Cowboys and Aliens
Another classic from 20 years of TG mag: Hungary's herdsmen confront TG's heavily modded Toyota Hilux...
Posted: 29 Oct 2013
The Puszta itself is known by many names, translating literally as ‘the bare’ or ‘the empty’, but essentially it’s the westernmost of the Eurasian steppes, known variously as the Alföld, the Pannonian Steppe or simply The Great Hungarian Plain. Which loads it with epic-sounding potential. But the easiest way to describe this bit, near the Hortobágy National Park, is a kind of super-sized fen, a seemingly endless monotony of scruffy-bladed, coarse grass and thin stands of trees. The horizon is almost desert boundless, the sky an inscrutable grey, the scene snatched from a history book. Except for the fact that I’m charging about in a bright red truck with a tent on the roof, a blemish of modernity on the face of the ancient lie. Suddenly, I’m hit by a rather obvious thought: I have never done anything like this.