Here's What Happened When We Hosted A Car Meet In Budapest

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. » 1/15/15 10:04am 1/15/15 10:04am

Jalopnik's First European Car Meetup Was Awesome Thanks To You

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. » 8/15/14 1:20pm 8/15/14 1:20pm

ZAZ Factory Catches Fire!

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. » 9/18/09 3:30pm 9/18/09 3:30pm

The Ultimate Automotive Survivors: 50 Cars Made For Over 20 Years

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. » 9/06/09 2:00pm 9/06/09 2:00pm

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

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.
» 4/24/08 10:00am 4/24/08 10:00am

Bear Demolition Team Hates Your Non-Hybrid Sub-Compact

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 » 2/19/08 4:40pm 2/19/08 4:40pm

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

In Russia, Safe Driving Benefits YOU!

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] » 9/24/07 11:15am 9/24/07 11:15am

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 Meets Tree



We're not exactly sure what the mode of thinking was here beyond, "Hey Yuri! I think I'm gonna run my Zaporozhets into a tree!" "Sure, Pyotr! I know of a suitable tree! Now gimme another swig off that jug of Popov." » 8/01/07 7:00pm 8/01/07 7:00pm

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