During the weekend of June 25-27, a parade of “Maluch” owners from all over Europe shined up their hoods, lubricated their aging machines and gathered in Zvolen. The “Maluchs” also known as Fiat 126s, were manufactured in communist Poland and have always held a strange attraction for certain vintage car collectors.
Event organizer Ľudevit Matuška of Zvolen initiated global gatherings of “Maluchs” in 2000. Matuška currently holds three certificates from the Guinness Book of Records for bringing together the largest number of roadworthy Fiat 126s in one place. During this June weekend he was going for his fourth record.
Hopes were high when the participants gathered in the Neresnica moto-camping site on June 25. But by Saturday, when the cars gathered in SNP Square in Zvolen it was clear that there would be no new Guinness record. Only 165 Maluchs were on hand for the trip from Zvolen to Kreminica and back. The old record of 220 cars, set in Zvolen in 2004, was not threatened.
The lower participation was blamed on last year’s car-scrapping scheme to stimulate car-buying in the face of the global meltdown in new car sales, which led to the scrapping of many of these much-loved vintage cars and their exchange for newer and shinier models, the TASR newswire wrote.
5. Jul 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská