For those of you born after 1986, or those so enthralled with Madonna and Michael Jackson you missed this one; the Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially Ukrainian SSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe.
The Chernobyl disaster is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. Part of the clean up included ‘capping’ the leak from the plant and moving contaminated vehicles and items into ‘nuclear junk yards’, which litter the landscape.
While the area is exploding with wildlife, i.e. normal, single-headed, living, breathing wild-life, humans are forbidden to live in this zone as it is said to be contaminated for the next few centuries.
Ok, thanks for the history lesson, you say? What does this have to do with classic muscle cars, you ask?
Well, less than a few miles away from the reactor, the evacuated town of Pripyat, once inhabited by 50,000 plant workers, is now a eery ghost town still scattered with debris and overgrowth after its abandonment immediately after the explosion. In the Exclusion Zone, hundreds of abandoned buildings, hospitals, schools, and houses are disappearing under overgrowth. Along with hundreds upon hundreds of contaminated old cars, classics, muscle cars, and antiques one wouldn’t expect to see in Soviet Russia at the time. (Like this ’67 Camaro being consumed by oak trees.)
In the back of a highly contaminated nuclear junk yard, a classic Pontiac awaits its fate of becoming one with the earth, once again
More info and photos from at these sources. Cool slideshow – Highly recommended!