We were approached by a member of the Ozark Rotary Club to share our story about our Tesla. Now, we have never turned down an opportunity to share the technology of our Model S and this time was no different.
After we were introduced to a crowd of about 30 or so we recognized several people who have already had a ride and knew all about our Tesla. There were many who had never heard of a Tesla and some interest was piqued. We shared our story from how it all started to offering rides. No takers.
Several people had questions which we happily answered and when it was over we again offered rides. Again, no takers. We felt we had done what we were asked to do and left.
Imagine our surprise when we headed toward our car and it was quickly surrounded by those who wanted an up close look. Referral codes were passed out, more questions were asked, there was a genuine interest.
October is the last month for cruise-ins. It's a great Saturday evening we really enjoy. At first we weren't sure we were welcome since our Tesla isn't rebuilt or modified and it isn't old ... but we were pleasantly surprised.
Last Saturday we attended a new cruise-in, Wiregrass Cars and Coffee and were quickly approached by the organizer who was thrilled to see a Tesla in person ... we even had a chance to take him for a ride!
This is our second summer of cruise-ins and we're still not tired of attending them. People seem to really want to see a Tesla up close and personal and when we offer them a chance to sit it in the ohhhs and ahhhs, make it all worth it and some even get a chance to go for a ride.
Last night I missed a cruise-in I really enjoy ... New South Cruisers in Dothan (Red Elephant parking lot). Tom was able to go and, as usual, had a wonderful time. I, on the other hand, had a previous commitment at a local art exhibition, Virtuoso, at the Dowling Museum - Ann Rudd Art Center, which many of us fondly refer to as "The Rudd." It was a great show and I'm glad I went ... but my heart was at the cruise-in.
Despite a one hundred and four degree heat index this show was well attended and we had a blast sharing Tesla's technology) with many from the little ones to the seasoned car buffs. It's always exciting for us! We passed out tons of business cards and look forward to hearing for those who want to go for a ride!
Nothing is more fun that sharing something I love with friends. Paula and Tammy, two dear friends, and I took the Tesla out for a spin ... laughter with these two is a given!
We have had so many people look at, sit in, or ride in our Tesla I thought I'd share our Tesla album. If you see yourself, feel free to leave me a comment noting the number of the picture and I'll add your name.
Saturday morning ... a pretty quick shopping trip to Dothan and heading home when we stopped at the light at the Circle and US 231, in the right lane of a two-lane left turn. A relative new SUV-type vehicle pulled up next to us. After he and I made eye contact, he lowered his right window, "Nice car."
We chatted for a few seconds when he smiled and extended his arms showing me his car, "a Ford Escape" he said, grinning. Then he said, "one day ... one day, man ..."
Any Tesla driver/owner can relate to this, but I still find it amusing.
While traveling down the road on a 4-lane divided, I often encounter a vehicle hanging back at seven o'clock. Within a few seconds - and sometimes a full minute - they are side-by-side at nine o'clock. When I look over, I get a thumbs up!
If an opportunity presents itself, we find ourselves side-by-side once again, often after some crazy maneuvering, where windows open and a conversation begins. And, sometimes the conversation continues at the next opportunity. Once in awhile, it even involves meeting in a parking lot or somewhere where the observer and check it out up close and personal!
us to head home for more research! With US Highway 231 and 431 being a main roads to Florida, there will be increasing opportunities to see a Tesla on the road.
We extend our thanks to Operations Chief Jason Maertens and Lieutenant Mike Mixon for their hospitality!