The antique car exhibition “Timeless Klasika 2015”, held along with traditional Biržai town festival, rocked again Lithuania antique technology lovers and sympathizers life at the first weekend of August. It has already become a prestigious event which annually brings together the best and the oldest cars and their owners not only from Lithuania, but also from neighboring countries. During this year historic car meeting, national flags of Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Russian were raised up.
Antique vehicles meeting began with registration of participants in Butautai Manor (Biržai district). After dinner the vehicles were left after supervision of security service “Norgauda” and participants traveled by buses to discover famous sinkholes in Biržai Regional Park. Guests visited the famous Cow Cave, geologists’ trail, Kirkilai karst lakes, climbed up to a freshly opened Kirkilai observation tower, walked around a perfectly maintained farmer’s V. Cibas farm.
Preparation for the parade started after returning to Butautai manor. The long historical vehicle convoy began its trek to Biržai town festival weaving along Pačeriaukštė picturesque rural surroundings.
Although the road from Butautai to Biržai curls hollows and hills and consists of 15 km forward and back as well as, all the ancient technique exhibits reached their destination successfully. Historical technical exhibition began at 5 p.m. and continued for two hours. As “Timeless Klasika 2015” event organizer Egidijus Einoris said, the inflow of people and interest in the antique technique has not been in Biržai yet! The cars and motorcycles were fully surrounded for all two exhibition hours. Particular attention was paid to Alfredas Zamockis’ motorcycle “Premier”, made in 1910; exhibition’s debutant Romualdas Basijokas car “DKW F5 700”, made in 1936; Stanislovas Bartkevičius’ “Mercedes Benz 290 Cabrio D”, made in 1935; Dalius Linkevičius’ “Cadillac 62”, made in 1942; Mindaugas Kaziunas’ “MG MGA”, made in 1959; Sigitas Zajarskas’ “Ford T”, made in 1926. The event was attended by 73 antique vehicles – 4 motorcycles and 69 cars. Of these, as many as 15 cars manufactured in the interwar period.
After the exhibition in Biržai, all participants went back to Butautai manor where a private festive evening-party was held. The sponsors of celebration “Sodeliškis manor farmstead” treated everyone with grilled deer and soup, SP “Laigis” – with filling dinner, the Brewery of Butautai manor – beer brand, while “Biržai Alus” – with tasty beer and kvass.
After having a meal, everyone comfortably settled down and listened to Butautai manor brewery spokeswoman Ramunė Gelažnykaitė introduction to manor history and presentation of Butautai brewery production. Well, the folk ensemble “Siaudela” complemented her showing an entertaining program “Beer Way” and charming the guests of Antique Vehicle Club “Klasika” guests with adventurous stories, dances and songs about Biržai region’s brewing traditions and customs.
Afterwards, the official part of the celebration and awards started with the national anthem of the Lithuanian Republic. The diploma ceremony and concert was hosted by Vaiva Čepulienė and Gražina Miknevičienė, accordionist Vytautas Kavaliauskas enlivened it with his performances. The “Klasika” evening had a surprise – a play of fashion theater, where appeared “Fashion studio XS” called on young models from Vilnius, Kaunas, Panevežys, Ukmergė, Prienai, Marijampolė and Šilutė (managers Vaida Delkutė, Rasa Kazėnienė and Karolina Žurauskaitė). Charming girls started their performance of Baroque clothing demonstration and presented three collections: “White, but not cold”, “Retro” and “Red. My birth”.
The elegant girls, Butautai manor mysteries, antique cars, intriguing lights and music sounds of operas and operettas just enchanted and fascinated … Presentation of collections was changed by accordion melodies, and these – classical music. After all, what is “Klasika” without classical music? The whereof, the solo parties and duets from popular operas and operettas were performed by Lithuanian Opera in Chicago soloist Genovaitė Bigenytė and Klaipeda Musical Theatre soloist Mindaugas Gylys.
Classical music was changed by the young rock musicians “Sweetsalt” and these well – spectacular fire rounds, provided by farmer Dalius Linkevičius to Club “Klasika”. After admiring the salutes, the visitors did not go away for a long time. Simple – it was fun! And the more, that the end of the festive evening from Butautai manor was chased by Juratė Garnelienė well performed popular song twists.
And yet, the festival ended leaving the desire to meet next year. Glad that “Timeless Klasika” is not only a gathering place and purpose of people who are engaged in antique technique but is developing the taste, promoting art, culture, finally, changing people’s outlook …
Vilhelmantas Sereika photos