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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2012 04 2012 Spring Festival Of LX Page 2

As Chrysler entered into its merger with Fiat three years ago, the company showed some of its future products to a small number of its most passionate owners. This March, the Auburn Hills automaker returned to support a group of its most loyal owners, participating in the seventh annual Spring Festival of LX ("LX" refers to Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive platform debuting in 2005 as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum and later the Charger and Challenger).

With almost 1,000 vehicles and more than 3,000 enthusiasts, the event was hosted by the LX Forum, a grassroots effort bringing together a diverse group of Chrysler owners from all demographic groups. The event is held, of all places, in Southern California.

The event, which had fewer than 200 cars its first year, now requires use of the former Marine Corp El Toro Airfield in Tustin. With activities for every member of the LX family, it is now a highlight of the Southern California car-show calendar.


Above: Large Car Product Planner Eric Andrew speaks to the enthusiastic crowd. Below: Ralph Gilles, SRT CEO, Eric Andrew, and organizer John "Fatchance" Fortuno are all smiles looking out at almost 1,000 Chrysler-powered rear-wheel-drive cars at the 2012 Spring Festival of LX.