I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Slav Mercs: Brioni of Pula

Yugoslavia was one of the more 'relaxed' communist countries and life was comfortable under the much loved General Tito whose image we can just see pressed like an icon to the first Mercedes Benz windscreen. But my father said quite rightly that once he had gone all hell would break loose with bloodshed as old tribal hatreds came to the surface. I think places like Pula and Rovinj in the north were largely unaffected by the civil war but it must have ruined the tourist trade and even the nudists wouldn't come. Secondhand buses from the wealthy Germans were commonplace but there were a few up-to-date coaches to please the visitors.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

that's not secondhanded german bus. yugoslav had few bus factories that produced cabin on imported chasis with foreign or domestic engine. factory sanos from skopje made these under mercedes licence on their chasis and engines and gear from famos-sarajevo. also magirus-deutz buses was made in slovenian TAM-maribor in diferent vary's depending on contract condition with licence supplyer. rule in yu was that certain procentage of machinery has to be produced in domestic factories, at least 50% of vehicle.