Cars

Atherton resident Tricia Young in her new all-electric, cabriolet SMART car What's relatively rare, cute-as-a-button, and environmentally friendly? Until we get other entries, we're sticking with Atherton resident Tricia Young's brand new, all-electric, cabriolet SMART car. "As far as I know, it's the first of its kind on the Peninsula," said Tricia, while showing off the car's many features. "I bought it from Mercedes of San Francisco, and they told me that only 20 convertibles are manufactured a year worldwide." The new car makes Tricia a two SMART car owner. "I bought a gas model in 2008," she said. "When I heard that SMART was building an electric model that was also a convertible, I ordered a white one and was told it would be six months. But then this red one came into the showroom — and I couldn't wait!" A long time Atherton resident, Tricia is a Menlo-Atherton High School grad who stayed local after college. She operates the Atherton Inn, but on our recent visit, it was all SMART talk. "It goes 60 miles on a charge, and I just plug it into 110. There's a new app called PlugShare. When I'm in the City and starting to run low on battery, I use the app to find a nearby plug. "What's really cool is that when you have the car plugged in, the inside temperature stays at 70 degrees, whether it's hot or cold outside." Tricia wants others to know that SMART is not just smart for the environment, the car also has some pep and luxury features. "It has huge torque — and heated, leather seats!" We can only comment from a passenger's perspective: Our ride around the streets of Atherton was zippy and fun.

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Spotted: Camouflage car hides in plain sight in downtown Menlo Park

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InMenlo contributor Jym Clendenin snapped this photo of a car with a camouflage paint job on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

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Spotted: Fun at SusieCakes official grand opening

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The rain didn’t appear to be dampening the spirits of families who had stopped by the official grand opening of SusieCakes in downtown Menlo Park today — the place was packed. Owner Susan Sarich had planned for the inclement weather, tenting the front of the store where a balloon artist and vintage Ford Mustang were stationed. […]

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Synonymous: Charlie Marshall and vintage automobiles

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Automobiles have always been a major part of Charlie Marshall’s life. He remembers growing up in Menlo Park down the street from car dealership owner George Paddleford. “It seemed like he had a different car in his driveway every day,” recalls Charlie, who now lives in Atherton. “Plus I think in that era, people bought […]

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Spotted: Candy apple red 1959 Corvette

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Editor’s update: Roger emailed us after this article went live: “Candy Apple Red is that really in your face metallic red that many of the custom car builders of the 1950′s once used. Think George Barris – some of your male friends will recognize the name. Ammong other cars, he built the original Batmobile for […]

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Can you help locate a “missing” Rolls Royce?

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Editor’s note: We are often surprised that InMenlo’s reach extends not only beyond our community but well beyond California and the U.S. Yes, “search” is a powerful tool. This inquiry comes from a man who lives in the U.K. and, having every reason to believe it’s genuine, we are posting it just in case someone […]

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Hot rod captures attention at Menlo-Atherton Shell

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It’s hard to drive by Menlo-Atherton Shell at the corner of El Camino and Valparaiso without noticing the shiny-red hot rod parked out front. The car is a 1923 T-bucket, and it’s just gotten a new engine, explains station owner Dan Bajada. “We just put in a Chevy 383 V8, delivering an incredible 550 horsepower,” […]

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Zimride CEO Logan Green talks ride sharing – and the service’s introduction in Menlo Park

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Today (1/9) may be the official launch of Zimride Menlo Park but the ride sharing company has had a toe in town for longer. Co-founder and CEO Logan Green lives in Menlo — he and his wife like hanging out on the swing set at Nealon Park. And Menlo Park-based Facebook helped the company get its […]

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Spotted: Just Ducky times two

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With rain in the forecast for the next few days, not one but two Ducks were on the corner of El Camino and Valparaiso this morning trying to drum up business for Ducky’s Car Wash from passing motorists. At least the sky was still blue overhead. By afternoon, storm clouds had moved overhead Menlo Park.

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Parking changes – including long term paid – debut in downtown Menlo Park in November

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Beginning in early November, three new parking options will debut in downtown Menlo Park in addtion to  the existing free, two hour maximum parking stalls: For short duration parking in downtown, there will be 15 minute, on-street parking spaces near intersections along Santa Cruz Avenue and select surrounding streets (red on map). For slightly longer […]

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Sneak preview of Revenge of Electric Car at Kepler’s on Oct. 15

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Four years after being written off as dead by the major automobile companies, the electric car is back with a vengeance. A sneak preview showing of a documentary on the subject, Revenge of the Electric Car, will be screened at Kepler’s on Saturday, Oct 15 at 7:30 pm (refreshments at 7:00 pm). A Q&A with […]

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