I can’t pretend to say that Julius Kleinerman, the first deputy chief editor at the wheel after the war, had a direct relationship to the car in the front-line photo published here. But more than once I heard from him how he, fluent in German, from the forefront was broadcasting from radio transmissions to the enemy. In military language, it was called the "decomposition of the enemy’s troops." Be that as it may, in those years his connection with the “wheels” was not interrupted, which meant a lot to the MADI graduate, the young author of “Driving”.
His first publication appeared in the 1934 Koltsov Rule. In 1936, an article on a gas-generating ZIS opened No. 12, and then - “Diesels for cars”, “Oil radiators on modern cars” and others - also about a completely new, usually unknown to the then reader.
His desire to tell about the freshest motors in the world, so that he could leave a mark on his soul, was realized in the post-war “At the wheel”, where he came as deputy editor and active author. It concerned, perhaps, all journal topics. It is no coincidence that some of his articles were signed by Ing. Y. Kleinerman, others with a pseudonym - Y. Klemanov.
The engineer talked about “the most daring and unusual construction of 1956 - Citroene-DS19, about the victory over detonation, about the smallest - micro and small cars with their full classification (note, all this is new to the general reader). The engineer raced to the GAZ to represent the birth of the Volga, and then, in continuation of the topic, its tests (“Volga says No. 8”). It has always been that way. Much later, in one of his last articles, he first introduced readers to the purpose and installation of seat belts and at the end expressed the hope that they would “firmly enter the life of Soviet motorists”. It is not his fault that this process lasted more than forty years in Russia.
The engineer was always supplemented by a journalist who was fascinated by motor racing and people who devoted themselves to motorism. He did a lot for the country to learn more about modern motor sport, and suggested how to find himself in competitions. Sam participated in the first rally of motorists.
Yulia Klemanova, friendly, sociable, had many good friends in the automotive world. He spoke about many - athletes, designers, coaches - in a magazine and until the end of his days maintained friendly relations with them. A special place here was occupied by the most famous Czechs in the world - Jiri Ganzelka and Miroslav Zikmund. They managed to break through the Iron Curtain and make an incredible journey of 63 thousand kilometers in Africa and South America on the Tatra Mountains. And also to make fascinating films, write books published in so many countries.