We Will Steer Over You! Soviet-Era Arcade Video Games

While we were throwing quarters into Spy Hunter or Robotron 2084, our counterparts in the Soviet Union were slipping Kopecks into Obgon and Autorally. Seems that Soviet military factories procured a few Japanese games and reverse engineered over 70 Soviet versions. These games were then officially distributed for the… » 6/13/07 1:00pm 6/13/07 1:00pm

Rocket to Russia: Moskvitch 410H

The Soviets Russians recently launched a new-and-improved intercontinental ballistic missile that First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said would be easily able to overcome any existing and future missile defense systems. With this recent and disturbing news fresh in mind we bring you the Moskvitch 410H 4X4.… » 5/31/07 1:00pm 5/31/07 1:00pm

We Will Bury You! The ZIL-111

While Ladas and Zastavas were all fine and good for the workers, the big shots rolled in a ZIL. The company was born as ZIS at the hands of the Fathers of the USSR - including but not limited to Stalin himself. The Post-Stalinist ZIL brought American styling cues into the mix with the likes of Yuri Gagarin and Nikita… » 5/01/07 9:00pm 5/01/07 9:00pm

Mayday! Mayday! One Bad GAZ Pobeda

We don't know what engine this GAZ-M20 Pobeda has, but it sounds pretty mean, in a crappy-yet-tough rusty-muffler-industrial sorta way. » 5/01/07 8:30pm 5/01/07 8:30pm

May Day in Adverse Conditions: Meet the LUAZ!

Despite what the imperialist stooges might tell you, comrade, LUAZ does not stand for Lada + UAZ. Before the glory that was the workers' paradise got destroyed by Yeltsin the enemy, LUAZs were built right in the breadbasket of the CCCP, Lutsk, Ukraine. Hence Lutskiy Automobilny Zavod equating to LUAZ. The LUAZ is a… » 5/01/07 8:20pm 5/01/07 8:20pm

The Red Menace: Zastava-Yugo 750!

The diminutive Zastava was endearing enough to earn the nick name Nicia, which means Little Fiat in Serbian. As was its Fiat 500 cousin to the west, the compact Zastava was endlessly modified and by way of engine swaps and other creative mechanical mayhem. The final version of the car packed a very close to Fiat 850… » 5/01/07 8:00pm 5/01/07 8:00pm

Star of Soviet Land Speed Record Car

To forever put forth the collected might of the Soviet into the history of speed and worker achievement came the mighty Zvezda-1, which means star in Russian. The two-stroke two-cylinder engine at the heart of this 1948 streamliner featured something known as undoubled pistons. This undoubling somehow employed one… » 5/01/07 7:00pm 5/01/07 7:00pm

It's May Day, Comrades! Red Square, 1984

We don't hear a whole lot about the Soviet-era car industry (all due respect to the mighty Volga, of course), because their factories were mostly busy cranking out this stuff for the Red Army. And such stuff! Soviet jeeps full of officers in funny hats weaving around like Shriners! Katyusha rocket trucks ready to… » 5/01/07 6:30pm 5/01/07 6:30pm