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Seeing Your Daily Ride Getting Scrapped Is An Emotional Rollercoaster

I'm aware that public transport, and therefore the fleet or rolling stock is not that important for most Americans. But in Europe, we can easily get more attached to our trams than our cars since we use them more. That's why I was sad to see my daily rides go to hell in the outskirts of Budapest. » 2/09/15 4:45pm 2/09/15 4:45pm

A Good Day To Die Hard Will Be Full Of Mercedes Vans And Trucks

Hollywood loves to disguise Budapest by adding a few extra Ladas parked on the streets, with fake communist monuments in the background and blue street signs everywhere to make it look like Moscow. Since it's a much nicer experience to shoot a movie here than over in Russia, that's exactly what they did once again… » 1/25/13 9:30am 1/25/13 9:30am

Fly the retro skies over Budapest in a turboprop with 1960s livery

A few weeks ago, I took a day trip to Berlin for some avant-garde currywurst and a short walk along the Spree river. Imagine my undercaffeinated surprise, then, when an airport bus dropped me off in the middle of Budapest airport’s tarmac in front of a plane from a ’60s theme movie—and instead of presenting me with… » 9/28/11 1:30pm 9/28/11 1:30pm

In the company of the SLS AMG’s cracklesnortpopboom V8

On a conscious level, the Mercedes–Benz SLS AMG is a cynical marketing ploy designed to milk the memory of Mercedes’s 1950s motorsport achievements. But listen to one at full throttle in a tunnel and all is forgiven. The SLS AMG makes the most viscerally wonderful supercar noise since Ferrari invented Ferraris. » 9/16/11 4:00pm 9/16/11 4:00pm

Budapest’s secret Grand Prix street circuit

This Sunday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Hungarian Grand Prix, an event held since…1986. Fifty years before Formula One came to the Hungaroring, there was a Grand Prix race in downtown Budapest with 100,000 people in attendance. The Silver Arrows came. Scuderia Ferrari came. Three-quarters of a century later,… » 7/29/11 4:00pm 7/29/11 4:00pm

Watch this B-24 Liberator bomb Budapest

Budapest is one of those cities that look very good from an aircraft window. The scenery is usually without burning oil refineries and anti-aircraft bursts, but not on this fine day in the mid-1940s. The plane is a Consolidated B–24 Liberator, Hungary is at war with America, and I’m so glad we’re friends now, guys. » 6/28/11 10:45am 6/28/11 10:45am