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Scariest Tesla Gawkers thread

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Liz G, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. Liz G

    Liz G P03056

    Apr 16, 2012
    Wentzville, MO
    Tesla Gawker threads are always amusing. So, I thought I'd start one about everyone's scariest Tesla Gawker moment. You know the one, where you were afraid the guy was going to hit you or someone else.

    My scariest Tesla Gawker moment happened on I-70 outside of St. Louis, MO. I was in the fast lane when I noticed a car approaching me from behind at a high rate of speed. Being polite I pulled into the middle lane to allow him to pass. As he came up along side of me he slowed down and gave me a big thumbs up. Nothing scary here. I smiled and waved and went back to driving. What he did next though scared the bejesus out of me. He got up ahead of me in the fast lane, then swiveled around in his seat, while doing about 75 mph on the highway. He was literally leaning back into the backseat between the drivers and passengers front seats staring at my car. How he managed to stay in the lane I have no idea, good thing we were on a straight stretch of road. All I could do was slow down and mouth "Please Drive" as he continued to stare. This went on for a good 15 secs or so. Luckily he finally decided he'd seen enough and turned around and took off. But wow, some people really don't think when they drive.
  2. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

    Apr 27, 2012
    Wexford, PA
    I had one like this over Memorial Day, on I-80 in Ohio. Guy in a Lexus SUV was driving to my left in the passing lane, matching my speed of 73 mph so he could give me a thumbs up and a smile. I returned the thumbs up, and he pulled ahead to pass me, ogling the front of the car the whole time. Unfortunately the highway bent slightly at that moment, and he drifted left and came within a handful of inches of hitting the Jersey barrier. I had my ten-year-old daughter in the back seat, and as I slammed on the brakes all I could think was "Boy I hope the roll strength test rumors were true, because when this guy flips and lands on our roof, that is all that will save us".
  3. Gear

    Gear Member

    Jul 14, 2013
    I haven't had anything scary happen while driving yet, but I did have a weird guy taking pictures of my car for a considerable amount of time once. My friends and I were sitting at a coffee shop across the street in their outdoor patio the whole time. After the first few photos, I decided to honk the horn from my app. Trying not to laugh, we continued to discretely observe him (so he wouldn't know who the culprit was) but he didn't even look around at all. He just kept taking pictures. I continued to honk the horn, flash the lights, open and close the sunroof and unlock and lock the doors and he didn't seem to notice any of it. He just kept waking around the car and taking more photos with his phone. It was pretty bizarre.
  4. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

    Apr 2, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Race schools will tell you to "look where you want to go". It's human nature to steer where you look. Not so comfortable when someone's got their head cranked around to look at your car.
  5. Ugliest1

    Ugliest1 S85: "Sparky"

    Aug 19, 2013
    Victoria BC Canada
    I think my scariest gawker moment so far was me staring at my own car the first time, after "signing ze papers, olt man", and realizing how much I had just paid for a car.
  6. Mike_Schlechter

    Mike_Schlechter Model S - P457

    May 21, 2010
    Weston, CT
    Great thread idea.

    Right after it opened (I think before it was officially open and on the map) I was at the Darien CT Northbound I95 Supercharger. A guy in a 7 Series BMW was clearly looking at my car and rear-ended a little Kia that was getting air put in her tires. Anyone who has been to that Supercharger knows where I'm talking about. I was in the northern most stall, adjacent to the tire air. The guy in the BMW was apologetic to the point of panic that he hit a parked car with the driver bent over the tire, but also made sure to get a full tour of my Model S while waiting for the State Police to show up. The Kia owner was unimpressed with any of this.

    Luckily it was slow speed and all were ok.
  7. steve841

    steve841 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Scariest gawker: Women who want to look inside my car through the window while carrying a bling loaded purse with a long strap.

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