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Looking for Company on some runs from now into the Fall. Old Mine RD in the Delaware Water Gap area is one drive listed as a good run. NY 97 to HawKs Nest is another nice looking run. Get an early start and enjoy a day of driving. Anyone care to take their Smart out for a ride shout out.

Today I drove 73 miles North up the Taconic State Parkway to Sylvan Lake exit. Then 15 miles of nice winding roads passing through Paterson NY. A Grey AC Cobra, a Black Tesla and a Grey Dodge Hellcat driving in the opposite direction all gave The Harlem Edition a big thumbs up, it made me smile. Just past Patterson picked up I 84 to I 684 50 miles South and down the Hutchinson River Parkway back to Yonkers NY Cross County Parkway. Cross County across to the Henry Hudson 15 miles and Under the George Washington Bridge coasted back into Harlem NY. Really Nice Drive

Drive Highlight; I had just opened a bag of Wise Onion Garlic Potato Chips with my bottle of Gatorade Zero in my lap, when a Blue Mini Cooper Drop Top with racing stripes and Chrome seat roll bars run up on me just before the Taconic goes from three lanes to two. There were three in the car and we gave each other thumbs up running about 70 mph. The Mini drove away from me with power. I managed to keep the shinny chrome roll bars just in sight as I finished my chips and took a big swig of Gatorade. I put the top on tight and dropped the Gatorade in the passenger side foot well. Wiped the grease off my fingers, on my pants legs of course. Then I ran that Mini Cooper down, catching them at a real winding stretch He saw me too late. He was still in the fast lane. I dipped into forth and went By at 85 just as a 50 mph corner caution sign showed up, A touch of brake, dip to 3rd through the up hill corner, signal to the fast lane over the incline, back to 4th the road is down hill now, three nice corners later, back in 5th just starting to see the Chrome Roll bars in the rear view mirror, but now about six cars separated us. With My Smart running on rails and the Mini with the top down and the 2 extra grown people weight inside, and traffic to weave through, it would take a great effort to run me down and they never did. At the I 84 exchange I kept straight and slowed down to 65 as I fished the Gatorade bottle from the floor. I coasted about 2 miles with no sight of them I assumed I 84 was the Mini's exit. I exited shortly after at Sylvan Lake. Smiling

Gonna Run to Hawks Nest tomorrow I hope.
 

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Didn't get to Hawks Nest today ...... instead I drove both Rt 301 from Brewster NY to Cold Springs NY and Seven Lakes Drive.

RT 301 is a Great road. Up hill corners, down hill sweeps, esses, switch backs, Hairpins and no rough patches. That was much fun to drive and the trees and lakes a nice bonus.less than an hour and a half from Manhattan. Good Smart exercise road. A paddle shifters pleasure. Ill run that again in the fall.

Coming out of Cold springs NY On RT 9D South You run right in to Seven Lakes Drive as you cross the Bear Mountain Bridge So I couldn't pass it up. It is nice and scenic but it is a 40 MPH limit road and not as winding. You do pass seven beautiful Lakes.

Then I jumped on the highway and headed home with a nice Tappan Zee bridge, Sawmill River Parkway, Henry Hudson Parkway transition back to Harlem.

This was a beautiful week end of Smart driving.
 

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Posted The Harlem Edition up at the FLEX FEST



Last minute decision some really hot cars. Lots of thumbs for the Harlem Edition

I am going to take the Harlem Edition over to Cars & Coffee at Rockn' Joe Union Station in Union NJ tomorrow. 9am to 1pm Show and shine. If nothing else I will Clay bar the car.

 

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Any "Escape From New York"; is a good one!
Route 97 up through the Nest is always fun, and it's a pretty ride.
(We'd take that route on our Spyders a couple of times a year...)
When you get up to Calliccon: turn right, and make the run up through Jeffersonville. THAT's a run road! >:D
 

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I was up in your area this weekend,Liberty Monticello, looking at property. Nice riding didn't find the right place yet. I intend on a place to work on and restore Smarts on the property.
 

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Here is the Harlem Edition outside the Monticello Motor Club,..... thinking ..... one lap around that track is all we need........



 

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I think a membership would be required, you would want to use that track as a warm up for your road trips!!!
Twcom, you should be writing for a magazine... very interesting and fun to read.
 

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I've outrun a Hayabusa with my vintage Goldwing before. Always fun to beat a faster vehicle by being a better driver/rider, having less weight, or having your vehicle be in better condition. :D
 

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I think a membership would be required, you would want to use that track as a warm up for your road trips!!!
Twcom, you should be writing for a magazine... very interesting and fun to read.
https://www.monticellomotorclub.com/taste-of-the-track/

So there will be a point where I will have my Smart ready to run this track as it is on the Harlem Edition's "Bucket List". In Tweaking the car for the West Coast Pacific Coast Highway run, its actually lest track happy and more of a highway cruiser right now. I miss those Yolohama S Drive tires for cornering but the car is much more comfortable on the taller Hankooks. When I run this track it will be on Yokohama S Drives I will have to hunt down a set as they are discontinued at this time. Mean while next fall is the time schedule so put away 5 dollars a day x 365 days and there is the 1700.00 track fee. And this is the Inspiration Poster for the Monticello Club Track run/photo day.

 
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