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Old 07-21-2016, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My favourite car-related YouTube channel: Cold War Motors (What's yours?)

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Car hoarding doesn't have to make sense! As long as it's fun!


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My favourite YouTube channel is Cold War Motors. It is full of car hoarding and it is VERY fun.

It follows the adventures of a bunch of friends who rescue (then hoard) multiple old junkers from farmers' fields and from wrecking yards. We're talking relics from the 40's to the 70's, mostly old Detroit land yachts, but also some foreign oddballs.



"Will it run?"

The best videos are the ones where the goal of the rescue is to see if they can rise to the challenge of making the car run and drive again. Even if it has no brakes or floorboards, and the "fuel tank" is a plastic soda bottle full of gasoline dangling from the radio antenna, if it starts up it's a success.

Oh, and their budget is essentially zero dollars, or as close as possible.

The main character in the vids lives out in the country and seems to have dozens of cars littered about the property.

Here's a sample "will it run" episode. 1957 Dodge Regent which sat for 40 years. (Some language NSFW...)



Sometimes they actually fix the cars up up for road use. But it's still full of creative DIY fabrication & fixes with as small a budget as possible. Functional but not pretty.

Currently the main character is getting a 1949 Frazer Standard sedan ready for legal road use, and has been posting regular updates of his progress. Super fun to see him lazily drifting the car through a snowy corner on one of his test drives this past winter:



Local culture!

All the action takes place somewhere in rural Alberta, so you get to experience some of the regional dialect and expressions. Plus see a few "Canadianized" versions of old American cars. You may recognize the car, but not the nameplate. (Mercury Rideau, anyone?)

Oh, and since there's so much winter in Alberta, there are also a bunch of "cold start" videos of old cars so they have something to do outside of hoarding/repairing season.

Also, they seem to really enjoy partaking of the herb.


And Stella

The narrator's dog has a cameo in almost every video.




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There's also a blog that hasn't been updated in forever, but the writing is great (and liberally peppered with profanity):

Cold War Motors

But the best action is on the YouTube channel. It's actually the only channel I'm subscribed to. Fun and highly recommended.

https://www.youtube.com/user/coldwarmotors

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Old 07-21-2016, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: You Tube: I'm addicted to the Russian dash cam crash videos. Schaudenfreude heaven! wwwy2000 car chases are sometimes entertaining as well.

BTW I've over a dozen in my hoard... haven't counted 'em up lately... My motto always used to be "There's always room for one more!" But now there isn't.
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: You Tube: I'm addicted to the Russian dash cam crash videos.
OOo! Yes! I've spent many hours watching those too.

For me it's not mainly the schadenfreude - the former driving instructor in me sees them as a fun "see if you can predict what is going to happen before it happens" game!

Do you have a preferred channel for those?

I have tended to watch this one because it updates every couple of days with a new ~10 minute compilation: https://www.youtube.com/user/CarCras...lation7/videos

I've seen some channels that focus on the US & Canada too, which makes it slightly more interesting (seeing vids from cities I've lived/driven in).
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Yep, that's the one.

I find it exceedingly easy to predict the next crash. There is something lacking in Rushin DNA that makes them unable to have any lane discipline whatsoever- reminds me of herding cats- not that there are any lane markings anyway.

The Number 1 thing that bites 'em in the arse is the notion that someone ahead of them might make a left turn. Imagine that! Well, you and I can but they can't and it's a regular staple of Rushin crashes for someone turning left to get smashed from behind, not by the vehicle(s) right behind them but from the ahoal that's attempting to fly by them all.

The second most remarkable thing they do is cross the center line. Once in a while they screw up and cross the center line and relatively harmlessly go in the ditch. But to really score points one must always strive to hit a semi head-on. And by golly they are good at it!

No matter how bad the conditions or how fast the big truck, it isn't fast enough for any Rushin motorist that's behind it and IT MUST BE PASSED AT ALL COSTS. That could mean passing on the right, on the shoulder, but mostly it means jumping out into the passing (oncoming) lane whether or not oncoming traffic is present. Just think of all the time saved when one or more of your car's wheels gets home before you do.

As a corollary to that- I mean, in the passing scenarios and also at intersections, or really anywhere two vehicles are on intersecting trajectories, one or both of the "drivers" (I have to use that term loosely) MUST steer not to where the other vehicle has been, but to where it is headed. How else are ya gonna hit it?

P.S. And the corollary to that is, when confronted with having to make a choice in an avoidance maneuver, ALWAYS choose to steer into oncoming traffic vs a ditch, sidewalk, field, or some stationary object. In this way the physics of mass and velocity are maximized to everyone's benefit when the collision occurs.

And then there are the pedestrians! Most of them have no sense of self-preservation whatsoever. And those pedestrian crossings over roads and highways never fail to take motorists by surprise, resulting in some fascinating braking/sliding/crashing antics.

Oh yeah, that reminds me: They must make their tires out of grease, or maybe the roads, or both. How else do you completely lose control and slide comically long distances at moderate speeds? Moderate being anything less than 140 mph, which they seem to like to cruise at during blizzards and through towns and neighborhoods.

When I watch those vids I always think, "See, this is why you can't have nice things." But on the other hand, the entire national fleet must be replaced every three years at the rate they total their vehicles.
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Yep, that's the one.

...When I watch those vids I always think, "See, this is why you can't have nice things." But on the other hand, the entire national fleet must be replaced every three years at the rate they total their vehicles.
What's funny is that, in the videos I've seen, many of the cars in the video look like they have to be cold war era. How they've survived this long is amazing.
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I like the "bad drivers of..." on youtube. For some reason, when I'm watching people drive irrationally online it is much more entertaining then when I'm experiencing it in real life.
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What's funny is that, in the videos I've seen, many of the cars in the video look like they have to be cold war era. How they've survived this long is amazing.
They are at majority Vaz 210X-series cars

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VAZ/Lada 2105
VAZ/Lada 2107

The RWD VAZ 210X/"Lada riva" platform was/is the third best-selling automobile platform in the world after the Volkswagen Beetle and the Ford Model T, so it's pretty evident that they won't run out in a while.

And the General motors-fuel-injection-system model 2107 was produced in Russia until 2008. So there's plenty of newer cars rolling about

There is a absolute S**tload of them, but here in finland we got rid of them after the cold war, sold thousands of them back to Russia. So we could buy more Western cars- That don't last as well :/

They still produce these in Egypt.

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I love those Russian dash cam videos, but they're a big part of why I'm scared to own a nice car.

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