The seventh version of the GUM-Autorally hosted on September 12, in Russia, celebrated 50 many years due to the fact the 1st Lada automobiles rolled off the assembly line.
The event observed 100 classics driving on an 80-kilometer (50-mile) route, from Vasilevsky to the Kremlin walls, and was attended by Avtovaz President Yves Caracatzanis, who jumped behind the wheel in auto #1.
“We are grateful to our lover, GUM, that this year’s popular retro rally is devoted to the 50th anniversary of our VAZ-2101”, stated Caracatzanis. “This product was a serious breakthrough of its time in phrases of technologies, convenience, driving attributes it gave flexibility to tens of millions of people today. Avtovaz (component of the Renault Group) has a deep regard for its historical past and for the individuals who wrote it.”
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An correct duplicate of the racer pushed by Soviet pilots across the finish line at ‘Tour d’Europe’ in 1971, successful the silver medal, took portion in the occasion about the weekend, with the Director of Lada Activity, Vladislav Nezvankin, powering the wheel.
“Creating a reproduction of the initial rally auto is a extremely crucial undertaking for us”, observed Nezvankin. “We shell out tribute to the folks who ended up at the origins of Motorsport at Avtovaz. Today, the Lada Sport Rosneft crew proceeds the wonderful traditions that ended up laid down by these people 50 yrs in the past.”
Built in the spring of 1970 at the Volga Automobile Plant, the 1st Ladas were being six VAZ-2101 ‘Zhiguli’ sedans, two of them completed in blue and four in cherry, as a tribute to the RSFSR colours. From 1970 to 1988, all over 4.8 million models of the VAZ-2101 had been developed. Other well known Ladas incorporated the 2106, 2107 and 4×4, with 4.3, 2.8 and 2.5 million copies manufactured, respectively.
Lada is even now the most well-known car or truck manufacturer in Russia, with its portfolio at present counting the Vesta, Xray, Granta, Largus, 4×4 and Niva.