Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

AROUND SLOVAKIA - KOŠICE

July - Trabants sputter into Košice

FANS of the Trabant, once dubbed the “BMW of the East”, drove their prized possessions into Košice on July 7 and 8 to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary.

Legions of fans of the Trabant drove into Košice on July 7 and 8 to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary.(Source: TASR)

FANS of the Trabant, once dubbed the “BMW of the East”, drove their prized possessions into Košice on July 7 and 8 to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary.

Though usually the butt of everyone’s jokes, the Trabant had plenty of fans at this gathering.

“It’s an excellent car,” Daniel Presuľ, a 22-year old Trabant owner from Košice, told the Pravda daily. “It is simple and fast. It can go up to 110 kilometres per hour and you could give it a complete overhaul on the side of the road. I’ve dreamed about owning one since childhood.”

Marcelko, as Presuľ calls his beige 1972 Trabant 601, was one of the 68 cars at the city’s sixth national Trabant gathering.

Unofficial figures show that about 5,000 Trabants are still on Slovak roads.

In its heyday, more than 132,000 units of the car were imported into the former Czechoslovakia. It was the cheapest car on the market. In the 1970s, it cost Sk36,000 (€1,000), more than 14 times the average wage at the time, Pravda wrote.

Top stories

Gilden: Take the negative and make a positive from it Photo

The works of New York native, photographer Bruce Gilden, who has worked for five decades in the streets of the biggest cities, are on exhibit in the Kunsthalle (House of Arts) in Bratislava.

Bruce Gilden: Feast of San Gennero, Little Italy, 1984.

The ongoing struggle for a free and democratic Slovakia

The people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.

Illustrative stock photo

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 24 and December 3, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Christmas Markets Bratislava

Robert Fico has lost the electoral magic he once had Plus

But his party can still bounce back if they do the things that make parties resilient.

Robert Fico claims that Smer won the regional elections because it is the party with the most chairs in regional councils.