Armed Forces Day at the Battleship Iowa
The Tesla Club of Orange County
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Photos and Text by Carl Morrison, Carl@TeslaTouring.com
Battleship USS Iowa Museum, 250 South Harbor Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90731
Event: Battleship Iowa Drive
When: Saturday, May 21st
- 8:45am Meetup at Starbucks Sunset Beach Parking Lot*
- 9:30am Start Drive - via Vincent Thomas Bridge.
- 10:00am Arrive at Battleship Iowa Museum
- 12:00pm Lunch at San Pedro Fish Market
We're looking to meet between 8:45 am and 9:30 am and then head to the Battleship Iowa.
*There's large parking lot North East of the Starbucks that we can
gather until 9:30 am and then start our drive to the Battleship Iowa
musem (Battleship USS Iowa Museum, 250 South Harbor Boulevard, Los
Angeles, CA 90731.) According to Google maps, this drive without
traffic is 31 minutes at a distance of 14 miles.
We've obtained special pricing with the Battleship Iowa folks:
Our advance ticket prices are heavily discounted according to the following schedule:
General Admission Adult - Regular Price: $19.95 - Online Club Price: $15.50
General Admission Youth - Regular Price: $11.95 - Online Club Price: $9.50
General Admission Senior - Regular Price: $16.95 - Online Club Price: $13.50
General Admission Military - Regular Price: $16.95 - Online Club Price: $13.50
Child (5 & under) FREE
Here's our link firstname.lastname@example.org
After the tour (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours) folks that may be
interested in getting together for lunch after the visit to the museum,
we're thinking of stopping off at the San Pedro Fish (190 Nagoya Way,
San Pedro, CA 90731) (In reading the online descriptions, it
looks like customers can select their own seafood, have it prepared,
and then bring it out to the casual tables. Here is the menu for the restaurant
Starbucks Sunset Beach Map
Meetup Organizer's e-mails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
Steve Grande's Comments about his 2015 Tesla Model S P85D with Ludicrous Mode added at the service center
2016 Tesla Model X P90D with Ludicrous does 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
Since this is a Model S rather than a Model X, the Ludicrous in this
vehicle will do 0 to 60 in UNDER 3 SECONDS! Because this is a 2015
Tesla Model S P85D with Ludicrous Mode added at the service center it
is not guaranteed to do 0 to 60 faster than 2.9 seconds. A Tesla Model
S P90D (the 5kwh larger battery) with factory installed Ludicrous Mode
will do 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster.
One feature of this Tesla Model S that I have yet to see in ANY OTHER
Tesla Model S is the Executive Rear Seats. Nearly all Tesla
Model Ss will have a bench seat that seats 3 people.
Since we purchased the Model S we already had the 6 passenger
Model X on order, we decided to opt for a more luxurious experience for
our rear seat passenger even though it meant we'd be limited to only 4
passengers and could not fold down the rear seats. Do any other owners have the
Executive Rear Seats option?
There is a story behind that. We DID NOT order that particular feature
on the web. We did configure the entire vehicle on the web. Just before
the vehicle was to go into the production queue, we got a call from the
Tesla Sales Rep to go over everything and make sure they had the
configuration right and that we didn't want to change anything. At the
very last minute before our car was to go into production, the Tesla
rep mentioned they had just introduced this new Executive Rear Seat
option, and that it wasn't even on the web yet. (I actually don't know
if it is yet on the web or not!). Notice how comfy the seats are compared
to the usual Tesla rear bench seat and the Executive experience it
gives to rear seat passengers. It even has a huge console with cup
holders, padded arm rest, and a storage compartment. Our guess is that
this option was specifically designed for the China market. Most people
in China who can afford a Tesla have a Chauffeur and don't drive
themselves. If you can afford a Tesla and a Chauffeur in China, why
would you want to ride around on a bench seat? So this is Tesla's
answer to this drawback in that market. I think that many Tesla owners might be surprised that this
option even exists!
Celebrate Armed Forces Day with a meet, drive, and Battleship Iowa
The Meetup organizers had made
arrangements for us to park at the bow of the Battleship Iowa.
Since I did not attend the pre-Iowa coffee meetup, I was the first to
arrive at the Battleship Iowa and took a couple of early photos of
Steve Grande's Tesla S P85D. When the members began to arrive, I
photographed many as they parked in front of the bow. Eventually,
4 cars parked facing the bow. I took a group photo of the attendees then the private and self-guided tours began.
After the tour, I returned to the cars and took more photos, from
different angles. For this photo shoot, I used a Canon EOS Rebel T3i
with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom lens. I used Lightroom 5 on a
MacBook Air to post-process all the photos. I used the program
Fetch to upload all the photos to my Internet space. All the
photos are posted at Teslatouring.com. There you will find other
photo shoots as well as personal stories by Steve Grande about his
I look forward to photographing future events. Comments about the photos are welcomed at Carl@TeslaTouring.com