Smart Times is the event that gathers smart fans all over the world. This kind of gathering started in Austria 18 years ago, info confirmed by fans from Great Britain, Poland, Germany who we met at the latest party, Smart 20th Birthday Party. By the way, the 20th Birthday Party was considered by fans as the new Smart Times event. The organizers thought of it only am an anniversary of 20 years since the first Smart was produced (check the Smart Fortwo History).
Smart Times 2001 | Austria
This was the first edition of Smart times, this is all we know other details are not available. A British Smartfan (if you’re reading this, please contact us 🙂 ) that we met in Smartville told us that a group of fans from Austria started the Smart Times events in 2001. Research loading… Meanwhile, we were lucky and we have a surprise video on YouTube.
Smart Times 2002 | Klagenfurt – Austria
300 Smart cars have reached Klagenfurt on 9th August 2002. The Mayor offered the speech and the welcoming cocktail; Burger King set up a contest to be the World record with 300 Smarts and the newly presented Smart CrossBlade model was available for a drive test.
In 2 days the number of Smart cars had reached 600 and the event went on until the 11th of August 2002. Other activities for the fans included: ridding the boat, a party in Portschach, a safe driving contest and a Smart Goodies Pack offered by the organizers.
Smart Times 2003 | Klagenfurt – Austria
22-24 August event had the motto, Nice to See You. After being accommodated in the parking lots the fans received a welcome cocktail. The event stage in Lindwurmbrunnen Square was animated by two hosts and the Mayor had his already traditional speech. The crazy contest and modified cars exhibition allowed fans to admire the passion of other fans.
The second day was dedicate to the parade and visiting attractions in the area, including the local Zoo. In the evening Rxtreme Rage movie was projected open air and after the party was animated by Lou Bega.
On Sunday the organizers offered Free Smart Brunch with coffee and brownies to fuel up energy for the main Parade. A community was built because the vibrations and the emotions overwhelmed all the participants. Unofficial numbers say that a thousand fans were there. Research on photos and videos still loading…
Smart Times 2004 | Klagenfurt – Austria
Still few information. Anyhow, we know that this meeting was held on 20-22 August 2004 keeping the tradition of the welcome cocktail and the Mayor speech. Approximatively 1.200 enthusiastic fans showed up early in the morning to participate in all activities planned by the organizers.
A concert, brownie tasting, coffee, Crazy Contest and Tunning Competition became a tradition rounded up at the Smart Times Picnic.
Smart Times 2005 | Klagenfurt – Austria
The 5th gathering of Smart fans was held from 19th of August till the 21st. 1.500 Smart fans met in the Central Square and lined up the cars. An evening cocktail was held in the event hall where was presented the history of the Smart Times event and Awards were given.
As easily seen in the next video the fans were creative and full of crazy ideas. The parade was impressive and as it did before creating a tour of major tourist points in the area. The major surprise was the Bob Marley concert that managed to change a rainy night into a festival atmosphere event.
Smart Times 2006 | Kaprun – Austria
The 2006 Smart Times event was held in Kaprun, 25-27 August. Sources led us to believe the event was held on an old airport. 600 fans from the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary enjoyed strolling with the boat on lake Zell, test drive experience with the Smart Brabus Roadster V6 BiTurbo, lots of prizes and surprises for charity and for fun.
This was the last year that the Smart Fortwo was exclusively the 450 model because in 2007 the 451 model was launched.
Smart Times 2007 | Kaprun – Austria
See To Be Seen was the guiding line of the Smart Times event held on 24-26 of August. Apart from the traditional activities, the organizers managed to spice up the atmosphere with a Red Bull Dropzone 07, Brabus test drives assisted by a pilot (for the charity) and a Luttenberger concert. We couldn’t find any videos on this event so we kindly ask for help from those who may have some.
Smart Times 2008 | Kaprun – Austria
From 22 until 24 of August the Smart fans celebrated in Kaprun 10 years from the first Smart made in Hambach. Kaprun is a town approximatively 100km away from Salzburg in the mountains so weather can be quite moody up there.
This didn’t stop 743 Smart cars to gather and beat the record of participants at Smart Times event. The Brabus Race Drive and Craziest Smart were the well known and expected by fans contests, a signature of the Smart Times events. As were the modified Smart cars exhibition and the market tents selling Smart Accessories.
Smart Times 2009 | Kaprun – Austria
You already know by now late August 21-23rd, Kaprun, Smart Times. The youngest fan (4 years old) and the oldest fan (74 years old) plus other 1.000 fans came from all over Europe and … Australia (!!!). The parade held on Saturday lined up 621 cars on a really moody weather.
Smart Times 2010 | Kaprun – Austria
Kaprun had become the gathering symbol of Smarts all over the world. The 10th Smart Times took place from the 20th till the 22nd of August and as premier pre-event activities were held from the 18 of August.
