Category Archives: Events 2012

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Selecting the Klasika Club Automobile of the Year 2012

Just before Christmas, the Klasika Club announced the elections of its Automobile of the Year. We are grateful to all our voters, who supported us and shared the pictures of automobiles with their friends and colleagues. With your help, the most beautiful Klasika Club Automobile of 2012 was selected. The majority of the votes were given to Oldsmobile, Model F-29, Landau Sedan – DeLux. It was built in 1929 in the USA, and now is owned by Dalius Linkevičius. The total of 210 Facebook users voted for this car.  Cadillac Eldorado, made in 1978 and now owned by Virginijus Kučinskas, took the second place. Congratulations to our winner. Here we would like to share a short history of the Oldsmobile Company and some technical subtleties of the winner automobile.

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“Klasika” Greets the New Year!

Club Activities in 2012

Many may have noticed that recently the City of Biržai is getting famous not only because of its beer brewers, athletes, aviators, artists and museums, but also antique car fans. And no surprise here! After all, in recent years we have organized the most beautiful and interesting antique car shows in our city as well as other towns in Lithuania. “Klasika” Club of Antique Vehicles has been promoting the City of Biržai and antique cars for the past four years. Here, I would like to list what “Klasika” Club has done in 2012, and cast a glance at the Club’s future.

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Traditional Antique Car Show “Biržai 2012” in Lithuania (video)

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters of the Club “Klasika”, dear fans of antique vehicles, we would like to share with you the images from the “Biržai 2012” festival that took place last summer.

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,,Klasika” atsisveikino su vasara

As fall approaches, we longingly remember the past summer, the holidays, and the time we spent on the beaches of foreign countries or cozy lakesides in our homeland. It’s getting colder and colder. Tree leaves are falling down in swirls and covering the windows of my car. As I brush them off memories of not so distant past overwhelm me.
Many of us who visited our car show in Biržai this past August remember a dark blue shiny car decorated with a nobleman’s coat of arms and a gentleman in tuxedo standing next to it. The gentleman’s name is Klementas Sakalauskas. He is a nobleman, a private collector and a museum owner.

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“Riga Retro 2012” – 40 year anniversary event of the Antique Automobile Club of Latvia

This year, on August 18-19, neighboring Latvia’s Antique Car Club (Latvijas Antiko Automobilu Klubs) celebrated its 40th anniversary. The club was founded on July 21, 1972, and it was the first antique car club in the former Soviet Union. In 1989, due to AAK’s efforts and hard work an Antique Car Museum (Rigas Motormuzejs) was founded in Riga, next to the Bikernieki Race Track. The Museum and the AAK Club have been closely working ever since. The Museum showcases more than 240 rare and original artifacts of the 19th and 20th centuries and half of them are the property of the AAK Club.

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Traditional antique vehicle show “Biržai 2012” in Lithuania

There is no doubt that every lover of antiques associates Biržai town festival with the antique car shows presented by the “Klasika” Club. Every year the “Klasika” Club brings joy to the town residents by exhibiting historic cars, motorcycles and trucks. This year’s festival was exceptional, because the antique car parade and show could boast of a good variety and quality. The total of 35 vintage vehicles attended the parade and the show. They included: 28 cars, 4 motorcycles, one tractor, and two trucks. In fact, one non-transport machine participated in the show – a steam engine “Port Huron” made in 1921. It proved to be immensely popular with the show visitors.

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An Outing to Dalius Linkevičius Agricultural Machinery Museum

On a nice weekend evening, a few members of the Antique Car Club “Klasika” went on an outing to visit a member of the Club, Dalius Linkevicius. We had two goals: to congratulate Dalius Linkevicius on his birthday and to look around his Farm Machinery Museum. The first goal was the easier of the two. It started with snacks and some beer. Well, the second goal was a real puzzle. After all, antique car show in Biržai was already just around the corner and one of the planned entertainments was a trip to Dalius Linkevičius Museum. So, we reviewed and assessed everything. After consultation, we decided to show you many things that you will be able to see and experience at the Museum in Sodeliškių manor and farmstead. Of course, we do not show you everything as we want some things remain a surprise.

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Antique Car Show In Linkuva

As you already know, Biržai residents are not surprised to see antique cars on the city streets anymore. However, the Antique Car Club “Klasika” always strives to bring innovations to the city life. Those who visited Biržai Castle on the 14th of July were not disappointed. They had a chance to take pictures standing by several antique cars and talk to the members of “Klasika” Club about antique cars and museum artifacts. Newlyweds were honored in particular. They were really pleasantly surprised by the souvenirs, flowers, and attention they received from the “Klasika” Club. In most countries of Western Europe and many states of the US small weekend car shows are very popular and welcomed by museums and community organizations. Even though antique car shows are not new in Biržai, in Lithuania there are still places where such events are a novelty. On July 15 (Sunday) Antique Car Club “Klasika” went to the town of Linkuva (Pakruojis District) where an antique car show and parade were held.

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From “Klasika’s” collection…

Bear coasters from Club “Klasika”

 


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The Festival of Ukmerge City – “I Love Ukmerge 2012!”

On an early and rainy morning of June 2, 2012, members of the Antique Automobile Club “Klasika”, accompanied by friends and associates from Biržai, set off on a long journey. This time the gray trail led us to Ukmerge, which celebrated 220th anniversary since the city was returned the rights of Magdeburg. Ukmergė is one of the oldest towns in Lithuania. In written sources, the town was first mentioned in 1333, which is the official date of its foundation. In Vartbergė Chronicle it is mentioned that in the year, Master of the Livonian Order “was by Vilkenbergė “(i.e. Ukmergė). At that time he attacked the Ukmergė Castle, which was later repeatedly attacked and devastated by the Teutonic Order. Legends, interwoven with historical facts, mention the old name of Ukmergė – Vilkmergė.

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“Mes važiuojame 2012!” (“We Drive 2012!”) – In Pasvalys

Often, when seeing an antique car passing by, we stop and turn back to look at it. Some of us marvel at it, some go back into remembrances of the past, others just are pleased to see it. However, it is rarely that people know how much patience and effort, not even speaking about time and money, it is required so that those old and rusty antique cars could be brought back to life. Not everyone understands that some people can talk longest hours sharing their impressions from past shows, parades and antique car festivals. You might think of such people as “fanatics”. Perhaps they are. However, antique cars, especially antique vehicle parades bring joy to everyone.

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