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Newsletters - 2018

Sent out Nov. 1, 2018:
Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
NEWS!!  At our last meeting (see below), your Electric Vehicle (EV) club decided to have the annual Christmas party/get-together on December 1, 2018.  If you cannot make it, sorry, but a lot of us can.  After MUCH work, a location has been decided upon.  Here it is in the next sentence:
Country Buffet 801 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, from 2-4 PM, December 1st. 
If you are interested in how this decision was arrived at, read this paragraph.  If not, just skip to the next paragraph.  Starting Dec 1, restaurants are on HOLIDAY PRICING!  You cannot reserve anything without CASH DOWN!  They want a deposit to ensure we will actually be there.  I would have to collect money well in advance from all of you attending and give it to the restaurant soon.  If someone backs out, I cannot give their money back since I have already given it to the restaurant.  I need to tell the restaurant how many people within about 5 people how many will be there.  That precludes people just showing up unplanned for.  This is a BIG hassle for me.  What we want is a restaurant that ANY amount of people can attend, and we have a private room to have the event in.  This precludes a normal restaurant or caterers, since I have no idea how many of you will attend.  This is PERFECT for BUFFET restaurants, though!  That REALLY narrows the field…  The PREMIERE remaining buffet restaurant in CS is Golden Corral.  They DO have a private room but they want cash in advance to reserve it.  There are a couple of Asian Buffets with low ratings but no private rooms.  Country Buffet is the second choice buffet but they have a HUGE meeting room which is FREE, and time was open on Dec 1.  No charge to reserve!!!!  (Note:  Panera Bread, a suggestion, does NOT have a meeting room in each restaurant, only one.  The North Powers location DOES, but the room is only large enough for about 12-15 people.  Very small!)
So there you have it!  There is GREAT PARKING!  Weather???  WHO KNOWS on Dec 1st!  If the weather is HORRIBLE, the event will go on!  I, (Mac) and my wife, BJ, will be there no matter what!  So, look out, see if the weather is okay with you and if it is, COME ON OVER!  If the weather is okay, park to the South of the berm, to the South of Country Buffet.  Park with the other EVs.  Arrive ½ hour early to see everyone’s cars and talk! 
If the weather SUX, just arrive when you can, park anywhere, and come on in!  In general, the food is good and the desserts are GREAT!  Here are the prices:  Adults, $13.49.  Seniors, $12.29.  Children 4-11 yrs, $6.19.  Beverages other than water, $2.49. 
This is the CHRISTMAS party/get-together!  Bring your family, even EV haters.  We will make them welcome.  Kids welcome!  We will have a program!  Do you have a short anecdote/story about your personal EV experience?  Want to tell it?  We owners really love EV unique stories, such as range anxiety or actually running out of power stories and how you dealt with it!!  If you have a good one, tell me how much time you need to tell it, and I will put you on the schedule!  Should be tons of fun! 
You can contact me here: 

