Simply a Smart way to end a show season

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Cars arrive for Simply Smart show at Britain's National Motor Museum | Museum photos

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beulieu ended its “Simply” car show season this past weekend with “Simply Smart,” which it called “a colorful conclusion” to its 2019 rally season.

“Simply Smart’s display of the smallest and cheekiest cars on the roads was a fitting finale to the season, which included record-breaking turn-outs for no less than four of this year’s rallies at Simply Jaguar, Simply Land Rover, Simply Aston Martin and Simply Audi, as well as the new Simply Mercedes,” the museum said in its news release.

For Simply Smart, more than 120 of the little cars turned out. They ranged from a Roadster to the ForTwo and ForFour.

People’s Choice runners-up flank the award-winning Smart Roadster

People’s Choice honors went to Philippe Stockart, who traveled to the show among a group of eight drivers from Belgium in his 2005 Roadster, which he has repainted and equipped with Lamborghini-style doors.

Runners-up for the honor were ForTwos, one owned by Jeff Way of Poole and the other by Carrie Jackson of Andover.

Way has owned his car for nine years and has fitted it with the engine and transmission from a Volkswagen GTi and with adjustable suspension. Jackson decorated her 2016 model with red poppies to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Beaulieu’s 2020 Simply season begins April 5 with Simply Aston Martin.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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