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#1 jwight

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:39 PM

Dates: April 13 -15, 2012
Location: Findlay, Ohio and environs :)

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Motel info at post #15.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:19 PM

I'm looking forward to it.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:24 PM

We will be there, where ever that is :D

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:42 AM

April Fools IV will be a tour of the Old Mill Stream scenic byway in the Findlay, Ohio area. Stay tuned for more details! :) http://www.dot.state...es/default.aspx

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:04 AM

Hi JohnIs this a one day event as last year or a whole weekend .Need to know to book time off at workAdelaide J

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:17 AM

Friday for arrivals, motel check-in, dinner, etc. Saturday for the drive(s), sightseeing, another dinner. Sunday departure. You can make as many days as you want. More detailed schedule is in the works. Hope you can make it. :)

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:01 AM

I don't know that we will be able to do this drive, but it does sound interesting. Here's the direct link for the Old Mill Stream scenic byway. Thanks for organizing it! ~~~~ Alberta
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:23 AM

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:33 PM

So is there a trip to Wilson's planned while in Findlay? Here's a little about Wilson's.

Edited by IGTSMRT, 09 January 2012 - 03:34 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:56 AM

So is there a trip to Wilson's planned while in Findlay? Here's a little about Wilson's.

Thanks! Took me a few days to find your post but Wilson's seems like it's worth visiting. :)

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:07 PM

Headcount needed

Working on a host hotel in Findlay but need to give them some idea of how many will be staying overnight Friday (and possibly Saturday) - post here or PM me. Thanks! :)

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:17 PM

Hi,What are your thoughts on bringing a small dog on the trip?Is the hotel/motel pet friendly?Would having the dog on the drive be a problem i.e. resteraunts?Please advise.CANMAN
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:12 AM

Hi, What are your thoughts on bringing a small dog on the trip? Is the hotel/motel pet friendly? Would having the dog on the drive be a problem i.e. resteraunts? Please advise. CANMAN

Thanks for the questions; I'll try to find a pet friendly motel if at all possible. Most U.S. restaurants don't allow pets inside, only service animals. :)

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:31 AM

To recognize the Canadian attendees, this is now an International event - bring your flags! :)

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:54 AM

Motel Info
Motel for the April Fools IV rally is:

Quality Inn (OH300)
Best rate $64 per night (call hotel directly)
($57 for Choice Privileges members no refunds, book through http://www.qualityin....d=SKqvHRFptuW1)

All rates plus applicable taxes.

We have a block of 10 non-smoking rooms. Cutoff date for booking is 26 March 2012.

1020 Interstate Court , Findlay, OH, US, 45840
Phone: (419) 423-4303
Fax: (419) 423-3459

Pet fee of $15/night, plus:

Free deluxe breakfast
Free wireless high-speed Internet access
Free coffee
Free weekly newspaper
Free local calls

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:27 PM

I just got a chance to check out this event and I have to say it looks pretty good. :thumbsup_still:
How many vehicles did you have at last years event?
I am definately considering going. Maybe a caravan of SMARTS from CANADA can be arranged? :drive:

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:15 AM

I just got a chance to check out this event and I have to say it looks pretty good. :thumbsup_still:
How many vehicles did you have at last years event?
I am definately considering going. Maybe a caravan of SMARTS from CANADA can be arranged? :drive:

REGARDS :santa:

Caravan from Canada - sure! We had (I think) 16 cars last year, which included three from Canada. Right now we're up to 12 cars. Good fun and hopefully the weather will be a little warmer this year. Come on down! :)

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:35 AM

I just got a chance to check out this event and I have to say it looks pretty good. :thumbsup_still:
How many vehicles did you have at last years event?
I am definately considering going. Maybe a caravan of SMARTS from CANADA can be arranged? :drive:

REGARDS :santa:

Hi Ken
Huronlad Leadwing and myself went down last year,had a blast and meet a lot of nice folks. Planning on going this year as for a caravan I will be crossing Port Huron on the 13th to be there friday late afternoon. Only other canadian I know going so far is Leadwing
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:56 AM

Hi Ken Huronlad Leadwing and myself went down last year,had a blast and meet a lot of nice folks. Planning on going this year as for a caravan I will be crossing Port Huron on the 13th to be there friday late afternoon. Only other canadian I know going so far is Leadwing John

I'll talk to Gordo and see if I can convince him in going. This will give me an opportunity to talk to other SMART Car owners in the area. I am 75% confirmed as of today. Thanks :santa:
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:01 AM

We ( Spike & I) are 100% confirmed....... we ARE going. I am willing to meet up with John (adelaide J) and anyone else who might be interested in a convoy. Time to meet is yet to be confirmed.
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and a gaggle of motorcycles including the 35th GoldWing ever made with over 591,000 miles on it. "yeehawww"
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:43 AM