October 20th General Club Meeting:  We did it!  We had a general membership meeting at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Manitou Springs.  We had a great turnout on a beautiful day!  We even ate outside.  We had Tesla Models S, X, and E.  We had Nissans, and Mindy Brown even brought her wonderful Smart EV CONVERTIBLE!  We had most of the Eastern parking lot full of EVs!  Tons of fun!
OLD NEWS REPEATED:
Tesla Owners:  It is now time to start thinking about the BIG annual Tesla rally in Custer, SD:
The BIGGEST, BIG DEAL Tesla event in this part of the country happens annually in May.  This year it happens May 17-19 2019.  Several of us go up on Thursday May 16th.  Due to superchargers, it is now a pretty easy drive.  People come from all over the country!  This year will be the SIXTH annual Tesla roundup.  If you have not made this event yet, you have missed a lot!  Every Tesla owner should go at least once.  It is an amazing trip.  You can find more information here: 
Since the date has been set, the Custer hotels tend to fill up rapidly.  CSEVC members tend to like to hang out together and usually tend to stay at one of three hotels, which are all located next-door to each other.  The Headquarters is usually the Holiday Inn Express, and BJ and I have reserved a room there.  The other two hotels are the Super 8, and the Comfort Inn.  Read this:
You will never get the posted special event rates online!  You MUST call direct to the hotel front desk to get the rate.  Remember to request the special Tesla Rally rate.  Here are the hotel front desk phone numbers for the above three hotels:
Holiday Inn Express:  1-605-673-2500.  I believe they are closed in the winter.  You can try leaving a message.  If no luck, call the Super 8, I believe they can make the HIE reservation for you, both hotels are owned by the same person. 
Super 8 Hotel:  1-605-673-2200
Comfort Inn & Suites:  1-605-673-3221
BEWARE:  Do not go through any of the below PSEUDO-BOOKING SITES like: 
  • Reservationdesk.com
  • Reservationcounter.com
  • Booking.com
  • Expedia.com
They will charge your credit card in one second and you will NEVER get a refund or adjustment.
When you have your reservation, be sure to let me (Mac) know that you are going. 
I will put you on a separate list and keep you informed of the progress on this event.  If you can make it, you will never regret going!  There may be around 100 assorted Teslas!  BJ and I have been to EVERY ONE of these, this will be our SIXTH time! 
Pikes Peak:  The VERY POPULAR tourist attraction here in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak cog railway, which last year took almost a HALF MILLION people to the top, has gotten too old and the owners decided to shut it down.  After 126 years of continuous operation, the problems have become insurmountable.  There are only TWO cog railways in the USA, and only 40 in the entire world!  100% of all track, trains, cars, spare parts, and other equipment must be imported.  Working at 14,000 + feet is VERY DIFFICULT!  The owners decided that to fix the railway right, it will cost up to $100 million dollars.  Recently, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs decided to give the company some tax breaks, which helps.  It now appears that the owners will go ahead fix the railway, but it will be out of commission for at least two years!
Add to this:  The City of Colorado Springs has wanted to replace that old, outdated Summit house for a long time.  They finally got the $$ together to do it!  THAT will also take TWO YEARS!  Now, all the folks who used to take the cog train to the top will have to go by CAR!!  Once they get there, NO PARKING!  The construction of the new Summit House will use up a third of the parking lot!  The city has decided that the only way they can remain open is to park everyone in a lower-level parking lot and BUS people to the top!  NO TESLAS OR ANY OTHER EVs at the summit!  It appears that our VERY POPULAR trip to the summit of Pikes Peak is DEAD for now!  Denver Tesla Club, please reconsider your Mt Evans trip! 
Great Sand Dunes NP:  Still watching (and WAITING and WAITING) for a brand new supercharger to be installed near Alamosa.  When that happens, we will plan a brand new annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes NP.  Due to the distance, it will probably have to be at least one overnight, probably two.  We will work to get discounted room rates for us.  The sand dunes are AMAZING!!
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 
Mac

