Stopped by German motors today to show Rudy my Trabbi. I learned something today about Rudy I did not know. He is an Ossie. He was born in the DDR, moved to West Germany as a teenager with his family and then moved to Tennessee in his early 20s working as VW mechanic. He is very opinionated but had nothing bad to say about Trabants! I was blown away. He said they were very good cars and easy to work on. I don't think he has actually ever worked on a Trabant but said the mechanical bits were copied off a DKW which had plenty of experience working on. I also got to here some of his rants about how the Soviets hauled off all the good machinery and basically raped East Germany. He said I should be proud of my little Trabbi. That it is a piece of history and people should preserve these cars.