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Cruise to the Beach, 21st Century Style

August 27, 2019 4:32 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)


Thanks to events like TOCNYS’ recent Cruise to the Beach, the term “Sunday drivers” is taking on a whole new meaning. Contrary to the inexperienced, slow drivers of yesteryear, on Sunday, August 18 on Long Island over 25 people in over a dozen Tesla vehicles, some of which were driving themselves, made a caravan truly fit for the 21st century.



Assembling at the Valley Stream, NY Tesla Supercharger starting around 8:30 AM, the cars had a chance to swap stories and take pictures as they let their cars top up their batteries. There was even a demonstration of the latest version of Enhanced Summons, where one’s car drives itself (with nobody in the car, mind you) from its parking spot over to its waiting owner - like an invisible valet service.


At 9:30 AM the caravan officially commenced on Sunrise Highway to the Richard L. Brooks Memorial Park, about a 45-minute drive to the southeast. A general strategy was employed in attempt to “manage” the ¼ mile long caravan: "I and my co-pilot Warren were in the first car, while the last car in line would notify me if anyone got stuck at a traffic, in which case we, the front-runners, would pull off to the side. Which worked out well."





Not wanting to pass up any photo ops, there was a brief stop at the Jones Beach water tower to get some videos, stills, and drone shots of the caravan.

   


Eventually everyone arrived at the Richard L. Brooks Memorial Park. This "park" is actually a large parking lot informally known to locals as OBI East, where car enthusiasts gather every Sunday to show off their rides against a beautiful ocean backdrop.

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Did you know? OBI East takes its name from the old Oak Beach Inn East, one of four enormously popular (and controversial) nightclubs that lasted from the 1969 to the late 90’s.

Source: Wikipedia

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Lastly, the event was concluded by the a few remaining TOCNYS members heading to a local Captree State Park Tiki bar for a meal.



Event organizer Keith S. summed everything up very well: "It was a fun day and cruise that must, I repeat, must be done again. Everyone responded well and loved the event entirely."

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The Cruise to the Beach event also represented a milestone for TOCNYS as it was the first club event on Long Island, which is the NYS region with the highest amount of Tesla ownership (~3,500). Though club membership on the Island is still a relatively small percent of that number (1.7%, 60 members), both membership and activity is on the rise.

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Thanks to the following members for their effort in making the event possible:

  • Keith S. the visionary for Cruise to the Beach and on-the-ground MC during the event
  • Warren & Kamal S. expert caravan management team
  • Stephanie D. who, unfortunately couldn’t be in attendance, helped coordinate the event with TOCNYS HQ & handled emails

Comments

  • August 28, 2019 12:12 AM | Keith Spiro
    Loved the old pix of OBI East with the bashed up VW Carman Ghia convertible and mid 70's Caddy and Chrsler Corboda. I do remember that building before it was demo'ed. Planning many more events to come including a cruise and Halloween party at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe....the Motherland...oct 26th. More to come soon on that event...
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  • August 28, 2019 12:21 AM | Keith Spiro
    Is there a way to post videos??
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    • August 28, 2019 11:37 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)
      Videos are now up!
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  • August 28, 2019 8:39 AM | Stephanie Doba (Administrator)
    The Cruise was all Keith's - his idea, itinerary and leadership - I just got it set up with the club and promoted it a bit. Congrats, Keith, I'm looking forward to more Long Island meetups - you know your turf!
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  • August 29, 2019 1:29 PM | Keith Spiro
    Wow, was that awesome...so glad things wotked out great for cruisers and the club itself. Many more to come in the future. Thx Joe for an excellent video...
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