Dutch news sites reports that Ales Loprais will join the De Rooij’s Iveco team to fight the mighty KAMAZ team in next year’s Dakar
According to motoring journalists in very close contacts to James May, Jeremy Clarkson was fired because he had paid not enough attention to Tatra, the BBC’s direction favourite brand. After the BBC ordered Clarkson to pay more attention to the Czech brand, Clarkson got furious, and shouted at a colleague and gave him a few blows. According to the BBC, Clarkson crossed a line. Tatra lovers should not worry however as known Tatra fan Stephen Fry revs up as Clarkson’s successor.
From March 20 to 22 was held the exhibition MILANO CLASSIC CAR. Organized by the TFI Delegazione Italiana, TATRA was present with four cars T600 Tatraplan (with 8-cylinder engine), T87, T603 and T613 have been very success
In the realm of Ferrari Modena, close to Maranello, the Italian Delegation TFI has discovered a Tatra T57 1932.
In you tube with the title Tatra 57-1932 amaranth mouse you can see the video of the car.
As much as we venerate men like Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Virgil Exner, and Dick Teague as characters who shaped what an American car meant during America’s automobile-centric century, Raymond Loewy and Brooks Stevens—industrial designers who dabbled in automobiles—defined the midcentury American aesthetic. The French-born Loewy drew inspiration from transport, and, of course, his Studebaker Avanti resembled a late-1970s automobile, despite first reaching the world in 1962. But Loewy, born in 1893, was first romanced by trains. His younger peer Brooks Stevens grew up with the car, and this particular 1930 Cord can be seen as the industrial design titan’s first automotive project—albeit one he modified for himself.
Stevens acquired the car during his stint as a design student at Cornell and set about repurposing it as a proper sportsman’s automobile. The L29 features a golf-clubs compartment, no top, and no wipers. Stevens was apparently a fair-weather sportsman. The Cord’s small gauges were replaced with a custom gauge cluster featuring units with larger, easier-to-read faces. The at-a-glance legibility proved handy during the hill-climbs the young designer enjoyed competing in. The standard L29’s clamshell fenders gave way to skirted units, and Stevens deleted the running boards for a more wasp-waisted look. Woodlite headlamps, common on Ruxtons of the era, replaced the stock units, and Stevens swapped the basic Cord radiator cap for a winged ornament of his own design.
The rear dorsal fin is roughly contemporaneous with the similarly equipped Tatra 77, though its smooth profile is more reminiscent of the unit on the later, more organic T87. Though the body is fundamentally prewar American, Stevens’s special suggests both postwar hot rods and customs, and it offers little hints of what was to come from the American auto industry two decades later. Stevens owned the car until his death in 1995. Two years later, Ed and Judy Schoenthaler purchased the car from the designer’s estate, with the promise that it’d be restored just as Stevens had designed it.
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Fresh off the resto, it bowed at Pebble Beach in 2000. This year, it took home Best of Show at the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Cords are utterly fascinating automobiles in their own right, but given the machine’s provenance and its place in the history of American industrial design, it could be argued that Stevens’s Cord was the most important car on the lawn yesterday. It’s fitting that it rolled off with the most important trophy. Not convinced? Think of it this way—this car ultimately led to the Willys Jeepster, the Wienermobile, today’s full-dress Harley-Davidsons, and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green’s beloved Miller High Life guitar. If that’s not cultural relevance, what is?
All the winning Tatras at Pebble Beach 2014 at 1.38
This is the second installment in the BaT Success Story of the Tatra that the current owner purchased from a BaT listing way back in 2011 (link). The first BaT Success Story came quickly (link), but the next four years have all been inside a body shop. With paint finally complete, the owner has sent along this second update, and more info on the plans for the car.