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Old 9 Jul 2008, 14:24 (Ref:2247989)   #1
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Some pictures from Russian motorsport history

I've tried to collect some pictures to notice that there was some racing in Russia...


One of the first racing cars. Russo-Balt S24-55. Participate in Monte Carlo rally. 1912


Another Russo-Balt S24-55. Series III. Already totaly racing car

And then revolution came. There was no time for racing for a long time. USSR needed heavy trucks more than civil cars to build the roads, factories and so on. Besides, there was not enough money for racing.
And then WW2 began....


Pobeda-Sport, based on GAZ 21M 'Pobeda'. Sport became a national project. Pilots were usually taxi-drivers, and I think most teams were based in Taxi-parks and 'automobile-combinates' All the decisions were checked by the Party, so the bureaucracy machine was started. But nobody in the head of the Party was fond of racing so they always looked at it as it was only games....


Kharkov-6 with the 'Pobeda' engine. 1952
After the war record cars were the priority way for racing. Speed records fall one after another


Sports car ZIL 112S. Of this cars is still alive. Red-coloured car is somewhere in Estonia or Latvia


Moskvitch G-5 1969
Since 1960 open-wheels became popular


The most famous Soviet formula - Estonia


Homemade GTSch of Scherbakovy brothers. 1969
Russian plants didn't manufacture any GT cars. So people had to use homemade cars like this.
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 14:40 (Ref:2248002)   #2
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MADI-01 1973 an open-wheel with 3000cm3 V6 GAZ engine. The car designing in my institute (I'm an engineer - tuning and technical control in automobile industry) Moscow Automobile Institute


Estonia 19M 1977
The grids of Formula-Vostok(East) championship were great!!!


One of the last Soviet open-wheel cars. Estonia 21.10 1988


Racing MAZ 1988
The best results in european racing were riched in truck-racing some time later..

All the pictures are scan from the books of Lev Michailovich Schugurov. He designed transmission for that Moskvitch formula car

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Great stuff, helgi! Many thanks, it's an area of racing about which I'd love to learn more. It was totally ignored in motoring magazines at the time.

That green Estonia TARK has a very Ensign-esque paint scheme...
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 14:56 (Ref:2248018)   #4
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If there're any questions, post them here. I'm not a history proffy but I know some people who know everything about Russian autosport history. But I can not always check the forum from my computer, I often use my mobile for that, so replies from me are not so rapid..
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 15:02 (Ref:2248024)   #5
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The Rebirth of racing in Russia. My favourite class - Superturismo


VAZ-2108 .The first car of that class


VAZ-21099 (5-doors 2108 saloon) - had great problems with the suspension, so it wasn't as sucsesesfull as 2108


Izh Oda. Project from Victor Shapovalov (WTCC Russian Beras)


Lukoil-VAZ2110. The best and the last. It was faster than Touring BMW 320....

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Old 9 Jul 2008, 15:13 (Ref:2248030)   #6
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"MIG" that failed to qualify at Le Mans

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Old 9 Jul 2008, 15:26 (Ref:2248039)   #7
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Wasn't it a Georgian 1993 car?
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 16:56 (Ref:2248086)   #8
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Great pics.

It surprised me there were races in Russia and other Eastern European countries during Cold War.
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 17:53 (Ref:2248128)   #9
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In fact,the late 70's I think were the best time for racing. Formula-3 and Group 2 tourers get full grids,races were held in Russia,Ukraine and of course Baltic states. VAZ-2101 (Fiat 124) was amazing racing car. A restored one compete at Nurburgring historic event some years ago. I'll try to scan some photos and post as soon as possible.
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 22:17 (Ref:2248287)   #10
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Fantastic! More please!
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Old 9 Jul 2008, 22:36 (Ref:2248302)   #11
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the red no:3 open wheeler must have been fun to race with them tyres on ,some kind of formula 2 on a dirt track may be?
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Old 10 Jul 2008, 06:52 (Ref:2248419)   #12
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I've heard abot project "Moskvich G4" - the first russian attempt to enter F1, during 1,5L era in the beginning of 1960s. Car was not bad but it was made too late - tech reg was changed to 3,0L formula.
And what about Soviet-Belgian Moskvich-412 in the Spa-24? I've heard they were great and have some success...
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Old 10 Jul 2008, 06:59 (Ref:2248427)   #13
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As for red Estonia: It was a formula-4 car. I suppose it wore usual road tires (or the quality of the picture is not good enough).
I have only 'London-Mexico rally' Moskvich-412 photo. Shame on me,but have nothing about its road-racing career.
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Old 10 Jul 2008, 10:16 (Ref:2248541)   #14
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VAZ 2101 for Eifel Classic 2004


The idea came from Mikhail Gorbachev (not USSR president, of course, but great Soviet race-driver) By the way I don't know whether there're coaches in motorsport like there are coaches in football. But we in USSR had National Racing Team with coaches. And Gorbachev was one of them.


Aleksei Grigoriev. Coach, has degree of Master of the Sport (and Mikhail Gorbachev too), Sport manager of CityMotorsport team. He was charged with a tuning of the car for the race,


The budget for the car was about $15000. The base car of 1971 year cost $450 in very good condition. Even the factory corrosion preventing treatment was maintained. The running was about 80000 km.




For the first runs there was a 1600cm3 engine. But in the race it was used a 1300cm3 engine as it was more reliable.


First test runs and race at ADM with modern cars. 11 overall (25 participants) only because of additional pit-stop.

all images are scanned from Russian 'Autosprot' magazine №9 2004
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Old 10 Jul 2008, 10:23 (Ref:2248544)   #15
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The car was great in rain conditions. Factory camber and toe angles were used.


Changing the gearbox only in 15 minutes


Sergei Uzdinov and Roman Kolesnikov - the senior mechanics


Refueling.

at the finish - 1 in class and 30 overall...
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