August 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
A while ago I was honored with an invitation to visit the Hongqi ‘Red Flag’ factory museum, located in the FAW headquarters in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The museum is open on invitation only so getting in is very hard. I had been dreaming about the museum for years and last month it was finally my time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
February 15, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the mighty Hongqi CA772T bulletproof limousine, based on the Hongqi CA770 but armored all over. According to Chinese sources it was Chairman Mao himself who ordered the bulletproof limousine in 1966.
After Mao’s request the ‘Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China’, officially the highest power in China, asked the ‘Central Guard Bureau’, assigned to protect the leaders of the Communist Party, to lead the actual development of the new bulletproof car.