On Sunday, Dan and I went to the SoCal Smartie's Cars & Planes at the Brackett Airport meet-up. It was one of those perfect Southern California spring days, so we took my Smart (Freddy) and drove with his top down to the Smart Center in West Covina.
We have a bit of good news. Saturday night we met with Kamaal Petersen and put a down-payment as a reservation on a new Smart. If you're looking to purchase or lease a Smart, I highly recommend going to see Kamaal in West Covina. Not only is he super nice, but he is also a multiple Smart owner and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the brand. Plus, the West Covina dealership has a great selection.
There are some legal issues holding up the dealerships in California from selling the new Electric Smarts, but if all goes well, our new car should be home with us this week. We are excited to have an electric Smart in our family and I will write up another blog post after it is officially ours.
We have named him Grasshopper..or Hopper for short.
We spent about an hour having donuts, coffee and catching up with friends at the Smart Center. They had a bunch of the electric drives out on display, as well as gas fueled Smarts. As always, it was fun to check out the other cars in our group. We are so used to have the least interesting cars in the group, that it will be nice to finally have a car that is a little special. Although, the range of the electric might prevent us from taking Hopper to many meets. We may have to organize a meet near Glendale!
One of our group members attached a camera to a remote controlled helicopter to get some aerial shots.
We drove in convoy to Brackett Airport along the roads in the beautiful hills of West Covina and San Dimas. We've taken part in many Smart Convoys and I don't think that Dan will ever get bored of seeing so many Smarts on the road. Giddy is the best way to describe his reaction to it.
At the airport, we were met by one of our group members, Hal, who is a member of the airport association. Hal co-hosted this meet, along with Bob who did a great job (as always) at mobilizing the group and getting us from the Smart Center to the planes. He brought the much appreciated coffee and snacks.
We checked in and were given displayer badges. Along with the airplanes on display, there were also classic cars and scooters.
Here is a shot of our cars on display.
Our club got a new sign.
Dan took a few panorama shots with his IPhone.
There were many beautiful vintage planes on display. This is a great monthly show for anyone interested in aircrafts. Hopefully we will be able to take Dan's parents to it the next time they visit us from England. I couldn't help but be reminded of the gorgeous Timothy Oulton furniture that we have been lusting after for the last several weeks.
There were two planes in particular that had traveled long distances.
There were also some paramotors on display, two from our group members Hal and Jeremy. Jeremy even brought his to the event in his Smart, thus proving a point that all of us Smart owners already know, there is plenty of storage space!
There were a handful of classic cars on display. The paint jobs on the cars was amazing, they were all so vivid and saturated in color. I really liked the shiny orange truck.
There was even a scooter on display.
We ate chili dogs for lunch in the pretty park area adjacent to the airfield.
I liked how they had an airplane themed play area for kids.
A big thank you to Bob and Hal for co-hosting a great event.