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Sent out Oct. 12, 2018:
Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
NEWS!!  Your Electric Vehicle (EV) club is growing by leaps and bounds!  This last Summer, we got LOTS of new members!  We (the club) went on some trips, attended lots of car shows, and promoted EVs all over the state.  Thanks for a great Summer!  Just to reiterate, the club is NOT a TESLA club, like the Denver Tesla Club.  It is for owners of ANY doggone EV even HOMEBUILT!  We love them all, and ANYONE is VERY WELCOME!
MEETING?  It just might be time to have a general membership meeting!  We ought to get together at our old stomping grounds, the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Manitou Springs.  For those of you who haven’t been there recently, it is SPECIAL!  VERY INTERESTING!!
LETS GIVE IT A TRY!  When?  How about Saturday-after-next, (October 20)?  Time?  How about NOON?  If the weather is good, we can all look at each other’s cars in the EAST parking lot for a while, then go in and EAT!  Good food!  We will all sit together and talk, so LOOK AROUND to find us!  So there you have it!  Oct 20, Noon, G.O.G.T.P., BE THERE!  (Address: 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, CO 80829).
Further info:  The few-blocks-long stretch of Colorado Avenue between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs is called “No man’s land.”  Manitou did not do the continuing infrastructure projects and neither did C.S.  After several decades of decay, that area was FALLING APART!  Both cities got together and decided they had better do something!  Once they started, they realized that it would cost PLENTY!  Anyway, for the past several months, that stretch has been really torn up!  Access to the GOGTP via Beckers Lane is PROBLEMATICAL.  It is best to avoid the construction work altogether by entering the Garden of the Gods via the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 30th St. and Gateway Road.  Take Gateway Road West until you have to turn onto the one-way Juniper Way Loop.  Stay Right onto Garden Drive until ALMOST to the Balanced Rock and turn SHARP LEFT onto Garden Lane.  Garden Lane goes right by the GOGTP, park in the Eastern parking lot.  SEE YOU THERE!!
E-O-Y PARTY?  We asked attendees at the last car show whether or not they would like to have an end-of-year or Christmas party/celebration/luncheon.  The consensus was YES!  The choice:  Golden Corral in Colorado Springs.  This is a buffet place and once you are in, you can eat anything you choose!  LET”S GIVE IT A TRY!  When?  Sometime in December?  Many of us are still working (weekdays)!  Weekends are best.  A Saturday?  The Saturdays in December are 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th.  The 22nd is probably too close to Christmas, so let’s delete that. The 29th is too close to New Years, so let’s delete that. 
THE VOTING IS NOW OPEN:  You choose!  What day or days do you prefer?  The First, the Eighth, or the Fifteenth!  Let us know!  Just hit REPLY and tell us.  If no preference, just say so.  THANKS!!
TESLA OWNERS:  TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT THE BIG TESLA RALLY IN CUSTER SD:
The BIGGEST, BIG DEAL Tesla event in this part of the country happens annually in May.  This year it happens May 17-19 2019.  Several of us go up on Thursday May 16th.  Due to superchargers, it is now a pretty easy drive.  People come from all over the country!  This year will be the SIXTH annual Tesla roundup.  If you have not made this event yet, you have missed a lot!  Every Tesla owner should go at least once.  It is an amazing trip.  You can find more information here: 
Since the date has been set, the Custer hotels tend to fill up rapidly.  CSEVC members tend to like to hang out together and usually tend to stay at one of three hotels, which are all located next-door to each other.  The Headquarters is usually the Holiday Inn Express, and BJ and I have reserved a room there.  The other two hotels are the Super 8, and the Comfort Inn.  Read this:
You will never get the posted special event rates online!  You MUST call direct to the hotel front desk to get the rate.  Remember to request the special Tesla Rally rate.  Here are the hotel front desk phone numbers for the above three hotels:
Holiday Inn Express:  1-605-673-2500.  I believe they are closed in the winter.  You can try leaving a message.  If no luck, call the Super 8, I believe they can make the HIE reservation for you, both hotels are owned by the same person. 
Super 8 Hotel:  1-605-673-2200
Comfort Inn & Suites:  1-605-673-3221
BEWARE:  Do not go through any of the below PSEUDO-BOOKING SITES like: 
  • Reservationdesk.com
  • Reservationcounter.com
  • Booking.com
  • Expedia.com
They will charge your credit card in one second and you will NEVER get a refund or adjustment.
When you have your reservation, be sure to let me (Mac) know that you are going. 
I will put you on a separate list and keep you informed of the progress on this event.  If you can make it, you will never regret going!  There may be around 100 assorted Teslas!  BJ and I have been to EVERY ONE of these, this will be our SIXTH time! 
OLD NEWS REPEATED:
The VERY POPULAR tourist attraction here in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak cog railway, which last year took almost a HALF MILLION people to the top, has gotten too old and the owners decided to shut it down.  After 126 years of continuous operation, the problems have become insurmountable.  There are only TWO cog railways in the USA, and only 40 in the entire world!  100% of all track, trains, cars, spare parts, and other equipment must be imported.  Working at 14,000 + feet is VERY DIFFICULT!  The owners decided that to fix the railway right, it will cost up to $100 million dollars.  Recently, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs decided to give the company some tax breaks, which helps.  It now appears that the owners will go ahead fix the railway, but it will be out of commission for at least two years!
Add to this:  The City of Colorado Springs has wanted to replace that old, outdated Summit house for a long time.  They finally got the $$ together to do it!  THAT will also take TWO YEARS!  Now, all the folks who used to take the cog train to the top will have to go by CAR!!  Once they get there, NO PARKING!  The construction of the new Summit House will use up a third of the parking lot!  The city has decided that the only way they can remain open is to park everyone in a lower-level parking lot and BUS people to the top!  NO TESLAS OR ANY OTHER EVs at the summit!  It appears that our VERY POPULAR trip to the summit of Pikes Peak is DEAD for now!  Denver Tesla Club, please reconsider your Mt Evans trip! 
Great Sand Dunes NP:  Still watching (and WAITING and WAITING) for a brand new supercharger to be installed near Alamosa.  When that happens, we will plan a brand new annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes NP.  Due to the distance, it will probably have to be at least one overnight, probably two.  We will work to get discounted room rates for us.  The sand dunes are AMAZING!!
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 
Mac

Sent out July 25, 2018:
Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
NEWS!!  Ten Teslas recently made a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA.  The tour itself was on Tuesday, July 17, at 11 AM.  Our longtime member Milo Eckles got DELAYED in Fiji (?!) and had no time to drive to the tour.  So Milo FLEW out to California to attend with us.  We were going to try to stop by the Gigafactory to try to look around on the drive out, but longtime member Andrew Soeldner drove there a little early to scout out the situation and got arrested by Elon’s gestapo.  He texted us to not bother driving by.  Of course, we disavowed knowledge of Andrew, hoping to not get banned from our factory tour.  A good time was had by all, and we are not planning on doing this group drive again next year. 
THIS SATURDAY (July 28th): THE DRIVE TO BISHOP’S CASTLE!

