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Newsletters - 2019

Sent out on April 30, 2019: 
Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
NEWS!! 
Next Saturday (May 4th):  First and Main Cars & Coffee - First Saturdays. These shows are very well attended and have grown to several hundred cars on a Saturday. They run from May to October of each year, with the show taking place from 8:00am - 10:00am.  The show is at the Holiday Inn next to the Cinemark Movie Theater at the First & Main Center on Powers Blvd. and North Carefree in Colorado Springs.
Time for another update!  We had a meeting at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post on April 6th.  We filled up the entire Eastern parking lot with EVs.  Tons of fun! 
Then, on Earth Day (April 20th), we had a great event at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.  That one was kind of a mixed bag.  About twenty of our members showed up, including the only two Smart EVs in Colorado Springs (?)!  That is mighty strange to see them both in the same place at one time.  (On a DOWNER note, yesterday Daimler announced they would permanently STOP sales of any Smart cars in the USA and Canada).  So, that brand is GOING AWAY!  As most of us know, conventional car dealers make almost nothing on the sale of gasoline cars, and make the majority of their profit on SERVICE.  EVs require almost no service, so when Daimler announced, (a few months ago), that the Smart car would become an EV only, MOST Mercedes dealers dropped the Smart brand.  At that time, the handwriting was on the wall.  If you want a Smart car, you need to get it before the end of the year, (if you can find a dealer still selling the brand).  RIP Smart. 
Concerning Earth Day:  The City of Colorado Springs CLOSED the entire parking lot at the Visitor Center, and required all vehicles to park a couple of blocks away.  Then, they had a vehicle-less hour in the Garden of the Gods!  So, everyone arrived, wanted to go to the vehicle-less day in the GOG, and NEVER RETURNED to the Visitor Center!  Much less traffic than normal.  Boo.  We still had a good time!! 
Elizabeth and Rob, from Denver, longtime members, brought their BURPLE Tesla Model S down for the show.  As far as I know, if you see any purple Model Ss, it is either Elizabeth or George R. R. Martin, (creator of the Game of Thrones), from Santa Fe NM!!  If you missed her, she just announced they will be going (for their FIRST time) to the annual Custer SD Tesla roundup this year.  For more on Custer, see below!
As recently as a couple of years ago, we would have an event and there like, 10-20 Teslas showing up and only ONE non-Tesla!  Now, we are starting to get more and more non-Teslas!  COOL!!  Mindy shows up at a lot of our events with her Smart, Scott Carter brings his rare Chevy Spark EV often, and Seth Curry has been bringing his ELECTRIC ORANGE Fiat to EVERY event we have had recently!!  If you have a non-tesla, BRING IT OUT!!  Remember, Electric BIKES and MOTORCYCLES are very welcome in the club!  Thanks, guys!! 
The 2019 Sound of Silence Tesla roundup in Custer SD NEWS:  (READ THIS):  The two guys who STARTED the Custer rally have quit!!  Dave Ressler used to be the chief of the Custer Chamber of Commerce.  He quit!  His Brother In Law, Rod Hoffman, who pushed him to start the Custer Rally, will not be there this year!  "Work commitments."  I am in touch with the COC in Custer, now headed by Dolsee Davenport.  She acts like she is thankful for any help she can get with this thing, and I am volunteering.  The club may be playing a larger role than we have done in the past, as the most active supporter.  ATT, there are 105 PEOPLE (not cars) registered from all over the USA.  I know at least two cars not on this list, guess they did not register with the chamber:  James (Harrell) and Elizabeth (Nguyen).  I personally know quite a lot of the attendees.  As far as I can see, at this point, BJ & I, and Dr. Andy Hall are the only ORIGINAL MEMBERS returning from the first one in 2013.  THIS WEEK I will send a targeted email to our members who have gone in the past, just to make sure they are not going this year.  FOR SURE attendees will get another email with further details and requesting additional info.  This is so we can always stay in touch.  Decide if you want to drive in a loose group or completely on your own.  Tons of fun!!
On May 26th, (Sunday), Ace Entertainment, Wilson’s bud, is sponsoring an INDOOR car show, called, “Hot Wheels – Cool Rides” at the Colorado Springs Event Center.  It costs $35 at the door.  Info:  719-329-4736.  I don’t know of any of us going to this event.  It runs from 10 AM to 4 PM (all day).  If you are going, please let us know and we might come by to see you, lost in an ocean of gas guzzlers. 
That’s it for now!  Thanks for being a member!
You can contact me here: 
 
