Saturday, June 28, 2008

Velorex: Microcar or Cultural Icon?

This certainly shows that the 250cc single-cylinder Jawa two-stroke in this Velorex Oskar has got some get-up-and-go to it.

The Velorex looks like a cross between an airplane and a motorcycle. It has a tubular frame with fabric skin stretched over it (like an airplane), with the rear wheel of a motorcycle sticking out the back. The Velorex, profiled in MINUTIA Issue 15 Number 3, was produced from 1951 to 1971 in what was then Czechoslovakia.

And...based on this music video, it must have been produced in sufficient quantities that it became a sort of a "cultural icon." I don't know if "waszlavik" is a popular group -- I'm not a fan of the music, but I like their choice of cars.

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