Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 18-year-old Camden Smith from North Carolina was brought to the attention of Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), Inc. A devoted Subaru fan, Smith wanted to visit the SIA plant in Lafayette, Indiana, to see Subaru vehicles being built.
At the end of August 2008, the associates of SIA granted that wish, plus a little more. In a two-day visit to Lafayette, Smith and his family started with a VIP tour of the plant. They saw how Subaru Legacy, Outback, and Tribeca models are manufactured – starting from rolls of steel and ending with vehicles driving off the assembly line. Throughout the plant, the family was greeted with banners and gifts from SIA associates. Following the plant tour, the family visited SIA’s recreation center, wildlife habitat areas, and test track.
On the second day, Camden Smith was the honorary grand marshal of an autocross event at SIA. He was escorted to the plant by the Itasca (Illinois) Police Department’s Subaru WRX STI police vehicle (see the Fall 2008 Drive “Subaru News” story at www.drive.subaru.com). Smith took the first lap with ICY Racing/Phoenix Performance co-owner and driver Dave Rosenblum of the Subaru Road Racing Team. Then he participated in the autocross, driving the Legacy 2.5GT spec.B owned by SIA President and CEO Masahiro Kasai.
In early October 2008, Camden Smith was present at the Subaru events held during the GT LIVE East weekend at VIRginia International Raceway south of Danville, Virginia.