Twice a year, in March and in September, classic car enthusiasts from Central and Eastern Europe head to Moscow for the Old-Timer Gallery of Ilya Sorokin. Held regularly since 2002, this event has proven to be the biggest and the most significant collector car event in Eastern Europe.
Moscow’s Old-Timer Gallery can be described as the Russian equivalent of Germany’s Technoclassica or France’s Retromobile, with special-themed displays, local and European classic car dealer stands, collector and restorer displays, trade village and an autojumble. Apart from this, starting from 2012, a Concours d’Elegance has been held for the cars that participate in the show.
This year’s spring event will take place 7-10 March 2014 at the Sokolniki Park in Moscow, the historic venue for the 1959 National American Exhibition that will celebrate its 55th anniversary in 2014. Sokolniki Park is memorable to Russian people for the “Kitchen Debate” between the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchyov and Richard Nixon that took place here. Therefore it is symbolic that the spring Old-Timer Gallery will be held inside the very exhibit hall that hosted today’s old-timers, the luxurious cars that were referred to as “unthinkable wonders” and “latest technology” fifty-five years ago.
A special display celebrating the National American Exhibition anniversary will feature photographic and video footage, leaflets and posters, as well as surviving cars of the 1959 exhibition found and restored especially for the Old-Timer Gallery. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to travel through time half a century back to the romantic era of courageous space pioneers, revolutionizing discoveries, and big luxurious cars.