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100 LADA cars took part in the GUM-Autorally

On September 12, Moscow hosted the seventh GUM-Autorally – the most popular and prestigious event of the classic car season in Russia. This year rally was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the release of the first LADA cars. The route length of 80 kilometers departed from Vasilevsky descent next to the Kremlin walls.

100 classic cars VAZ-2101, 2102, 2103 and 2106 produced in the 70s took part in the exciting competition. Thanks to their owners, all cars have preserved their original parts and excellent technical condition.

Behind the wheel of a crew under the number ''1'' was the President of the company ''AVTOVAZ'', Yves Caracatzanis:

''We are grateful to our partner, GUM, that this year`s famous retro rally is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of our VAZ-2101. This model was a real breakthrough of its time in terms of technology, comfort, driving qualities, it gave freedom to millions of people. AVTOVAZ has a deep respect for its history and for the people who wrote it.''

Under the number ''23 ''started another unique car - an exact copy of the very first racing ''edinichka''. In the same car in 1971, Soviet pilots created a sensation at the hardest marathon ''Tour d’Europe'', finishing at a second place in the absolute standings. Vladislav Nezvankin, Director of LADA Sport and current pilot of the factory team, was driving the sky-blue “Zhiguli”:

''Creating a replica of the first rally vehicle is a very important project for us. We pay tribute to the people who were at the origins of Motorsport at AVTOVAZ. Today, the LADA Sport ROSNEFT team continues the glorious traditions that were laid down by these people 50 years ago.''

All participants and spectators strictly observed the necessary sanitary safety measures: temperature checks, disposable masks, gloves, and the territory of the event allowed them to keep a social distance.

After the finish and counting of points, the winners and prize-winners of the GUM-Autorally were awarded at the GUM center near fountain.

LADA: 50 years of history

April 19, 2020 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of the first LADA cars. In the spring of 1970, six VAZ-2101 “Zhiguli” sedans came off the assembly line of the Volga Automobile plant – 2 blue and 4 cherry, which symbolized the colors of the flag of the RSFSR. Since then, the Togliatti automobile plant has produced more than 50 production models.

Sales of ''Zhiguli'' began in August 1970. VAZ-2101 gave rise to the largest family of passenger cars in the history of the company, and, moreover, in the history of the Russian automobile industry. From 1970 to 1988, about 4.8 million VAZ-2101 and its modifications were produced. In addition to VAZ-2101, the most popular were LADA 2106 (4.3 million units), LADA 2107 (2.8 million units), LADA 4x4 (2.5 million units).

LADA was and remains the most popular car brand in Russia. At the moment, the LADA model range is represented by 6 model families: Vesta, XRAY, Granta, Largus and SUVs - 4x4 and Niva. LADA offers its customers a wide range of modifications of its models: more than two dozen production cars-sedans, hatchbacks, station wagons, crossovers; as well as a number of special versions.

Today AVTOVAZ is a part of Groupe Renault, one of the world`s leading car manufacturers. The company`s production technologies, quality control and evaluation systems meet the most modern international standards and are continuously developing.