The Autumn 2018 issue of Two Stroke Times is hot off the press and heading for members’ inboxes.
The new issue’s 32 pages are packed with event write-ups, updates on members projects, technical tips, and possibly the best Trabant fancy-dress you will see this year, thanks to Club member Tony Robson who entered his car in the Isle of Lewis Carnival as ‘Kim Jong Un on holiday’, accompanied by bodyguards and a suitably menacing rocket.
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Club members watching Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams on Sunday evening spotted a familiar face being interviewed about Lancaster bomber Just Jane at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum – SALT regular and Berlin-based member Axel Schmelzer.
Axel said: “We saw Arthur when we went in the museum – we saw them filming and Steve Durrant told me that he had made a programm on the Mosquito.
“When the Lancaster finished taxiing a young and attractive woman approached me and asked if I‘m from Berlin – I‘ve worn a Berlin Polizei parka – and I said yes, we had a bit of small-talk than Steve joined us and she asked if we want to be on TV.”
Find out what Axel thinks of the Lancaster here!
Our favourite car is the star of the latest epsiode of Cold War Conversations, a podcast run by Ian Sanders and Shane Whaley which aims to cover interesting aspects of the Cold War and speak to people who experienced it first-hand.
The podcast team travelled to Staffordshire to meet club members Alex Goffe and Mark Mullarkey for a chat about Trabants, other Eastern Bloc vehicles, why you should join the Wartburg Trabant IFA Club, and just what it is about Trabants that makes them so much fun.
Alex and Mark take listeners for a tour under the bonnet and a short spin on local roads. The podcast is just under 40 minutes and a great listen. Tune in here!
Members as interested in the history of the DDR as they are in the best oil ratio or the advantages of electronic ignition should tune in to Yesterday tomorrow for the latest epsiode in Jamie Theakston’s Fobidden History series.
In The Stasi: Behind the Berlin Wall, Theakston will look “behind the hidden remnants of this notorious symbol of division to tell the story of East Germany’s State Security Service.”
Forbidden History is an original commission by UKTV and promises to uncover “the startling truth behind great myths, historical legends, conspiracy theories, ancient treasures, lost civilisations and war time secrets.”
- The Stasi: Behind the Berlin Wall will air at 8pm on Thursday 26 July.
New Trabant owner Matthew Adams got more than he’d bargained for when he posted a photo of his 1984 601 s on the Supporters of the Wartburg Trabant IFA Club UK Facebook page for members to admire.
Club guru Peter Frost was able to tell him that the car was one of the first brought to the UK after the wall came down in 1990 and had been imported by The Sun as a prize in a readers’ competition to “win the world’s worst car”.
Peter knew this because he’d bought the car from the winner!
Both Peter and Matthew were featured in today’s edition of the paper, with a longer write-up on line.
Matthew told The Sun: “I like to think of it as an underdog. I have driven it a few times and it is like being in an armchair on top of a lawnmower.”
23 July 2018