to the 5 biggest agriculture shows (and letting them drive and ride in the trucks), Ram delivered many important impressions on buyers. This year’s ag show list included:
- World Agriculture Expo – Tulare, CA: 2/8 – 2/12/16
- Wisconsin Farm Technology Days – Zenda, WI: 7/18 – 7/22/16
- Farm Progress Show – Boone, IA: 8/28 – 9/2/16
- Husker Harvest Days – Grand Island, NE: 9/12 – 9/16/16
- Sunbelt Ag Expo – Moultrie, GA: 10/17- 10/21/16
Luckily, the ag events weren’t plagued with rain this year as they were in 2015. In fact, of all of the event days in this year’s tour, only part of one day was lost to foul weather conditions.
The new format for these events has Gordinier Group drivers piloting the trucks on the interior, off-road track. GG drivers tackle the precision driving on the off-road obstacles while delivering information – specs, features, and why buys – to the passenger guests.
Meanwhile, 3 tow vehicles circle the perimeter of the space, giving guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a tow rig to experience Ram’s best in class towing prowess. Guests chose between a 3500 dually with a gooseneck trailer (loaded with Case farm equipment), a 2500 pulling a horse trailer full of hay, or a 1500 with trailer loaded with a side-by-side or personal watercraft. In this situation, GG drivers ride shotgun, giving towing tips and product details.
Together, these two tracks give guests a nice picture of what the trucks are capable of doing in practical situations.
Houston Auto Show 1/22 – 1/26/14
World Agriculture Expo 2/11 – 2/13/14
Dallas Auto Show 2/19 – 2/23/14
Cleveland Auto Show 3/1 – 3/1914
Rodeo Austin 3/1 – 3/16/14
After winning the Motor Trend “Truck of the Year” award for the second consecutive year (for the 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel), Ram trucks has upped the ante on their experiential marketing efforts. By adding additional indoor auto sh0ow tracks as well as adding outdoor shows, Ram is working hard to spread the news about how great their product is.
Gordinier Group is fortunate and proud to be on the front line of that push, as our drivers are the conduit between the brand and the consumers.
We are looking forward to our next Ram event next week at the American Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
September 11-13, 2012
Every September since 1978 the World’s Largest Totally Irrigated Working Farm Show™ spans 1000 acres of former U.S. Army land just west of Grand Island, Nebraska. Husker Harvest Days showcases the latest technologies covering farm equipment, agriculture products and advanced cropping methods. With nearly 600 vendors, it could take several days for event guests to see all of the impressive, state-of-the art demonstrations.
This was the second year that the Gordinier Group took to the corn fields with the Ram Truck Ride and Drive Experience, presenting the Ram Brand’s cutting-edge capabilities. Attendees were able to test drive the 2012 Ram vehicle line-up (including the 1500 Outdoorsman “Mossy Oak Edition” and the 2500 Power Wagon) over a demanding off-road driving course. Gordinier Group product specialists demonstrated the trucks’ superior handling over strenuous articulation, suspension, body strength and stability obstacles. Check out some photos below of the Gordinier Group crew connecting both huskers and farmers from all over the nation with the truck that’s going to get their job done.
August 10-11, 2012
The Ram Truck Brand presented this year’s Bass Pro Shops Land & Wildlife Expo, an event held at the Gaylord Opryland Nashville, Tennessee geared towards landowners, land managers and hunters alike. The two day affair was packed with activities comprised of seminars with the nation’s top experts in land conservation, wildlife management and hunting strategies. Indoor and outdoor exhibits introduced the hottest products, services, and technology for managing habitat and hunting your favorite game as well as hands on demonstrations with the top manufacturers of ATVs, archery, firearms, trucks and tractors.
