How do you get from Portsmouth to Brooklands in 40 seconds ? Answer you can’t but you can watch it. Firstly you need 100 Smarts, a time-lapse camera, and some video editing software (in this case Final Cut Express)

Portsmouth to Brooklands Smartly in 40 seconds from yellowwheels on Vimeo.

Smart Crossblade leads the convoy

Smart Crossblade leads the convoy

We met for bacon butties at some un-godly hour down at Smart of Portsmouth. After a drivers briefing, which was basically “head north on the A3, keep to speed limits, and no balloons hanging out of cars”, we arranged to fix a camera on the roll bar of a demonstrator driven by Emma. Photo gear sorted and the queue for butties was dwindling, but already it was time to mount our chariots. No matter, we rush breakfast-less for some starting grid pix and hop aboard for the convoy to Mercedes World, where the 2009 Smart Festival is underway. 10-4 rubber ducky.

Read on for more piccies and story

Mick and Emma on arrival at the festival

Mick and Emma on arrival at the festival

click on arrow to listen to sound clip

YW: Hi Mick and Emma, tell us about the trip up from Portsmouth:

You couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday the 12th September, as the convoy set off a bit behind schedule. The dealership, being only 200 yards from a traffic light, meant the convoy got broken up almost instantly. Next year someone should arrange for a miraculous parting of the waves, to allow the convoy to reach the dual carriageway in one long train. Gaggles of Smart’s, determined by the length of the green traffic light, made it together onto the dual carriageway, from where it should normally be a breeze to go straight up the A3 to Brooklands. Construction of the Hindhead bypass would have it otherwise, with queues of traffic slowing progress significantly. Just the excuse Mick needs to stop his Smart, jump out and video the convoy. Arriving at Mercedes World in glorious sunshine, rows and rows of perfectly turned out Smart’s were being directed to the car park. Little do they know, that normally this area of tarmac is dowsed with water for skid training: hope no-one turns on the tap by mistake…The show is well and truly underway, with a reported 1300 Smarts turning up.

Come back to www.yellowwheels.com over the next week as we have a few more posts from the 2009 Smart Festival to feature here.

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