Lodz, Poland To Street Racers: Here, Race On Main Street!

Poland's booming economy has doubled the number of cars on the road in a couple of decades, and we don't mean just Polski Fiats here. Hopped-up hot-rod hooligans were hooning it hot and heavy on public roads in Lodz, Poland's second-largest city, so the city fathers decided the only way to stop the chaos was to... buy… » 7/21/08 7:00am 7/21/08 7:00am

Polish Homebrew Tractors In German Gallery Show

Lets say you were trapped in communist-era Poland and needed to do some farming. Waiting for The State to provide you an unreliable proletarian tractor was out of the question. Because, after all, you wanted to be able to actually grow the grain that would get transformed into the wodka that would make your life… » 2/01/08 2:00pm 2/01/08 2:00pm

How Many Polish Czech Truck Drivers Does It Take To Keep Awake?

When you're a diesel demon jockeying 18 wheels on the long haul from Krakow Karlovy Vary to Gdansk Zlín, you need to stay alert. Just honk that bicycle horn when you feel fatigued, and your partner will take the wheel. Ideally, one of you will stay awake... but it's best to have insurance, just in case! » 1/25/08 2:30pm 1/25/08 2:30pm

Only Half of Polish Adults Drive (Insert Punchline)

In Post-Soviet Poland, cars drive... there are... well a majority of people don't drive cars. Almost all of the Polish-Americans we know drive (and living in Chicago, there are a lot) . But according to pollster Estymator, only half of Polish adults still living in Poland engage in the ancient art of driving. The… » 11/05/07 5:45pm 11/05/07 5:45pm

Polonez Caro, Delivered Right To Your Picnic!

You say you're shopping for a Warsaw Pact Fiat clone but don't feel like driving a Lada or Yugo? How about the FSO Polonez? Basically a rebodied Fiat 125P, the Polonez coupled Italian reliability with Polish styling and was built from 1978 through 2002. Here's a somewhat incomprehensible ad that shows the kind of… » 4/13/07 6:00pm 4/13/07 6:00pm

Lump In Throat, Tear In Eye: Love Your Syrena

Now that we've discovered Poland's FSO Syrena, we've again reminded that there's more to the world of rattly-yet-lovable European two-strokers than yer Wartburgs and yer 2CVs. And speaking of lovable, here's a tear-jerking homage to our favorite little Polish car, complete with Polska-schmaltz soundtrack. » 4/11/07 7:25pm 4/11/07 7:25pm

More Two-Stroke Goodness From the East Side: FSO Syrena

We love us some two-stroke Iron Curtain automobiles here at Jalopy Central, and sometimes we're so enamored of our Wartburgs and Trabants that we forget to give props to the other Warsaw Pact automotive players. Poland, for example. Starting in 1958, the FSO factory in Warsaw started churning out the Syrena, a… » 4/10/07 4:00pm 4/10/07 4:00pm

Karol Wojtyla From Beyond the Grave: 'Holy Crap!' Inexplicable Polish Vehicle

Wow...we really have no idea what to say about this car. It looks like a cross between the Shaggin' Wagon from Dumb and Dumber, the latest iteration of the Batmobile and Jeff Goldblum's The Fly character all came together in a David Cronenberg/George Barris monster-truck mind meld while the two were mainlining a… » 8/09/06 3:00pm 8/09/06 3:00pm