By Dorothea Helms
There are several ways to gauge whether a marriage is on solid ground. One is to do a long car trip together and see how it goes. My husband and I put our 35-year marriage to the test in May, except we added an extra challenge. We drove 3,800 km in total on our holidays – in his Smart Car!
When Rich asked me a few months ago whether I’d like to attend a microcar conference festival in Madison, Georgia with him in May, he was shocked when I said yes. He had already taken several long trips with the Smart – even as far as Arkansas – and I was always too busy to go. I’d ridden in the Smart many times, but never for long distances. I figured with months to plan, I could take a few days away from my freelance writing businesses. Plus, we were able to combine the car event with visits to family along the way.
By Rich Helms
I didn’t realize how my driving would change when my editor called me on Feb 10, 2004 and said, “Mercedes just announced the Smart car.“ An email to the local dealer and a fax the next day, and I had a Smart ForTwo cabrio on order. In October, I got to drive one for the first time and select the features I wanted. Then on Jan 2005, almost 11 months later, I took delivery of my green-on-green Smart cabrio.