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My wife and i hosted German exchange students for every year of both of our sons High School careers. They both took German for 4 years so we had a German student living with us for 3 weeks every spring. As part of the exchange program, our oldest son spent a summer in Germany in his senior year (youngest son got screwed out of his Germany trip because of 9/11). Son brought back pictures of smarts form Germany. Wife went crazy with want. When she found out they were coming to the US, that was all she wrote. Ordered a 2008 Passion (BJ). She drove BJ for 5 years. In the meantime, i picked up a "used" 2009 cabrio in 2010(IT HAD 50 MILES ON IT) Named it (BA) and drove it for 6 months. Decided to trade it in on a Kizashi when winter arrived.
After 5 years i made the wife trade BJ in on a Fiat 500(Bino) She liked Bino, but missed having a smart. In the meantime, i had leased a 2012 passion on the $139/mo lease special (Ditto) After dittos lease was up, i turned it back into the dealer and wife asked if i would take over driving Bino and get her another smart.
Soooo, after much hand wringing over colors and equipment(this was early 2015, the pickins were slim)I found her an unsold 2013 Iceshine edition at a dealer in NJ. For whatever reason, this particular Iceshine had black panels instead of White. I assumed the dealer did a panel swap but no one was able to confirm that. Anyway, the prospect of having a "one off" smart made her happy, and they gave me a smoking good deal on it so i bought it for her and had it shipped to us in PA. It just turned 31K miles and is her daily driver.
We met some great people over the years because of this little car. There used to be a fairly active club here at one tiime. We went to local meets and broke bread with like minded people and it was fun. We took BJ to local car cruises in the early days because there were so few smarts, it always drew a crowd. It still does make people smile and ask questions, as there still are not many smarts around. When i bought her the iceshine(Jerzee), i told her she could keep it as long as she wanted, and i would not force her to get rid of it. She shows no signs after 3 years of letting go. It turns 3 ion a month.
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I fell in love with smart in May 2008. My mum said that they were looking to get dad a new car and that we were going to check out these "smart cars". We arrived at smart center Lake Bluff and was greeted by a handsome Alan Janka. The love story from that point forward is history. I couldn't get over how Mercedes-Benz packed a real car into such a tiny size. I was blown away by the roomy interior, the clear roof, the ever so swappable panels, and the RR engine set up.

I proudly proclaimed at my Freshman high school lunch table that a smart was my dream car...and was promptly ridiculed for it. Everyone told me that a boy couldn't have a smart car, I had to get a Mustang or Camaro. I ignored them. Then finally 4 years after I first fell in love, I got my first smartie.

Heck, even when I got my first smart, I never expected myself getting a second, let alone third. I can't believe how influential my journey with smart has been to my life. I can't imagine me without smart. ♥ This is definitively my dream! ♥

Fast forward to today, I'm almost an entirely different person than who I was back then. Neonspinnazz is dead, long live Miss Mercedes!

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Fast forward to today, I'm almost an entirely different person than who I was back then. Neonspinnazz is dead, long live Miss Mercedes! ............................................ I remember when Neon was posting on here before he could even get a Smart, even saw him on youtube defending the Smarts when everyone else was blasting our little cars, I enjoy your comments on here Miss Mercedes, be yourself...
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Planning this National event, in 2010. Gather 210 smart cars together, from Canada, Mexico, and across America. Will always be my memory of owning a little $14k car. Met, a lot of other smart car enthusiasts, and their love of this little vehicle. Thanks goes to Aristocrat smart motors, smart USA, vendors, like smart Madness. The others who chip in and made this large event possible. John, Andy, and Jeff. A year of my life went in planning it. It’s sad there will never be another event like this again.



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Fast forward to today, I'm almost an entirely different person than who I was back then. Neonspinnazz is dead, long live Miss Mercedes! ............................................ I remember when Neon was posting on here before he could even get a Smart, even saw him on youtube defending the Smarts when everyone else was blasting our little cars, I enjoy your comments on here Miss Mercedes, be yourself...
Awe, thank you! <3

I still do that today, only itís on Jalopnik instead! The YouTube comments section has turned into a cesspool of hate, it isnít worth it anymore. :/

Itís still amazing how much misinformation floats around about these cars, even ten years later!
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smark, first event I convinced the wife to attend, and she almost crashed the car heading into K.C., when two non-smarts tried to occupy the same spot we were driving in. I even spotted my license plate in the picture above! At the hotel across from the main event hotel, we had power! Quite the event!!
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smark, first event I convinced the wife to attend, and she almost crashed the car heading into K.C., when two non-smarts tried to occupy the same spot we were driving in. I even spotted my license plate in the picture above! At the hotel across from the main event hotel, we had power! Quite the event!!
I remember you left your multicolored umbrella at the crown center hotel banquet room. The hotel staff found it. I mailed it to you.

I curious of how folks, that attended the Nationals. Still own there smart cars. Even still interested in the brand anymore.
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up, still have the umbrella too!!
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...oh KC...
... while Barney O was installing bumpers and mud flaps in the back lot...my bride was helping Barney's bride at the BMS goodies table...I was taking friends for rides in the BMS hair dryer special....after several runs I went back to the back lot to check on Barney to make sure the old man didn't pass out from the heat...all of the sudden I hear a voice telling me...well...actually yelling at me " I can smell the burnt brakes all the way down the hall"....yep ...my bride came to talk to me...

Jetfuel....oh the memories...
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Oh the smart memories...

SCoA allowed us to make friends around the world.

And then OTD brought many of us together for some wild and crazy times with some very special smart owners...
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