Ok, so I'm the Paul Revere for all you Model S Reservation holders. I'm assuming you all just got the e-mail about the Model S Factory Tour and Beta Test Drive in October??!!

So this is amazing news (especially since I live in Oakland). I wasn't expecting it to come so soon.

So who's with me? Who else is planning to attend?

(one small caveat is that we are expecting our first child on October yeah...that could get in the way.)

If there's anyone from Tesla reading this and you want to make sure your #1 fan and un-official sales rep is at the event, please make it END of October. :-)

Maestrokneer | August 29, 2011

So just got the notification that they've split it up over 2 days now, October 1st and October 2nd. I just was notified that I'm on October 2nd (I got my RSVP in within 3 minutes after receiving the e-mail, so they must be assigning days based on reservation number or last names or something).

Kind of a bummer because that's just a little bit more likely that the baby will arrive on or before that day. But oh well. Anyone else going on October 2nd?

Good news that there's such a high demand though. Glad to hear us Model S reservation holders are coming out in force.

Brant | August 29, 2011

Me too...
Oct 2nd at high noon

Discoducky | August 29, 2011

I'm Oct 1st at 5pm.

I'll do my best to update this thread or start a new one if I get any juicy information the night of the 1st so that anyone who goes on the 2nd can validate the information or build on it.

Larry Chanin | August 29, 2011


Those reservation holders who who haven't received an invitation yet, and whose Internet Service Provider is Verizon, should contact Tesla if they wish to attend the tour and ride event.

Here is an excerpt of an email I received from Tesla:

"Looking into your account and many other customers who have a Verizon domain, we’ve found many communication errors. We are working with our email vendor and many ISPs across the nation to fix the problem."


Trnsl8r | August 29, 2011

There's a theory brewing that T pushed the local reservation holders to Sunday, presumably to avoid disrupting already-made travel plans for those coming from longer distances.

That would fit with my own situation.

Ty | August 29, 2011

S23 from Vancouver, BC, Canada. My invite is for 01OCT11 at 17:00. My wife and I will definitely be there.

Anonymous | August 30, 2011

I just have to wait and hope that you who attend Are taking pictures and tell us about it.
I was at Tesla in april, but was not allowed two tuch the Model S but only look through the Windows.
Are going to Florida next summer and hope then to see or try it.
Greetings from Bryne,

Maestrokneer | August 30, 2011

That would make a lot of sense. I'm local as well. I'd be interested to see if there were any NON-locals that got moved to Oct. 2nd to test the theory.

Larry Chanin | August 30, 2011

I'm convinced that the scheduling scheme of moving the locals to Sunday is deliberate and makes sense to minimize disrupting travel arraignments made by of out-of-towners. However, Tesla will try to accommodate exceptions. My wife and I had a scheduling conflict for Saturday and were given a reservation on Sunday despite being from Florida.

Brad Holt | August 30, 2011

@Chinook234 - I shoot stills and video for a living. Trust me, I'm gonna shoot that car until somebody pulls me back! :P

georgevet | August 30, 2011

Hi all,

I got the newsletter on 8/12 stating that the invites are coming in about ten days. Have not received the actual invite to this point. Checked my spam filter and I don't use Verizon.

Anyone else in my shoes? I am 3065 of GP on the waiting list


Calle | August 30, 2011

Traveling from Norway for the event. Sad i can't bring my Roadster.
See you there on 1. Oct !

David M. | August 30, 2011

I recommend you give them a call.

Slindell | August 30, 2011

I am local (San Jose) Sig reserver and have a Saturday timeslot.

gjunky | August 31, 2011

I had no idea they split it across two days and already booked flights for Saturday. I just double checked my confirmation and luckily I am on Saturday at 5pm. I will definitely bring a camera or two.

stephenpace | August 31, 2011

Got my slot for noon on the second day. Can't wait! Texas in the house! :-)

TJK | August 31, 2011

I'll be there on Saturday. Flying in from Philly on Friday night!

RobPaul | August 31, 2011

My reservation came for Sunday at 12:00 - and I am coming from Santa Cruz (CA. Actually prefer that day anyway. Can't wait to see it. I am sure they are pretty nervous at Tesla about now! Down to T-30 days until the event. Can't wait!

