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Time-storm in Budapest

Cars and motorcycles from the past century

11/07/2013 12:04 |  Comments: 

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Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
It’s as if your time-machine had got overheated, blown up, and your organs have landed in different times and places.

You feel like you're in the same place in 1928, in 1943 and in 1975, all at once. On the Velodrom Millenáris you lose your sense of time. You see women wearing skimpy Charleston dresses, men wearing top hats and tailcoats, and race drivers clad in overalls everywhere. The cars and bikes around you are older than most of us.

A concrete caldron in the middle of the city is not the place you would normally like to spend a hot summer Saturday. But the Velodrom is a special place. No matter how high the temperature, you just don't want to miss the event organized by András Noszvai.

Whenever Mr. Noszvai calls out to the vintage car and motorcycle fans of Hungary, the enthusiasts are happy to crank their old engines and drive to one of the oldest, still open velodromes of the world. The first flat track for bicycle races was built in 1896, just in time for Hungary's Millennium celebrations – hence the name: Millenáris. The oval track you can see in the pictures was built in 1928 and has hosted a number of sport events. Unfortunately, not much money has been spent on this beautiful and special facility over the last decades, and it shows. In a way the decay also adds to the time-travel feeling.

Pictures say more than a thousand words, so we have prepared a not so small gallery for you. Please click on any of the photographs below and enjoy. We would also like to ask you to comment on the pictures. Please use your facebook account to share your knowledge on these beautiful vintage vehicles with your fellow readers.

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You idiot, did you really believe it was rust free?

My half-century old Merc is finally at home, it (mostly) survived the 2700 km-trip from Sweden. Now comes the best part: restoration. No, please just don’t sneer yet!