The Gordinier Group Product Specialists returned to Music City for their second year at the Expo, hosting the Ram Truck ride and drive experience on an extensive 5 acre off-roading course. Land and Wildlife guests pushed the boundaries of the 2012 Ram Truck line up on obstacles exhibiting the Body Strength, Stability, Articulation, Traction and Suspension of the 1500 Big Horn, 1500 Outdoorsman and 2500 Power Wagon. Attendees also had the opportunity to complete a towing demonstration with the 3500 6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel hauling a trailer equipped with a Case tractor. Hall Brothers Racing completed the event with Rammunition Monster Truck demonstrations daily.
Take a look at Zvents.com’s coverage of the event HERE
March 30 – April 1, 2012
The 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS honored the top country artists as well as up and coming musicians this past weekend, broadcasting LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday night. The festivities, however, extended the entire weekend as the Academy of Country Music hosted the first ever ACM EXPERIENCE. “Las Vegas is already a destination for so many country music fans and The ACM Experience is a natural extension of the Academy’s focus on bringing them the best in free, family-friendly events that promote the genre and provide additional exposure for both established acts and new artists,” said, Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
The country lifestyle event was open Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-9pm and Sunday 10-4pm at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. In addition to live country music artists and world class BBQ vendors, the ACM Expo was held inside the Mandalay Convention Center where unique vendors displayed customized jewelry, western wear and furniture items for sale. The ACM BBQ Throwdown roped in the competitive BBQ circuit, offering a $50,000 prize and the Ram Ride and Drive outdoor test track put country fans in the seats of the new 2012 Ram 1500 trucks.
The Gordinier Group professional drivers donned their country garb and joined in the fair, demonstrating to event guests the best-in-class performance and capabilities of the 2012 Ram 1500 Express, Sport, Outdoorsman, Lone Star Big Horn® and Laramie®. The closed course included obstacles exhibiting the vehicles’ ground clearance, articulation, body strength, suspension and traction. Country music legends Zac Brown, Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin and James Wesley were some of the most enthusiastic participants.
“Ram Truck fans and country music fans are one and the same as they are cut from the same cloth of authenticity with a genuine work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are excited to be a part of this first-ever fan experience event at the ACM Awards and to give our mutual fans the opportunity to ride, drive and experience the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market.”
Check out the Academy’s event coverage HERE.
The Country Vibe provides the whole line up on their blog post HERE.
KTNV Channel 13 covers the ACM Experience with live footageHERE.
March 9 – 24, 2012
Rodeo Austin wrapped up its 75th Anniversary on Saturday, a milestone for what has become one of Austin’s premier events, spotlighting ProRodeo events, daily concerts and a livestock showcase. The Gordinier Group was back for the Ram Test Drive’s third year in a row. This year brought exciting new obstacles to the closed course.
Rodeo guests took their pick from Ram lineup including the 1500 Longhorn, 2500 Laramie 6.7, 2500 Lone Star 6.7, 2500 Outdoorsman Hemi, 3500 Chassis Cab and 3500 Longhorn, driving through rolling hills to test the trucks’ traction, 30-degree tilts to display the vehicles’ stability and turning circles to demonstrate the turning radius. Here’s what consumers had to say about the experience:
“I never thought I could drive a truck, but it turns so easy!”
“It actually rides smoother than I expected for a truck this size!”
Ram test drivers received a $10 gift card for their participation which they were given the option to donate to the Rodeo Austin Scholarship Fund. This year, Ram worked with the volunteers at the rodeo and were thrilled to donate over $10,000 to the Rodeo Austin Scholarship Fund.
Check out all the events at Rodeo Austin HERE.
NAR Chrysler Ride and Drive
November 12-14, 2011
Gordinier Group activated a Chrysler Brand Ride and Drive to the National Association of Realtors® this past weekend, as Chrysler is the official automotive brand for the organization. Vehicles available to test drive on the streets of Anaheim, California were the Chrysler 200, 300, Town and Country, the Dodge Charger, Durango, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500.
NAR Treasurer, Bill Armstrong, wanted to be one of the first among those to sign up to drive as he also plans on being the first NAR member to utilize the REALTORS Benefits® Program. He plans on purchasing a Town and Country minivan and had only good things to say about the automotive brand. “I like buying American. Chrysler is one of the most innovative manufacturers.”