Moscow- first private museum of retro cars- From RT Free Video
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Classic car collecting was never your average hobby in the USSR. In Soviet times, a personal car was a luxury rather than an everyday mode of transport. Preserving old-timers was not the done thing… except for Dmitry Lomakov, whose love of vintage vehicles runs in his blood.
Dmitry Lomakov director, Lomakov museum of antique cars (speaking Russian): “My father happened to be part of a team who in 1959 restored a Rolls Royce that belonged to Vladimir Lenin, and before him to the Russian royal family. That’s how his passion for old cars started – he began collecting them. And then I got the idea to turn it all into a museum.”
Russia’s first private museum of retro cars. Over 40 years the Lomakov family collected more than 250 vintage cars and motorcycles. And it took Dmitry more than 10 years to set up the museum. Located in Moscow’s south-east, it’s now among the most visited in the capital. For a modest price of 200 rubles, motoring fans can see some truly unique gems – from German cars captured during World War Two to Soviet classics. And here’s Dmitry’s pride and joy.
Dmitry Lomakov director, Lomakov museum of antique cars (speaking Russian): “It’s a ZIS 110 limousine. These cars were for the top party elite only. And this one was made in 1949 on Stalin’s order – as his gift to the Patriarch of Russia, Alexy the First, for the church’s contribution to the war effort. It’s green because in orthodoxy this color symbolizes the victory of good over evil… And as Stalin originally studied to be a priest, he sure knew it.”
And Dmitry isn’t the only one who’s put his hobby on display for everyone to see.
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