Alfie’s design chosen as face of grassy car

Thrapston primary school pupil Alfie Smallman (7) has won a Smart Car design competition being run by Easigrass. His winning design saw a car completely covered in artificial grass. Alfie is pictured with Easigrass sales consultant Liam Wales.
Thrapston primary school pupil Alfie Smallman (7) has won a Smart Car design competition being run by Easigrass. His winning design saw a car completely covered in artificial grass. Alfie is pictured with Easigrass sales consultant Liam Wales.
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Seven-year-old Alfie Smallman had his design chosen to become the face of a strange grass-covered car created by a county landscaping firm.

Wollaston-based Timotay Landscapes invited youngsters to enter a competition to design a face for the Smart Car, which the firm covered with synthetic turf.

About 150 youngsters submitted their designs.

The firm liked Thrapston Primary School pupil Alfie’s efforts best and chose to re-create his design as the face of the car.

Alfie also chose the name of the car, which was Bobby.

The car will be used by Liam Wales, sales consultant from Easigrass Northants, a new associate company of Timotay Landscapes, to visit clients in locations including Birmingham and Oxford.

Mr Wales said the vehicle was perfect to sport a face.

He said: “The Smart Car opens itself up to being a character.

“Alfie’s design had got the teeth at the bottom and it was quite masculine with its moustache.

“People can’t help but notice it and it puts a smile on everyone’s face, that’s the reason we chose that one.

“It’s quite cheeky with its tongue hanging out. That’s what we wanted, to create a bit of fun, and it definitely does that.”

Mr Wales said youngsters were given templates of the shape of the face and invited to create a design in their spare time.

He said: “We had about 150 entries, it was quite successful, we had plenty of choice.”

Mr Wales said the firm had got the car in December and covered it with synthetic turf. The face was added shortly after Alfie’s design was chosen last month.

Mr Wales the car grabbed peoples’ attention.

He said: “I use it on a permanent basis for going to see potential clients so it’s always driving around the county.

“I went to Birmingham on Monday and was on the M6 and people were taking pictures with their camera phones.

“It’s so powerful, it’s an ice breaker when I turn up in it.”

Timotay Landscapes gave Alfie a framed certificate and mugs for his efforts and Smart Mercedes on the Riverside Retail Park in Northampton also gave the youngster a cap, a torch and a keyring.