Antique and Classic Car Show “Timeless Classic 2017”

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Antique and Classic Car Show “Timeless Classic 2017”

On August 5th, 2017, the Antique Vehicle Club „Klasika“ will hold its traditional antique and classic car show in Biržai, Lithuania. The show will take place in the Biržai downtown during the Biržai City Festival.

 Participant registration (advance pre-registration confirmation) and a festive party will take place in Sodeliskiu Manor Estate (Sodeliskiu village, Birzai district, 41420 Lithuania). GPS coordinates: 56.291146, 24.638175

 Participant registration will start July 17th and continue through July 31st. Please register here: https://goo.gl/OattdH by completing the entry form  and attaching the vehicle’s overall picture. In case of doubt on the originality of the vehicle, we could ask for more pictures.

Vehicle requirements: the car has to be an original and suitable to use, it has to be 45 years old or older (made before 1973).
Registration fee – the vehicle driver and passengers – 35 EUR each. Children and teenagers between 10 and 18 years – 20 EUR. Children under 10 years – free of charge..
The registration fee includes event attributes, souvenirs, gifts, tour, traveling by buses, dinner, supper (steaks, Biržai beer, non-alcoholic drinks), concerts, fireworks, tents overnight and breakfast.
Additional fee – for the staying in hotels and motels. Those wishing to stay overnight in motels or hotels, please order as early as possible. Please, notify us by e-mail: klubas@klasika.us or call +370 683 11054
The cost of boarding in a 2 occupant room: Hostel – 15 EUR, Motel – 25 EUR, Hotel – 50 EUR
Information on other exhibitions and parades of Antique Car Club “Klasika” can be found on the internet page: http://www.klasika.us/en/category/events/
For more information and/or suggestions as well as to place an ad or pledge any kind of support, please write to: klubas@klasika.us

The general sponsor of the event is “Sodeliskių Manor Estate” www.sodeliskiudvaras.lt
Last year’s festival movie “Timeless Classic 2016” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/R3WXkYiOJX8

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM
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 FRIDAY – AUGUST 4rt
18.00 –  21.00 Participants arrival to Sodeliškių Manor Estate (Sodeliškių k., Biržų r. 41420). GPS coordinates: 56.291146, 24.638175
21.00 Camp opening.

SATURDAY – AUGUST 5th
12.00 – 13.00 Registration of participants (Advance registration confirmation) Sodeliskiu Manor Estate (Sodeliskiu village, Birzai district, 41420 Lithuania). GPS coordinates: 56.291146, 24.638175
13.00 Lunch.
13.30 – 15.30 Excursions and guided tours to Sodeliškių Mainor organic farm, authentic ethnographic twentieth century farmstead, windmill, antique motorcycle, cars, tractors, and the steam engine museum.
15.30 Preparation for the parade
16.00 Vehicles line up for formation in preparation for parade
16.30 Antique vehicle parade: Sodeliškiai  – Biržai downtown (14 km).
17.00 – 20.00 Antique and classic car exhibition in Biržai downtown.
20.00 End of the exhibition.
20.30 Participants return to Sodeliškių Manor.
21.00 Supper (snacks, steaks, Biržai beer, non-alcoholic drinks).
21.30 Ceremonial part of the celebration: awards, presentation of organizers and sponsors, taking picture of overall participants, lottery).
22.00 Classical music concert.
23.00 Rock music concert.
24.00 Fireworks, disco party.
00.30 Participants are driven by buses to their accommodation places (those who booked hotels and motels).
01.00 Festive evening end.

SUNDAY – AUGUST 6th
09.00 Good morning. Arrival of participants by buses from hotels and motels to Sodeliškių Manor.
10.00 Breakfast. Morning soup by “Klasika”.
10.30 Trip to the farmer’s V. Cibas Farmstead and Kirkilai view (observation) Tower.
13.00 Farewell.

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The Biržai castle

Biržai is situated in the northern part of Lithuania, 201 kilometers north of Vilnius and 90 kilometers south of Riga, close to Lithuania’s border with Latvia. First mentioned in 1455, the City of Biržai was granted Magdeburg Rights on March 9, 1455. For defensive purpose, Agluona and Apasčia Rivers were damned, and the Širvėna Lake or dam was created. It is the oldest dam in Lithuania. It occupies an area of 336 hectares. In 1589, the Biržai castle, the most powerful bastion of the time, was built. It defended the northern border of Lithuania. In 1701, Russian Tsar Peter I and King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth August II signed a treaty against the Swedes in Biržai.

Biržai Castle Bridge

Today Biržai can be viewed as a resort. It is a green city adorned with two rivers and two lakes. The bastion fortress reminds us of city‘s grand history. Nowadays the castle is the home of the local museum “Sėla“ and J. Bielinis Library. The Museum offers unique exhibits and tells the story of Biržai and its surroundings. The Biržai Castle is the most well preserved fortress in all of Lithuania. After admiring the castle and the castle hill one can visit the Tiškevičius Castle in Astravas, which can be reached on foot crossing the Širvėna Lake on a wooden 525-meter long bridge.

Tyszkiewicz Palace in Astravas

If you come to Biržai, you must see the “Cow‘s Cave“, which is the largest sinkhole in Lithuania. There are over 7100 sinkholes in the Biržai Region.

From ancient times, Biržai has been famous for its beer. The ancient beer brewing traditions have been preserved to this day. Today Biržai beer is brewed by four breweries. In 1704, when the Swedish army left the castle ant the whole city in ruins, Biržai dwellers showed their great respect and regard for their beer by first rebuilding the brewery, and only then the city hall. After the Swedish onslaught, the beer brewing recovered remarkably quickly, and a new law was passed according to which the breweries had to make only very high quality beer. Present-day Biržai brewers still abide to this law.