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…
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…
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…
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.
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."
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…
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.