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What is the sound of one piston slapping?
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I visited Osterode a few days ago to lick some sheet metal. The local Classic Car Club invited owners for the 15th time to park their beloved vehicles on the old market square and in the streets of the historic city center.

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All cars which are at least 20 years old were welcomed there thus making my Boot exactly one month too young. Of course, I might have argued my way in, but honestly, who wants to look at my worthless rust bucket, anyway?

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Maybe I’ll go next year, and just to annoy some people I might park my unwashed black distress beside some precious award winners.

Allow me to set the mood. On my way to the historic city center I passed a vacated toy store. The empty rooms behind the display windows decorated with Carrera stickers and countless other derelict shops in the city center are a sad reminder of the fact that the region is a front runner and textbook example of the demographic change and shrinking population in Germany. The district on the edge of the Harz Mountains lost about 20,000 inhabitants since the 70’s. On top of that mostly younger people move away to the big cities making the remaining 74,000 people the oldest population in all of Germany. How severe is this process? Well, vicious maneaters are roaming free again in the wastelands of Lower Saxony! Flocks of scientists interview and probe every person left in the region in order to find solutions for the problems created by an overaged population and to prepare the rest of Germany for the challenges lying ahead. A bit of nostalgic escapism from the beigeness is therefore very welcome there, and because the twisted madness at my workplace makes a Fargo episode look like a romcom I needed it as well.

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Let’s end the melancholic part right here and get started with this Iltis parked on a driveway.

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It wasn’t the only one there.

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To conclude the military theme I give you a Steyr-Puch-Haflinger.

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As you know it’s always important to be attentive at car meets because sometimes there are gems parked offside the actual event too. See?

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It’s a 230TE four-speed manual with black leather interior and in contrast to the vacant cinema in the background it’s in a very nice shape!

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But what do you do if your Merc isn’t as spotless as the previous example? The simple solution seems to be giving it a rough black paint job

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and an Harley-Davidson sticker for extra “bad-assedness”.

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There was a more interesting Diesel Merc with a rough black paint job though.

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A 1953 170V with a lively 40hp engine. The details are beautiful in a morbid way.

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Rust is awesome!

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This Rekord Coupe was almost perfect. I wouldn’t do anything to it apart from stopping the decay right there of course.

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It does look better than the perfectly restored ones, right?

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Right?

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Although...

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Meaty!

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They might need a more adequate power unit under the hood, but damn it, those tiny Corvettes GTs are so gorgeous.

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You obviously can’t talk about beauty and ignore the E-Type Jaaaaag. So have a 4.2:

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You think this is grounded to the ground?

Think again while looking at this creation...

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I’m not a fan. Looks like a dog scooting around...

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Someone else went in a similar direction.

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The rims, brakes and the engine sound however suggested an entirely different spirit behind this build.

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Is this really a carbon fiber bumper? I think so.

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If the Beetle wasn’t enough to convince you that small cars can be sporty too, look at this supercar:

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This is not a supercar you think? It sure is and here is why:

Excessive amount of exhaust tips? Check!

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Central driving position like a race car? Check!

Crazy steering wheel? Check!

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Cool name? Check!

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And lastly: In Top Gear logic it’s kind of a Messerschmitt so there’s almost a direct connection to WWII Luftwaffe fighters which makes this little car very sinister despite the quirky yellow color.

See, how much more supercar can anything be?

Oh, well...

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Mon Dieu!

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I think it’s a supercar. You might complain about the lack of ridiculous engine specs right until you see one in the flesh and realise how small and light those A110’s are. They are “super tiny”!

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Those weren’t the only interesting cars I found. For reasons beyond my control, however, Kinja doesn’t allow me to upload more photos so I made a second part. And now a third too.

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