Video: Like Herring: Mega-museums, Super Parking Lots And Other Places Where There Are A Lot Of Cars
More recently, more than 18,000 cars were parked in one location on the island of Maui. These are the cars of the rental offices, which turned out to be unclaimed due to the decrease in the tourist flow caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Stunned by the scale, we remembered a few more impressive car assemblies.
The largest automobile museum
The Cité de l'Automobile Museum, located in Mulhouse, is a must-see for those who consider themselves a Bugatti fan: there are over 120 French sports cars alone! Many of the local Bugatti exist in a single copy, and most of them were released before the Second World War.
However, fans of other brands will not be bored here either, as Cité de l'Automobile is the largest automobile museum in the world! The collection contains more than 500 cars from 98 car manufacturers, which replace each other in a circle throughout the year. The permanent exhibition numbers 400 cars.
The basis for the museum was the former textile factory of the Schlumf brothers, who after the war sheltered more than forty Bugatti, thus starting their collection. After the war, technical progress made a big step forward, people were in a hurry to change to new, more comfortable cars, and few thought about the collectible value of certain Bugatti. Not the brothers Hans and Fritz Schlumfs. Their museum was opened in 1978 and has been successfully operating to this day.
The largest collection of cars
In this nomination, the leader has not changed for several decades. The automobile collection of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah includes more than 6 thousand pieces of equipment. The total cost of cars, according to some estimates, exceeds $ 2 trillion (!).
There are more than a thousand Ferrari cars in the Sultan's collection. And many cars are absolutely exclusive. For example, only the Sultan of Brunei has a few copies of the Bentley Dominator - the first off-road vehicle of the British brand that appeared long before the Bentayga. Only the Sultan of Brunei has a right-hand drive Mercedes CLK GTR. Finally, only the Sultan of Brunei has the long-wheelbase five-seat McLaren F1 that the British once hinted at.
The Sultan's brother, known as Prince Jeffrey, also loves cars and luxury. It is his cars that are often seen on the central streets of London. For example, Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari 456 GT Venice station wagon …
The largest car showroom
Surprisingly, this is not a supercar dealership somewhere in Dubai, but the most common Toyot dealership in California. It's just huge.
The Longo Toyot showroom is located in El Monte, near Los Angeles. It occupies an area of more than 200 thousand square meters and sells about 30 thousand vehicles annually. By comparison, Porsche sold just over 60,000 vehicles in the United States last year.
The center is so large that it has 120 car service stations, its own gym, Starbucks, Subway, the Auto Club of Southern California office, and two car rentals. More than 500 new cars can be parked under the roof and in the nearby parking lot at the same time. That is why Longo Toyot is listed in the Guinness Book as the largest dealership on the planet.
Largest track stop
For American truckers, the Iow80 is a legendary place. Located in Walcott, Iowa on Interstate-80, this truck stop is a haven for trucks and their drivers. Every day, Iow80 receives more than five thousand visitors, and for good reason: there is something to see here.
In addition to the huge truck parking, which can accommodate more than 900 vehicles with their trailers, Iow80 includes a hypermarket for truck accessories, six restaurants for 350 visitors, a barbershop, a cinema, a laundry, a dental office and a museum. And, of course, it was not done without washing and refueling.
Until recently, the area of the Iow80 complex was 89 hectares, but now it is being expanded - the track stop will be increased by a third. When all the work is completed, a festival will surely take place here, which will bring together more than a thousand trucks.There is an assumption that the extended complex will be officially presented in 2024: then Iow80 will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
The biggest car gathering
And in this case, we are not talking about a static car dealership, which lasts for several days, but about a short one-day festival. Woodward Dream Cruise holds the palm here, annually gathering more than a million fans of muscle cars and hot rods in more than 30 thousand cars.
Woodward Dream Cruise takes place on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was first held in 1995 as a charity fundraising event for the construction of Ferndale Stadium.
This year's anniversary festival is due to take place on August 15, but it is highly likely that it will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, like many other festivals with a large congestion of cars. For example, the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The largest car park
The title of the largest parking lot in the world has long been held by the parking lot near the shopping and entertainment center West Edmonton Mall, which is located in the city of Edmonton, Canada. The underground and ground sites of the center can accommodate up to 20 thousand cars! And 10,000 seats are jammed with cars every weekend.
West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping center in North America and the 21st largest in the world. In addition to boutiques, of which there are about a thousand, the shopping center has 110 restaurants, 21 cinemas, an amusement park, a water park, a hockey field, a golf course, a hotel, a car dealership … In general, it is easier to list what is not in this center.
Moreover, West Edmonton Mall is regularly expanding, so maybe someday there will be even more parking spaces. Surely, if you walk through such a parking lot, you can come across a hundred or two very interesting cars. And many thousands of uninteresting ones.
The largest car dump
Old Car City in White, Georgia is no longer so much a junkyard as it is a bizarre open-air automobile museum. The first cars began to accumulate here in the 1930s, and now their number has exceeded four thousand.
On an area of about 140 thousand square meters, you can see American and foreign cars from different eras, which gradually grow into the ground and combine with plants into a unique ensemble. It is here that you can find the rarest Edsel, classic air-cooled Volkswagen, post-war Studebaker …
The entrance to Old Car City is open to everyone. An adult ticket costs $ 20, for photographers - $ 30. Children under the age of six can visit the junkyard museum free of charge.
The largest car sump
After Dieselgate, more than 350 thousand Volkswagen vehicles were outlawed in the United States. Some of them managed to "reflash" and still sell (about 15 thousand cars), some were immediately sent to press (about 28 thousand). But in the end, about 270 thousand cars were left in the US in a "suspended" state, which were distributed to 37 sedimentation tanks in different parts of the country.
The largest was a deserted area near Victorville, California, near the local airport. The exact number of cars here is unknown. According to various estimates, from 20 to 40 thousand cars sunbathe here. Given how long they've been under the scorching sun, Old Car City may have a competitor in the near future. True, the range of exhibits will not be so interesting and varied.
The largest automobile mass grave
A fire at the Southwest Florida International Airport has become a mass grave for 3,500 rental cars. At first, only 20 cars caught fire, but the gusty wind of the desert area led to a chain reaction. Firefighters managed to neutralize the inferno only after 18 hours.
During the extinguishing period, the Florida Forest Service aviation unit flew more than 80 sorties, dropping a neutralizing compound onto burning vehicles.Fortunately, except for the cars, no one was injured, and the flames did not reach the airport.
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