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Postby Shellysowner » 27 Feb 2006, 13:24

Hey everyone, guess where I am? Budapest! Its a nice sunny day which makes a nice change from the miserable weekend weather and I'm in my hostel typing this on the world's most annoying keyboard. There's quite a range of cars in Hungary both old and new. Apart from the obligatory Trabants, Wartburgs, Ladas and Skodas I've seen one or two interesting old motors including an Opel Ascona, a Rekord (like mk2 Carlton) and I swear I saw a fleeting glimpse of a Kadett coupe from a taxi. I'll tell you the rest when I get back + post up a few pics :D
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Postby Miss Icey » 27 Feb 2006, 13:29

Glad to hear your having a good time!

Just don't say its sunny and warm else Im likely to kill you :lol:
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Postby Doive » 27 Feb 2006, 13:47

Nice one Ralph! I hardly think it'll be too tropical in Hungary. No doubt there will be lots of interesting metal over there, I hope you are following the routine I did in Barcelona - stuff the sightseeing, find old cars! Have a good one, and enjoy it.
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Postby jifop » 27 Feb 2006, 15:43

ou you lucky lucky bastard
Before you say anything..... no i cant spell or type!

The post above is my own personal opinion, it is not meant to upset or cause offence, if it does bugger off.

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Postby Shellysowner » 01 Mar 2006, 13:46

OK - well firstly I'm going to have to apologise - I didn't get a chance to get many pics as most of the cool cars I saw were either seen at night or from the back of a taxi. I was also using a cr*ppy Olympus camera that I bought for 40 quid (2nd hand) the day before I went. I'm not very profficient at using it yet and consequently the image quality is not my usual fare. Aaron (housemate) told me he saw a chevette on the monday night and when questioned he said he really was serious - it's quite possible that he was winding me up though, annoyingly I wasn't with him at the time. I did think I saw a bright green kadett coupe from the back of taxi at 2:30am... but I was drunk so I dunno! I did definitely see a red 4dr Ascona (mk1 cav) though as well as a sierra with wierd fog lights in the nose and a few old renaults and various other sheds. One thing that I forgot to mention in my previous post is that hungary has loads of fiat 126s... dunno why. Budapest is largely full of people who like to rip off the english, although english people mostly seem to act like disrespectful idiots so you can kind of understand why they have no qualms about taking advantage. If you are planning to go to hungary I sure hope you like tasteless, extremely gassy and slightly sweet lager as thats the only reasonably priced drink in the touristy areas - I got sick to the back teeth of it by the end of the trip. So anyways - heres a couple of pics that I did manage to take:

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An Opel Rekord - taken in the dark, sorry about the bad pixelated image.

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Audi with crazy blacked out rear lights. I saw a few 80's VAG cars with dark tinted lights and they had wierd special edition names like 'stealth'. Sadly didn't get any more pics of those. Rekord in the background.

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Didn't take a pic of a standard trabant as you all know what that looks like and they only come in 3 colours (beige, light blue, green), however here's a bodykitted example which made me chuckle.

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Errr.... I forget what this is now - a renault... something.

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Worst photo evAr - but I've included it for Doive - an E28.

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There were a few of these cool old thkool ladas about - so much nicer looking than the later cars. Notice the skoda behind.

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Yellow volvo 144 and a yellow 126.
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Postby Doive » 01 Mar 2006, 14:38

Ralph wrote:Errr.... I forget what this is now - a renault... something.

Oooh, a Renault 18 estate! Very nice, literally none of these left in the UK.

Ralph wrote:Worst photo evAr - but I've included it for Doive - an E28.

Cheers mate. Just goes to show that e28s look either very nice or very sheddy. I think that one is definitely the latter.

Isn't walking around a foreign city looking for old cars fun?
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Postby Shellysowner » 01 Mar 2006, 14:42

Doive wrote:Isn't walking around a foreign city looking for old cars fun?


No - you mainly feel like someone is about to mug you and nick your camera and everyone looks at you like you are a wierdo as you stop to take a pic. I saw a Wartburg full of tools with all this crazy iron on the roof (forgot to mention - roof bars are extremely popular over there) and wanted to take a photo but there were literally 12 builders and about 6 roadworkers all looking at me funny. :?
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Postby Doive » 01 Mar 2006, 14:58

I agree entirely - I felt exactly the same in Barcelona. I spent my time feeling like an idiot as I stopped to take photos of old cars, whilst keeping an eye out for any returning owners.

