Every spring, the Antique vehicle Club “Klasika” hosts the historical technique season opening party. This meeting previously was only for the club members, currently, has become an international event, which unites famous collectors and fans of classical cars. This year, like last, this festival was held in the club members’ Dalius Linkevičius owned Sodeliškiai Manor.
Well, on April 16, club “Klasika” support-season opening banquet brought together many honorable guests. They were nothing more than a little – one hundred and eleven of the real friends. By the way, this evening was not only for the club’s season opening celebration, but also for the annual general meeting of club members. While our guests were participating in an excursion to the old highlanders’ farmhouse, windmill, brewery and antique technology museum, the club members had been discussing current issues of the club “Klasika” for some hours. The club had to accept three new members, to approve the club’s director’s, manager’s and accountant’s reports of 2015, to schedule the club events in 2016, to solve discipline issues, to make decisions on the publishing of club calendar, magazines and leaflets. It was approved a solution, for which many had been waiting impatiently – to hold an annual antique vehicle exhibition “Timeless Classic 2016” in Biržai, staying in Astravas manor (Tiškevičiai mansion).
After the guests returned from sightseeing, they had some meals and refreshments and were presented and shown in the documentary film “Timeless Classic 2015”. This is the eighth, the annual yearbook of club, telling and presenting the best club event – antique vehicle exhibition in Biržai.
The official part of the evening started straight after the film premiere. The Mayor of Biržai V. Valkiūnas congratulated and honored the members and activities of “Klasika” and along with the club “Klasika” President E. Einoris announced the beginning of the antique technique season.
Next came the awards of the acknowledgments and certificates of honor. It has been awarded the deserving personalities who have helped the club: Algis Laumė, Romas Bartkevičius, Saulius Kuginys, Saulius Povilionis, Stasys Kubilius, Bronius Juodviršis, Jūrate Garnelienė, Ovidijus Jankauskas, Gintautas Miškinis, Arūnas Adomaitis.
Respect was shown to the creators of the club “Klasika” Calendar 2016 and, of course, the project leader Vytautas Gineika. Cash prizes were awarded to the most beautiful calendar photo author Andrius Repšys and astonishing model Eivilė Linkevičiūtė.
The members of club “Old buckets” (“Seni kibirai”) Augustinas Jankevičius and Arvydas Simonaitis, the leader of the just established antique vehicle club “Retro brothers” (Retro broliai) Rolandas Kripaitis participated in our club event for the first time and were honored with memorial gifts.
The special outstanding honor signs of antique vehicle club “Klasika” were awarded to: Neringa Linkevičienė, Linards Zandovskis, Gitautas Žičkus, Sigitas Zajarskas, Rigas Motormuzejs, Latvijas Antiko Automobilu Klubs, company “Biržai Beer”, Alfredas Zigmantas.
At the end of the official part of the evening, the guests were invited to take a walk outside and listen to the interesting instrument playing. It can be said that this concert feast began by the outdoors organ music. The surprise was given to our guests by a famous collector, company “Urmas” co-owner A. Pašukevičius, who transported these organs from Panevežys, where they were restored.
The guests relaxed and took a sip of fresh air. After they were called inside by the acoustic guitar music tunes performed by Richardas Mikšys, Juozas Petronis and Ovidijus Jankauskas. They were changed by the virtuoso accordionist Vytautas Kavaliauskas and singer Jūratė Garnelienė music and lyrics. A bit later, in the program, there were Latin American dance performers, winners of international competitions Simona Grubevičiūtė and Lukas Ališauskas. Well, “Klasika” concert finished by a singer Irma Jurgelevičiūtė, as always, she impressed everyone with her voice and songs.
And it is not the end. The evening was continued by the “Klasika” lottery, where were no losers. This evening’s hosts were Dovydas Kavaliauskas, Giedre Vaičytė and Reda Marinskaitė. They listed the winners and achievements as from a horn of plenty, adding variety of witty words. It should be said that most of emotion and interest attracted a major lottery prize – E. Rudinskas’ graphics painting, which was established by the club “Klasika” member Aurimas Kriauza.
After the lottery, guests were chatting with a glass of wine, or a pint of beer. And it was really to talk about! It was this year’s mess of the events of antique technique clubs, it was historical and technical recognition issues, and the individual clubs miscommunication problems and even antique automobile insurance concerns. There was no shortage of talks! After all, the most important thing is communication of likeminded. There is always a need not only to have own opinion, but also a possibility to reveal it, to know how to present it and defend. Such informal meetings are held for this.
The banquet is over and finally the club ‘Klasika” season – is opened! We are very sorry for those who were not invited and who did not come … Maybe next year!
Ilona Daubaraitė photos
This year this festival was held in the club members’ Dalius Linkevičius owned Sodeliškiai Manor:
Well, on April 16, club “Klasika” support-season opening banquet brought together many honorable guests.
This evening was not only for the club’s season opening celebration, but also for the annual general meeting of club members.
While our guests were participating in an excursion to the old highlanders’ farmhouse, windmill, brewery and antique technology museum, the club members had been discussing current issues of the club “Klasika” for some hours.
Next came the awards of the acknowledgments and certificates of honor.
The concert, entertainment and fun!
And it is not the end. The evening was continued by the “Klasika” lottery, where were no losers.