Vintage Memorabilia Celebrates The Soviet Union's Cosmonaut Dogs

The canine members of Soviet Union's space program were stars, symbols of the nation's technological future. And so, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, these pups appeared on matchbook covers, commemorative boxes, ceramics, and more. » 9/25/14 7:31pm 9/25/14 7:31pm

Did The US Mars Orbiter Just Find The Soviets' Mars 3 Lander?

According to the fresh news from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory there is a chance that four pieces of hardware from a spacecraft that the Soviet Union landed on Mars in 1971 appear in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. » 4/12/13 8:57am 4/12/13 8:57am

Russia Gave A Playboy Bunny A Car Show And It's Kind Of Awesome

Meet Irina Olkhovskaya, one of Playboy's 55th anniversary cover models. But she isn't just some has-been bunny, she's a car show host. » 6/28/12 12:30pm 6/28/12 12:30pm

The Many Monuments To Russia's Beloved MiG

The MiG-15 dominated the skies when made its debut in the Korean war. One of the USSR's first successful swept-wing aircraft it has since become the most-built jet of all time. Our friends at Oobject have assembled the most soaring monuments to the Soviet's favorite fighter. » 3/24/12 9:30am 3/24/12 9:30am

The Forgotten Female Cosmonauts Who Beat Sally Ride Into Space

Today is International Women's Day, and yesterday was the birthday of Valentina Tereshkova. It's ok to admit you don't know who that is. Despite beating Sally K. Ride (and many men) into space by 20 years, Tereshkova and her comrade Svetlana Savitskaya are probably most notably remembered in a souvenir apron bearing… » 3/08/12 2:45pm 3/08/12 2:45pm

Diecast Toy Car Of The Day: GAZ-3102 Volga

We'd all love an obsessively detailed 1:18 scale Volvo 240 coupe on our desks, of course, but no collection of automotive tchotchkes is complete without some Soviet iron! » 9/05/10 2:00pm 9/05/10 2:00pm

Mig-17F Invades Iowa Skies, Performs Afterburner Hoonage

Saturday morning, the competitors of the Mutually Assured Destruction of Omaha 24 Hours of LeMons race had just entered the track for transponder testing laps when this hunk of vintage Soviet iron came screaming by at low altitude. » 8/29/10 8:00am 8/29/10 8:00am

This Man Fought Toyota For Stealing His Hybrid Tech And Won

Alex Severinsky, a Soviet emigrant who began his career developing antitank-warfare instrumentation, patented a system for powering gas-electric hybrids in 1994. Toyota used his system for the Prius without permission or payment. Until this week. » 7/21/10 2:35pm 7/21/10 2:35pm

Ten Awesome Soviet Cars, Comrade!

In the U.S.S.R. the winters are cold and the cars are strange. Here's your best choices for the ten most awesome and strange cars the collective ever produced. » 6/21/10 11:00am 6/21/10 11:00am

Ford FX-Atmos or ZIS-112?

Let's say you could go back to the early 1950s and snag a super-futuristic prototype automobile as your 2009 daily driver. Which side of the Iron Curtain would you choose? » 11/29/09 8:00pm 11/29/09 8:00pm

In Soviet Russia, Junkyard Gets Down On YOU!

57Sweptside loves junkyards, and not just the ones in his native Southwest. He's found for us this collection of photos shot in a Russian yard packed full of Volgas, Moskviches, and even Tchaikas. » 4/19/09 6:00pm 4/19/09 6:00pm

Interested In Putting Down Hippie Protests? Try A BRDM-2 For $38,000

The Space Hijackers shenanigans pulled at the G20 Summit piqued you're interested in a siege tank of your own? Guess what, there's a BRDM-2 in Volo, IL with your name on it. » 4/03/09 2:00pm 4/03/09 2:00pm

GAZ Volga 24-10 Brings Glasnost To Los Angeles

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Anything is possible, even a Volga in Southern California! » 3/28/09 4:30pm 3/28/09 4:30pm

Yes, There Was Plenty Of Paint-Tradin' Race Action Behind The Iron…

Have we ever mentioned that we love English Russia? It's like they knew we were going to review Cars Of The Soviet Union and put up this collection of vintage Soviet racing photos for us! » 3/28/09 3:30pm 3/28/09 3:30pm

Cars Of The Soviet Union: The Definitive History, by Andy Thompson

Whether you're wrenching on a flying Spitfire or a leaking Spitfire, Haynes has a shop manual for you. Very useful, but hardly the sort of thing you'd keep on your coffee table. » 3/28/09 2:00pm 3/28/09 2:00pm

Moskvich-Driving Soviet Heroes Take On Capitalist Stooges In…

I'd planned to review this totally addictive book today, but I haven't yet got permission to use the photos. But, dammit, racing Moskviches are cool, so we need some kind of vintage Soviet car fix! » 3/22/09 1:00pm 3/22/09 1:00pm

Toronto Resident Rides Like A Politburo Big Chief In His GAZ Tchaika 14

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 11/25/08 4:00pm 11/25/08 4:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Today we're heading back to Toronto, a city that's given us all manner of interesting old iron in the past, from the to . has found one of the rarest machines of them all, a Gorbachev-grade…