Like any other person, before the trip I try to learn maximum of information about the place I’m going to visit. So was with the museum of retro-cars of Mikhail Krasinets, which is located near the half-abandoned Ugod village in the Tula region. It’s amazing that all publications concerning the museum have some compassionate tone. Somehow, I had quite different feelings from the visit of this place.
Undoubtedly, this exposition is very atmospheric and has no analogues, but it’s difficult to call it a museum. Most likely we have a transport hospice, which is gradually turning into a cemetery of cars. Alas, the point of no return has already been passed long time ago and it’s impossible to restore this vehicles. Any specialist’ll tell you that if some exhibits that are in Mikhail’s possession might be rejuvenated, it’ll be extremely expensive.
I wonder at what moment the mistake was made. It is now the legendary Chaika’s and Pobeda’s grew into the ground and took roots, but some time ago they arrived in the Tula region under their own power. Here, for example, Ford Granada, it was bought almost on the highway at the moment of transportation of exhibits. Now the car engine is unlikely to start, and rotten thoroughly body will move.
Michael himself says that this one Mercedes quite recently shined like a new one and went. Afterwards something happened to the engine and the paint began to peel off. I’m interested, the car museum’s owner of a kind has to know a thing or two about units and aggregates, how did it happen? Why did he allow such a serious breakdown? The body seems to be also be treated by special agents. Okay body, but why did the salon come in disrepair?
It’s obvious that the most favorite exhibits of Mikhail are Moskvich’es. There is even an preproduction model that exists in a single exemplar. There are plenty of sports cars of this brand, even exhibits that took part in the foreign Grand Prix. It’s a pity, but all of them have evidently finished in the Ugod village for the last time and won’t went on.
I wonder, whose fault is it? Maybe the authorities of the Tula region, which doesn’t like retro cars and doesn’t want to subsidize the museum? Or may be wicked Americans and Ukrainians who wade on the territory of the museum at night and crunch steel parts of rare cars? I found the answer to this question for myself in the garbage bags with bottles of vodka that were lying near Michail’s house.
In no case I don’t want to offend the owner of this beautiful exhibition — he is a very good man. Michael is a famous race driver in the past, he knows a lot about cars and can share interesting facts, which are not found on the Internet. Perhaps he loves his cars too much and treats his own business jealously. Otherwise, he would have engaged competent managers, created a business-structure and would not allow the exhibits to rust completely.
Michail dreamily tells how to restore a particular car. He talks about new thematic expositions and exhibits that are about to appear allegedly in the museum. The trouble is that the key word in this case is ‘tells’. Michail actually tells a lot, but I haven’t noticed any working process, confirming his words. I’ve only noticed that he misses the capital very much and recalls his Moscow past in his stories too often.
To be brief, if you want to touch the history of the Soviet motor-car construction, come to the Tula region without fail. Perhaps the exhibits’ll soon completely fall into pieces and you’ll no longer have such opportunity. Surely walk past the cars, feel sad, but don’t sympathize in any case. The owner of the museum doesn’t deserve any compassion, in fact he destroys his brainchild gradually. By the way, there is no fixed price tag for visiting the museum, you can leave any amount at the entrance.
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