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Boston SMART owners and prospective owners

Location: Boston, MA
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Comment by Dan Fava on December 9, 2013 at 2:13pm

smart center of Lynnfield, MA is under new management and we're interested in organizing smart meet-ups and rallys in 2014. Any interest from members here? Feel free to email me DFava@herbchambers.com with suggestions or if interested.

Comment by Dave Mayall on September 18, 2009 at 6:38pm
Hello All
We will be meeting at the McDonalds Restaurant located @ 1915 Andover Street Tewksbury Mass.01876 anytime after 8:15 and departing for Loudon at 8:30 AM. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is located at 1122 Rt. 106 North Loudon,N.H. 03307. The ride is clocked at 1hour and 7 minutes, 61 miles. We have to be AT THE TRACK by 10AM for inspections and registration. MANDATORY drivers meeting is at 11:30 AM.
If you have any questions please call me at any time.
Cheers
David Mayall
Smart Car of Mass
978-265-6647
Comment by Dave Mayall on September 14, 2009 at 5:36pm
Time: October 10, 2009 at 10pm
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Street: 1122 Route 106 North
City/Town: Loudon, NH 03307
Contact Info: 978-265-6647
Event Type: New, Hampshire, Motor, Speedway, Charity, Laps!
Organized By: Dave Mayall
Comment by Mark & Barbara on May 19, 2009 at 6:58pm
Hi Guys !
We were wondering when we can all meet up again. Anyone have any trips comming up , Please let us know.
Thanks
Comment by Einstn on May 11, 2009 at 9:24am
HI Fellow Smarties :)

I just want to make a mention of the Boston Globe Smart article ... as I was interviewed and severely misquoted / taken out of context ...
I really care that everyone knows I spoke nothing but raves about Smarts
so - not to tie up this terrific message wall - but just to mention to read my reply to that article - here's a link to my thoughts

Link: http://www.smartusainsider.com/profile/Einstn

Hugs
Patrice
Comment by Einstn on April 21, 2009 at 3:31pm
Terrific - I will add it to the big Smart Car Club New England site ... so everyone sees it ... :) hugs
Comment by smart center Warwick on April 21, 2009 at 1:45pm
You are cordially invited to join our smart family for a May Breakfast, Saturday May 2nd 10-2pm, here at smart center Warwick.
Come one, come all, join us for coffee, pastry, raffles, games. We will be mainly focusing on a Service Clinic for you. Anyone can come, whether you've picked up your smart car from us or at another center.
Please RSVP by April 29th through the insider or email me at slemoi@smartcenterwarwick.com.
Look forward to seeing you all.
Sue Lemoi
Comment by george&jean on April 3, 2009 at 5:54pm
Any plans for A Boston smart rally??
Comment by george&jean on April 3, 2009 at 5:51pm
Our JUNIOR Owns Rt 495 and Rt95 in the North Shore.
Haven,t seen other SMARTIES on them.
Did see a silver Smartie in Salem NH
Comment by Dave Mayall on December 2, 2008 at 6:26pm
Long wait list for popular Smart Cars


By Jenny Amaral / The Daily Item

With fluctuating fuel prices, the lagging economy and environmental concerns, interest is surging in the tiny Smart Car.

Just ask Shawn Clarke of Removal Specialists in Lynn. The company has a fleet of work trucks, but co-owners Clarke and Douglas Gallant have turned to Smart Cars for their management work.

“It’s cute to drive around in,” he said. “And the gas savings are really good.”

In a typical workday, which involves driving around from site to site, it wasn’t uncommon just several months ago when gasoline hovered around $4 per gallon for Clarke to spend more than $90 per day on fuel for his pick-up truck.

Using one his Smart Car — and with fuel plummeting below $2 per gallon — Clarke says he now spends less than $10 per day on fuel for his vehicle.

And the Smart Cars, each with the company logo, are head turners, he said, drawing plenty of attention to the business. “I had no idea how much publicity we would get,” he said. “Our Web site went from 25 hits a week to 250 plus. We never even had a job e-mailed to us until we got the Smart Cars.”

Mark Hoch, the general manager of Smart Center Lynnfield, said he’s never before seen a car have such a great affect on the community and its drivers.

“People are so enthusiastic about the brand,” he said. “It’s the funnest franchise I’ve ever been associated with.”

Hoch said people from all walks pour into his dealership on Route 1 North to inquire about the oh-so-small car. He said his customers range from people in their 60s and 70s to first-time drivers.
“People say, ‘it’s just what I need,’” said Hoch. “Folks on a farm in Maine and folks in the city are both buying it, but for two totally different reasons.”

The Smart Car was the brainchild of the Nicolas Hayek, founder of Swatch watches. Mercedes Benz quickly came into the picture to design a fuel efficient, eco-friendly, safe, commuter car complete with the technological power and customer service that comes with the European brand.

The car features an 8.6-gallon gas tank and averages 40 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. It’s constructed in a 100 percent “green” factory that uses rainwater, recycles wastewater, and takes heat generated from one of their machines and circulates it throughout the building. According to Gilbert Otero, brand manager, it creates a carbon footprint of about 350 people, compared to the 4,000 who are employed.

“That’s how clean their plant is,” he said.

Despite what color it is on the outside, the Smart Car is truly green on the inside. According to Hoch, 95 percent of the car is made of recyclable materials.

“It’s probably the most environmentally friendly car that’s made,” said Rob Giacilone, brand specialist.

And at an average cost of $12,000, it’s the most affordable “green” car on the market.

One customer at the Lynnfield location turned in his large pick-up truck for his first-ever Smart Car just last week.

“I wanted to look bigger, so I bought a little car,” quipped Chase Wilke, 26, of Wakefield. “I’ve been dying to get it. The gas thing is a definite plus.”

Perhaps Wilke will be the next to join the throngs of people blogging about their Smart Car experiences on various Web sites across the globe.

“It’s not a cult,” said Dave Mayall, president of the Smart Cars of Massachusetts Chapter. “I don’t know what to call it, but it’s more of a tight group than that.”

Mayall organizes trips and events for local Smart owners to express and share their pride, which they have plenty of, he said.

“It’s a blast,” he said. “We just have a good time. We get to talk about our cars, the gas mileage, how they are in the snow, the best places to get service done.”

Mayall, who stands tall at 6 feet, says he absolutely loves his “comfortable” car.

“It’s remarkable,” he said. “I’ve had Ferraris, I’ve had Corvettes, and this car is just an absolute blast. Everyone’s thrilled with their cars. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. People just see you and they smile. It makes you smile.”

There is one downside of the car, Mayall admits, but it would only apply to certain people.

“It’s such an attention getter,” he said. “If you don’t like attention, don’t buy a Smart Car because everyone’s going to ask you questions all day long about it.”

The little car has certainly caused a big buzz. Hoch reported a yearlong waiting list for those itching to get their hands on one. But, for some, the Smart Car is well worth the wait.
 

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