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smart (car) tour 2015

Yours truly vividly recalls that when the Smart car was launched in the United States in early 2008, it was accompanied by a driving event tour through the country. Hopes for a fun-to-drive, tiny, agile rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive baby Porsche 911 of sorts were quickly quashed by perhaps the crappiest, jerkiest "automated manual" transmission known to man. Now, as the city car par excellence sees its 4th-generation, a mechanical overhaul including new Twinamic dual clutch and (hallelujah!) a proper clutch-pedal manual transmission as options perhaps bring the smart car's early promise closer to reality.

As with that original launch, smart car is launching a driving tour, dubbed the smart tour 2015 that will let you sample whether or not it has indeed improved. In their words: "Attendees get the chance to test drive our 2016 smart, see smart-inspired installations done by local artists, engage with interactive displays, and design custom screen-printed swag!"

Unfortunately, yours truly didn't hear word of it until after it had passed through New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and San Diego. Five cities remain, but, as of this writing, you'll need tons of patience and a flexible schedule to partake, since the information parsed out by smart is dribbling out slowly, in fits and spurts. In some cases, it's more of a "save the date", since precise locations are TBD (to be determined). Also, no word on whether the minimum driving age is 18, 21 or 25.

Yours truly hopes to update this post as time and incoming information allow. For the time being, we strongly suggest checking out these two general Facebook links ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1500810703550523/ and https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/smartusatour ), plus individual event Facebook pages listed below for updates. Here's what we know so far regarding the remaining stops:

Los Angeles, CA
Dates:
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October

Times:
Test Drives: 10am – 6pm
Digital T-shirt Design and Onsite Screen Printing: 10am – 8pm
Spencer “MAR” Guilburt Live Art Performance: 8pm – 9pm

Location:
The Brig
1515 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Event Facebook page:
http://smart.cr/smartTourLA

San Jose, CA
Dates:
Friday 6 November and Saturday 7 November

Times:
Test Drives: 11am – 7pm
Digital T-shirt Design and Onsite Screen Printing: 11am – 7pm
Ricky Watts Live Art Performance: 7pm – 8pm

Location:
San Pedro Square Market
170 W. St. John St.
San Jose, CA 95110

Event Facebook page:
http://smart.cr/smartTourSJC

San Francisco, CA
Dates:
Sunday 15 November and Monday 16 November

Times:
Test Drives: 10am – 6pm
Digital T-Shirt Design and Onsite Screen Printing: 10am – 7pm
Apexer Live Art Performance: 7pm – 8pm

Location:
Mission District
703 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Event Facebook page:
http://smart.cr/smartTourSF

Portland, OR
Dates:
Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November

Times:
Test Drives: 9am - 6pm
Digital T-Shirt Design and Onsite Screen Printing: 9am - 8pm
The Lost Cause Live Art Performance: 7pm – 8pm

Location:
The Pearl District
804 NW Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97209

Event Facebook page:
http://smart.cr/smartTourPDX

Miami, FL
Dates:
Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December

Times:
Saturday:
Test drives from 10 AM - 6 PM
Live Art Installations by Meres, Mr. Mustart and Elle - 3 PM
Live digital art performance by Alex Mijares - 8 PM
Music by DJ Ruen and Helado Negro
Complimentary drinks from 9 PM to 1 AM

Sunday:
Test drives from 10 AM - 6 PM
Music by DJ Ruen from 5 PM - 9 PM
Alex Mijares Live Art Performance - 8 PM - 9 PM

Location:
Commune Studios - Wynwood
331 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127

Event Facebook page:
http://smart.cr/smartTourMIA

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