Russian car enthusiasts donned vintage outfits to roam the streets of Moscow and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the popular Lada car yesterday.
The vintage car enthusiasts gathered for the Gorkyclassic GUM Rally and celebrated the creation of one of their country’s best known and most trusted cars, with models dating back to the 1970s at the heart of the celebration.
The classic car fair, which takes place once a year in the Russian capital, brings together classic car enthusiasts, some opting for vintage looks to match their vehicles.
First on the market in 1970, the Lada was manufactured by AvtoVAZ, a Russian company now owned by the French group Renault.
At the Gorkyclassic GUM Rally in Moscow, vintage car enthusiasts celebrated the creation of one of their country’s most famous and trusted cars, the Lada. Pictured: a light blue Lada who once participated in the Tour d’Europe
Ladas were first produced in the 1970s and are one of the most famous cars in Russia. Pictured: A blonde woman adds shine behind the wheel of her yellow Lada
The show provided a glimpse into the past, with many of the cars perfectly preserved to maintain their original interiors and features.
While the sun shone over the Russian capital, car enthusiasts made the most of the day, strolling between the different models.
The visitors appeared in a cheerful mood as they joined the owners of the old-timers, who proudly displayed their vehicles.
The Gorkyclassic Motor GUM Rally gets its name from one of the largest stores in Moscow.
A Lada owner showed his car at the rally before showing the car’s impressive engine and customizing the interior
Many of the show’s attendees wore vintage outfits, with women opting for playful costumes as they posed alongside a yellow and blue Lada
The original 1970 Lada car was the star of this year’s show with several models making it to the rally.
Families ran to the Lada models, all parked together during the show, some of which were adorned with GUM rally stickers.
First manufactured in 1970 with technical assistance from Fiat, the AvtoVAZ Lada takes its name from a type of small boat in Slavic language.
It originated from a cooperation agreement between Fiat and the Soviet car industry minister Alexander Tarasov, signed in 1966.
Other rally-goers wore a selection of vintage costumes for the occasion, with a woman opting for a jumpsuit and a red headscarf
The top of this green Lada was fitted with accessories, making it look like the owner was on his way to a summer vacation
Crowd gathered to glimpse the vintage cars at the rally (photo, a yellow and blue Lada is cheered on by car enthusiasts)
Two men put a GUM Motor Rally sticker on a blue Lada. The Lada originated from a cooperation agreement between Russia and car manufacturer Fiat
The cars first appeared in Russia under the Zhiguli brand, but the brand’s name was changed to Lada when the vehicle was marketed internationally.
The very first Lada ever built was produced on the 100th anniversary of Lenin’s birth in April 1970.
The Lada VAZ-2101 was the first vehicle to enter the market in Russia. The design is derived from the Fiat 124 Berline.
There were very few repair shops around the country, and the Lada was marketed as DIY-friendly and easy to maintain.
Women in costumes and vintage outfits strolled the streets next to the audience as they attended the car rally
Many of the cars on display at the rally provide a glimpse into Russia’s past (pictured, a red Lada with a GUM Motor Rally sticker seen in central Moscow)
Rows of the vintage cars lined up for the rally yesterday, with locals strolling through the area to study the vehicles
A blue Lada during the rally. The cars were made by AvtoVAZ, a Russian company now owned by the French group Renault
A gray Lada makes his way to the rally in Moscow traffic between modern cars. The cars had to be a tough version of the Fiat 124 Sedan
A yellow Lada rushes her way to the rally. The cars were very popular in the Soviet Union in the 1990s