Through this first week of the 2014 Winter Games, the world’s eyes have been trained on the slopes, ice rinks, halfpipes and bobsled tracks – and, it must be said, the restrooms – of Sochi, Russia. Lingering out of frame, however, are some of the vehicles that have made the 22nd winter Olympiad possible. Stout, humble machines that do not grumble for want of chrome or Connolly leather.
Then there is the Marussia B2.
What follows is a look at the cars that define Russian motoring: some that are new, and some that came along decades before Sochi’s sporting potential was a glimmer in a Kremlin apparatchik’s eye.