Tesla Drivers to Hold ‘Drive-In’ at Tesla’s Lab

Tesla Motors drivers will be at the Nikola Tesla’s former lab in Shoreham this weekend.

About two dozen Tesla Motors electric car owners from the mid-Atlantic region plan to drive this weekend to the site of the planned Tesla Science Center (TSC) at Wardenclyffe, where they plan to raise awareness of Nikola Tesla, the visionary inventor whose technology helped lead to the creation of the most innovative electric car on the market today.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, there will be a Wardenclyffe work session to clean up the grounds. It’s closed to the public and limited to the drivers and a small group of select volunteers. The building itself, home to Tesla’s storied last laboratory, is still off limits because of the toxic conditions inside that must be remediated in order for the science center to proceed.

The cost of the project has been estimated at $30 million. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, recently donated $1 million to the science center and pledged to set up one of the company’s growing network of superchargers at Wardenclyffe for its electric cars.

Starting at 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend the afternoon event, which will feature presentations by Jane Alcorn, TSC president, who will report on the latest developments for the Tesla Center, and Neil Baggett, TSC secretary, who will talk about Tesla and how his pioneering work continues to benefit people today.

Jim Thompson, organizer of this Tesla Meets Tesla event, will explain why owners of the electric car, which uses AC motors based on Tesla’s 1888 invention, made the trip and their plans to help raise funds for TSC.

Although the 187-foot Wardenclyffe tower was torn down a century ago, the octagonal base still stands, from which Tesla dreamed of providing electricity wirelessly to the world for free.

In case of rain, the event will take place Sunday, Oct. 26. The proceedings will be streamed at http://www.remembertesla.com and there will be an official Twitter feed too, @teslascience, for tweets of the day’s activities, images and announcements. Attendance is limited so to reserve tickets, contact eventbrite.com/e/tesla For more information about Tesla Motors, visit: teslamotors.com