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Kazan Vintage Car Club introduces visitors to the history of the country – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 02:50:45

Rif Lutfullovich, let’s start our conversation with a short historical excursion.

Rif Yarullin: The history of our club began in the 80s of the last century. Then the autoretro movement emerged in the USSR. Large vintage car clubs have appeared: Riga, Lithuanian, Estonian, Moscow, Leningrad and others. They all celebrated beautiful, large-scale events. At that time the idea came to me to create a club in Kazan. In 1983, we began gathering people who wanted to join our community and were looking for vintage car owners. And in 1984, the club began its official activities thanks to the help of the Society of Automobile Enthusiasts and the editorial office of the newspaper “Evening Kazan”. The poster was made up of about 60 participants, and the same number of cars and motorcycles.

As far as I know, the club had another beginning, in the early 2000s.

Rif Yarullin: Actually, the 80s club was successful. Our cars participated in car rallies in honor of May 9, as well as in various urban events that were held with a large influx of spectators. But in the 90s, for obvious reasons, the club’s activity began to fade and little by little it faded away.

However, we continued to communicate and received guests from Moscow and Leningrad. The club still had its premises at Kuibysheva, 30. The new movement began in 2006, when, on the initiative of the Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan, Farid Mukhametshin, the owners of GAZ-21 cars began to meet.

After meeting with the initiators of the new club, we decided to join forces. The first meeting was attended by important and respected people of the republic. In addition to Farid Mukhametshin, there were Rustam Minnikhanov, then Prime Minister of Tatarstan, and the mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin. I was elected president of the club and ran it for five years. One of our first initiatives was a meeting of vintage motorists from the Volga region.

Collecting old cars is probably one of the few hobbies that have a great social impact.

Rif Yarullin: Indeed, our automotive industry produced excellent cars. Many people today, especially young people accustomed to Japanese and European cars, don’t know this. Serial production of such cars as “Pobeda”, “Moskvich”, “ZIM”, “Volga” took place in the post-war period. Powerful and high-quality cars at the level of the technical solutions of the time.

One of these Soviet cars was the GAZ-21 Volga, which started the rebirth of our club. And the first executive vehicle, the ZIS-110, rolled off the assembly line in July 1945. Imagine, the war has just ended, fighting continues in the Far East, and the Soviet automobile industry is starting to produce a first class!

I think the topic of military equipment is always very interesting.

Rif Yarullin: Yes, in this area we can talk about important industrial advances. Of course, a large amount of automotive equipment was supplied to the USSR through loans and leases, but domestic factories were not left out. For example, the history of the domestic SUV GAZ-67, the development of which was based on the previous models GAZ-64 and GAZ-61, is indicative. The first batch of these vehicles appeared at the front in 1943. This SUV performed many front-line jobs and after the war it worked for a long time in the fields of collective farms. And today the GAZ-67 is a real rarity.

Rif Yarullin not only founded a vintage car club, but also created a small museum. Photo: Kazan “Autoretroclub-21”

Child of war and one of the most popular Soviet cars is the Moskvich. Even before 1941, the task of creating a small Soviet car was set. At the KIM (Communist Youth League) plant they presented their first independent development: “KIM-10-50”. But Stalin liked the captured Opel Kadett with a complete factory technological line, which later became the Moskvich-401.

The GAZ M-20 Pobeda car became a true legend of the automobile industry – the world’s first Soviet car of the pantone type, that is, without protruding wings. After him, the world automotive industry switched to a similar design.

The club has participated in public events for many years. What is your goal in showing cars to the general public?

Rif Yarullin: First of all, educational. Of course, a modern person can find a lot of information on the Internet. But no global network can compare to live communication: when you see a car, you can touch it, see how it moves, talk to the owner and

Discover the history of the car. And all of our club members have not only read a lot about ancient technology, but also have expert knowledge. For example, Alexander Vasilyevich Gnedin has been researching the cars of the Gorky Automobile Plant for many years. His collection includes pickup trucks and even armored personnel carriers.

Educational work has always been our most important function. At the beginning of the club’s activities in 2007, we held the first festival on the shores of Lake Ilinskoye. And this year the seventeenth festival took place, organized at the base of the Sviyazhsky Hills ski complex. A wonderful place where there is everything necessary for the event itself and for the rest of its participants.

Year after year more and more guests come to us. Thus, our idea of ​​​​creating a regional center for vintage cars can be considered realized.

Can we say that an old car has traces of a great history?

Rif Yarullin: Without a doubt. After all, a car is also a road that passes through cities and, therefore, through our common history. In recent years we have held a series of car parades in the historical places of the republic. As you know, in Kazan there were five main roads: Galitskaya, the modern highway to Moscow, Alatskaya, Arskaya, Zureiskaya, the modern Mamadyshsky road and the M-7 highway, Nogai Road, the current Orenburg road.

Of course, now they are dressed in concrete and asphalt and are the main roads of our city. Last year we toured the birthplaces of the Tatar theologian Mardzhani and visited the house-museum of the famous Tatar composer Salikh Saidashev. The race participants saw one of the first stone mosques in Tatarstan. The race aroused great interest among participants and spectators.

Probably the most striking event that the club organizes is the retro festival. Tell us about it.

Rif Yarullin: After creating the club, we started organizing festivals. It was decided that it was necessary to expand the area of ​​​​interaction with like-minded people. Within the framework of the festival, first of all the level of catering in equal categories of equipment is evaluated. There are older and newer cars. Motorcycles are included in a separate group. There are prizes for the best conservation. If the first festivals were attended by the inhabitants of Tatarstan and our closest neighbors, now the geography has expanded. They come from Moscow, St. Petersburg, central Russia, the Urals and even from neighboring countries.

Now the number of participants reaches three hundred. And the first festival brought together about 70 people. In recent years we have held the all-Russian stage of the retro rally called “Ancient Kazan”. In addition, the club organizes car rallies throughout the republic or beyond its borders. There was a year when, at the invitation of the Yaroslavl Club, they held a race for the Golden Ring. And the director of the Irbit State Motorcycle Museum, Alexander Bulanov, brings the unique exposition of it.

You said that your idea to create a regional center for vintage cars can be considered realized. What does this mean?

Rif Yarullin: People, looking at us, began to create new clubs. In Cheboksary, in Yoshkar-Ola, a GAZ-21 club appeared. We met a very serious collector from the Mari Republic, Andrei Kuklin, who collected a large collection of cars and motorcycles and created the Toryalsky Fordson club.

The movement spread to Kirov, Ulyanovsk, Orenburg and other cities. We are friends of the clubs, we help each other. More and more enthusiasts are joining our movement. In addition to festivals and races, there is a lot of daily work to do. The club provides informational support to its members through the website, helping them find car spare parts.

We have created our own museum, although small for now, but with a collection of rare photographs and documents from the automotive history of the country and our republic. I give many lectures to college, university and school students. And I believe the educational importance of our work will only increase.

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