Brian H | August 31, 2011

I wonder if Toyoda will drop in to share an announcement with Elon, and maybe score a gift custom Beta S.


gjunky | September 1, 2011

Does anyone have a reservation EARLIER then Saturday 5pm?

mcornwell | September 1, 2011

My Saturday reservation is at 5PM. Are all of the Sunday ones at noon?

I have an email into the Event staff asking about the possibility of moving mine to Sunday, as it would fit my early Sunday Triathlon *much* better with my 1.25 hour flight from San Diego.

BruceR | September 6, 2011

Just received my formal invitation after bugging them a bit. Also received a few answers to my event questions from a customer advocate.

"With regards to the event, here is a bit more information for you:

• The event will feature a Model S Test Ride and Tesla Factory tour.

• Refreshments and appetizers will be served throughout the event and we have taken into account various dietary needs.

• Since customers will be touring an operational production facility, closed toe shoes and comfortable attire is recommended.

• Photography will be allowed in certain areas and official Tesla photos will be published after the event.

• The event will not have a “hard close” time. We plan to provide test rides to all reservation holders who are interested.

• Approximately two to three hours after start of the event, a formal presentation will be provided by a member of Tesla’s executive staff."

Vawlkus | September 7, 2011

Will there be a chance to have more than one ride?

I kinda doubt it, but it's nice to dream :P

breading | September 7, 2011

Is it possible to live stream or at least post a video of the formal presentation for those of us unable to make the trip to California?

Brian H | September 9, 2011

Vawlkus | September 7, 2011 - 4:43am new

Will there be a chance to have more than one ride?

I kinda doubt it, but it's nice to dream :P
Nah, but you should be able to raid the food trays multiple times.

Brian H | September 9, 2011

luvly, the HTML tags have stopped working.

My response above begins with "Nah", of course.


Timo | September 9, 2011

Testing italic bold underline

Volker.Berlin | September 10, 2011

Brian H, the HTML tags are implicitly closed when a new paragraph begins. That's not exactly pure HTML, but it makes a lot of sense b/c people frequently mistype the closing tags, or forget them entirely. It's easy to deal with once you know it -- just enclose each paragraph with the desired formatting tags.

Brian H | September 11, 2011

Everything prior to "Nah" was enclosed in the italics tags, and nothing showed.

Volker.Berlin | September 12, 2011

Brian H, this discussion is seriously OT, but I give it another shot. Breathe calmly and read my posting once again, then have another look at yours. The first paragraph does show italics, so it all makes perfect sense. I, too, was confused when I saw this behavior for the first time, but I did not find it too hard to grasp (and certainly not worth 5 OT posts).

Brian H | September 14, 2011

I doubt that it is a matter of automatic closing of tags for each paragraph.

But here's a test.

The first two paras should be italicized.

The last two should be bold.

Brian H | September 14, 2011

Blech. They do close automatically. What a stupid system. Utterly inappropriate for the blockquote tag, especially.

Brad Holt | September 14, 2011

Well, I'm glad we got that all cleared up. #movingon

BruceR | September 22, 2011

Over 2000 people for test drives on Saturday!!! Didn't get home from work till late today and found every pre-registartion for the test drives booked already. Guess it's the waiting line for me.

David M. | September 23, 2011

I was happy to see Tesla adopt the Disney "Fast Pass" concept for line management, to minimize waiting time. If they take it a step further, I will really be impressed.

Many of the theme parks have a separate line for single riders, that is used to fill up a car without delaying departure of the ride. I presume that each ride-along will take 3 passengers (one in front, and two in back). Some of the attendees will come as 2, and some will come as 1. Without the single rider line, the host will be yelling out to attendees in line "anyone riding alone?", to try and fill the car. This will delay departures, and make everyone wait longer. Either way, I'm glad they have given it some thought already.

I'm also looking forward to the 80 minute factory tour. This is much better than a cursory 15 minute tour. This, combined with the ride-along makes my 2,400 mile trip worth it.

I'm really looking forward to my trip next week, and being in the company of 3,000 "forward thinking people".

Brad Holt | September 23, 2011

Great ideas David! I'm superpumped about the trip too! And, before anybody else does it:


Vawlkus | September 26, 2011

Oh yeah?


BYT | September 26, 2011

Damn It! I was too late to book my reserved time. I guess I'll just show up on the first and hope for the best as I'm already committed for the 2nd.