Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yekaterinburg celebrates 100-year-old cars

Yekaterinburg played host to a celebration of antique cars on Tuesday that saw car collectors and restorers met in the city's Palace of Youth park.

The fifth annual festival was dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the release of the first Gorky Automobile Plant. Approximately three dozen owners of Volga and Wins automobiles participated in the show, in addition to a driver of the famous GAZ-AA lorry, the ancestor of all GAZ vehicles, Mir66 reports.

The Gorky Automobile Plant was built using the technical documentation of Henry Ford's must cost-effective automobile enterprises. At the time, Ford was able to build cars for approximately $738 a piece.

"2012 has been declared the year of Russia in history," Anatoly Voklov, one of the co-organizers of the festival said, according to Mir66. "Our festival is a rare opportunity to see the history of (the) Soviet (Union) and (the) world automotive industry."

The cars on display at the festival included a bright red Ford-A, a 1901 Oldsmobile and a 1942 fire truck, among many others.

Col. Peter Reshetnyuk, the guest of honor at the festival, thanked the many participants in the parade.

"(Thank you to the) artists who preserve and restore vintage cars, because each copy has saved at least 20 years old can rediscover the past for future generations," Reshetnyuk said, according to Mir66.