This is a brand new annual road trip for us.  We will meet in Colorado Springs, drive via Hwy 115 and Hwy 67 to Hwy 165 to Bishop Castle.  Bishop Castle, is probably the LARGEST, single-person project in the USA.  After touring the castle, (free), we will drive to the Poncha Springs supercharger, to charge and eat.  After eating, you are free to explore the mountains on your own, or return with the rest of us, North on Hwy 285 to Buena Vista, CO, then on down Hwy 24 back to Colorado Springs.  Should be tons of fun!  Bishop Castle is AMAZING!!
Further Details Here:
What time:  9:00 AM meetup.
Where:  South parking lot at Safeway, 6502 S. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO.  This is located in the mall at the Northwest intersection of S. Academy Blvd and Hwy 115.  Park in the Southernmost part of the Safeway parking lot, where we will all get together.  We anticipate leaving about 9:15 – 9:30 am.  It requires roughly an hour and a half to drive to Bishop Castle. 
Lunch:  We will explore the castle for roughly an hour and depart for lunch in Salida CO.  Since luncheon options are very limited in the small town of Poncha Springs, (where we all charge), we will drive to the much larger town of Salida and have lunch at the largest restaurant in town, a restaurant that looks out over the Arkansas River.  The Boathouse Cantina (Mexican restaurant) is located at 228 N F Street, in Salida, CO.  Since they have an event booked for the evening, we will not be able to all sit together, but in groups of 6 or so people.  This place has one of the best dining views in town. 
Charging:  After lunch, we can all drive to the Poncha Springs, CO, supercharger, (about 5 miles away).  After charging,  you are free to go explore the mountains or return with us as a group.  We will return via Hwy 285 to Hwy 24 back to Colorado Springs.
Sorry:  We are so sorry that this trip is probably limited to Teslas since the trip is so long, and charging limited.  If you have a long-range vehicle other than a Tesla (or a gas-electric hybrid), you are surely welcome to attend!!  You might let Wilson know if you are going with us. 
OLD NEWS REPEATED:
The VERY POPULAR tourist attraction here in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak cog railway, which last year took almost a HALF MILLION people to the top, has gotten too old and the owners decided to shut it down.  After 126 years of continuous operation, the problems have become insurmountable.  There are only TWO cog railways in the USA, and only 40 in the entire world!  100% of all track, trains, cars, spare parts, and other equipment must be imported.  Working at 14,000 + feet is VERY DIFFICULT!  The owners decided that to fix the railway right, it will cost up to $100 million dollars.  Recently, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs decided to give the company some tax breaks, which helps.  It now appears that the owners will go ahead fix the railway, but it will be out of commission for at least two years!
Add to this:  The City of Colorado Springs has wanted to replace that old, outdated Summit house for a long time.  They finally got the $$ together to do it!  THAT will also take TWO YEARS!  Now, all the folks who used to take the cog train to the top will have to go by CAR!!  Once they get there, NO PARKING!  The construction of the new Summit House will use up a third of the parking lot!  The city has decided that the only way they can remain open is to park everyone in a lower-level parking lot and BUS people to the top!  NO TESLAS OR ANY OTHER EVs at the summit!  It appears that our VERY POPULAR trip to the summit of Pikes Peak is DEAD for now!  DTC, please reconsider your Mt Evans SECOND NOTICE:  Your CSEVC will sponsor a new, probably annual, road trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, CO. 
Great Sand Dunes NP:  Still watching for a brand new supercharger to be installed near Alamosa.  When that happens, we will plan a brand new annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes NP.  Due to the distance, it will probably have to be at least one overnight, probably two.  We will work to get discounted room rates for us.  The sand dunes are AMAZING!!
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 

Mac


Sent out June 20, 2018:


Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
Standby for NEWS! 
  1. Short reminder.  Eleven or twelve Teslas are making a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA, (plus the Gigafactory).  The tour itself is on Tuesday, July 17, at 11 AM.  If you want to go, contact Wilson IMMEDIATELY!  Tour participants are receiving a separate email today with further details. 
  2. If you are interested in racing your EV, or just racing EVs in general, the Electric Vehicle Production Racing Series (EVPRS) invites you to come to Old Chicago (1579 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) for lunch on Saturday, June 23rd.  Pizza and beer will be provided at 11:30 (first come, first served).  EVPRS sanctions, organizes, and promotes the racing of production EVs (aka EV street cars), providing a crucible to test the limits and capabilities of various EV technologies.  This casual luncheon will allow for information and feedback.
  3. The Denver Tesla Club (DTC) is having a monthly meeting on Sunday (June 24th) at noon at The Wines of Colorado in Cascade, Colorado.  They are limiting attendance to 20 cars.  This is just FYI.
  4. The UK YouTube channel Fully Charged (https://www.youtube.com/user/fullychargedshow) wants to talk to Tesla Model 3 owners this Friday in Colorado Springs. Model 3s are hard to get in Britain where the show originates. Mac and Wilson will be there.  Mac will bring his actual Model 3, and Wilson will drive his Model S and bring his Hot Wheels Model 3.  If you would like to attend, show up at the Garden of the Gods Visitors Center at 3PM, 1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
  5. The Bandimere Speedway run is now history.  For the past two years, the DTC has sponsored a speedway run at Bandimere Speedway, West of Denver.  This happens only on a Wednesday and usually in August.  We co-sponsored it the first year.  Apparently the DTC has dropped this event from their schedule. 
  6. We chose to end our participation in the City of Cripple Creek’s Donkey Derby Days.  This event is also history.  If you would like to attend on your own, it is all this weekend. 
  7. Pikes Peak and Mt. Evans trips:  The Mt. Evans drive no longer appears on the DTC’s schedule.  Maybe it is dead.  Now for the news:  Our VERY POPULAR Pikes Peak trip may ALSO be dead for at least two years!  Read on:
NEWS!!  The VERY POPULAR tourist attraction here in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak cog railway, which last year took almost a HALF MILLION people to the top, has gotten too old and the owners decided to shut it down.  After 126 years of continuous operation, the problems have become insurmountable.  There are only TWO cog railways in the USA, and only 40 in the entire world!  100% of all track, trains, cars, spare parts, and other equipment must be imported.  Working at 14,000 + feet is VERY DIFFICULT!  The owners decided that to fix the railway right, it will cost up to $100 million dollars.  Recently, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs decided to give the company some tax breaks, which helps.  It now appears that the owners will go ahead fix the railway, but it will be out of commission for at least two years!
Add to this:  The City of Colorado Springs has wanted to replace that old, outdated Summit house for a long time.  They finally got the $$ together to do it!  THAT will also take TWO YEARS!  Now, all the folks who used to take the cog train to the top will have to go by CAR!!  Once they get there, NO PARKING!  The construction of the new Summit House will use up a third of the parking lot!  The city has decided that the only way they can remain open is to park everyone in a lower-level parking lot and BUS people to the top!  NO TESLAS OR ANY OTHER EVs at the summit!  It appears that our VERY POPULAR trip to the summit of Pikes Peak is DEAD for now!  DTC, please reconsider your Mt Evans trip.  If you put it back on the schedule, lots of us here will attend…
  1. June 30:  Last Saturdays Car Show - Bass Pro Shops.  Every last Saturday of the month March through October 2018 the Bass Pro Shop in Northern Colorado Springs will be hosting a FREE car show. The Bass Pro Shop's "Last Saturdays Car Show" in Colorado Springs Starts at 8:30am with load in from 7:30am till 8:30am and the show running 8:30am till 11:00am.  Mac and Wilson usually attend.
  2. BRAND NEW ANNUAL CSEVC Road Trip to Bishop Castle, CO.  July 28, 2018.
This is a brand new annual road trip for us.  We will meet in Colorado Springs, drive via Hwy 115 South to Florence, CO.  Then take Hwy 165 to the famous Bishop Castle, probably the LARGEST, single-person project in the USA.  After touring the castle, (free), we will drive to the Poncha Springs supercharger, to charge and eat.  After eating, you are free to explore the mountains on your own, or return with the rest of us, North on Hwy 285 to Buena Vista, CO, then on down Hwy 24 back to Colorado Springs.  Should be tons of fun!  Bishop Castle is AMAZING!!
  1. POSSIBLE event:  Cripple Creek’s Cruise Above the Clouds September 8.
  2. We have been invited to attend the 9th Annual Vail, CO, Automotive Classic, which happens this year September 6-9.  We will have further info on this event later. Denver Tesla Club’s Fall Leaf Peeping Tour, tentatively set for September 16.
  3. Denver Tesla Club’s Fall Leaf Peeping Tour, tentatively set for September 16th.
  4. Pueblo County is starting to organize an energy efficiency expo for Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at Pueblo Community College. They will be showcasing everything from the latest solar and wind technology to energy efficiency financing programs. As a part of this event, they would also like to highlight electric vehicles, and potentially set up ride-alongs with current owners.  (Mac & Wilson’s take:  REALLY REALLY depends on the weather, this late in the season). 
  5. SECOND NOTICE:  Your CSEVC will sponsor a new, probably annual, road trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, CO. 
Still watching for a brand new supercharger to be installed near Alamosa.  When that happens, we will plan a brand new annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes NP.  Due to the distance, it will probably have to be at least one overnight, probably two.  We will work to get discounted room rates for us.  The sand dunes are AMAZING!!
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 

