Tesla fulfils bucket list of dying man by delivering his Model 3 early
Dec. 13th 2017  Fred Lambert

pictures of the vehicle (credit to Bonnie Norman – reprinted with

As we reported earlier today, Tesla is definitely ramping up Model 3
deliveries this week, but most of those vehicles are still in the hands of
Tesla and SpaceX employees and their relatives.

Only a few regular reservation holders are now taking delivery and it’s a
big deal for most of those early adopters, but even more so for a man with
stage 4 terminal cancer whose dying wish was apparently to get his own Model

As the first relatively affordable and mass-produced electric vehicle, the
Model 3 is important for a lot of EV enthusiasts.

Important enough to be on your bucket list?

It is important enough for a TMC member going by ‘Graniteds’. He wrote on
the forum last month:

    “Well, I’d love to see November deliveries! i have a terminal stage 4
cancer and have been told I may only 3-4 months to live. The last thing on
my bucket list is our Model 3 and I’d like to have a few days to experience
and enjoy it. I wonder if there is any flexibility in the que?”

With production being still limited, there’s not that much flexibility in
the queue. Even the earliest reservation holders have December to February
delivery windows, which would require him to defy his prognostic.

But another forum member, Bonnie Norman, reached out to the man to offer him
the possibility to at least try the Model 3 if he doesn’t make it to a

Bonnie wrote on Twitter:
     Bonnie Norman @bonnienorman
    So I have a special story to tell about this #TeslaModel3 delivery - now
have permission - will post when thru airport security

    Bonnie Norman @bonnienorman
    3) I asked @DevinaKSingh, a friend who works for Tesla & owns a Model 3,
if she'd show off her car so he could experience it at least. On 11/25, she
was at his house, insisting he drive the car hard. (Check the Tesla grin.)
    3:12 PM - Dec 13, 2017

After the test drive, Bonnie reached out to Tesla to see if there’s a chance
he could take delivery sooner. That was on the November 26, 5 days after
Tesla sent out the first batch of invitations to configure the Model 3 for
regular reservation holders.

Norman says that Tesla ended up sending him an invite the next day.

Today, he took delivery at Tesla’s Fremont [CA] delivery center and received
a VIP treatment from the automaker:

     Bonnie Norman @bonnienorman
    Replying to @bonnienorman
    6) Private factory tour, intros around, everyone grinning to be part of
this. No one from Tesla looking to publicize, everyone involved with the
purest of intentions.

    Bonnie Norman @bonnienorman
    7) Oh! And he and his wife have their new Model 3. Lots of tears around.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. My heart is full. Thanks everyone @Tesla.
Thanks especially to @DevinaKSingh and @jonmcneill . We make an awesome
    3:19 PM - Dec 13, 2017 

He got his own walk-through with Jon McNeil, Tesla President of Sales and
Services, as well as a private factory tour.

According to Bonnie, Tesla is definitely ramping up Model 3 deliveries.

Kudos to Bonnie Norman, Tesla, and everyone involved for pulling this off.
It’s a heart warming thing to see on a general human level, but also just
for the show of passion for an electric vehicle.

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