Smart people like to stick together. Or so it seems during smart times.
A total of 1,594 smart fans from 27 countries met this weekend in Antwerp, Belgium, for the world’s largest gathering of the smart community – and set a new world record with the longest ever smart parade. On Saturday 1,114 vehicles drove through the streets of the Belgian city and the third largest European seaport watched by enthusiastic spectators.
All CO2 emissions produced from driving during the big four-day event will be compensated by reforestation. Together with the international non-profit organization WeForest smart will plant 5,200 trees in Kenya.
Next year smart times will take place in Lucerne.
Started in 2000, the unique gathering has drawn an ever-increasing number of smart enthusiasts from all over Europe. This year, over a period of four days, they were able to share their passion for smart, talk to designers, tuners and experts, take part in outings and attend concerts together – and some of them were also able to proudly present their extravagantly modified and individually designed vehicles.
From sporty smart contests to stunt shows or tours of the city on the new smart e-bike – all items on the program of this year’s smart times once again proved very popular.
There were plenty of opportunities to take test drives in the new smart fortwo and smart fortwo electric drive, to talk at length with smart experts, evening parties and attend the annual smart flea market, which rounded off the program.
The smart community is already looking forward to getting together again, this time in Lucerne between Aug. 23 and 25, 2013, where smart times 2013 will take place.