Red Oktober: Ace Cafe, London – October 2021

Not a Club event, but we were happy to use our contacts to help promote this annual event at the iconic Ace Cafe on London’s North Circular Road. Happy to report that the event was well supported with what appeared to be the best attendance of Eastern Bloc cars and bikes seen here for several years.

You can read up more about this famous cafe at: https://london.acecafe.com/

South West Weekend – September 2021

This was an enjoyable joint weekend in the West Country for IFA Club members / SALT regulars.

Thanks to Malcolm and Helena McKay (and daughter Fifi) for showing us their eclectic collection of vehicles on the Saturday morning, and to Julian Nowill and Ed Hughes for later opening their equally impressive collection of Eastern Bloc vehicles for our pleasure.

On the Sunday, we convoyed on to the Haynes Motor Museum near Yeovil.

First rendezvous by the Somerset coast.
Malcolm’s well-travelled Trabant P50
Leg stretch high on Exmoor
Leg stretch high on Exmoor
Leg stretch high on Exmoor
Lovely Kubelwagen
Dunster for lunch
Dunster for lunch
Dunster for lunch
Leaving Dunster
Across the Quantocks
Across the Quantocks
Across the Quantocks
Julian Nowill and Ed Hughes collection
Julian provides the expert commentary
Julian Nowill and Ed Hughes collection
Russian Seaz Oka – the only one in UK.
Julian Nowill and Ed Hughes collection
Izh Oda … the only one in UK.
Setting off Sunday
Sunday morning
Heading East
Two-stroke cousins at Haynes Motor Museum
Two-stroke cousins at Haynes Motor Museum
Yes – it is a Trabant!

Crich Tramway Village – Eastern Bloc Vehicle Meet. 4 Oct 2020

Blame the virus – what should have been our final main event of the year turned out to be the first!   

We returned to the ever-popular Peak District and the National Tramway Museum, Crich. Many memorable Red Oktober meets were held here until the Museum moved away from such events – well we were back albeit, at Museum request, without military re-enactors. 

As with all IFA Club events, all vehicles with an Eastern Bloc pedigree were welcome. As well as the Trabants and Wartburgs (and a bicycle!) from IFA, Eastern Bloc manufacturers represented included Skoda, Yugo, FSO Polonez, MZ, Jawa and Moskwich. We were especially pleased to welcome several DKW vehicles with which our IFA vehicles share a mechanical pedigree.

Photos below, in mostly random order, give a taster of the day. Thanks to Lorraine Clutterbuck, Reg Tubby, John Killick, Dave Richards and Fendy Photography for sharing photos.

Scottish IFA Day – Loch Lomond, April 2019

Blue and yellow Warties
At The Green Welly Stop – attracting attention
At The Green Welly Stop – James does some marketing.
At The Green Welly Stop – OstBloc line-up.
At The Green Welly Stop – rear view.
It can only be Scottish IFA Day!!
In the inside lane, like a good little Trabi.
John Miller’s 353.
Carl McIntyre’s visiting Lada.
The intrepid drivers.
James gets brave.
Throwback to 2018 at Cultybraggan
Throwback to 2018 in Crieff
Mirror full of IFA.
Leaving Helensburgh.
Taking over the car park in Luss.