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To conquer frozen lands of ice and snow, you need the most rugged car possible: a Soviet-era Lada offroader assembled by large hammers and vodka.
As I’m sitting here, cautiously enjoying the freakishly warm February in New York City, it’s easy to forget that it gets, like, properly cold in other places. Places like Russia, where even a poor little Lada can’t escape the murderous ice.
There’s something deeply satisfying about watching this Lada 2105 drift through its natural habitat of snow and ice.
How many times have you been this close to buying an old Lada sedan, but stopped yourself at the last minute because you just can’t deal with all that weather protection, you fear body rust, and you just can’t even with a traditional three-box design? If this sounds familiar, boy do I have the car for you: a Bohse…
These are the motorsports Audi has been reduced to after Dieselgate, folks. Actually, we’re pretty okay with this one.
Ferries are big boats that often transport people and cars across large bodies of water. It’s important to note that it’s best to wait until the ferry docks again before trying to exit.
There are a lot of reasons why it had do go down like this. One of them is that I started our journey without ever believing our old Lada could make it more than 3,500 miles on a brutal drive from Budapest to the Armenian capital of Yerevan. I couldn’t have been more wrong—but it still never got to go home.
We know you’ve been begging for Ford for a new Bronco, and no one can deny that the 2004 Bronco concept still looks cool today. Well somebody took the matter into their own hands, turning a humble Lada into a surprisingly clean execution of this design.
I’m not exactly sure of what’s going on here, or why. My guess is that the crazy Russians over at UFO Garage are doing some project that involves most of a Tahoe, so they decided to have some fun with it and a Lada.
The Russians really seem to have a thing for snow, crappy little sedans and absurdly capable off-road vehicles. This guy’s home-brewed commuter tank marries all three concepts, and it may be one of my all-time favorites.
Russia has earned an iconic status among car people for its very peculiar carscape. A lot of rugged Russian cars have been in production for a long time, the still-quite 1971-ish UAZ Hunter probably the most well-known among them (available from 6200$ new until the end of the year). Avtovaz, GAZ, UAZ, Moskvitch and a…
The 49th Mecsek Rally in South-West Hungary turned up with a relatively small field, but the Historic European Championship still had some machines to witness.
Team Jalopnik has conquered the Caucasian Challenge in an our old-ass Lada! A round of applause for Máté and his crazy pals!
I shall tell you soon enough why Georgia is possibly the best country to visit if you’re a car enthusiast, but for now, all you need to know is that we already made it to Armenia only to wake up today in the politically sensitive Nagorno-Karabakh region. And now, we go deeper.
Two weeks ago we bought a Lada and put our stickers all over it. Now I’m about to tell you why. It involves 3,500 miles across some of the most rugged terrain that Turkey, Georgia, Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia have to offer. Are we insane? Maybe. But you have to be a little insane to attempt the Caucasian Challenge,…
Neither my two friends or I had ever driven a classic Lada before, but we corrected that mistake by spending long hours behind the wheel of Jalopnik’s almost bone stock 1982 Lada 1200S to tell you what’s it like to hit the road with Russia’s finest vehicle, 44 years after its public debut.
I’m sure many of you think the Soviets simply copied the Fiat 124 to create the Lada 1200 and all its numerous siblings, but now that we bought one, it’s time to show you how far that is from what happened.
Why? Why the hell not?
It’s like the perfect marriage of East and West.