Every now and then, you hear about some amazing barn-finding situations. You know the story, where one collector spent his entire life saving his favorite motorcycles (and sometimes cars, okay) from the scrap heap? Some may run, others may not, but all the vehicles on the site may have been around for several decades, to say the least. Oh, and most importantly, there may or may not be an actual fold involved.
Freddy Dobbs, a motorcycle enthusiast and resident of the United Kingdom, visited the Old Java Reserve and Soviet cars in a mechanic’s park, somewhere in Lithuania. Since he is also a YouTuber, he naturally took cameras during the trip, documenting everything as he documented both the location and the group of vehicles on it.
Now, unlike some barn find stories, this private property full of Soviet-era auto gems doesn’t belong to relatives of the collector who either moved or died. The actual man still owns the place, and also works on the vehicles he brings in regularly. As it turns out, he’s been a mechanic for over 40 years – and he knows a thing or two about the solid work-life balance, from the looks of it.
Most of the motorcycles in existence are original Jawas, which were produced in what was then called Czechoslovakia. There is also one single HHH – on top of being the name of a Russian motorcycle brand for a long time, I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about it. (If you are well versed with HHH bikes, please be sure to tell us in the comments, because we love learning new things!)
Most of the cars are Lada Nivas and Rivas models, with the Ford Sierra having one for the good measure. There’s one Lada sedan that Dobbs takes to refer to, because it belonged to the mechanic’s father, and apparently wasn’t in common use by people who weren’t associated with the KGB. Therefore, it seemed that his father, who was just an ordinary man, was very lucky to have him. The mechanic wants it fixed and running again. Really, isn’t this the dream of most gearshifters who inherit a private car that once existed in the family?
This is clearly a yard with more projects than the owner has time for – he knows it, and that’s probably why most of the stuff there is for sale. If you’re interested in hooking up with the guy, Dobbs says you can leave him on the line and he’ll put you in touch with the owner for a discussion. We will include a link to his website so you can reach out to him if you are interested.