Current press release

The Cold War set to return to Yorkshire
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 June 2016

Seventy years after Winston Churchill’s announced the start of the Cold War with his “Iron Curtain” speech Yorkshire is set to be the home of East/West détente when owners of Cold War classic cars head to the county for a weekend discovering the region’s Cold War history and industrial heritage.

Organisers Soviet Auto Luxury Tours (SALT) have a reputation for running the UK’s best touring events for Cold War era vehicles. Past tours have seen SALT tourists in Skodas, Trabants, Tatras, GAZ, VAZ, Yugos and Ladas visit Cold War sites in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Norfolk and Leicestershire.

For the tenth annual tour over 25 Cold War classics will be based at Wortley Hall “the people’s stately home” near Barnsley and will tour to the York Cold War Bunker, National Coal Mining Museum for England near Wakefield, Kelham Island Industrial Museum and National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield.

The Yorkshire highways and byways will sound to the unmistakable a-ring-ding-ding of two-stroke engines and the rather more throaty air-cooled V8s of a pair of Tatra 603s. In addition to rare and unusual vehicles coming from Devon, Surrey, Norfolk and Wiltshire a Trabant owned by the same family from new will be making the journey from Germany especially for the weekend.

There are only a few places left for classics owners wishing to take part in the full weekend but SALT are inviting Yorkshire based eligible vehicles to take part in a Cold War Car Show at Wortley Hall on the evening of Friday 3 June where members of the public will have a rare opportunity to admire fine Eastern Bloc engineering.

For more details
Dominic Russell-Price
07952 423 364
commissariat@sovietautoluxurytours.org.uk

Notes

  • Soviet Auto Luxury Tours take place every June in a different part of the country each year.
  • Based at a luxury hotel our tourists follow well mapped routes to museums, bunkers, and other attractions. The weekend includes a gala dinner with guest speaker.
  • SALT events are open to all Cold War-era vehicles – especially those made in the Eastern Bloc. All vehicles must have been made before the dissolution of the USSR (December 1991).
  • Photographs of past tours available on request.
  • A limited number of spaces will be available over the weekend for members of the press to travel in one of the period vehicles.
  • Extract from Winston Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” address of 5 March 1946, at Westminster College in Fulton Missouri

    “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an “Iron Curtain” has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.”

Vehicles booked so far include –
Czech
1959 Tatra 603
1989 Tatra 613
1971 Skoda Octavia

USSR
1976 Moskvich 1500
1990 Lada 21047

DDR
1990 Barkas B1000 fire tender
Several Trabants including one towing a period East German caravan

Yugoslavia
Yugo 45

Romania
1987 Dacia 1310

Representing the West
1955 Austin Champ
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air