Jalopnik's first European car meetup got Mr. Okulski behind the wheel of a heavily tuned Lotus Omega and Mr. Hardigree behind the wheel of a ZAZ, of all things. Here's all the action on video straight from the heart of Budapest.
Look, this little ZAZ is getting up this concrete banking, dammit.
I read Matt's kind words yesterday about Eastern-European car enthusiasts and thought I should explain to you what makes it great over here. Apart from these people being just the best, of course.
ZAZ, producer of legendarily bad-yet-lovable Soviet-era automobiles, saw its factory in Ukraine catch fire the other day. The paint plant went up in flames and produced much smoke for the glorification of mother Russia.
While the Beetle, Ambassador, Mini, and 2CV each enjoyed more than four decades of production in pretty much their original form, we mustn't overlook the other long-term survivors of the automotive world.
All these Engine Of The Day honors, and no Russian iron? And yesterday was May Day, comrades? We're going to remedy that oversight right now!
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…
I should have been listening to Steven Colbert this entire time, but noooo. And now I witness a sub-compact ZAZ being subjected to the wrath of...bears! I know what's the source of the bears' rage, too—it's the environment. If we don't shape up and start driving the hell out of hybrids and other alternative energy…
There's apparently no end to the amazing car-related stuff the folks at English Russia provide for us; here's a vintage Russian driver's-ed handbook with scary illustrations and lines such as "Don't use vodka as a fuel/Or you'll crash your engine cruel." Best of all, the cars seem to be Zaporozhets! [English Russia]
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…