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Panevezys District Municipality rewards Klementas Sakalauskas with an Honorary Title


Nobleman Klementas Sakalauskas, a known collector and public figure, became the ninth person to receive Panevezys Distict Municipality’s Citizen of Honor title. It is pleasant news that his works – which are always accompanied by honesty, honor, belief and love – are not forgotten and rewarded. We congratulate our friend and “Klasika’s” member with this great achievement. Good luck, good health, and more great moments for You, Klementas! We welcome everyone to watch “Aukstitijos Televizija RTR” conversation with Panevezys District Municipality’s Citizen of Honor Klementas Sakalauskas.

 


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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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"Klasiką" palaiko ir jaunimas!

Club “Klasika” 2013 Calendar

In all of us, there is a part that believes in miracles. And usually, the biggest surprises and miracles happen at the end of the year. Both Christmas and New Years are then! The bag of gifts and surprises opens up with these holidays.
Klasika’s Calendar is not a miracle but rather a surprise and gift for its members, friends, and sponsors. Unfortunately, we are unable to physically share this calendar with everyone, as this is not a commercial project. It’s just a small gift to everyone who is with us. To those, who support and believe in us.
Therefore, if you enjoyed our calendar and club, please join us and share our calendar with your friends. In addition, we have a best car contest on our Facebook page. Twelve antique cars are presented in our calendar, and all you have to do is pick the one you like the best by clicking ‘LIKE’. A car with the most votes on New Years Eve will be nominated as antique vehicles club “Klasika” car of the year.

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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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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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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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The first ever long distance road trip in an auto was made by a woman!

The first-ever, constructed in 1885 Charles Benz, the German inventor. On January, 29th, 1886 he took out the patent for the car, and on July, 3rd, 1886 on Ringshtrasse in Mannheim for the first time showed the car to general public. Benz’s car had three bicycle wheels. On the car the one-cylinder internal combustion engine by a working volume of 954 cm³ has been established. Real capacity of this car — 0,9 h.p. at 400 turns in a minute though in the patent for the invention 2/3 horse powers are specified at 250 turns. This engine had considerable weight (about 100 kg). Maximum speed is 13 kilometers per hour. The car has been patented on November 2, 1886 (patent  No. DRP 37435), passed tests for roads, and in 1887 participated in the Parisian exhibition. Since 1888 Benz’s cars have been exposed on sale, but buyers were not.

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From “Klasika” history…

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When searching various antique car club websites or the Internet, I noticed that information pertaining to the very beginnings and the founding of such clubs is missing. Where and when were they founded? What circumstances determined the founding of these clubs in Lithuania? In this article, I will try to fill in the gaps and tell the story of the founding of antique car club “Klasika” in the city of Biržai. I will tell who the godfather of the club was, and how the name of the club was selected.

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Seeing off the Old Year… Happy New Year!

The Antique Vehicle Club “Klasika” began its season on May 28, 2011. The Club accepted an invitation to take part in a land-rover marathon “4×4 Perimeter” festival which took place in Pačeriaukštė Village (Biržai District). Members of the Club exhibited their vehicles in the sports field of P. Poškus High School. Historic vehicles were admired by a large number of spectators and marathon participants.

Our Club’s next events were shows in Širvintos and Kernavė. Last year, our friends in Širvintos offered us to arrange an exhibit in Kernavė. After a short deliberation, we accepted the invitation. We called our event “With ,Klasika’ – to Kernavė!“

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A Partnership and Sponsoring Agreement Signed

It’s been four years since the antique car club “Klasika” has existed, all thanks to its good-willed sponsors. The club’s events and actions are planned and evaluated keeping the funders’ support and generosity in mind. It’s nice that the sponsors’ help is expanding as well as their quantity. This means that the antique car shows in Lithuania will be even grander and more beautiful, that more than one historically valuable object will have a new life. It’s wonderful that the club “Klasika” is recognized beyond Lithuania. It was pleasant to receive an unexpected and heartfelt partnership offer that came all the way from across the Atlantic.

,,Grand Dukes”

On October 22nd, the “Grand Dukes Restaurant and Deli” president Andrius Bučas and the Antique Car Club “Klasika” director Egidijus Einoris heartily shook hands, having made the deal of partnership and the sponsoring of “Klasika”.

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The Flag of Birzai was fluttering in Kernave

During July 8-10 in Kernave, the ancient capital of Lithuania, the 13th festival of “Days of Live Archaeology” took place. As part of this festival on July 9, there was an antique vehicles exhibition, which was organized by the antique vehicles club “Klasika” together with Sirvintai classic vehicles admirers and friends from all areas of Lithuania and Latvia.

First, residents of Birzai and their friends cheered people of Sirvintos. From an early morning on July 9th, an antique vehicles exhibition, a march through the streets of Sirvintos, and, finally, a trip through Musninkai towards Kernave took place.

In Sirvintos, a crowd of people gathered to see vehicles of an early and middle 20th century. Many wanted to see Antanas Nedzinskas’s, who is a member of Lithuanian Parliament, well-known bus, which he parks next to luxurious Parliament members’ cars. In addition, together with members of ,,Klasika”, appeared Virginijus Martisauskas – “Krasto naujienos” editor-in-chief, also known from TV shows about road traffic.

