Tatra works autocross racer Alois Havel (69) has passed away

Sad news from Koprivnice. On October 25th former autocross buggy racer, Alois Havel (69), passed away. R.I.P.

What work, too outcome ‘or’ bad luck only use the word apology inability ‘. These are just two adages that likes to use motor-cross racer Alois Havel, who rode in machines with an engine factory.
And in 1981 the circuit in New Pace then fulfilled the dream of all domestic motor-cross enthusiasts – Czech racer first win in the series of European Champion.
Overall European title for individuals with Alois Havel never had, three times finished in second place. He has always been a bit quicker biggest rival, German Willi Rösel. One year, however, seems determined only problematic disqualification for allegedly shortening the track to race in Austria, due to which Havel lost twenty points. At the end of the season fell behind the winner of sixteen points.
However, three times won the European title in the national team, in 1981 and 1983 won the Golden Steering Wheel for the best Czechoslovak athlete in autocross and rallycross. Last year Zdenek Vojtech received an award for lifetime contribution to motorsport.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at Kopřivnice
“Gone too soon, for next year he was only seventy. Very sad news, “responded Charles Rosenkranz, former director of the Tatra Museum, an expert in the history of Kopřivnice and people associated with it.
“Lojza, it was childhood autocross. I remember him pulled from Frenštát Automobile Club in Koprivnica. Then he could work in a factory racing buggies. It was a great autocross personality, “said Rosenkranz about a man who came from a nearby village Quiet, but recently lived in Kopřivnice.
Last farewell to Havel Alois will be held Wednesday, October 29 at 14:00 pm in the funeral hall Cemetery in Kopřivnice.
About sports career Alois Havel was established in 2013 Czech Television documentary called Wallachian putter Lojza Havel (document here)
Though he never won the overall European title for individuals, Alois Havel finished in second place three times. He was beaten by his biggest rival, German Willi Rösel. He came closet to the title whem he was runner up just 16 points behind Willi Rösedespite being disqualified earlier vthat year in Austria for allegedly shortening the track in Austria, loosing twenty points. However, he won the European title for teams with the national team, in 1981 and 1983 winning the Golden Steering Wheel for the best Czechoslovak driver.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at Kopřivnice

Tatra among the 10 ugliest cars in Britain (according to the Telegraph)


Loprais’ Tatra not homologated for the 2015 Dakar; will race Dutch VEKA Team, German MAN truck instead with Czech-Spanish-Belgian crew


The preparations for upcoming Rallye Dakar are approaching.

This race represent the turning point for Ales, the InstaForex Loprais Team driver, since he will start at Rallye Dakar 2015 in a new truck made by MAN which was prepared in a dutch team VEKA.

In his last performance at successful Rallye Breslau in Poland, he started with his special truck TATRA QUEEN 69, with which he placed 6th overall and won two stages at this year’s Dakar.

Technical official Fabien Calvet rejected the participation of the Queen at Dakar 2015, that is why this change needed to be realized.

Because all the information about the alleged technical differences and the necessities of rebuilding the whole special Queen came only three months before the truck transport to South America, we were forced to find different solution. Dakar is a whole year project and reconstruction of such an complex truck was for us impossible from both technical and financial reasons. Furthermore, our truck has a valid homologation till 2018 and is made from modified series components which allow us to participate at other marathon races such as Silk Way or Africa Eco Race with no problems. Currently we are negotiating the participation of our Tatra and a contract for a new pilot at mentioned Rally Africa Eco Race.

I am very happy that in such a short period of time we managed to find cooperation with team Veka which provides us with competitive truck MAN for Dakar 2015” said Ales Loprais.

I would like to thank not only the team VEKA for this cooperation, but also the team BUGGYRA with which we started an alliance Loprais Buggyra Dakar Forces with Gyrtech aggregate.

The alliance spirit will continue on the roads as well as in bivouac at Dakar.

The press conference of InstaForex Loprais Team will be held on November 22nd 2014 at Budvar hockey arena in Czech republic.