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! 
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 on April 2, 2019:
Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
NEWS!!  Spring is finally here (well sort of).  We are tired of staying in and staying warm.  We ought to have a meeting!!  How about at our favorite place, the Garden of the Gods Trading Post?  I called them up and they are amenable!  They will block off the Eastern Parking Lot JUST FOR US!  Let’s fill that sucker up with EVs!  There will be CONES!!  Just drive around them and come on in!  The weather will cooperate, so we can eat outside in the open-air rear of the Trading Post.  High should be 65-ish!  Bring a sweater.  Have lunch (or nothing at all).  Hobnob with other EV owners!  Tons of fun!!  Here comes the date:
THIS Saturday, April 6th at NOON!!  Be there or be square!  Bring the whole family!  See our new members!  Learn all the latest!!  Look at TONS of EVs!! Show up early (around 11 AM), and display your car!  Look at other’s cars!!  Talk!  Laugh!  Tell EV stories that only other EV owners appreciate!!
Bad news follows:  Our MOST POPULAR DRIVE, the drive up Pikes Peak, is not going to happen again this year.  Your club has been in negotiations for two months with the City of Colorado Springs, (they own the toll road up the mountain and the summit house).  We have decided that with the peak tourist season and the refurbishment of the new Summit House, (plus the loss of the cog railway train), a group of EVs is just unfeasible this year.  There is just no parking!!  Boo.  Well, we certainly tried!!
During the height of the summer, (when the amount of tourists made the GOG Trading Post unavailable), we USED to meet at the Country Buffet in CS.  Well, that will not happen again!  Country Buffet is now CLOSED!  Alternative?  How about this?  Big Train restaurant, formerly on North Nevada Ave, near the soon-to-be-demolished LAST KMART IN CS, has moved!  (They will demolish that building too).  They moved a few blocks away to a new facility on Garden of the Gods Road.  The owners are very friendly, and will support us meeting there in the Summer.  Just planning ahead for the busy Summer. 
It is April and we have already supported two events last month, (thanks everyone)!  One was a disaster, one was a huge success!  Event #1:  The wonderful CAR SHOW OF THE FUTURE!  Happened on March 23rd.  We had fifteen EVs there for the VAST CROWDS to view!  The noobie organizers forgot to publicize this and we EV owners were there left to talk among ourselves.  OTOH, it was good to see everyone, good to get out after the winter, it wasn’t too cold, we enjoyed it, even though nobody (other than us) showed up. 
Pueblo does not have an EV club.  We have adopted them.  If they get more than 10-15 EVs, we might rename the club to the CS-P EV club.  Hmmm.  Anyway, they have the most dynamic nonprofit group in the area trying to spur EV adoption.  They actually have their act together.  (Very, very unusual).  They are TRYING!  They did an event called the “Know before you go electric” event at the Pueblo West library on March 26th.  I have been doing this for many years and I have NEVER seen a group with their act together like they do.  They asked if we could provide EVs for TEST RIDES for one hour.  Even though it was not at a good day (Tuesday) or time (6 PM), TEN of our members showed up and took SEVENTY people for EV rides).  I personally took 12 people for rides (but I made one of them sick) with demonstrations of INSANE Tesla acceleration mode.  The feedback to the organizers was fantastic!!
There you have the March tally.  One miss, one HIT!  Just be there next Saturday!!! 
Also next Saturday:  First and Main Cars & Coffee - First Saturdays. These shows are very well attended and have grown to several hundred cars on a Saturday. They run from May to October of each year, with the show taking place from 8:00am - 10:00am. (This is perfect for getting on over to the CSEVC Club meeting later).  The show is at the Holiday Inn next to the Cinemark Movie Theater at the First & Main Center on Powers Blvd. and Constitution in Colorado Springs.
Coming up in April:  April 20, 2019 - Saturday - Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods Visitors Center, Colorado Springs, from 9:00am - 3:00pm in the North Parking Lot. This show was SNOWED OUT last year and I doubt if anyone attended.  Since 9 AM to 3 PM is a LONG TIME, we wangled our way into getting them to allow us to show up in shifts!  We can come and go by the BLOCKED OFF Northern entrance to the GOG Visitor Center.  After passing the barrier, all vehicles coming and going at the show need someone on foot in front of the car at all times while moving.  We need at least two cars at the opening and still two cars at the end, but you can come and go as you please!  Stay for an hour or two and go.  Our club has committed to having at least 4 EVs at this show, please notify Wilson Hitchings (admin AT csevc.com) if you plan to attend, and tell him your preferred time(s).  Since then, we have been given a total of 18 slots!!  We could accommodate almost the whole club in shifts!  More info will follow.
You can contact me here: 
 
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! 
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 on March 14, 2019:

Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club! 
 Mac McCauley here! 
NEWS!!  We ought to have a general membership meeting!  Maybe over at one of our favorite places, the Garden of the Gods Trading Post?  How about April 6th or 13th (both are Saturdays).  Any preferences?  It’s always tons of fun to fill up that Eastern Parking Lot full of EVs!!! Let us know!!
The $35,000 Tesla:  If anyone in the club is ordering the VERY BASE MODEL Tesla Model 3, (called Standard Range, Standard interior), please let us know!  When you get it, we will probably call a little Club Meeting!!  MANY of us would like to see your new car, touch it, taste it, feel it, and generally ogle it!!  Reluctant?  We might buy you lunch!!
MEETINGS and EVENTS:  At It seems that the weather is slightly improving now, and EV owner’s thoughts turn to meetings and events!!  All winter, we have been trying to keep warm in our cars, (and keep the damn road salt off them), waiting for a chance to show them off!  It’s about time now!  Let me try to summarize a listing of car/EV shows and events coming up this month:
March 23 (Saturday), 10 AM to 3 PM:  “Car Show of the Future,” Palmer High School North Parking lot, 301 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO.  Environment Colorado, a non-profit organization, is trying to raise awareness of EVs.  This is their FIRST car show ever.  Wilson, Dan, James, Tom and I met with the show’s organizers months ago!  This show was originally scheduled for MONDAY, then FRIDAY!!  I, (Mac) literally did everything I could to get it changed to Saturday.  Finally, they relented, and SATURDAY it is!  This show will go “rain (or snow) or shine.”  They say, “light snacks provided.”  You DO NOT have to stay the whole time!  The organizers want you to RSVP to them:  kmaxwell@environmentcolorado.org.  Several of us will be there (unless the weather does not cooperate). 
March 26 (Tuesday), 5:30 – 7:00 PM:  Pueblo County, and the Pueblo Library District will be presenting “Know Before you go Electric,” at the Pueblo West Library, 298 South Joe Martinez Boulevard, Pueblo, Colorado.  Since Pueblo has NO EV club, WE ARE IT!  This sort of a not-too-good day for us, but the time is not too bad.  We told them we will have a few cars there.  They would like EV owners WHO DO NOT MIND GIVING RIDES to prospective owners.  It is not a static show.  There are new Level 2 and 3 Chargepoint chargers in the library parking lot!  You can see a flyer for this show (with more info) on the CSEVC.com website.
March 30 (Saturday), 8:30 – 11:00 AM:  WEATHER PERMITTING!!!  Last Saturdays Car Show - Bass Pro Shops.  Every last Saturday of the month, March through October 2019 the Bass Pro Shop in Northern Colorado Springs will be hosting a FREE car show. Several of us usually attend. 
COMING UP IN APRIL:  (More info will be coming to you on these). 
April 20, 2019 (Saturday) - Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods Visitors Center, Colorado Springs from 9:00am - 3:00pm in the North Parking Lot.  They are looking for just FOUR EVs!!!  If we just send four, we ought to send four really different EVs, not just 4 Tesla Model Ss.  If you want to go over there for a six hour show, especially if you have an unusual vehicle, please contact Wilson, who will grease the Earth Day skids for you. 
COMING UP IN MAY:
May 17-19, 2019.  The BIG Custer, SD Tesla rally.  For more info, see below.
May 26, 2019 (Sunday) – The Hot Wheels – Cool Rides INDOOR Car Show, 10 AM – 4 PM.  The location is the Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd.  Ace Entertainment is sponsoring this new show, and also sponsors the Old Colorado City Car Show and the First Saturdays Car shows.  Ace is buds with Wilson.  He sets us up with good show locations.  This particular show costs $35.  More news later.
COMING UP IN JUNE:
June 9, 2019 - Saturday - Concours D'Elegance, 9:00am - 3:00pm. This is the premiere exotic car show of the year! It takes place at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO.  Visit their website at
June 22, 2019 (Saturday) – Colorado Springs Utilities annual open house/efficiency expo on Mesa Road.  We (the club) have attended this event for YEARS!  Lots of foot traffic, lots of interest!  We will be there this year.  More news later.
COMING UP IN JULY:  
Sometime in July:  Our annual Bishop’s Castle trip.  VERY MANY of our members have already been there, is there still an interest in going once again?  If you have not seen it, it is shockingly strange!!  If you want to go, is any particular day better for you?  I will lead the gang yet again if there is enough interest!!  (You need a long-range EV to do this trip). 
July 27, 2019 (Saturday) – Sustain-a-Fest, the entire Acacia Park, downtown Colorado Springs, NOON TO SEVEN PM!!!  That’s a long time!  We, (CSEVC) will coordinate different members coming and going after staying a couple or three hours.  Please coordinate with Wilson later in July to coordinate times.
You can contact me here: 

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!  (Update:  Mac is working with the City of Colorado Springs to resurrect the EV drive to the summit, if possible, for this year)!!!
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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