Mac
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Sent out March 9, 2018:



Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
This is the only GROUP email (sent to all club members), that you will receive on this topic: The Trip to The Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA.  This email ONLY concerns the club’s drive this July!  If you are interested in going, this is your notice.
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Want to make a pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA, (plus the Gigafactory)? 
This is not planned as an ANNUAL trip, just a one-of-a-kinder.  We will be making a ROAD TRIP to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA.  There will be a stop at the Gigafactory in Nevada, on the way.  A DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE FREMONT FACTORY TOUR: It will take place on Tuesday, July 17, at 11 AM. 
Because the total one-way mileage is 1340 miles, it is a LONG drive!  To make the above date and time, it becomes obvious that you would have to leave Denver/Colorado Springs on either Friday, July 13 or Saturday, July 14.
There will be no further general group emails on the topic of this trip.  If you wish to attend, you MUST hit REPLY and let Wilson know.  He will put all of us who want to go, on a separate email group.  We will be kept informed of the progress of the trip planning. 
IF YOU WANT WILSON TO MAKE TO MAKE FACTORY TOUR RESERVATIONS FOR YOU, YOU NEED TO FURNISH HIM SOME INFORMATION NOT LATER THAN END-OF-DAY FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD:
1)  How many in your car total (one Tesla owner/reservist + 3 guests max)
2)  Your name, your email and your Tesla VIN or Reservation Number, YOUR MOBILE PHONE #.
3)  Do you want to drive with the group out to Fremont?
We have fairly detailed information for those interested in driving in a group, which we will send you when you indicate your interest in attending! 
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 


Mac
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Sent out Feb. 28, 2018:


Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
There is lots of STUFF here, so read the whole thing!  Standby for NEWS:
  1. Let’s have a MEETING!
  2. Want to make a pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, (plus the Gigafactory)?
  3. Big Custer, SD Tesla rally dates set!  Make plans!
  4. Ever use evtripplanner.com?  Tesla makes their own trip planner.
1.  Mac’s new Tesla Model 3 is here!  Want to see it???
This Saturday, Mar 3, is predicted to be the WARMEST day of the week!  Highs in the 60’s!  This car (VIN 5110) is, as of Saturday, exactly two weeks old.  If you would like, we will have it over at the Garden on the Gods Trading Post (our normal club winter meeting place), at NOON!  If you would like to see it, touch it, sit in it, mess with it, come on out!  This is NOT a club meeting!  Want to have lunch afterwards in the Trading Post?  Good!  If you CAN make it, please let me (Mac) know.  If nobody wants to see it, I won’t go either.  My email is a few lines down.  LOCATION:  The Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Colorado (Manitou) Springs!  Address: 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, CO 80829Meet in the Eastern parking lot. 
Additional information about this car.  Color:  Midnight Silver Metallic.  Wheels:  Stock Aero.  Interior:  Black.  This is Mac’s car.  This is our THIRD Tesla.  We traded in our 2013 Model S on this car.  We now still have two cars, BJ’s Silver Signature Model X P90D Ludicrous, and this car.
2.  Want to make a pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA, (plus the Gigafactory)? 
Your intrepid CSEVC Webmaster, Wilson Hitchings, has talked Mac into accompanying everyone going on this trip!  Guess I will drive the Model 3.  Should be a wonderful time.  This is not planned as an ANNUAL trip, just a one-of-a-kinder.  We will be making a ROAD TRIP to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA.  If possible, they will stop by the Gigafactory in Nevada, on the way.  Looks like the time frame has been narrowed to sometime during the month of July.  We are open to a suggested DAY, THEREFORE:  If you really are interested in accompanying Wilson and Mac in the great Tesla road trip, YOU GET A VOTE:  Just hit REPLY and tell Wilson what days (or range of days) this summer would be good for you.  (If you cannot go, you don’t get a vote).  Those of you who express interest in this trip will be put on a list by Wilson, who will tally the votes and keep you informed on progress.  We do not believe this trip can be reasonably done in less than 5 days. 
3.   Big Custer, SD Tesla rally dates set!  May 18 – 20, 2018!!  Make plans!
The BIGGEST, BIG DEAL Tesla event in this part of the country happens annually in May.  People come from all over the country!  This year will be the FIFTH annual Tesla roundup.  If you have not made this event yet, you have missed a lot!  Every Tesla owner should go at least once.  It is an amazing trip.  You can find more information HERE:
Since the date has been set, the Custer hotels tend to fill up rapidly.  CSEVC members tend to like to hang out together and usually tend to stay at one of three hotels, which are all located next-door to each other.  The Headquarters is usually the Holiday Inn Express, and BJ and I have reserved a room there.  Wilson is short on vacation time and must miss this particular trip.  The other two hotels are the Super 8, and the Comfort Inn.  Read this:
You will never get the posted special event rates online!  You MUST call direct to the hotel front desk to get the rate.  Remember to request the special Tesla Rally rate.  Here are the hotel front desk phone numbers for the above three hotels:
Holiday Inn Express:  1-605-673-2500.  I believe they are closed in the winter.  You can try leaving a message.  If no luck, call the Super 8, I believe they can make the HIE reservation for you, both hotels are owned by the same person. 
Super 8 Hotel:  1-605-673-2200. 
Comfort Inn & Suites:  1-605-673-3221
BEWARE:  Do not go through any of the below PSEUDO-BOOKING SITES like: 
  • Reservationdesk.com
  • Reservationcounter.com
  • Booking.com
  • Expedia.com
They will charge your credit card in one second and you will NEVER get a refund or adjustment.
When you have your reservation, be sure to let me (Mac) know that you are going. 
I will put you on a separate list and keep you informed of the progress on this event.  If you can make it, you will never regret going!  There may be around 100 assorted Teslas! 
 4.  Last Saturday, the Denver Tesla Club took a road trip to the new supercharger in Poncha Springs, CO. 
Several of our members attended this event, including your website administrator, Wilson Hitchings.  It got pretty darn cold going over Wilkerson Pass, 16 degrees.  Cold temps suck the range right out of EVs.  They report they had a great time. 
This is a good time to report that your President, (me), and the DTC President (Sean Michael Mitchell) had an HOURS LONG private conversation on many topics.  We now are comfortable with one another, and NEVER AGAIN will a DTC event and a CSEVC event take place on the same day!  As usual, all DTC members are totally invited to our events, and we are invited to theirs!
Sean told me that the DTC will have as a (one-time) goal to drive to EVERY NEW SUPERCHARGER constructed, if possible.  The Poncha Springs event was one of those.  They will keep us posted, and we will let YOU know, from now on.  You are totally invited.
  1. The Bandimere Speedway run is hanging in the balance! 
For the past (two?) years, the DTC has sponsored a speedway run at Bandimere Speedway, West of Denver.  This happens only on a Wednesday and usually in August.  We co-sponsored it the first year.  If you have a desire to race a… uh… VEHICLE, you need to let the DTC know!  You do not have to be a DTC member.  They might not do it again this year!  Bandimere is a two-lane dragstrip.  You have NO CHOICE of what vehicle you will race, might be a motorcycle, an ancient Volkswagen, or a dragster!  Teslas do REALLY WELL at the track, at least until they get low on battery…
  1.   Colorado Concours BIG CAR SHOW (Littleton, CO). 
Maybe the premiere car show in CO.  Our club has always supported this event.  This year it happens June 10, 2018.  You have to preregister to bring your car in to show it.  There is a charge to preregister, but that charge so far is not posted on their website. 


  1.   BRAND NEW ANNUAL CSEVC Road Trip to Bishop Castle, CO.  July 28, 2018.
This is a brand new annual road trip for us.  We will meet in Colorado Springs, drive via Hwy 115 South to Florence, CO.  Then take Hwy 165 to the famous Bishop Castle, probably the LARGEST, single-person project in the USA.  After touring the castle, (free), we will drive to the Poncha Springs supercharger, to charge and eat.  After eating, you are free to explore the mountains on your own, or return with the rest of us, North on Hwy 285 to Buena Vista, CO, then on down Hwy 24 back to Colorado Springs.  Should be tons of fun!  Bishop Castle is AMAZING!!
  1. Tentative dates set for other club events:
  • City of Cripple Creek’s Donkey Derby Days, June 22.
  • Denver Tesla Club’s Mount Evans Run.  Tentatively set for August 11.
  • Our world famous trip up Pikes Peak, August 25.
  • POSSIBLE event:  Cripple Creek’s Cruise Above the Clouds September 8.
  • Denver Tesla Club’s Fall Leaf Peeping Tour, tentatively set for September 22.
  1.   FIRST NOTICE:  Your CSEVC will sponsor a new, probably annual, road trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, CO. 
A brand new supercharger will sometime this year be installed near Alamosa.  When that happens, we will plan a brand new annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes NP.  Due to the distance, it will probably have to be at least one overnight, probably two.  We will work to get discounted room rates for us.  The sand dunes are AMAZING!!

Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 

Mac

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Sent out Jan. 6, 2018:




Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
Did you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s?  We sure hope so!  Standby for NEWS:
  1. Let’s have a MEETING!
  2. Want to make a pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, (plus the Gigafactory)?
  3. Big Custer, SD Tesla rally dates set!  Make plans!
  4. Ever use evtripplanner.com?  Tesla makes their own trip planner.
1.  LET’S HAVE A MEETING!!
We have one of these general membership meetings only about every quarter, so COME ON OUT!  It is almost time for a WINTER general membership meeting.  We are going to get together Saturday, January 27th 2018.  How about if we meet up at NOON to talk EVs and then go in to eat lunch?  Let’s DO it!  It will either be COLD AS HELL or NICE AND WARM!  Where?  How about one of our favorite places, the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Colorado (Manitou) Springs!  Address: 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.  The Eastern parking lot will be coned off just for us!  Drive around the cones or move one to get into that parking lot.  Come early so we can all talk for awhile.  Put it on your calendar NOW!  You will get another reminder a few days prior to the event.  Here is something interesting about the Trading Post:  They have stopped having weddings and meetings downstairs in the conference room.  They now have the entire downstairs stuffed with BOXES OF MERCHANDISE!  They will reserve a place for us to eat together, upstairs in the restaurant.  Come on out and see all the EVs and talk EVs with us!  Have lunch!  Good food at the Trading Post!  Tons of fun for everyone!  We've had loads of new members since our last meeting, please come and meet us.  Put it on your calendar now!
2.  Want to make a pilgrimage to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA, (plus the Gigafactory)? 
Your intrepid CSEVC Webmaster, Wilson Hitchings, has decided to make a ROAD TRIP to the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA.  If possible, they will stop by the Gigafactory in Nevada, on the way.  Looks like the time frame will be this summer sometime!  He is open to suggestions, THEREFORE:  If you really are interested an accompanying Wilson in the great Tesla road trip, YOU GET A VOTE:  Just hit REPLY and tell Wilson what days (or range of days) this summer would be good for you.  (If you cannot go, you don’t get a vote).  Those of you who express interest in this trip will be put on a list by Wilson, who will tally the votes and keep you informed on progress.  We do not believe this trip can be reasonably done in less than 5 days. 
3.   Big Custer, SD Tesla rally dates set!  May 18 – 20, 2018!!  Make plans!
The BIGGEST, BIG DEAL Tesla event in this part of the country happens annually in May.  People come from all over the country!  This year will be the FIFTH annual Tesla roundup.  If you have not made this event yet, you have missed a lot!  Every Tesla owner should go at least once.  It is an amazing trip.  You can find more information HERE:
Since the date has been set, the Custer hotels tend to fill up rapidly.  CSEVC members tend to like to hang out together and usually tend to stay at one of three hotels, which are all located next-door to each other.  The Headquarters is usually the Holiday Inn Express, and BJ and I have reserved a room there.  Wilson is short on vacation time and must miss this particular trip.  The other two hotels are the Super 8, and the Comfort Inn.  Read this:
You will never get the posted special event rates online!  You MUST call direct to the hotel front desk to get the rate.  Remember to request the special Tesla Rally rate.  Here are the hotel front desk phone numbers for the above three hotels:
Holiday Inn Express:  1-605-673-2500.  I believe they are closed in the winter.  You can try leaving a message.  If no luck, call the Super 8, I believe they can make the HIE reservation for you, both hotels are owned by the same person. 
Super 8 Hotel:  1-605-269-0640. 
Comfort Inn & Suites:  1-480-725-1632
BEWARE:  Do not go through any of the below PSEUDO-BOOKING SITES like: 
  • Reservationdesk.com
  • Reservationcounter.com
  • Booking.com
  • Expedia.com
They will charge your credit card in one second and you will NEVER get a refund or adjustment.
When you have your reservation, be sure to let me (Mac) know that you are going. 
I will put you on a separate list and keep you informed of the progress on this event.  If you can make it, you will never regret going!  There may be around 100 assorted Teslas! 
 4.  Ever use evtripplanner.com?  Tesla creates their own trip planner.
Tesla has created their own trip planner, where you can plot multistate trips.  Although it is mainly intended for potential Tesla owners, it’s kind of handy when thinking about making a road trip.  It covers all CURRENT Tesla production models, but not the old battery types, like 60 KWH or even 85 KWH!  It will still give you a good estimated route with supercharging noted, how much and where.  Give it a try:
For all you other EV owners (non-Tesla owners).  SORRY!  There isn’t much going on in the winter!  Too darn cold!  Every one of you no matter what you are driving are welcome at our general membership meeting!  Charge up that homebuilt electric VW and come on over!  See you at the meeting on Jan 27th!!
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh). 

Mac

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