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Glorious Shite of Soligorsk, Former Soviet Republic Belarus

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I have just had cause to visit this magnificent country and wherever possible I have secretly gone out of my way to photograph the abundance of shite in every nook and cranny. If you ever wondered where all the mark 2 Passats and facelift Audi 80's went, look no further. Even after a week in the grey cantons that are this wonderful place I still found myself squealing with delight every time I saw a Lada (Shiguli), Moskvich, ZAZ or Volga and fcuk knows there were millions of them, relax and enjoy your trip:

Welcome to Soligorsk!

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Gorgeous pre 1980 Lada / Shiguli showing Soviet era Minsk plates right outside my favourite restaurant!

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One of many many Opel Rekords

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The first of thousands of Mk 2 Passats I saw, all of which were resprayed possibbly as they had been in terrible German crashes before they were imported!

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Spotted on a window of a small farm outside of Soligorsk, christ knows how a Dunedin of Edinburgh sticker got there!

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I'd never seen a 2 door VW Jetta before, then I saw loads:

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Another lovely Lada / Shiguli with post 1980 Soviet plates:

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A beautiful Samara, you can buy them new at $5000, this has post 1980 Soviet plates

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Moskvich Corner, I'm captivated by these glorious things!

On post 2004 Belarus plates but obviously much older!

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a nice Kombi in more or less original condition, post 1980 Sov plates

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late-ish AZLN model, early (post 1992) Belarus plates

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Pre 1980 AZLN on Sov plates

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a Moskvich Aleko, the last model

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Supposed to be based on a Chrysler Alpine

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The very first Mosky!

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note the bonnet ornament

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Apparently still in use

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nice early one

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back to other stuff, a mid 1990's Lada / Shiguli 1200s with facelift bumpers

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Opel Kadett mit boot!

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another right old pre 1980 Shiguli

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an Audi 100, most are used as taxis, heavy duty springs and sounding like a bag of nails

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Anew model UAZ Patriot outside the town hall:

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Which is based on the UAZ Hunter

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or the light commercial UAZ, pronounced Wazz, or affectionally known as Wazzic!

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Fancy some commercial shite?

Here's a GAZ Gazele, brand new Mk 3 Tranny lookie likey, they now own LDV so they might be coming our way!

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a small Belarus tractor, don't laugh, this mofo has all the bells an whistles

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a slightly larger one

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a GAZ 53a which a lovely sounding 130bhp V8 petrol engine!

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an abandoned KAZ

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the local fire station has a brace of these ZIL's, again with a stunning V8

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a T34 tank minus engine

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No idea about this one, last driven in 04 and now seeminglt abandoned, any ideas? TAM maybe?

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a ZIL

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a later GAZ

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definately a TAM

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Can't remember the name of this but it is Russian and not a Bedford!

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a pre 1980 GAZ bus still in daily use

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Amazing! Is there much in the way of modern Western vehicles over there?I do love those UAZs, that crewcab one looks superb.

Oh there's plenty of Western shite, mostly brought in as write offs from Germany then tarted up and sold on for stupid amounts, ie 1994 Mazda 323, $4000, and believe me they sell, how about a 1997 525 Beemer with under bonnet fire damage for $9500, crazy!The funny thing is the cars that seem to survive the best are Ladas, Moskies and Volgas, western shite can't take the abuse, what does seem to survive better than most is opel Asconas, Rekords, VW Passats and Audi 80 / 100, W123 Mercs and Ford Sierras. On the way to Minsk yesterday I was doing 140km on a shit road when I was overtaken at speed by two blokes in a fukced up 1970's Lada, you just can't knock their ability to just go on working!

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Carry On!

The wonderful KAMAZ

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another GAZ

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an enormous KRAZ

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the tail end of a KRAZ outside a salt mine, monstrous things!

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The Minsk Order Of Lenin on a beano, you could hear the rattle of medals from 50 yards!

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In every car park shite lurks!

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3 door grey pov spec Sierra!

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a Zapharozhets! ZAZ 968M

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a Dacia Denem! There was a Duster (badged ARO) on the hard shoulder of the motorway on the way from Minsk, it was still there a week later!

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Niva

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ZAZ Tavria

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Nice early Volga

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Daihatsu Cuore

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Polonez

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R25

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Ascona and 626 Taxi

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OKA Midget Car VAZ1111, not built as disabled carriages but that's what happened, subsequently no one able bodied bought one, I only saw two and this one is clearly abandoned with big holes in each sill

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a Daewoo-ZAZ Tavria Nova!

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a government Lada, the bloke was asleep in there for over three hours, hope he was okay!

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nice Shiguli 1300

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FSO

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Tatty Gallant

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Onion taxi

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Datsun! Yours for €300!

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...but check out the rear suspension!

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Mk1 Passat

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626

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More air than metal in those Scrote sills!

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another 968M, the car that put rust into trusty!

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Moskvich Kombi

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See, it's not all grey!

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Mosky!

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ZAZ Tavria Novi

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a 5 door Niva

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So with a little reeeeespeck to Mr V.I. Lenin...

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a sweep past the town hall...

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We leave the beautiful city of Soligorsk to bask in it's rich heritage and ennjoy it's 50th anniversary...

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It's off on the road to Minsk only to get stuck behind 1 of seemingly 1000's of Combine Harvesters...

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Eventually i arrive at Minsk Airport 2 and behold the sight of lines of Tupelov airliners abandoned beside the runway

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and bugger off to London

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G'night!

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Next time ,book a 1 way ticket and take an A frame. You know my taste & you know it makes sense. Really.

Get this Nigel, I was offered a garage stored 1958 Pobeda M20 for nowt, ZAZ's for £50 working, basically a look through their equivalent of loot would bring you early '70's Soviet shit for f-all, the only problem is getting them out!However, if you fancy a bit of that, let me know!

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Fantastic stuff! Amazing to see Zaphos still being used!!! Were they not supposed to be kind of death-traps? Love them all the same :D So glad to see the old 'BA3' alive and kicking over there.Doesnt surprise me that you say most western stuff doesnt stand up to the punishing roads there, but I'm both surprised and glad to see that 80's GM cars can take it!I would love to visit this part of the world, soley for the wonderful tat lining the streets.

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Have 1,000,000 roving reporter points 8) If shite motors make such good money there, then surely the import/export market is a perfect place to be.ebay.de for 1980s VW Passats then drive out with one of those huge trucks loaded with ZAZs, UAZs and Ladas. Reckon you can do it with a $50 bribe and some Levis 501s?

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Get this Nigel, I was offered a garage stored 1958 Pobeda M20 for nowt, ZAZ's for £50 working, basically a look through their equivalent of loot would bring you early '70's Soviet shit for f-all, the only problem is getting them out!

I'll have a dozen ZAZs, please. With any luck, that should provide enough bits to make a good one.At those prices, I'm surprised that some enterprising metal dealer hasn't minced them all up and sold them to the Chinese. Is there a reason why they haven't, do you know?

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