47 Russian Drive In

Russian Drive In

Posted on February 27, 2007 by

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What cool drive-ins can be met in Russia...

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47 Responses to “Russian Drive In”

  1. Bert says:

    Don’t they spell McDonalds in cyrillic in Russia? This is probably eastern Europe.

  2. FRESCO says:


  3. 1l1 says:

    Bert is right.

    check these pics out http://www.otebe.com/images/macd.jpg

    must be cyrillic to be in russia

    • karp says:

      It’s a shame to me to admit this photo is from my beloved Poland, where I come from.

      How do I recognize that?
      The roof of the car visible in the bottom left corner is for 90% root of the Fiat 126p, the car my parents had had for over ten years, I had it too for one year. I would recognize it everythere.
      (not by the root itself, but the side-line of the car)

    • MisterTwister says:

      must be cyrillic to be in russia?

      You have to be kidding me! Russia now looks like it is a British colony with many signs being in English, not to mention to words used in speech.

  4. BigDog says:

    Nice horse.

    I don’t see anything shameful or embarrassing about this photo. Its kinda neat. My dad used horses on the farm where he grew up. Development takes time, and its better to use older reliable affordable means of production like a horse, until you can afford more costly and harder to maintain transportation. Also, they just might be having fun.

    • matka lososi says:

      I agree, I wouldn’t mind usin the horse method myself, keep him at a trot and you don’t have to worry about ending your life cause you were trying to eat a Big n Tasty while you were drivin

  5. Texas1 says:

    Wouldn’t these people most likely just be out having fun? If they have money for McDonald’s, wouldn’t they most likely own a car?

    • t_raven says:

      Is McDonald’s that expencive? :P As far as I remember its one of kinda cheap place to eat.

      • Texas1 says:

        It’s cheap, but is it cheap to a person who relies on a horse for their transportation?

        • t_raven says:

          Well. Though, I’m not in Polland, and I don’t think I’d ever see such in Russia (Moscow), but having a horse here is pretty expencive, and I believe a person with horse would surely have a car and enough money to take smthn in McDonald’s ;) And btw, even when I didn’t have a car (neither did my mom, she cann’t even drive), I had enough cash to offer smthn there :)

      • karp says:

        nope. McDonalds is a cheap place to eat in western countries. In middle and eastern europe there are very much cheapier places.

        • t_raven says:

          What related to me, there are enough of places of that kind to eat, but the’re same on price. Well, in average same.

        • varulven says:

          Swedish mcdonalds is accually cheaper than Russian…. just for you to know… but still it’s cheapest place to eat in Moscow, at least… even hotdogs in the streets are more expensive…

          and yes, Mcdonalds signs in Russia are in cyrillic

    • erin says:

      i dont think they have to have a car, but i think its a waste to bother to eat there. why not spend your money on some truly good food?

  6. Losha says:

    Sometimes it is necessary to choose. Either petrol for the car or Big Mac.

  7. smash-lenyi says:

    It’s not Russia, guys:))) We use cyrillic

  8. Shame On You says:

    You ever uploaded this photo as “Russian drive in” I have couple of words for him:

  9. fuutott says:

    It appeared on slovakian pic-post as orginating from Bulgaria, but there they use cyrilic for mcd logo.
    Slovakia or Poland then.


    Photo there still contains metadata from the camera that it was taken with.

  10. goluboi_kavboi says:

    mcdonalds is absolutely the best! those commies should be grateful that they now have such a privileged to eat burgers.
    Never take it for granted! mmmmmm i’m loving it….

  11. From Russia says:

    And here our modern mafia http://ziza.ru/2007/02/26/gimn_gopoty.html . Them name pacan(пацан) or gopnick(гопник).

  12. renton says:

    For sure it is poland. such “cars” are still in use and lots of mc-drives are on the borders of cities so people from villages around the city have it on their way “to the work”. usually they have coal or christmas trees when the winter is on (this year it was really hot so it might be that). One tree costs about 5-6 BigMac’s sets.

  13. carlos says:

    C’mon, you Americans are all the same. For the one that said that Rusia must be grateful for having mc donald': You have no idea what a tasty meal is. Travel man, travel.

    In towns is normal to see such scene, not in NY or LA. Go to Alabama! you may find some other interesting things (brother and sister marrying).

    Stop watching Fox news!

    • joshmay says:

      “Go to Alabama! you may find some other interesting things (brother and sister marrying).”

      how is making generalizations about the american south any better than dumb americans in this thread doing the same thing to you europeans?

  14. haha says:

    And I thought the point of drive-in was to stay warm in your cozy car while waiting for the food.

  15. Ex-Commie says:

    Actually these guys are probably Gypsy middle class. The poorer Gypsies can’t afford horses so their carts are pulled by mules. Not so uncommon in Eastern Europe.

    And, no, it’s definitely not Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria or any other country that uses the Cyrillic alphabet.

    Additionally, former Soviet Bloc countries have the pinnacle of Russian auto manufacturing available to them, the Traban which is so cheap that even Gypsies can afford one.

  16. mat says:

    that could easily be anywhere in Lewisburg, PA

  17. subcorpus says:

    this wicked kewl …
    nice pic …

  18. richard says:

    In Soviet Russia, McDonald’s drives-thru you!

  19. mystikal-Pyro says:

    That must b fun….
    the russian teens spending the day like north american teens

  20. fromukrainewithlove says:

    They’re just having fun…..if they own a horse they probably have a farm….and if they have a farm they probably have food growing there…..and if they’ve got food growing there they probably don’t need to eat expensive mcd food…..so probably they have enoguh money and (their parents) own a car.These kids don’t look 18 years.

  21. Gully says:

    Interesting, i thought in the US it’s called drive through…or drive thru in some cases, at least in new england i’ve never seen or heard “drive-in” expression. in what part of US people call “drive through” as “drive in”?

  22. nyolc says:

    “former Soviet Bloc countries have the pinnacle of Russian auto manufacturing available to them”

    Oh, guys… where are you all from? Definitely not from Central or East Europe…
    (I never saw a Trabant in Russia.)
    Trabant was not Russian, it was a GDR car.
    And i think that the pic is probably from Poland or Slovakia. Or Hungary.

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