FWIW, according to Streets and Trips it's 5 hours 45 minutes to the motel from the middle of Toronto (via Sarnia) or 5 hours 30 minutes via the Windsor crossing. :)

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:45 PM

Please add Canman and Angelina as well as Peanut our dog to the list of attendees.We have made the motel reservations.Looking forward to convoying with the rest of the Canadians from Ontario.Canman
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#23 jwight

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:26 AM

Please add Canman and Angelina as well as Peanut our dog to the list of attendees. We have made the motel reservations. Looking forward to convoying with the rest of the Canadians from Ontario. Canman

Thanks for the update - you are all on the list! :)

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:53 AM

How many are planning on staying over Saturday night, having breakfast Sunday morning? :)

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:56 AM

Spike & I are still plannning on coming and will be staying over until Sunday morning, including breakfast. (our 45th anniversary)

The chances of coming have dropped slightly due to the fact that the company I worked for went bankrupt. The only thing that will prevent us from coming is if I get another job before the event that won't allow me to take the time nessessary.

I will keep you updated.

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'89 Civic "Old Faithful" (bought new in the fall of 1988) Still waiting for the first light bulb to blow. A/C has never been serviced and still chills the cabin area in less than 3 minutes.

and a gaggle of motorcycles including the 35th GoldWing ever made with over 591,000 miles on it. "yeehawww"
.. List of all 15 upon request

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:04 AM

Elaine & I will also be staying over till sunday morning breakfast John

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

Canman, Angelina and Peanut will be staying.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:41 AM

Great - thanks for the replies. I'll be staying over also, don't want to miss the anniversary party! :)

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:51 AM

How many are on the attending list so far?

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:50 AM

We're up to 15 cars so far. :)

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:01 AM

Looking forward to it. Gord and Maggie will be attending as well. We booked a room there for the Friday night. I believe that KKsmart05 will be driving with us as well (in their own smart of course) and we will be crossing at Detroit on Friday and taking a bit more scenic route to Findlay once we get through Toledo. Any recommended routes south of Toledo?

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

Looking forward to it. Gord and Maggie will be attending as well. We booked a room there for the Friday night. I believe that KKsmart05 will be driving with us as well (in their own smart of course) and we will be crossing at Detroit on Friday and taking a bit more scenic route to Findlay once we get through Toledo. Any recommended routes south of Toledo?

Thanks for the update; added you and KKsmart05 to the list. 17 cars total now! :) bpsmart +1 jwight +1 IGT SMRT* Leadwing* +1 adelaide J* +1 CANMAN* +1 (and Peanut the dog) GetSmrt28277 Adele2cats Orangecrate +1 Barry Dearfield jsenka +1 Frosty Fred GoSmart GoSmarter Stephen Proffitt gordo.bernard* +1 KKsmart05* *Club Smart Car

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:50 AM

There's a copy of the Old Mill Stream scenic byway guide and the itinerary for the April Fools cruise here: Ohio April Fools IV info - Folder Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage Please download if needed. Findlay, OH information: Home - Visit Findlay Things are coming together; don't forget your camera, folding chairs, sunscreen (optimists), umbrellas and sweaters (pessimists) and shorts/sandals (Canadians.) :D Good idea to bring an FRS/GMRS radio along in case we get separated (that could never happen!) and we can exchange cell numbers at the motel also. Remember, this is a scenic cruise, not a road race. We'll keep to the speed limits, obey traffic signs and generally behave responsibly (for the most part.) The entire route covers about 120 miles (193 km) and we should be done before 5 p.m. on Saturday. No problem if you want to join or leave the route at any point. We'll finish the cruise back at the Findlay Quality Inn. See you in Findlay! :)

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:04 PM

Up to 21 cars today! :)

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:59 PM

Have a favo(u)r to ask; if someone can find a small Canadian flag decal, maybe 1.5 x 3 inches, for the windshield I would very much appreciate it. TIA! :)

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

Have a favo(u)r to ask; if someone can find a small Canadian flag decal, maybe 1.5 x 3 inches, for the windshield I would very much appreciate it. TIA! :)

Done ! :thumbsup_still:
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'96 Honda Civic, "Dimples", that serves as my wife's bus

'89 Civic "Old Faithful" (bought new in the fall of 1988) Still waiting for the first light bulb to blow. A/C has never been serviced and still chills the cabin area in less than 3 minutes.

and a gaggle of motorcycles including the 35th GoldWing ever made with over 591,000 miles on it. "yeehawww"
.. List of all 15 upon request

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

Done ! :thumbsup_still:

Thanks very much! :D

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:14 AM

Those of you that are driving from the Detroit area may want to change it up a bit on the way down. I asked if anyone had suggestions for a more scenic route south of Toledo but no one replied, so I plotted my own. It adds an hour to the travel time but gets me off the I-75, which I have seen so many times in this area. It is a mystery tour since I have not been on any of these roads myself, but some of them have some curves at least and others don't even have painted lines. Take a look if interested. http://maps.google.c...=...1,12&num=10