The pre-event activities continued since then and allowed the fans to have access to the mobile active service trucks powered by Mercedes for technical checks and small repairs.
Designers, experts, and tunners met the fans and attended the activities and parties custom to this event. A major party marked the end of the events in Austria, starting the next years Smart Times opened up to locations all over Europe.
Smart Times 2011 | Riccione – Italy
1.500 Smart fans met in Riccione Italy where they enjoyed the beach activities and Aquafan attraction Parc from the 4th of August until the 7th.
They could also visit the Ferrari Museum and enjoy Misano Circuit. The parade gathered 800 cars.
Smart Times 2012 | Antwerp – Belgium
An impressive number of smart fans, 1.600 gathered from 27 countries in Belgium at Antwerp. For another four days of Smart Times from 23rd of August until the 26th.
This year the Smart fans were happy to support the anti-pollution fight by helping a non-profit organization to plant trees in Kenia.
1114 cars lined up for the Parade featuring extravagant models and extravagantly tuned cars.
Smart Times 2013 | Lucerne – Switzerland
This year was a special one celebrating 10 years of Smart Roadster model being produced. And 15 years since the ForTwo model was launched.
As a tradition by now, the end of August (23-25 August) gathered 1.700 fans from 24 countries. The well-known collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes was once again celebrated by visiting the home of Swatch watches.
The star of this event was the Smart Fortwo Electric, for that time being the only Cabrio Electric car in the world.
Smart Times 2014 | Cascais – Portugal
Portugal has one of the strongest communities of Smart fans in the world, members are really active, dressed and decorated accordingly their state of mind. They managed to win the hosting of the event in 2014 in Cascais from the 7th of July for 3 days of fun.
As a premiere, the Smart 453 model joined the event. This was the year when they celebrated 10 years of Smart ForFour… the safety car was decorated in order to show this.
The Formula 1 Circuit, Circuito de Estoril, and amazing beach zones offered a real show to admire during the Parade. 1.430 cars were accompanied by the Smart eBike through the Parade.
Smart Times 2015 | Budapest – Hungary
The event in Budapest was held in Heroes Square in the center of the city and we think was one of the best Smart Times events of all. Lots of other Smart fans agree with us on the statement.
The pick of this event was on Sunday on the Hungaroring Formula 1 Circuit. The Smart fans had the opportunity to take their cars on a tour of the circuit.
The end of the tour was the beginning of the Parade. A long and spectacular parade through all the Budapest was wery well organized and the local authorities were very helpful. The police escorted the cars so they could be seen safely along known tourist atractions.
Smart Times 2016 | Hamburg – Germany
On the 26 and 27 of August in Hamburg, Germany over 2,000 Smart cars participated to another Smart Times successful event. There were newly records of participants and of cars lined up for the Parade… 1.635 Smart cars (the previous record was in Portugal, 1,427 Smart cars).
Smart Times 2017 | Salou – Spain
In the middle of July Smart fans from over 40 countries arrived in Salou to enjoy another Smart Times event plus the beautiful beach. “Electrify Your Life“ was the motto of this event, another encouragement to move towards the electric cars.
The event was full of fun activities, the Parade offered some exotic views but Smart fans started wondering about the future of the Smart Times events when the organizers announced that the next year they will have a 20 years party, not a classic Smart Times event; from this point of view, this is the last Smart Times event.
Smart Times 2018 | Smartville – France
On the 30 of June, Smart fans gathered in Smartville – Hambach – France to celebrate 20 years since the first Smart was produced. The location was at the Smart Factory.
The days before the big party, factory tours were organized for fans who managed to book really in advance. The Factory tour was a pleasant experience, guided by factory employees in English, German and French allowing fans to discover details from the production lines. Visiting the factory was an extraordinary experience for every Smart fan.
The main event, the Birthday Party was organized in front of the factory where the parking lot was well organized, including activities for children, drive test zone for the Smart electric, playing volleyball with a Smart Cario, presentation of Smart exclusive models, food and drinks areas and of course the main stage.
The Parade was quite limited for the number of participants; the ones who didn’t subscribe in time could stay and watch from the sides. As France was playing in the World Cup that day, the organizers set up a huge screen so that the interested fan could watch the game.
For the first time, the dealers and clubs stands were missing so you couldn’t buy auto accessories, clothing or souvenirs with the Smart brand.
The Tunning and Crazy Car Contest were not held anymore, a clear sign that this was just a birthday party, not a Smart Times event. A group of factory employees (thank You, guys!!) realized that the official event might not satisfy the fans that came from all over the world, so they created a Facebook Group – used to organize parties and tours in the area.
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PS: And! We found the British Smartfan we mentioned earlier: Instagram account – Fluffy “forfluff”.