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21/04/2014 13:46 |  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)
This is Easter for a true East-European gearhead!

Formula Easter cars were raced in the Peace and Friendship cup. The Formula Easters were known as the communist Formula Ones.

Driven by racers of the Eastern bloc, these vehicles were serious race cars but lightyears away from the Formula One cars of the day. Driven by souped-up Lada engines they were capable of speeds over 230 km/h, which is quite an impressive performance from a 1300 cc engine.

Formula Easter race at the legendary Schleizer Dreieck in 1985.

The monopostos were made in several countries by different manucfacturers like MTX, Avia, Estonia, and Melkus. Even private garages created cars in accordance with the formula.

Some drivers are racing the Formula Easter cars to this very day. Some of them wear period correct liveries and still use the Lada engines, while some have converted their cars to be propelled by modern Honda CBR 1100XX motorbike and other engines by now.

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