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Poor Zastava

You shouldn’t have done this

11/01/2014 09:19 | 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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Hooning on the cornfield, flat out straight into the lake.

We all do stupid things in our lifetime. All of us. Things we’d like to forget or at least don’t want other people to know about later. Unlike the uploader of the video below, made ten years ago in Croatia but published recently:” Yes, it was dumb. Yes, it was unnecessarily dangerous. Yes, we ruined some poor farmer's cornfield. Yes, I polluted the lake. And yes, it was fun as shit. That should take care of the majority of comments, so post only if you have something positive to say.”

 I feel really sorry for the little Zastava the guys kill recklessly. My father used to own a white one back in the ‘80s. We loved it, because a Zastava was a lot more modern, much more of a car than the others made in the Eastern bloc. These rides were manufactured in Yugoslavia under the licence of Fiat, based on the 128 model. The Fiat 128 was such a great little car it was even named Car of The Year upon its release in 1969. (In fact, even the Talbot Horizon won the same title in 1979, but that was a… well, not a nice drive.) Anyway, we only had to have the routine maintenance done on the car, the single non-planned job was the respray of the hood after a truck reversed into the little Zastava GTL55. It was a nice machine, even though its little sister, the Yugo was voted  Car Talk ' s worst car of the millennium.

But it’s not just the Zastava I feel sorry for. It’s a pity that these English-speaking guys will be considered dumbasses and disrespectful foreigners. They are simply dumbasses every country has plenty of.  

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