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Comment by Dave Mayall on September 14, 2009 at 5:37pm
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 Check it out under Events!
Comment by Dave Mayall on August 27, 2009 at 9:45am
Hi everyone, come along this friday August 28th to the Nashua N.H. Cruise night. 600 Amherst street, @ Target. Any time after 5:30 till dark, come and go as you please. Great places to eat at the location. I have been several times and its a lot of fun. The weather looks great, so come along!
Comment by Sheila V. on August 18, 2009 at 8:54pm
Check out my Smart Car site for the Smart Car commercial that I am in. My Smart is PINK!
Comment by Diana & Gary on March 20, 2009 at 8:57am
Hi all will pick up our car tomorrow Sat. 03-21-09, in KC. can't wait! Have a great weekend! April 7, '08 reserved - March 17, '09 landed at dealership.
Comment by Randy Maynard on March 12, 2009 at 3:41pm
Hello! I am wondering if this is the right place to find out about any smart outings that my wife and I can attend like the one on the "crooked street,"
Comment by WOOHOO on March 2, 2009 at 12:18am
Hmm, joined today! looking forward to driving the Smart!
Comment by Ken & Cheryl Gonska on February 16, 2009 at 10:00pm
Joined a while ago! Can’t wait to get my mid-life crisis car!
Comment by Sara Ax on December 13, 2008 at 12:05am
Hi all - I'm picking up my little Scooty on Monday but already have been by the dealer to imprint with it (lol). If you want to check out the new 09 metallic gray, check out the photos on my page. Pretty nice color match with the black cell and the red internior
Comment by Diana & Gary on December 9, 2008 at 9:12am
Just letting you know I recv. an actual date on the DDE this morning, so far this has been the progression since putting my reservation in on April 7, '08
Received 1st DDE date on 09-16-08 - OCT-DEC '09
10-01-08 - AUG-OCT '09
10-03-08 - APRIL-JUNE '09
10-27-08 - MARCH-MAY '09
11-11-08 - FEB-APRIL '09
12-09-08 - RECV. ACTUAL DATE ON DDE - 3-5-09 to 6-3-09

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, happy waiting.
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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