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Technical museum displays historical vehicles

PART of the Košice City Days, which began on May 1, was a ceremonial opening of an exhibition of historical vehicles by the Slovak Technical Museum (STM) and the Veteran Car Club Cassovia Retro. More than 50 participants gathered at Hlavná Street in Košice for a ride to the STM's museum of aviation, where the exhibition was located, the SITA newswire wrote.

PART of the Košice City Days, which began on May 1, was a ceremonial opening of an exhibition of historical vehicles by the Slovak Technical Museum (STM) and the Veteran Car Club Cassovia Retro.
More than 50 participants gathered at Hlavná Street in Košice for a ride to the STM's museum of aviation, where the exhibition was located, the SITA newswire wrote.

Košice Mayor František Knapík, U.S. Steel Košice President George Babcoke, and former Slovak president Rudolf Schuster took part in the ceremony. Schuster helped found the museum of aviation and the gallery of presidential airplanes.

"We installed the exhibition in garages that had belonged to the army," Eugen Labanič of the STM said. "The museum invested Sk2.2 million into the reconstruction of rooms, including the installation of security technology."

The museum has an exhibition area of about 600 square metres that it plans to expand to 1,200 square meters over the next year. Restoration workshops will also be made to restore exhibits.
It will be the second STM exhibition focused on automobiles. The first is in the Bratislava Museum of Transport.

"The museum will have 18 exhibits that we have borrowed from our members," Miroslav Kollár, the vice-president of the Cassovia Retro Club, stated. "The oldest one is the Tatra 12 truck dating from 1929, but other valuable and rare cars of Czechoslovak and foreign production will be exhibited, as well as six motorcycles and several historical bicycles."

Labanič also said that the STM will deliver some exhibits from its collections and that it plans to create a gallery of presidential limousines.

One of the first exhibits will be the limousine that wartime President Jozef Tiso used and the BMW that was used by the first modern Slovak president, Michal Kováč.

A production series of cars of Czechoslovak production will also be exhibited here, including unique non-serial production of the Slovak BAZ and TAZ manufacturers.

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