Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vencido en la Calle - Renault R12s of Mexico

If you like beat to hell cars, my friend, you need to go to Mexico, the land where everyone drives a vehicle like mine. It's easy to see why nothing has a straight panel on it; reckless disregard for the merging process,  ump parking, and rapidly decaying infrastructure are major contributors to automotive destruction. One thing that is not a factor is rust. Evidence of this is the fact that these Renault R12s have not yet been converted to a pile of reddish brown flakes like all of its US brethren.

Renault was active in Mexico from 1959 to 1986 with a lineup that was mostly similar to that in the US, with a few notable exceptions like the Dinalpin. After it had long abandoned North America as a whole, Renault came back in solely in Mexico starting in 1999. Now both Renaults and Nissan badged Renaults are sold South of the Border. Today it's not uncommon to see Alliances, R12s, and R16s still cutting off heavy trucks, running into things, and honking at people.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Beaterblog Recommended Attraction - Kantine Ostalgie & Fahrzuegmuseum

While cruising back from the Oschersleben race track and looking for anywhere but Aldi to buy beer, I had to do a double-take when I saw a Wartburg 353 on top of a large pole. Unfortunately, I did not have my "I brake for Commie cars" bumper sticker on my rented Opel Zafira when I did a full ABS stop into the parking lot of Kantine Ostalgie und Fahrzeugmuseum.