The 22nd Old-Timer Gallery of Ilya Sorokin took place between the 7th and 10th of March at the Sokolniki exhibition center in Moscow, Russia. The bi-yearly event is now in its 12th year and is the largest indoor classic car show in Russia. Old-Timer Gallery not only focuses on classic cars but, the history of motoring. Over 190 exhibitors from more than eight different countries presented dozens of unique cars, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors and automobilia.
The show celebrated the 55th anniversary of the National American Exhibition in Moscow. Organizers managed to recreate the atmosphere of the historic event by displaying many of the cars from 1959. These included the Cadillac De Ville, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Thunderbird and many others. At the time these luxurious automobiles were referred to as “unthinkable wonders” and the pinnacle of “modern technology”. Aside from the cars, visitors were able to see unique photographs and video of the original event.
Among other highlights included a 1949 Aero Minor, which was a gift to Joseph Stalin on his 70th birthday from the Czechoslovakian people. The car was recently rediscovered in Russia after having been lost for over 40 years. As a result the car is now undergoing a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration at the Russian “Avtonasledie” company. Today the car was on display mid restoration, with its bare metal and exposed woodwork.
The show also included a selection of pre 1959 American cars including a rare 1936 Cord 810 Westchester Sedan, a 1938 Packard Series 1604 Super Eight 2-seater Coupe and a pair of Cadillac limousines. One of the more unusual displays was a 1914 Locomobile Model 48 2-seater speedster made for racing and fitted with an 8.6 liter straight six engine.
The next edition of Old-Timer Gallery is set to be held between the 6th and 9th of March.
Photos and words thanks to Novitski Photography