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

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

Catastrophic ZAZ Rollover Leaves Russian Hoons Miraculously Unharmed

Where would we be without English Russia? We wouldn't have heard about the Stalinmobile, for starters! Most of all, we'd have to do without the all-important ZAZ hoonage! The Russians can bash 'em into trees, do epic donuts, and- of course- roll 'em. Today, we get to see in-car video of a quartet of Russians taking a… » 4/29/08 1:40pm 4/29/08 1:40pm

Hoon of the Day: Zaporozhets Donuts

We've seen Russian hoons roll a ZAZ and we've seen them smash a ZAZ into a tree. But how about taking the little air-cooled, 26-horse Russian car and adding another 150 or so horsepower? Excellent idea! Of course, when you build such a Zaporozhets, a certain amount of hoonage seems inevitable.
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In Russia, Astroturf ZAZ Confounds YOUR Hoodlums!

While trolling the tubes for more ZAZ-related goodness by searching for "запорожец" (Zaporozhets), we stumbled across this enigmatic camera-phone video of what appears to be a ZAZ completely covered with a nicely-applied coat of Astroturf. What are we to make of this, dear readers? Are these junior hoods gearing up… » 11/21/07 3:00pm 11/21/07 3:00pm

Illegally Parked ZAZ? Into the Dumpster With It!


This story probably deserves a clever "In Russia, noun verb YOU!" title, but sometimes even Los Jalops get a bit burned out on that schtick (and besides, the car may be Russian, but the setting is Lithuanian). What's important here is the ruthless manner in which an illegally parked ZAZ gets removed; instead of the… » 8/31/07 4:30pm 8/31/07 4:30pm

In Russia, ZAZ Shuts YOU Down!

Straight outta Holy Mother Russia comes this video of a ZAZ-968 Zaporozhets with quite a few more air-cooled horses in the back than the stock 42. We're not sure what's in the other lane, but it's not as quick as the ZAZ. And damn, that engine sounds meaner than Lavrenty Beria with a hangover. » 8/06/07 11:00am 8/06/07 11:00am

ZAZ + Bored Russians + Video Camera


It's pretty easy to picture the sequence of events leading up to this hoonage. After consulting with several econo-size jugs of vodka, four young Russians eyed the ol' Zaporozhets, then the empty stretch of dirt road, then the ZAZ again. The rest is hoonage history. According to the YouTube poster, "Everybody… » 7/31/07 10:45am 7/31/07 10:45am

Gonna Move into The Country, Gonna Drive Me a Lot of ZAZes!



If you're a dork in 1984 and your phone rings while you're washing your car, what do you do? Well, if you're a ZAZ man, you hit the fuckin' road, snackcake! And that's exactly what this Estonian man does, tearing up Baltic roads like Walter Rörhl on bad PCP. No, really. » 7/27/07 10:00pm 7/27/07 10:00pm

Get ZAZzed With Russian Ingenuity!

There's a lot of talk about DAF this and FAF that around these parts, but there's really no question that the mighty ZAZ stomps through the three-letter-acronymmed car world with the authority of a vodka-swilling Russian bear packing a PPSh-41. Thanks to the always-amazing English Russia, we can see what can be done… » 7/16/07 4:30pm 7/16/07 4:30pm

Monster ZAZ, Y'all!

The Zaporozhets was generally considered a sub-optimal car for use on heavy snow during the Russian winter. However, give a Russian mechanic any vehicle and he'll do some Field Expedient Engineering that solves the problem! » 7/12/07 5:30pm 7/12/07 5:30pm

It's Got ZAZ! Zaporozhets!

What a wonderfully dippy little Soviet automobile! Built at the ZAZ plant in the Ukraine, the Zaporozhets featured an air-cooled, rear-mounted V4 powerplant ranging up to 1.2L and had a face only Boris Yeltsin could love. Production of the 968M model ended in 1994, and with that, the Ukrainians got with the program… » 3/16/07 7:15pm 3/16/07 7:15pm