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With “Klasika”, to Lithuania’s first capital

The trip with “Klasika” to Lithuania’s first capital Kernave starts earlier than the trip itself. Egidijus Einoris, the president of “Klasika,”who vacations in Lithuania, residing in the U.S., and spends most of his time vacationing on “Klasika,” suggests to hold a classic automobile photography contest. The winner would recieve an untraditional prize – travel with “Klasika” to Kernave to the traditional live archeology days, where “Klasika” of Birzai will be organizing a classic automobile parade in Sirvintai and Kernave. .

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Labakie brauc!

„Labakie brauc! The best are driving!“ – with this slogan we were greeted at our first event this year in Latvia, where Klasika‘s antique cars were shown. On a Saturday morning, May 14th, in a five-car column we traveled towards the border of Latvia and went straight to Salaspilis, where we were warmly welcomed. Although we came earlier than planned, the time passed very quickly: an orchestra was playing, „Old Cars Club“ treated us with coffee and snacks. Even the very first awards took place during the exhibition. Later, just like during a rally, we moved towards Bauske in the interval of a minute. We also received an interesting mission – during our trip we calculated street signs and orientated on the road. Half way to the destination, participants had a task to drive on a ramp in a VAZ 2102. We did pitty the Lada, which was driven by everyone and suffered a lot, however the task itself was a great challenge even for the most experienced drivers.

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Saying goodbye to 2010…

It became a tradition to publicly glance over the yearly activities of club “Klasika” at the end of each year, share the plans, concerns and routines. We can happily announce that our events are growing numerically and expanding geographically. Thus, we started the season of 2010 on May 1st in Pasvalys where we participated at the antique vehicles exhibition “Vaziuojam 2010.” We shared our experiences with a large amount of other clubs of historical technology, interacted with other like-minded people, showed our machinery and invited everyone to visit us in Birzai.

       A week later, on May 8th, our club’s cars were brought to Vabalninkas where we participated at the opening of international kids and youth theatre festival “The Happy Laughter Of Children.”

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Eight wheel carriage association in Nemakščiai

On Saturday, October 9th, the members of antique vehicles klub “Klasika” were by invited a couple of Klasika friends to visit Nemakščiai town near Raseiniai. Klasika members were left amazed. Truth be said, it is very hard to understand why people dream about such places as Turkey or Greece, while they don’t even realize what beauty is in plain sight just around the corner.

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The plans, handships, and everyday routine of the club „Klasika“

On the eve of July 16th, Birzai residents had their eyes glissening with the beauty of unordinary automobiles. „Klasika“ clasic automobiles club was to blame, as they slowly cruised down the center of the town streets in their extraordinarally maintained and beautiful automobiles. Those who gathered were greeted by the clubs director Egidijus Einoris. At this time, the organizations‘ current events were discussed as well as the future. It was decided upon that August 7th the club „Klasika“ will be participating at the Birzu Town Celebration and the classic car show planned during it. Also, a trip to Kupiskis was planned shortly afterwords.

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A flashback

 

We present an excerpt from the 1932 Municipal Directory. Here you will find about 60 pages of information about how the road transport was organized and regulated in the inter-war Lithuania. The material is presented in Lithuanian.
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Club Activities in 2009

  • Club logo was created
  • Club website was started
  • Manufactured T-shirts, caps, and flags for club members
  • Created and made the official club flag
  • Welcomed new members
  • July 10th – The club was introduced to the public. Photo session by the castle of Birzai.
  • July 31st –August 2nd – The trip for members to Klaipeda. “Klasika” participated in the parade-exhibition of “the Sea Fiesta’s Old Vehicles Parade”.
  • August 8th – During the Fiesta of Birzai, the parade-exhibition was organized by “Klasika”.
  • September 19th – The members of “Klasika” club, with the help from friends from other Lithuanian cities, organized another parade-exhibition in Rokiskis during the city’s fiesta.
  • September 23rd – Season closing.
  • Throughout the season, ”Klasika” was well publicized. 5 articles were written about the club and its members. In addition, a few introductory posts and links were released.
  • 3 short movies were made about the activities and events of the club. The club released their first DVD.

On August 8th, the parade-exhibition of old-fashioned vehicles was planned by our club members. It was organized during the Fiesta of Birzai City, and it was the main event for us this season. This event, which is becoming a tradition, will be our main focus for the next year too. The 2009 parade-exhibition has passed and, according to the ratings, it was one of the best organized events in Lithuania this year. The success was also achieved due to good weather, aviators help, strong sponsorship, great advertising during other similar clubs events, publicity, and committed work of our members.

Everyone interested in old vehicles is welcomed at Birzai old-fashioned vehicles parade-exhibition next year! The more exact date and time of the event and other information will be posted closer to the event’s date. All information will be provided on our website in Lithuanian, English, and Russian. You can also e-mail us with any questions at klubas@klasika.us


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