– Car Culture Extravaganza!
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Big Wheels scheduled for July 2020 has now been cancelled. This year’s event will not be postponed until later, so the next Big Wheels will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021. We are confident that in the summer of 2021 we will once again be able to offer you all a comfortable Big Wheels experience.
In July 2020, we will be organizing a replacement program online in the spirit of Big Wheels. The Big Wheels Magazine will also be published online as planned. We will be announcing more detailed plans for this summer during May 2020.
Big Wheels has been the highlight of the summer for many, so canceling it is an unfortunate and sad decision. However, we believe that in the current circumstances, this is the only responsible and right thing to do. We want to ensure the safety and well-being of the participants, employees, the public and the local people of Pieksämäki.
We’re not the only event being cancelled. The cancellation of events severely affects many people who work on events, provide their services to events and are engaged in business at events. Also, many sports clubs and hobby associations are left without income when events are not held. At the moment, however, everyone’s safety and well-being are a top priority. Together, we will work this out – the show must go on.
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 1.000-1.400 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 with Big Wheels Rock’n Roll Party featuring rockabilly & rock’n roll bands and the Underground Model beauty pageant finals.