A rare and expensive car on display at the festival


Many rare cars are on display in the stone statues and well-maintained lawns of the Alhangeriscoe Museum.

The annual Auto Culture Festival includes a variety of categories, including classics, motorsport legends, SUVs, rare youth, super-expensive cars, and epic sports cars. These are usually hidden in personal collections and restoration workshops.

One of the more unusual looking cars is the Morgan Three Wheeler owned by Igor Promovendov.

“It was produced between 1909 and 1950, but stopped because of a switch to a car,” he explains. “But since 2011, they have resumed production and are still in production to this day, but probably already sold out this year.”

The festival brings together rare car collectors and enthusiasts from all over the country.

As the organizer Philip Fedotov explains, the goal is to build a larger automotive culture in Russia. We are trying to change that and create some sort of car culture, car movement, at this stage to make it bigger, “he says.

The annual Club GT Supercar Rally is part of the festival. The crew of Ferrari, Lamborghini and other sports cars is judged by the accuracy of driving along a particular route.

This event is in its third year and is gaining momentum rapidly. Approximately 80 cars appeared at the last Auto Culture Festival, but this year there were more than 250 participants, and the number of visitors increased from 2,000 to more than 10,000.

According to the organizers, this is the biggest event of its kind in Russia.

“These aren’t just old cars. Just getting old isn’t enough, it’s definitely not enough. Many cars were unique when they were first released. And even after more than 30 years. It’s unique in its own right, whether it’s in good shape or being abused, and it’s already becoming an object of art, “says festival founder Nikita Muranov.

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An array of rare and expensive vehicles at the annual “Autoculture” festival held at the museum estate “Arkhangel’skoye” in the Moscow region of Russia on August 29, 2021. (Screenshot by AP / Epoch Times)

Most of the cars on display are sports models, mainly “Young Timers”, modern classic cars since the 1980s. Another area on the premises is dedicated to Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and others, including this Porsche 911 owned by Arsengal Schan.

“I bought this car before only by appearance. The side silhouette of the 911 model is the standard for the car, and for the sports coupe, I think it’s the most beautiful silhouette I can buy for money. “He says.

He added that he doesn’t like electric cars and feels that they are “soulless”.

“With all this electrification, this whole story of autopilot, and all these other things, you’re a driver, not a driver. You just sit down and say a voice command, the car Will take you somewhere. How it goes, how it moves you, something else, you don’t affect it, you just sit down You’ll look out the window, it’s like an iPhone with wheels, “says Galstyan.

However, others, such as participant Nikita Sitnikov, recognize that electric vehicles have many advantages.

“Cars are becoming more environmentally friendly, safer, faster and more convenient. But at the same time, they preserve this history and this history, what we, our grandfathers, our grandmothers drove, and before. I would like to recall that was very interesting, “he says.

One of the highlights of the festival is the recognition of the most unique cars as part of the “Elegance” contest.

The winner is Ferrari Testarossa, a car star from the 1980s.

According to owner Maxim Godunov, buying a car was a realization of his childhood dream.

“When these rising lanterns, some kind of childish joy, and the opportunity to buy it for my collection, of course, I wanted to buy it,” says Godunov.

The Alhangeriscoe Museum will host the second festival.

Associated Press