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:06 AM

Thanks for the update; added you and KKsmart05 to the list. 17 cars total now! :) bpsmart +1 jwight +1 IGT SMRT* Leadwing* +1 adelaide J* +1 CANMAN* +1 (and Peanut the dog) GetSmrt28277 Adele2cats Orangecrate +1 Barry Dearfield jsenka +1 Frosty Fred GoSmart GoSmarter Stephen Proffitt gordo.bernard* +1 KKsmart05* +1 *Club Smart Car


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:27 AM

Checked out the route you planned Gordo. Sure beats going down the I75.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

Here's a map of the route:

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:06 AM

Slightly updated (more scenic) version of the itinerary can be downloaded at: http://www.box.com/s...edba7a407cfdfb1 Weather is looking OK - high near 70, some wind and rain possible. :)

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:10 AM

Today's the day - see you all at the Quality Inn this afternoon (or Saturday morning if you get delayed en route.) :)

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:12 AM

On our way.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:52 PM

Could certainly have had better weather but the people on this one made up for it. Thanks everyone for making the drive (or flight) and helping this April Fools drive set the record for attendance and distance traveled (Kansas or Oklahoma?)We got to talk with the animals (Llamas, that is), have some great chili dogs and root beer at an old fashioned drive-in, educate some folks on the smart at Tiffen University (not to mention some serious close formation parking!), take a back alley detour, visit an historic woods (looked very much like a standard bunch of trees to me) and eat some excellent ice cream at a local parlor in Findlay. The Friday evening activities simply can't be put into words (mostly due to laws on libel and slander) but the "fine dining" experience was something to remember! As usual, thanks to all our Canadian friends for coming to visit and making it a party!Stay tuned for info on next year's fifth anniversary Ohio April Fools event. :)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Thanks again to jwight and the Ohio Group for yet another great weekend with a great bunch of smart people. Friday night's "fine dining" will go in our book of great memorys of our smart adventures. Looking forward to next year and that crazy bunch in the Lincoln.Elaine & John P.S. Got 48.5 MPG US on the way home. Had a good tail wind

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:43 PM

Thanks again to jwight and the Ohio Group for yet another great weekend with a great bunch of smart people. Friday night's "fine dining" will go in our book of great memorys of our smart adventures. Looking forward to next year and that crazy bunch in the Lincoln. Elaine & John P.S. Got 48.5 MPG US on the way home. Had a good tail wind

Thanks for the mpg report; of course, we were headed south into a severe headwind so were getting a lot less than you did. :(

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:13 AM

Here are some.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:22 AM

And more....some of the roads on the way there were less than two lanes wide following local streams and freshly paved. Some so narrow that there were no painted lines and they seemed more like someone's meandering driveway and not real roads. I couldn't understand why there were no motorcycles on them.

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@  Th3Guardian : (30 August 2014 - 05:22 PM) Also just finished installing a set of 2 10" fusion subs with a 1200watt Sony Xplode amplifier. Couldn't wait for my 8" kicker rt sub to come in
@  Th3Guardian : (30 August 2014 - 05:19 PM) Does any one know if running rear rims on the front of my smart car will actually do damage? there is a ton of speculation but no proven damage, I understand that you you probably ware out your tie rods and bearings quicker but is any damage actually
@  Francesco : (30 August 2014 - 01:08 PM) i did my wheel centre caps yesterday but nothing today. A couple of things to noodle with in the near future. I have ten days off starting the 10th, so probably then.
@  Francesco : (30 August 2014 - 01:06 PM) me too. diY
@  Francesco : (30 August 2014 - 01:06 PM) After work, maybe. Oh, dYi. Carry on! ;)
@  Th3Guardian : (30 August 2014 - 11:40 AM) DIY projects. If I knew how to type...
@  Th3Guardian : (30 August 2014 - 11:39 AM) any DUI projects going on this weekend
@  PeacefulWarrior : (30 August 2014 - 11:18 AM) Help! My door latch has failed with the door closed! Can anyone tell me how to open the door? 06 diesel Pure The outside handle is loose and limp. The inside handle is resistant but springy.
@  Francesco : (30 August 2014 - 09:23 AM) I still have backdraft oil spots all over my cars rear end. Only thing I can think is the mocal spin on adapter's square section o-ring is perished. I hope it's not one of the new axle oil seals. Any guesses?
@  FlossyTheSmart : (28 August 2014 - 10:59 AM) Excellent, although I see the category listing must show the original author, rather than the person who last edited it.
@  SkydiverChris : (28 August 2014 - 09:18 AM) Edited successfully. I'm in the list now.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (28 August 2014 - 05:38 AM) BTW, I'm fairly certain the wiki at the top of the page should be fully operational, and editable by anyone, but no one has edited it since I moved everything back in. Could someone try making an update, maybe on the "How many KM on your smart" page or something?