Oh for the days when road rage meant refusing to doff your hat at a passing pedestrian. Road manners may not have survived, but a lot of the cars have. And the annual Vienna Classic Days event in late August is a chance for everyone to catch a cavalcade of old timers as they drive around Vienna’s historical Ringstrasse. View the slideshow:
The event itself includes various activities spread over three days, but the highlight is the parade. The authorities close down the Ring, one of Vienna’s main traffic routes, and tourists and locals gather to spot everything from Minis, Morris Minors and Maseratis to Ferraris, Cadillacs and Pontiacs. Not forgetting the obligatory early Rolls Royce.
Drivers and passengers join in with the old timer spirit, often dressing up in period clothes and waving merrily to the assembled crowds. Even those with a singular disinterest in cars (i.e. me) can’t help but marvel at the range of shapes, sizes, colours, conditions and all-round high spirits of the participants.
In 2015, around 250 vehicles took part. For full information on the event, check the Vienna Classic Days website and watch the video for more parade highlights: