Watch Ken Block Hoon A Fiesta ST On An Ice Rink

Remember when Kenchibald Blockdrews was redlining a welded-diff Sierra Wagon in Budapest only to find it difficult to control? Well, he didn't come here to do that. Instead, Ford Europe gave him a red Fiesta ST to play with. » 4/10/13 1:46pm 4/10/13 1:46pm

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

A Hungaro-Texan Drives Budapest’s Stephen Colbert Bridge In A Citroën…

How would you impress a man used to the endless vistas of Texas and, er, Virginia, if he were to show up in Hungary in desperate need of a drive? A loopy French executive hatchback on greater Budapest’s best driving road may not be the worst place to start. » 10/29/12 4:00pm 10/29/12 4:00pm

Jenson Button Rocks Heat Wave Budapest With Aural Candy

McLaren driver Jenson Button came to Budapest on Tuesday to show what it’s like to do 150 MPH on a downtown avenue. What must be a PR burden for a modern F1 driver is an aural delight for an entire city, sweltering in the early spring heat. The McLaren was loud in a rather cosmic way. » 5/02/12 2:30pm 5/02/12 2:30pm

The Czech Mole Turned U.S. Astronaut Drives On

A year ago, I wrote about Czech illustrator Zdeněk Miler’s animated series Krtek (“The Little Mole”), whose title character drives a wind-up pink Cadillac and was taken to space for real aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-134. » 4/17/12 4:00pm 4/17/12 4:00pm

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 a… » 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

Vintage cars descend upon 115-year-old Velodrome

Take a secret 19th century velodrome in the heart of Budapest, a handful of vintage cars and bikes, and a group of petrolheads dressed up in revival gear ready to brave the Siberian chill on an April day, and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon. We went along for the ride on the terrifying banked oval in a 1967… » 4/15/11 10:30am 4/15/11 10:30am