For years we North Americans made fun of Russian cars, most of which failed to match our standards of styling and performance. Or so we thought. But the people who drove them often felt differently and now that those cars are getting old enough to be regarded as "vintage" or "collectibles" they're being maintained and restored with the same affection that we display for our Pontiacs and Plymouths.
It's all about memories, all about nostalgia, just as it is here. That's why you'll find personal collections in Russia, and interesting automobile museums, too. Of course there's nothing quite like our Woodward Cruise but the good folks of Tajikistan have their own version in the form of an old cars parade. For a Westerner it's quite fascinating to see so many makes and models that we only know by name, if that.
BBC World News covered the parade, which you can watch by clicking here. Obviously both car owners and spectators are having fun but wait... what's that MG doing in there? You've never seen anything like this before.