Have you ever wondered what would happen if you chained a 70 pound kettlebell onto the wheel of a Russian wagon? Of course not. Nobody has. But the brilliant auto experimenters at Garage 54 ENG decided to find out anyway. And the result is painful to watch—well, if you’re into VAZ 2102s, as you should be.
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Lada Niva seems a propitious counterpoint to all the talk of Russian meddling in American affairs, seeing as it was never officially imported here, the land of the SUV. Let’s see if this grey market car’s price still makes it worth the collusion.
Ever since Warren Robinett hid his name in the Atari 2600 game Adventure, there’s been a rich and wonderful tradition of developers hiding little fun secret things in computer software. This one, found on Russian-made GAZelle Next vans and trucks, is especially good: you can play Tetris on the little dot-matrix screen…
In general, if you’ve got the sad task of flat-towing a dilapidated rustbucket, standard procedure is to chuck a set of wheels on the rotting carcass before pulling it onto the road. But when there’s snow on the ground, frictional forces change, you can cheap out on the wheels, and even your little hatchback will seem…
How many Russian dudes can you fit into a beat-up GAZ 31029 Volga? Answer: a whole lot. And also a guitar and an accordion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite chauffeur” was reportedly killed in a head-on collision in Moscow.
When you think of Soviet vehicles, what word comes to mind? Probably “shoddy.” Or “terrible.” Or “unreliable.” Maybe “garbage.”
[Lada built a car called the Tarzan in the ‘90s. It was a Samara with AWD from a Niva. Photo: Lada]
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Hey. Buddy. You in the UAZ-469. Maybe just wait a minute there. Hold on. Wait, wait, wait. Uh, pal? Buddy, Um, uh, uh oh. Shit. Oh shit. Oh crap.
You have a GAZ 53 dump truck. You have a semi open field. What do you do? You drift it. Kind of.
Even the most modest V6 diesel 2014 Range Rover Sport has 258 horsepower. The Moskvitch 410 on the other hand had 45 horses in 1958, after the previous 35 hp unit used in the 1957 model was declared outdated by the commies. They also made a wagon version.
I've advocated for the small van as an appealing car design on several occasions, and while I'm still absolutely an advocate for the well-executed little-room-on-wheels, actually seeing this idea taken to its conclusion is still a bit jarring. But, I talked the talk, so let's walk the walk and really look at the …
In Russia, everyone should have a camera on their dashboard. It's better than keeping a lead pipe under your seat for protection (but you might still want that lead pipe).
The communists had many issues. One of them was the bad road conditions. Of course the peasants in Siberia probably didn't care about that too much in 1938, but while everybody was equal, some were more equal than others, and therefore needed better transportation than what horses could offer. A few decades on the…
Anything, and I mean anything is possible on a Russian highway, so we've come to expect the unexpected from our dash cam loving friends.
In the latest installment of "Terrifying Passes Semi's Make On Maybe Russian Roads," we have a dash cam of people driving down hill on a regular, probably Russian road.
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.
While there is no shortage of Moskvich/IZh 412s floating around in Russia, one of these compact sedans are an unthinkably rare sight in the US. The seller of this 412 claims it is the only privately owned example of the vehicle in the entire country—a wild claim which we completely believe.