Posts Tagged: Smart car

Another way to carry a smart car

In June 2006 I wrote about Dennis Murphy and his unusual way to carry hist smart car.


Today I heard from Carl-Erik “Stina” Johnsson of Helsingborg, Sweden with his solution. The truck is a 1990 Volvo that he bought new and used for 2,300,000 kms in his trucking company. There is a hydraulic crane and on the cage top a loop to fit the crane hook. It take around 12-15 minutes to load or unload.

Amazing system Stina.

Traveling Smart

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.

Smart Living

By Rich Helms

Rich’s Smart Cabrio at Duke University in Durham, NC

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.

It’s smart to carry a spare

Dennis Murphy and his wife Nancy Beck of Geneva Illinois like to travel with their fifth-wheel trailer. Their pickup was due for replacement, but they needed a medium-duty truck to tow the new fifth wheel they wanted to move up to. The solution Dennis Murphy found was to purchase a used road tractor. He bought a 1999 Volvo 610 with 602,000 miles on it. The truck was refurbished and equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and shore power so it could be registered as a motor home.

Now problem number two: what do they drive once the trailer is parked at their destination?

The Solution
Solution: Carry a smart car.

Orlando Trip – March 2006

In late March 2006, I drove my smart car to Orlando Florida for a business trip. On the return trip I visited the Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia (link to article). Here are some of the pictures that I didn’t use.

Have smart, will travel

Elvis / BB King Welcome to Memphis Welcome Center

Everyone knows the smart car is an urban car designed for scooting around the city well, everyone except those of us who do long-distance trips in our smarts. Why not take a conventional car? I guess for the same reason people travel on motorcycles. My smart is a green-on-green pulse cabrio – a unique car calls for an outrageous colour scheme. One result of this look is that the car never fails to bring a smile to your face.