During the period of the Polish People's Republic (1950s to 1980s), Fiat 126p was the most popular car in the country. It functions as a family car, although there is no more space left for luggage after the four families enter. Doubtful driving comfort and high frequency of failure are all you need to know about The Maluch (his nickname literally means "little one", or "little one", and is a cultural icon commonly known in Poland).
However, some people have a certain preference for it. One of them is Arkady Paweł Fiedler, grandson of a famous Polish writer and adventurer Arkady Fiedler.
Arkady wants to keep the family tradition running, and despite all obstacles, bring cars to spin around the world. Will Maluch succeed? This question still has to be answered. So far, Fiat 126p has worked quite well. It has crossed Poland in 2009 and Africa (!) In 2014.
When at the end of 2015 Arkady offered me to join a wild trip across Asia, I had to think about it first. This is not an easy decision. We are scheduled to leave Poland in June 2016. The deadline feels far … should I leave my wife and daughter who are six months old for more than 3 months? Yes, we all gathered together and decided that this was a project we could not deliver.
My job is to develop a documentary showing the journey of Arkady Fiedler across Asia. We ended up with 7TB of material, including more than 100 timelapses, and several hours of drone shots.
Asia OnTheWay consists of more than 3 months on the road. The hotel is 14,000+ drive from Puszczykowo (Poland) to Vladivostok (Russia). Fiat 126p burned 253 gallons of gas while crossing Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan (twice), Kyrgyzstan (twice), Tajikistan, Mongolia and Russia (twice).
Maluch rose 15,272 feet AMSL twice (Ak-Baital Pass, Tajikistan). The longest one-day duration is 308 mi in Kazakhstan. The shortest is 27 miles on the last day of travel, in Russia. During the trip, The Maluch caught a flat tire once. Among the parts replaced are: starter, inductor (twice), ignition module, carburetor, master cylinder, oil (5x), 7 air filters, and 5 fuel filters. In addition, when we were still in Poland, two connecting rods had to be replaced too, because of a knock on the engine. Still, the knock proved to be a loyal friend throughout the trip. In addition, somewhere in the Wachau valley, Arkady had to straighten the clamp under the gearbox, which was bent on a rock.
It is rather funny and shows The Maluch's resilience, that it should not "live through" Pamir (Tajikistan), but travel half the world.
This Asian adventure has taught me a lot. We have met so many extraordinary people along the way. There are so many beautiful and surrealist scenes. It's a long and rough road. It's hot (102 F) and cold (23 F). It's fun and teaching. Most importantly, it is truly amazing. This trip was a success thanks to the hard work carried out by the entire Asian team OnTheWay: Arkady Fiedler, Kamil Piechowiak, Albert Wójtowicz, Cuba Kiub, Bartek Zborek. Words cannot express how much I thank you, friends!
This is the teaser for the "Asia OnTheWay" documentary.
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