The L.U.C Chopard Classic Weekend Rally is one of the most anticipated events in Moscows social calendar marking the start of summer and celebrated its 10th anniversary in style this June.
Despite rain and windy weather, 70 veterans completed an elaborate 3-hour itinerary from Tretyakovsky Proezd to Barvikha Luxury Village. Amongst them were a Rolls Royce Phantom (1927), a Lagonda LG 45 (1936), a Horch 901 (1938) and the oldest one of them all, a Rolls Royce Phantom Open Tourer launched in 1926.
There were only 11 cars on the starting line at the first rally in 2003. It was then that this event got the patronage of the famous Swiss watch brand Chopard, whose owners, father and son Scheufele are not only experts and connoisseurs of vintage cars, but also well-known collectors.
This year, the number of participating automobiles was limited to 70 by the rally club organizing committee who established a rigid criteria according to which only the most deserving candidates are approved for participation. Further selection among the applicants included criterias for the amount of authentic detail in the car: the less advanced parts the car has, the higher it is valued. Another criterion is the age rarity: at least 30 years.
Expert driving and some excellent navigational skills were required. This year saw one of our Russian collectors who has a number of classic cars and motorbikes enter his Aston Workshop fully restored DB6 and we are informed he did extremely well.