" The Hot Rod is one of the totems of the American dream - as uniquely yank as hot dogs, burger stands and Hollywood. It's interesting, then, to see the Soviets take on an American staple. This red skinned monster is "
Hanna-Barbera was responsible for a lot of childish imaginings. When Dick Dastardly raced across our screens in Wacky Races, chasing the likes of The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile , The Gruesome Twosome in the creepy coupe and our favourite, Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat, little did they know that they would create a generation of little boys and girls that would be fascinated by ridiculous rides and mad motors.
We here at influx are the worst sort of fantasists and whenever we come across a particularly weird piece of motoring design we can’t help but look deeper. From now on every time we spot a stupidly conceived piece of rolling stock, we’ll post it: whether or not there’s an editorial thread to accompany the weirdness. To kick the series off, here you have probably the maddest vehicle we have ever come across.
We’re talking about nothing less than a tracked harbinger of apocalypse.
On a site dedicated to all things madly Russian, they reckon that “Not many know, but Russian engineers have constructed the mobile nuclear power plants that were sucessfully used in distant parts of Russia. Those were small sized self moving fully functional atomic power plants with a small reactor inside. Just imagine, small nuclear power plants that could reach the destination points by themselves. There were two basic models – tracked and on regular wheels.”
If you can beat the nuclear reactor that could reach the parts other cell-destroying modes of power generation just couldn’t reach, then feel free to let us know!
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