Gleaming cars and historic motorcycles of rare beauty, surrounded by 40,000 spectators, on the promenade of Alimos, is not a sight one often encounters.
This year, the third Alimos Classic Car Sunday and the second Motorbike Sunday brought in thousands of people, with the key demographic being ‘family’, as the 1-10 year old audience grew rapidly – also outnumbered by… pets. Selfies are estimated at over 200,000 and ice cream consumption is at an all time high. The number of cars (183), but also of historic motorcycles (112) was a record. Of course, the important cultural value of the two events is invaluable in statistical data and cannot be “represented” in numbers.
In the Facebook vote for the most popular car, the Triumph Sammio Spyder of 1971 emerged with an overwhelming majority, with the KITT showcar (an exact replica of the original from the “Asphalt Knight”) in second place, while the unique Fiat also came in a prominent position 600 Multipla of 1955. In an orgy of colors and sounds, the interest of the visitors was again this year mainly attracted by the beastly American cars, but also by the very small 500s, while the historical military vehicles kept their loyal audience.
At this year’s ACCS, a green street was inaugurated, Cadillac Avenue, where unique Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches from the collection of Paris Iliadis were parked for sale, but the central exhibit was two unique classics (Jaguar E Type and Fiat cabrio) contributed to the event by the Hellenic Automobile Museum. This year, also for the first time, the open-air amphitheater of the pedestrian street was used where from ACCS 2023 the most important show cars will be parked.
The two buses (which came for the first time) became an object of nostalgia and admiration, parked in front of the entrance and the arch of the Municipality of Alimos.
The mayor of Alimos Andreas Kondylis and Nikos Mastorakis expressed their satisfaction for the perfect organization of the participants (made with the cooperation of SISPA, ORKA, ELKA, SDIO, FILPA and Friends of Fiat 500), with a warm “thank you”.
In the motorcycles on the second Sunday (which was also perfectly organized with the Hellenic Club of Friends of Classic Motorcycles) the visitor did not know what to see at first, the ups and downs of the pedestrian street were continuous and the admiration in front of the wonderful two-wheelers and the “perantzades” of the pedestrian street , was used from a very young age, the Babycycle (ride on daddy!), while the music didn’t stop for a moment, until dusk, when the “free riders” paraded live in front of their audience.
The mayor, Andreas Kondylis, who on the first Sunday distributed a few hundred balloons to the small, mostly visitors, took his rides here as a passenger on a classic motorcycle, admired many machines and thanked their owners for another successful ACMS.
“Tyrannical” (for vehicles and people) this year was again the temperature that reached 37 degrees, so that the mayor of Alimos decided to postpone the ACCS for 2023, on the last Sunday of May. In this way, after all, any coincidence with the historic Acropolis Rally is avoided (which this year was inevitable, although only on the last Sunday of the big race) and the almost universal absence of everyone in August, a critical month for preparation and entries.
The organizers believe that in May ’23 they will have 200 cars in the ACCS and a corresponding increase in the ACMS motos.
Finally, the account of the two great spectacles is simple: Participants and visitors spent two wonderful Sundays that, even if someone wants to forget them, the thousands of posts on social media will not let him.