*Spot car, glance around, discreetly take out camera, quickly line up shot and take, hide camera, run away*
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Postby kw107 » 03 Mar 2006, 15:33

We have Ladas in every corner. Their awful, they rost, they make noise and they are very slow in the city and the highway + they smoke. The prices begin at 100 euros. I hate Ladas. The new ones are total crap. Don't ever buy a Lada, the only thing what could make you buy it, are the parts prices.

The Audi is nice. But only then when it has 4 wheel drive.
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Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 15:57

kw107 wrote:I hate Ladas. The new ones are total crap.

New ones?? You mean they still make them? They are rusting piles of utter crap I agree, especially the good old Riva, but then again they do have a kind of rugged charm about them. The mechanical bits have the ability to survive a nuclear winter, and the whole lot can be fixed with one 12mm spanner and a baked potato. I'd drive a Riva long before I'd drive a new Fiesta.
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Postby kw107 » 03 Mar 2006, 16:49

Not with the old body. The new ones are Lada 110, 111 & 112.

Lada 110 http://www.lada.ee/images/lada110.gif
Lada 111 http://www.lada.ee/images/lada111.gif
Lada 112 http://www.lada.ee/images/lada112.gif

Those are the new ones. Total crap. My friend works in a car service and once they repaired a Lada 110, the antifreeze was replaced with water. IN A NEW CAR!!!
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Postby Shellysowner » 03 Mar 2006, 17:10

One other thing I forgot to mention about Hungary is the price of fuel - it's around 75p per litre, which doesn't sound all that bad but when you consider that the average income in Hungary (so I read) is around £4000 a year then thats an absolute fortune. Of course I was only in the city so maybe its cheaper in the country and I bet the average income is more in the city too. Even so its still pretty expensive - no wonder public transport is so good!
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Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 18:52

<img src="http://www.lada.ee/images/lada112.gif">

I dunno, that doesn't look too bad. Not pretty, but better than some of the tripe on the market at the moment.
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Postby Shellysowner » 03 Mar 2006, 18:58

Doive wrote:I dunno, that doesn't look too bad. Not pretty, but better than some of the tripe on the market at the moment.


Have you been at the full strength tea again DAVE? :shock: That is horrible - there's no 2 ways!
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Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 21:19

What, uglier than this awful monstrosity? I know which I'd rather drive!

<img src="http://www.pistonheads.com/pics/news/12107/ssong-yang_rodius-L.jpg" width=375 height=233>
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 03 Mar 2006, 21:56

tut tut....trying to hotlink images i don't know :)
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Postby Doive » 04 Mar 2006, 00:01

I can see the pic, no problems here. But just in case, here's another one.

<img src="http://www.weblogsinc.com/common/images/7706036481524560.JPG?0.6671570394871691" alt="Ugly Bugger">
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Postby chris(not) » 04 Mar 2006, 00:31

I had a Fiat 124S in about 1985 (quite a good car with a nice engine but excessively water soluble)- Lada parts came in useful once when I needed a bottom ball joint for MoT and couldn't get the Fiat bit. (I did have to file the holes oval to bolt it on, though).

My then brother in law also had a thing about Lada Rivas- it consisted mostly of stuffing in Fiat twin cam engines and frightening the natives in Herefordshire.....

Drove a 1200 one once shortly after the rust saw off the Fiat- never did two cars look so similar(not surprising really) and drive so differently.

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Postby burns » 04 Mar 2006, 01:10

I was looking at Rivas before I got the chevette. People who own them seem to think they're the dogs danglies, but I couldn't find a single person who no longer owned one and didn't think they were crap. I heard you loose a lot of steering feel through the steering box, but 5 linked rear and front double wishbones as standard sounds good on paper. A 5-speed 'box would be nice too :( .
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Postby Doive » 04 Mar 2006, 14:13

The steering box makes it feel lile you have sent the wheels a postcard telling them what you'd like them to do. The response takes roughly the same time as well. The 5 speed box does sound good on paper, sadly it should have stayed there really. I know a man used to have a Riva, he raved about it as a great car. He replaced it with a Samara, and reckoned it was a superb car as well. Obviously very low standards then.
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Postby kw107 » 05 Mar 2006, 18:20

The old Lada is in origin pure crap, BUT here, they are most popular rally cars, for the young ones. Samara to.
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Postby chris(not) » 05 Mar 2006, 21:47

Not sure I'd agree that their origin was pure cr*p- the Fiat 124 wasn't at all bad. Just what the Russians turned it into- basic transport with nothing to excite noone nohow.

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Postby chris(not) » 05 Mar 2006, 21:49

Just looked at that signature????!

Does the system strip out spaces or something? Perhaps I could ask if anyone recognises it at all......

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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 05 Mar 2006, 23:37

Neilyman wrote:the car pic

it looks like a scrapped car :lol:
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