East German Cars on Budapest Roadsides (Summer 1989)-As part of its political reforms, Hungary began dismantling its frontier barriers to Austria on May 2, 1989. This afforded East German citizens an unexpected escape route; the “Iron Curtain” had suffered its first tear. This picture shows numerous East German “Trabants” and “Wartburgs” parked on a Budapest street. East German refugees had driven to Hungary in these cars but abandoned them when they fled to the West.
East German sports car racing never happened, right? But it did! During the Soviet occupation of East Germany (GDR), a group of courageous individuals formed a racing collective. Ernst Ring, formerly of Munich, made an impression on the GDR leadership and was able to convince them that the successes of the GDR in motor sport would be beneficial to the reputation of the young country. One of first races the collective held was the race in Halle-Saale in September 1951, won by a BMW 328 clone.
A Trabbant in an alley: a classic scene from the 90s. Pollution regulation now means the few Trabbies are seen on Hungary`s streets. This tiny East German car, made from resin and cardboard, is now a collector`s item.
Old East German Car, Grey Shaded Sketch, Vector Hand Drawn Artwork, Wartburg