There was not much in the way for the fans of Elon Musk who were determined to grab the first 1,000 flamethrowers of billionaire Boring Co.
Dennis Dohrman jumped into his truck and drove 2,620 miles from North Carolina to the Boring headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Dan Thorman made a business trip to Singapore and came directly from Los Angeles International Airport to the event on Saturday. George Matus brought his parents and younger brother along on a 10-hour road trip.
"Imagine you had the opportunity to get a dragon and a key from Benjamin Franklin," said Dohrman, 45, an environmental scientist he drove 39 hours from Hampstead, North Carolina, and related while on the inventor and statesman of the Revolutionary War.
Dohrman took first place in the queue on Saturday to buy one of the $ 1
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Held in a parking lot next to Musk's Rocket Company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the event was a festival of all things Musk, to the sounds of a mariachi band, as customers munch on free churros from a food truck.
SpaceX and Boring volunteers displayed a Falcon 9 rocket and a Hyperloop prototype near customers such as Matus, 20, a Salt Lake City entrepreneur who persuaded his parents and 12-year-old brother to join him at the To accompany 700 miles of driving.
When entrepreneur Thorman complained that he could not drive The incident in his car made by Musk's Tesla Inc. turned a few customers in front of him and volunteered to drive Thorman home in his Tesla ,
At the front of the line, customer demonstrating flamethrowers marshmallows as co-workers showed them how to power the flames.
"I'm pretty disappointed they're brief outbreaks," Thorman said, dragging his wheelie suitcase around the process.
Boring sold 20,000 flamethrowers in January and wants to distribute them over the summer. Hosting parties, where customers can pick up the devices, cost significantly less than they deliver to the customer at home, a spokesman said, although Boring has not yet decided on the next location. The Hawthorne Saturday event was limited to the first 1,000 guests who responded to invitations.
While some stated in the queue that they wanted to sell the limited $ 500 flamethrowers online, where they already get a bonus, most said they would retain them
William Brice, 36, of Long Beach, California He said he could write his tax deduction because he could use it to seal glue in his Wrap Legends car wrapping business. He pulled out a cell phone and showed photos of his own Tesla Model X, which he wrapped around like a SpaceX rocket. First step: Replacing the tires with custom wheels that resemble lattice ribs, a mechanism that stabilizes the rocket.
Dohrman plans to use his for the lighting of Tiki torches and "household protection".
Fan girls and boys stayed in the crowd. Jessica and Tyrone Tomke said they were there to support Musk's goals, especially to ease LA's notorious stoppage.
"He's my celebrity billionaire, crush," said Jessica Tomke, 33, who wore a red tank top, the "Hot"  Her husband, 40, shot back, "I'll trade you for a new Tesla . "