Posted on August 19, 2018 by Matt Pressman
Guest Blog Post: David Lucht, President of Tesla Drivers Club; Editor's Note: Tesla Drivers Club organized a special road trip to Las Vegas in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society — David's recap follows below. EVANNEX was proud to sponsor the event.
We started the drive from Phoenix on Friday, May 25th in the morning. Soon after departing, we came across another car club consisting of mostly Camaro's — interesting to say the least. After charging in Wickenburg and Kingman, Arizona we made it to Las Vegas in the afternoon. Once we arrived we had a group dinner at the Lazy Dog Restaurant while we charged our vehicles at the Town Square Tesla Supercharger just across the parking lot.
Above: Tesla Driver's Club members stop at Lazy Dog Restaurant and charge up at the local Supercharger station (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
On Saturday morning, the team at the Tesla Showroom welcomed us with refreshments and gave us a tour of the facility. This large free-standing building contains a showroom, service center and delivery center all in one location. A Tesla Energy Advisor gave us a demonstration of Tesla's fully-integrated energy ecosystem. We also handed out gift bags provided by EVANNEX to our members and the Tesla Team. One of the cool items in each bag was the book Getting Ready for Model 3 by Roger Pressman.
Parked out front at the Tesla Showroom, we had all red cars on display featuring at least one of each — Model S, Model X and Model 3. A Tesla Drivers Club member demonstrated the summon feature with their Model S. We also gave test drives in a Model 3 that was rented on the Turo car rental marketplace. Members that were approved on Turo were fully-insured to test drive the vehicle on their own.
Above: Members parked their Teslas out front and some offered test drives (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
This event was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We had the privilege of meeting Josiah LaRow, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. He attended the Tesla Showroom event and left us with information about the benefits of the American Cancer Society and how donations are used.
Above: A Tesla road trip for a good cause (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
Later in the day, we visited Red Rock Canyon located approximately 20 miles west of Las Vegas where we enjoyed the one-way 13-mile scenic drive.
Above: Arriving at Red Rock Canyon (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
Afterwards, we took a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel just after sunset. Within 15 minutes we were 550 feet above the Las Vegas strip with 360 views of the city. Currently this is the world's tallest ferris wheel.
Above: Teslas parking in front of the iconic High Roller Observation Wheel as the sun goes down (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
Sunday was our last day in Las Vegas. We made the one hour drive up to Mt. Charleston and had lunch with Rufus Perry and some of his members of the Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group at the Mt. Charleston Lodge. At just over 7,700 feet elevation, it was only 42 degrees and raining compared to 90 degrees and sunny when we left Las Vegas at 2,000 feet.
Above: Pulling up to the Mt. Charleston Lodge and getting a bite to eat (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
Afterwards we headed to the Hoover Dam for a tour and then made the 6+ hour drive back to Phoenix.
Above: Checking out the Hoover Dam (Source: Tesla Drivers Club)
Tesla Drivers Club is officially recognized by Tesla as part of the Tesla Owners Club Program with the chapter name of Tesla Owners Arizona. Soon after the event, we helped the Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group become an official club within the Tesla Owners Club Program with the chapter name of Tesla Owners Las Vegas.
Source: Tesla Drivers Club