Summary: Since Soviet Russia began domestic production of trucks and automobiles, the road rally has been a venerated pursuit. Yet, interestingly, Russian road rallies are not about winning a race, but finishing a quest.
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Cars for Comrades This scholarly and entertaining volume offers a perceptive ride through twentieth-century Russian history, recalling the development of Russia’s versions of Detroit at Nizhny Novgorod and Togliatti, and noting how the development of the Russian automobile industry was heavily dependent on an injection of technical know-how and machine tools from Ford in the United States. Siegelbaum’s compelling account leaves the reader in no doubt that Russia has long endured two great misfortunes: fools and poor roads.