Elon Musk’s ‘Monty Python’ tower knight keeps watch over Boring Co’s TBM preparations
Over five months since The Boring Company held an opening party for its test tunnel in Hawthorne, CA, Elon Musk’s Monty Python-style watchtower is standing strong, and so is its occupant. Based on recent photographs taken of the site, the cleverly-built watchtower’s resident knight is still present, a lone guard watching over the Boring Company’s nearby lot and SpaceX’s headquarters.
Teslarati photographer Pauline Acalin recently paid a visit to The Boring Company’s Hawthorne site, where she was able to get some detailed shots of the ironclad sentry on his post. Pauline’s images show that the watchtower is weathering the elements pretty well, and the pre-made Boring Brick-laid sections used in the structure appear almost the same as they did during the test tunnel’s opening party. This is quite impressive, considering that the Monty Python-style watchtower was constructed in an incredibly quick manner last December.
Elon Musk’s ‘Monty Python’ watchtower remains occupied. (Photo: Pauline Acalin/Teslarati)
The Boring Company watchtower knight is a reference to one of Elon Musk’s favorite movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is widely regarded as one of the funniest movies ever made. During one of the film’s most memorable segments, a sharp-tongued French knight decided to give King Arthur and his knights a tongue-lashing for the ages. Played by actor John Cleese, the knight, as well as his creative insults, live on today, thanks to the prevalence of memes in the internet.
Apart from the watchtower knight’s continued guard duty, The Boring Company’s Hawthorne site is also seeing some notable activity. Teslarati photographer Tom Cross was able to capture several images of one of the tunneling startup’s lots in the area, which just happens to be a location where a tunnel boring machine (TBM) is being prepared.
The Boring Company works on a tunnel boring machine. (Photo: Tom Cross/Teslarati)
The new tunnel boring machine is particularly noticeable due to its striking white paint. Several workers could be seen working on different sections of the TBM, though some sections of the machine placed around the lot still require some painting work. It should be noted that the TBM being prepared on the site appears very similar to Godot, the same machine used by the company to build its test tunnel. Nevertheless, Elon Musk’s previous references to its next-generation TBM, Line-Storm, triggers some speculations about the nature of the tunneling machine that Tom photographed in The Boring Company’s lot.
Teslarati has reached out to The Boring Company about this, and will update this piece once a response from the tunneling startup is received.
The Boring Company recently received a contract from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to build a Loop System for the LVCA’s campus. The project, which will be comprised of two tunnels that will each be less than a mile long, is expected to be completed quickly. In a statement on Twitter, Elon Musk noted that the Las Vegas Loop System would likely be operational by the end of the year.