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About next week..

Folks, we’ll be out all of next week to cover the biennial Shanghai Motor Show. The trip almost didn’t happen, from a journalist’s perspective Shanghai stands out as the most difficult auto show to get into due to an antiquated, expensive and overly strict registration process that’s on par with what you would have expected to find in the U.S.S.R. during the 1970s.

We’ve got a couple of articles scheduled to go live next week and we’ll do our best to bring you pics of any vintage cars that we come across on the show floor, though you might not see them until a little later because WordPress, the software we use to publish Ran When Parked, is banned in China. We’re not expecting much but who knows, we found a CX at last year’s Beijing show!

We won’t be able to share these articles with you on Facebook because the site is also banned in China so you’ll have to check here to see it all. Everything will be back to normal on the 27th and we’ll certainly have a few pics from the trip to show you. To whet your appetite, here’s a selection of older cars (mind you, a w124 is absolutely ancient by the standards of the Chinese auto industry) that we photographed in and around Beijing a year ago.

5 thoughts on “About next week..

  1. Excellent voyage à tous les deux, et je profite ici pour vous remercier de tous les excellents articles que vous nous amenez pratiquement jour après jour. Que du bon travail!

  2. Is that white 3 wheeler with the top box sort of living in a hedge loosely – I say loosely – based on a Daewoo/Chevrolet Matiz? If so I though Chery got into bother with their QQ that was said to me a Matiz rip-off ( subsequently rejected in the courts ) so why develop an inherently unstable tripod version?????

    • Ha, I’m not sure what thing is. There were a few of them in Beijing, none in Shanghai though. It looks like a rip-off of the QQ which – like you said – is already a rip-off of the Matiz.

  3. Bonjour, je découvre peu à peu votre site que je trouve très intéressant !
    Concernant les photos de cet article, la première est bien une Volkswagen Passat B4. Il y en a quelques unes qui roulent encore en Chine, importées à l’époque. Quand à la 4e photo, il s’agit probablement d’une Geely Haoqing (HQ), le premier modèle produit par la marque en 1998.
    Beijing est un endroit idéal pour voir de “vieux” modèles mais cela va peu à peu cesser du fait des restrictions draconiennes imposées par la municipalité pour lutter contre la pollution qui seront prises l’année prochaine …

    Pour finir, je tiens à vous dire que je suis impressionné par la dernière photo de l’article “Botoxed in China: Citroën ZX” où l’on peut voir une Renault Megane coupé. Assurement extrèmement rare dans ce côté-ci de la planète. Un excellent spot !

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