Saturday, November 1, 2008

Parade of Trabants

The ugly duckling of East Germany’s roadways finally gets its day!

Sunday, 9 November; 10 am - 2 pm
When the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989, thousands of East Germans rushed to reunite with friends and family. Their typical mode of transportation? The Trabant. Despite its poor performance and smoky two-stroke engine, this little car is now affectionately regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of communism. Trabants are quite rare in the U.S., but on 9 November, a caravan of the communist-bloc cars will converge on the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Come view the vintage cars, which will be parked in front of the Museum on F Street, NW, and win a ride in a Trabant. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden German Band provides festive music.
Free! No registration required!

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