We Did It!!! Over 200 smart cars at Orlando event

What an Event: 207 smart Cars at 1 time in 1 place!!!!! We did it!!
On Sunday Feb 8th the Orlando smart center in conjunction with the Central Florida Smart Car Club held a 1st Anniversary Customer Appreciation Party at the smart center in Orlando, FL. A total of 207 smart cars and 400 people turned out for a 4 hour celebration of these wonderful cars and our Dealership.
We believe this is the largest smart car gathering to have taken place in the USA since the introduction of the cars early last year.
The event included: A Custom smart car show with over 20 modified smart cars; a catered casual lunch; an extended visit by Dave Schembri, President of smart USA; a couple dozen door prizes including billet parts, custom embroidered items, a smart armrest and a smart car chrome package; technical information; aftermarket vendors; a DJ & Music and hundreds of smart cars and satisfied owners. We received press coverage from Smartimes Magazine who will be publishing an article on the event and we made the local news on News Channel 13 TV. We also took a wonderful professional, limited edition, panoramic photo of 135 cars and their owners at the end of the event.
Our thanks go out to Julie Morelli, Judson Barteaux, Kevin Bowlan, and Garrett Heady of smart center Orlando for their sponsorship and hospitality. A very special thanks to Dave Schembri for coming out and spending time with the smart owners. Special thanks to Ken Wagar for his sponsorship, coordination and hard work to make this event a success. Thanks also to our supplier/partners including European Toys, Ultimate Audio, Breathless Performance Products, Kidd’s Kustom Smarts, Ultra luster and George Pearl Photography for their support and involvement.
We were also blessed with many wonderful volunteers that assisted us with Registration, Parking and the Photo shoot. This event could not have been a success without the involvement and participation of the Central Florida Smart Car Club, Suncoast Smarts, the Daytona Smart Group and the Villages Smart Car Owners and their members. Finally we thank all of those that came out with their smart cars and enjoyed the day with us.
We now challenge the smart car communities around the US as well as all of the dealers to meet and/or exceed our event! It can be done and events of this type set the stage for larger regional or national events so get to work and see what you can do.
If you would like information on how we were able to put this together and pull it off we are willing to share our thoughts and what we learned as well as our experience with what works and what doesn’t work so well. If you are sincerely interested in holding this type of event and if we can be helpful to your efforts just let me know by PM or by e-mail at kwagar@tampabay.rr.com and we will be happy to help in any way we can.
Pictures will be posted Monday by myself and others who attended.

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Comment by Pashnit1 on February 11, 2009 at 10:51pm
Here is a link to a slideshow that I created as well of the 1st Orlando Anniversary Smart party! Enjoy :) And it limited me to 50 photos . . . .
Comment by Pashnit1 on February 11, 2009 at 9:37pm
It was awesome! Smarts everywhere!!!!!
Comment by Julian Knackert on February 9, 2009 at 4:50pm
http://www.slide.com/r/WZzf1R-X6T_6FOgqTXZbXRTjA_m5SpjQ Here is a link to a slide show I put together from yesterdays history making
Smart Car 1st Anniversary party!
Comment by Ken Reutebuch on February 9, 2009 at 2:54pm
Comment by 2micro4u on February 9, 2009 at 12:17pm
It was a great event

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