– Car Culture Extravaganza!
Since 2002 Big Wheels has grown to one of the biggest open-air automotive round-ups in Finland. It’s also the premier summer festival of the greater Pieksämäki area.
Within the past years Big Wheels has gathered 1.000-1.300 classic cars, kustoms, hot rods & other special interest vehicles and a crowd of 10.000+ people to the town centre of Pieksämäki.
The main event on Saturday takes place by the shore of Lake Pieksänjärvi right in the middle of downtown Pieksämäki. Big Wheels offers to see and do for the whole family. Scenic event area features all kinds of vehicles, from tiny Volkswagen beetles to mighty American trucks – not to forget motorcycles and kids’ pedal cars. Most of the participants come from Finland but we have also seen cool cars visiting from Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Germany and even as far as Australia!
Big Wheels has also something to offer for ladies. Since 2011 there has been a vintage and retro lifestyle trade fair Savo Vintage at the same location within the same entrance fee.
The amazing cruising parade is the grande finale for the busy Saturday afternoon. Participating cars and motorcycles leave the event area and slowly cruise through the city streets for over an hour. The record is 600 vehicles on the parade and over 4000 spectators on the sidewalks.
Saturday night goes on at the Veturitori venue (also right in the middle of downtown Pieksämäki) with Big Wheels Rock’n Roll Party featuring rockabilly & rock’n roll bands and the Underground Model beauty pageant finals.