22 April 2016

Raliul Feleac in 1972 / The Feleac Rally in 1972

Din Arhiva Minerium, un set de poze absolut exceptionale aratand raliul Feleac in 1972.

Remarcam faptul ca masinile erau cat se poate de diverse: Renault 8 Gordini, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint si Giulietta Sprint, Steyr-Fiat 650, BMW 3.0, NSU TT, Dacia 1100S, Renault 12 Gordini ... Practic, cele mai celebrate masini din anii 70, venind atat din Romania cat din Germania federala si Austria (pilotul Martin Kopplinger, spre exemplu, fiind inca in viata in Austria si astazi participand pe BMW-uri Dixi antebelice). In trafic, remarcam si un Fiat 130. Trist de facut comparatia cu 10 ani mai tarziu...

From the Minerium archive, a set of absolutely exceptional photos showing the Feleac rally in 1972.

The cars used were truly diverse. Renault 8 Gordini, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint si Giulietta Sprint, Steyr-Fiat 650, BMW 3.0, NSU TT, Dacia 1100S, Renault 12 Gordini ... basically the most celebrated vehicles of the era, coming from Romania but also from West Germany and Austria (Martin Kopplinger, for example, still being alive in Austria and racing pre-war BMW Dixis). There's also a Fiat 130 in traffic. It's sad to compare this scene with its equivalent just ten years later...
























23 March 2016

Craiova 1987

Cartile foto aratand orase in Romania au fost extrem de rapsandite in perioada 1957- 75, si multe din imaginile surprinse de marii fotografi ai vremii sunt destul de bine cunoscute. O raritate, totusi, e aceasta carte, aratand Craiova in 1987. Imagini "oficiale" din anii 80  sunt putine. Imaginile arata un oras pustiu, lipsit de viata: daca nu ar fi edificiile splendide din perioda antebelica, am fi putut fi la Pyongyang... Nici masinile nu sunt prea interesante. Dacii peste tot - din care remarcam o Dacie Sport galbena si cateva modele canadience; cateva Oltcituri, produse local; un Wartburg 353; un Fiat 124 Coupe; si un Citroen 2CV... Ani grei.

Photo books showing Romanian towns and cities were very common from around 1957 to around 1975, and many of the images, taken by the major Romanian photographers of the era, are well known. This book, however, is a rarity - it was published in 1987 and shows the city of Craiova. "Official" images from the 1980s are few and far between. These show a fairly empty and desolate city; if it weren't for the superb pre-war buildings, it could almost be Pyongyang... The cars are relatively mundane too: Dacias everywhere, including a yellow Sport and a couple of Canadian export models; a few Oltcits produced locally; a Wartburg 353; a Fiat 124 Coupe; and a Citroen 2CV ... Hard times.









5 March 2016

Masinile filmului "Pisica de mare" (1963) / Cars of the film "Stingray" (1963)

O dovada ca parcul automobilistic in Republica Populara Romania era surprinzator de divers. Era destul de raspandit vorba ca "domnii merg cu tramvaiul, tovarasii merg cu masini americane"; si in aveasta comedie, masinile americane sunt foarte in evidenta. O parte fac parte din perioada 1945-47, cand Romania era inca monarhie, si inca se mai facea comert cu Statele Unite; remarcam, totusi, masini din perioada 1947-1955. Cu toata rusificarea perioadei, cine putea, inca putea! Piesa de rezistenta e probabil un splendid Buick decapotabil din 1949 - ironic, fiind identic cu cel comandat de regele Mihai in exil, de la Bruxelles.

Proof that in the Popular Republic period, Romanian vehicles were surpringly diverse. A saying in vogue at the time said "gentlemen travel by tram; comrades travel in American cars"; and here, American cars feature heavily. Some are from the 1945-47 period, when Romania was still a monarchy, and trade with the United States still existed; but there are also vehicles from the heavily Russified period of 1947-1955. Proof that some fortunate individuals could still do themselves rather well. The star exhibit is probably a superb 1949 Buick convertible - ironically enough, identical to the one King Michael ordered from Brussels during his exile.
Dodge 1946, Chevrolet 1953

Dodge 1946, Chevrolet 1953, GAZ M-20 Pobeda

Ibid

Dodge 1946

Chevrolet 1953

Chevrolet 1953, DKW Sonderklasse

DKW Sonderklasse

DKW Sonderklasse

Gaz M-21 Volga

Gaz M-20 Pobeda, Gaz-51

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Dodge 1950

Dodge 1950

Dodge 1950, Buick 1949

Buick 1949




26 February 2016

Bucuresti x 6 (1968-70)

6 cărti poştale cu Bucureşti, circulate in 1976, dar clar mai vechi. Perioada e intre 1968 (când apare Dacia 1100) şi 1970 (când incepe reconstrucţia corpului central a clădirii Universitătii, distrusă in 1944). La capitolul maşini remarcăm: un Syrena polonez, apariţie rară in România; un Opel din seria Admiral / Kapitan / Diplomat, perioada 1967-68, cu numere nemţeşti de export; Skoda 1200 Furgon; şi un cochet Fiat Topolino antebelic.

Six postcards from Bucharest, circulated 1976 but much older. The period is between 1968 (when the Dacia 1100 was introduced) and 1970 (when the rebuilding of the central section of the University building - destroyed in 1944 - began). Notable vehicles: a Polish Syrena, rare in Romania; an Opel Admiral / Kapitan / Diplomat, circa 1967-8, on West German export plates); Skoda 1200 Furgon; and a pre-war Fiat Topolino.