Cultural diversity. Global village. Other buzzwords. The manner in which automotive trends drift across borders is really rather magnificent, isn't it?
Take this car - a Volga GAZ-24, designed as a solid, sturdy old thing that would remain reliable through harsh Russian winters and be sufficiently tough to take the inevitable knocks of lawless, icy roads. Then dip it into the Irish rally scene, and sprinkle a smattering of Japanese circuit racer over the top. Wonderful.
Owner Anton Dolgopolov successfully campaigns this in various domestic race series - you can see how successfully by the number of trophies on the bonnet - and it's gaining global notoriety by virtue of the fact that it looks awesome. Via RawCar.