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This Saturday: Tesla Meets Tesla

Posted October 22, 2014

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

This Saturday, October 25, 2014, Tesla the car will meet Tesla the Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSC) in Shoreham, NY. From 1 to 4 p.m., we welcome the general public onto the grounds, where they can see the exterior of Tesla’s historic laboratory building and the base of his famous tower. They can also see the beautiful Tesla cars and chat with their owners about what it’s like to have one of these luxurious and silent automobiles. Tickets are limited (read on), but the event will also be live-streamed at

Tesla's Wardenclyffe laboratory building in June 2014

Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory building in June 2014. The ornate chimney cap has been removed for restoration.

About two-dozen Tesla car owners from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States will drive their electric cars to TSC to participate as volunteers on the site. They will spend the morning with rakes and shovels, working to clean up the grounds. They have already issued a fundraising challenge to all those in the United States who own or have ordered a Tesla car—they are counted in the tens of thousands—to help TSC meet its goal of raising $30 million, the estimated total cost of the project.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., visitors can hear four presentations. Jane Alcorn, TSC president, will briefly report on the latest developments and the long-term vision for the Tesla Center. Neil Baggett, TSC secretary, will tell visitors a little about Tesla the inventor and how his century-old work benefits our lives today.

Jim Thompson, organizer of Tesla Meets Tesla, will talk about why the Tesla owners made this road trip and their fundraising plans for TSC. A representative of Tesla Motors will describe the technology of the cars (which use AC motors based on Tesla’s 1888 invention) and the widespread system of no-cost “superchargers” now being installed to allow Tesla car owners to drive anywhere.

We realize that not many Tesla fans and supporters will be able to attend this event, but if you are one of those who can, please reserve a ticket at EventBrite: Tesla Meets Tesla. Attendance is limited, and we give priority to ticket holders and Wardenclyffe volunteers and supporters. Others can follow the event via the live stream.

[Update: We will try to let everyone on site, (free) ticket holders and walk-ins. However, on-site parking is limited; first come, first served! More parking is available in walking distance.]

You can also follow the official Twitter feed of the TSC, @teslascience, for tweets of the day’s activities, images, and announcements.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

For more information about Tesla Motors, the Roadster, or the Model S, visit

[Edited October 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM]

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