living in Warsaw, Poland, and working in Central/Eastern Europe,
I became intrigued by the looks of the Russian
vehicles I saw roaming around.
Enlisting the aid of local GAZ enthusiast, Andrzej Zielinski,
I was able to purchase a 1961 GAZ69M, former Polish military vehicle
in fair condition.
Also through my friend Andrzej, I have been fortunate
enough to hook up with several members of the Warsaw Wertep Klub.
They are a group of amateur 4WD aficionados which enjoy participating in
rallies and informal caravan trips across Central Europe.
The majority of members vehicles are GAZ 67 and 69s plus
a few later model Russian UAZs and Polish Tarpons.
I have enclosed some pictures taken at the recent annual
off-road rally held June 18 at Wesola, Poland, about
25km Southeast of Warsaw. The rally was organized into
a two-day affair comprised of a number of events which
included vehicle inspection, timed performance driving trails,
obstacle courses (water bogs, sand dune climbing), overnight
camping, and a bonfire awards ceremony.
It was great fun for this accidental 4WD tourist.
- Jack Walter
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