Introduction of the team crew:
Pilot: Ales Loprais (Czech republic)
Navigator: Ferran Marco Alcayna (Spain)
Mechanic: Jan Van der Vaet (Netherland)


Danish T613-2/4 forsale

T613-2-4 forsale

I wish to sell my Tatra 613.

The car is first registered in 1977.I have all documentation and car history. The car was in 85 transformed to a type 4 at the factory.

The has driven approx. 5000 since complete engine refurbishment at Krnepo.

New muffler, Weber carburetors, sport suspension, fuel pump and more.

Some rust in back doors and front wings, New front wings and a lot of other parts including 3 oil filters, comes with the car.

Price 7.500.- Euros OBO

Søren Værnstrøm

+45 3120 6944


Has Tatra finally made it to the classic-car big league?

Tatra 600 Tatraplan

The Czech marque is emerging from the shadows, and collectors are taking note

Until recently, Tatra, at least in the eyes of most western collectors, was one of those weird brands from behind the Iron Curtain. Most early Tatras could easily be mistaken for a prop from “Metropolis” or some early Jules Verne screen adaptation that melded art deco design with a steampunk aesthetic. Few U.S. car collectors had ever seen a real Tatra in the metal.

The recent feature of a special class for Tatras at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance seemed to be the culmination of a journey for the marque on this side of the Atlantic. That, plus a number of high-profile appearances in addition to a serious gain in Tatra numbers in North America over the last few years, has arguably propelled the marque into a spotlight, even if a temporary one.

Full article: http://autoweek.com/article/classic-cars/has-tatra-made-it-west-collector-car

The T 87 auctioned at Bonhams

<i>Single family ownership since 1975</i><br /><b>1948 Tatra T87 Sedan  </b><br />Engine no. 222667

Engine no. 222667
Sold for US$ 104,500 (€82,687) inc. premium


Rear engined Corvette


Rumors of upcoming mid-engined Corvettes are one of those things that never seem to go away, like that funny rash on your thigh or that process server who just can’t seem to take a hint. Strangely, there was another alternate Corvette layout that never seems to resurface: the rear-engined ‘Vette. Yet there actually was one.


Tatra among Czech economic delegation visiting Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa is to arrive in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Saturday to hold economic talks with Iranian officials.

Tlapa is  heading a trade delegation comprising representatives of 20 Czech companies.

The mission’s visit to Iran, which has been organized by the Czech Chamber of Commerce, will last until September 17.  It is aimed at establishing trade contacts with the Iranian market, Prague Post reported.

Earlier on September 3, Tlapa in a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi had announced that a delegation of 20 companies and business people would head to Tehran on September 13 in an attempt to improve bilateral economic ties.

Representatives from auto manufacturers such as Skoda Auto, Tatra, Skoda Transportation as well as textile manufacturers will be in the business delegation, said the Czech official.

During the meeting, the Iranian deputy foreign minister also said economic relations with the Czech Republic is crucially important for the Islamic Republic.



ZUZANA 2 is an advanced wheeled 155mm self propelled gun howitzer developed by KONŠTRUKTA-Defence and produced by ZTS – ŠPECIÁL primarily for the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic.

The artillery system is a new version of the 155mm / 45 calibre ZUZANA self propelled howitzer which entered into service with the Slovak Army in 1998. ZUZANA 2 is capable of conducting multiple round simultaneous impact (MRSI) operations.

The howitzer was demonstrated at the International Exhibition of Defence and Security Technologies (IDET) 2011 held in Brno, Czech Republic and at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEB) 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

More: http://www.army-technology.com/projects/zuzana-2-155mm-self-propelled-gun-howitzer/

Tatras at the Dessauer Woche to celebrate the return of the Hanomag Diesel Record car to the German Autobahn near Dessau





Last weekend, 20, mostly streamlined  classics and Hanomags, classics accompanied the Hanomag Rekordwagen in its return to the German Autobahn A9 near Dessau, a spot where it achieved record 75 years ago.


Background info: http://www.tatraworld.nl/2014/08/23/historic-racing-cars-and-t-87-to-dessauer-race-weekend/

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