1 400 Smarts Turn Up for U K Smartfest Car Show

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1,400 Smarts Turn Up for Smartfest Car Show


Smart ForTwo display

Whilst the U.S. might not be to the ‘Smart car’ quite the way Daimler might have the same can’t be said for the reception in Europe.

2010 the tenth anniversary of the Smart in the Kingdom, and to celebrate, the marque ‘Smartfest’ at Mercedes-Benz World in the of England. Over 1,400 turned up, with the popular being joined by discontinued such as the Roadster and ForFour.

In the of Mercedes’ impressive showroom, and test track facility, of Smarts lined up in the sunshine for the of visitors to enjoy. From examples through modified and vinyl-wrapped models to rally and off-road conversions, the festival had for everyone.

Just driving into the was a surreal experience — Smarts outnumbering regular at least twenty to one, the jam was like no other. Colorful but probably the happiest jam you’d too. The beeping horns weren’t in weren’t in anger and with hundreds joining in to their arrival.

Once the show, we joined the hundreds of Smarts lined up beside the track, the parking lot being as a part of the show as the stalls and

Cars for judging rightly the show though. Most of the went to the stripped-down Crossblade lacking such standard as a roof, windscreen and doors, had been accessorized with logos and a bright red paint It went on to win a best of show as did the car equipped with a Smart-sized tea which won best dressed.

wasn’t just on the show Mercedes-Benz were hosting the round of the Mercedes-Benz Driving there to teach younger all aspects of driving, from skills to journey planning and tires. The star of the show? A appearance by Formula 1 racing and 2008 World Champion Hamilton, who entertained the Smart with some drifting in a AMG Mercedes.

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Also drifting to entertain the were a Smart display running nose-to-tail in some battered ForTwos and pulling in the diminutive cars.

Visitors fail to notice Mercedes’ museum and showroom though, and fans could get close and with old concepts as far back as when the Smart was just a in Nicolas Hayek’s eye. from this early the Smart DNA is clear to see. concepts included the 1996 show vehicles and 2009’s Crosstown, a chunky-looking gas-electric that was never brought than the concept stage.

What we noticed was the enthusiasm Smarts. Although there are clubs in the U.S, none the scale of the U.K.-based thesmartclub. to the club, almost 70 percent of Smart owners are part of the and they had a huge presence at the despite not organising it for the first since 2000.

For a company such small cars, has made a big impact on the U.K. and Undoubtably the small, economical cars make more in the crowded streets of London, and Rome and whilst not to every thousands of buyers have the car to their hearts.

Indeed, the ‘Smart car’ to share a similar following to iconic European cars as the Mini, Volkswagen Beetle and 500. Whilst those have enjoyed a retro in the past decade, Smart has from scratch to produce a interpretation, a car based on the small car rather than past

Whilst not without its faults. the has many virtues and we sincerely the model has a future in the U.S. the Mini was a slow burner in the day, but nowadays has a cult like few other cars. in a few years, enthusiasts will Smart in the same breath.

Mini smart crosstown
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