I'm continuing to think about this Toyota Scion event on Alcatraz. I didn't mention it in the original post two days ago, but the event was called ExpreScion 07 (notice the clever inclusion of the car name there). It turns out that this was a pretty big event. I'd like to know more about it, so I'm making some phone calls now and will write another article soon to answer some questions that have been floating through my mind. In the meantime, check out this video someone has added to YouTube. It's ten minutes long, and, just a word of caution, there is a tiny bit of adult language (I counted the 's' word two times near the begining), other than that, the video is clean. A few things to notice: The Scion's parked as the video starts, and National Park Rangers talking to the crowd at 0:35 and at 4:36.
I was struck by one of the participants comments who seems to be just as confused as I am about why Alcatraz is being used in such a way (Ferris Plock at 2:54): "It's very heavy, going through the cells. It's just, the intensity of it. We're having this celebration out here where so many people suffered. It's really kind of, it's hard. But ... (shrug)." Here's the video.