The British have a unique sense of humor – think Monty Python and Benny Hill – and there's no reason that the 2012 Olympics shouldn't be cause for celebrating it.

So when we caught wind of this story from the BBC, we had to smile. It seems Londoners fed up with the Olympic intrusion into their daily lives have dubbed the special lanes of traffic used by athletes and IOC officials "ZIL lanes," in reference to the notorious practice of having dedicated lanes of traffic for Communist Party poobahs in the Soviet Union.

ZIL was the manufacturer of the giant black limousines – like the 114 model pictured above – that denoted party power in the old USSR. Despite having little traffic at the time, Moscow had a few of these rezervniye polosy lanes, according to the BBC, one of which is still in operation. While the ZIL limos are now resigned to history, Kutuzovsky Prospekt now sees plenty of high-powered German machinery ferrying Russian officials past the proletariat.


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      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end of that ZIL reminds me of a '60s-'70s era Chevy Impala, while the rest looks like Chrysler Imperial. Who'd have thought the Soviets would borrow from the despised capitalists?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GoSpeedRacerGo
        'Borrow' or 'steal' was about all they did. Moscow used to have a museum of all the technologies 'invented' by the Soviet block. Amazing! The air plane propeller, hydro power. Dynamite. All kinds of useful things.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go look up the ZIL 'Screw drive' on Youtube. Amazing machine.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imagine the fun you could have cruising down the street in one of these and scaring all the Cold War conspiracy theorists.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sure as hell hope the Olympics Games never come to my neighborhood.
      Charles Garnier d'Al
      • 2 Years Ago
      I went to Cuba last year (I'm French, so I can...) On the highway to the airport, I saw the parking lot where ALL the official Zil of the Gov are parked. **** car now, but still valued a fortune in our countries... Unfortunately I have no pictures... Btw, this (very poor) country is surviving on the propaganda against USA, if you want this country to collaps, you just have to cancel the embargo...
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what California is turning into with State Workers Unions and the state senators they have bought and paid for. Every special interest group gets a perk that the rest of us dont. Perfect for the "limousine liberals". The think some people are more equal than others....just like the commies did.
      Ed Vasquez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wut up!!! I think i'm back up.
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