As much as owners hate to hear it, the Porsche 911 does have a direct lineage to the Volkswagen Beetle, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s “people’s car” designed for the German government in 1938. Teardrop shaped, rear-engined, slippery and aerodynamic, a 911 is unlike anything else on the road. It’s also set apart by being one of the last cars in the world to have its engine mounted behind the rear axle. So if the 911 came from the Beetle, where did the Beetle come from? That’s not an easy question to answer, but for a direct ancestor, you easily start with Tatra, the Czechoslovakian company that gave us one of the most enduring powertrain layouts in history, and built cars unlike anything that has come before or since.
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Bei durchwachsenem Wetter, gaben über 20 Oldies ein Stelldichein in Eggenburg. Einige Teilnehmer kamen heuer zum ersten Mal zum Picknick. Das älteste Automobil, ein Tatra T 30 aus 1934, steuerte Franz Stockinger aus Frauendorf. Das älteste Motorrad, eine BMW R 35 aus 1938, fuhr Horst Bartke aus Ziersdorf. Mit einigen musikalischen Einlagen der Fam. Piffel und der Gruppe: DIENSTRUHE, kam der Spaß nicht zu kurz und die Stimmung wuchs am Libellenteich. Die Bewirtung durch die Fam. Aichinger war ausgezeichnet. Nach der Verteilung der Urkunden, führte ein Regenschauer zu einem vorzeitigen Aufbruch nach Eggenburg zum FF Heurigen, wo ein gemütlicher Ausklang gefunden wurde. Man verabschiedete sich mit den Worten, bis zum nächsten Jahr
Glänzende Limousinen als Repräsentanten einer vergangenen Zeit (English text below)
Angermünde (MOZ) Sie glänzen im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes vor Eleganz und aristokratischem Charakter. Einst fuhren sie vor allem Staatsoberhäupter und Wirtschaftsbosse mit Chauffeuren, heute sind es Raritäten, Lieberhaberstücke einer untergegangenen Automobillegende – Tatras. Die größte, einzigartige Sammlung der tschechischen Pkw-Marke ist in Angermünde zu sehen. Die Tatra-Galerie Riesebeck bewahrt Modelle aller Generationen der 100-jährigen Tatra-Geschichte und damit zugleich authentisch ein Stück unwiederbringliche Historie der Automobiltechnik.
Am Wochenende wurde hier eine neue Ausstellung eröffnet, die sich speziell dem Tatra-Design widmet. Anlass ist der 40. Jahrestag der Serienproduktion des Tatra 613, der damals eine ganz neue Generation begründen und die Tatraproduktion revolutionieren sollte, erklärte Robert Keil zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung, die eine überwältigende Besucherresonanz fand. Tatrafreunde aus ganz Deutschland, Oldieliebhaber und Technikbegeisterte aus allen Teilen der Uckermark und des Barnim, Familien mit Kindern, Touristen, die zufällig von dem noch relativ unentdeckten Angermünder Kleinod erfuhren, ließen sich von der Faszination der charismatischen Limousinen und Technik zum Anfassen anstecken. Begründer der einzigartigen Tatrasammlung sind Iris und Jürgen Riesebeck, die aus ganz privater Liebhaberei 1978 ihren ersten Tatra als Alltagsauto erwarben. In späteren Jahren, als das Ehepaar, das eine traditionsreiche Autowerkstatt in Angermünde betrieb, sich aus dem Arbeitsleben zurückzog, restaurierte Jürgen Riesebeck immer mehr Fahrzeuge dieser Marke. Beide beschäftigten sich intensiv mit der Geschichte und bauten die Tatra-Galerie auf. Die ist inzwischen ein Treffpunkt der internationalen Tatra-Szene. So kam auch der Münchner Sammler Robert Keil nach Angermünde und gehört seit vielen Jahren zum engen Kreis der Tatra-Familie.
Die jüngste Ausstellung war ein Herzenswunsch des erst kürzlich verstorbenen Jürgen Riesebeck, der das Konzept dafür noch gemeinsam mit seiner Frau entwickelt hatte. Iris Riesebeck will das Lebenswerk ihres Mannes bewahren und die Galerie weiterhin mit Leben erfüllen, und führt jeden, der sich dafür interessiert, durch die Ausstellung. Auch Kfz-Lehrlinge sind hier regelmäßig zu Gast. Den ganzen Nachmittag strömten Besucher durch die Fahrzeughallen, staunten, fachsimpelten, lauschten den Anekdoten der Tatrabesitzer von weiten Autoreisen durch die sozialistischen Länder, schlafenden Kindern im geräumigen Heckraum, den unverwüstlichen Motoren der legendären Tatras und standen ehrfürchtig vor Raritäten, wie dem Tatra Spezial, einer Sonderanfertigung, von der insgesamt nur 25 Stück produziert wurden. Das letzte in Deutschland erhaltene Modell steht in Angermünde.
Shiny limousines as representatives of a bygone era
Shiny limousines as representatives of a bygone era
Angermünde (MOZ) They shine in the truest sense of the word with elegance and aristocratic character. Once they drove mainly heads of state and business leaders with chauffeurs, today there are rarities, dear Haber pieces of a bygone automotive legend – Tatras. The largest, unique collection of Czech car brand can be seen in Angermünde. The Tatra Gallery Riesebeck preserved models of all generations the 100th Tatra story and with it a piece of authentic irretrievable history of automotive engineering.
A new exhibition was opened on the weekend, specifically dedicated to the Tatra design. The occasion is the 40th anniversary of the series production of the Tatra 613, which should give rise to a whole new generation and revolutionize the Tatra production at the time, Robert Keil told the opening of the exhibition, which was an overwhelming response from visitors. Tatra friends from all over Germany, oldies lovers and art enthusiasts from all parts of the Uckermark and Barnim, families with children, tourists, learned by chance of the relatively undiscovered Angermünder gem, could be infected by the fascination of the charismatic sedans and hands-on technology. Founder of the unique Tatra collection are Iris and Jürgen Riesebeck, in 1978 their first Tatra acquired from all private hobby as an everyday car. In later years, when the couple who ran a traditional car workshop in Angermünde, withdrew from the labor force, restored Jürgen Riesebeck more and more vehicles of the same brand. Both were acutely aware of the history and built the Tatra Gallery on. The has become a meeting place for the international Tatras scene. So also the Munich collector Robert Keil came to Angermünde and belongs since many years to the inner circle of the Tatra family.
The most recent exhibition was a heart’s desire of recently deceased Jürgen Riesebeck who had the idea for yet developed together with his wife. Iris Riesebeck wants to preserve her husband’s life’s work and continue to meet the gallery with life, and leads everyone who is interested in it, through the exhibition. Also automotive apprentices are here regular guest. All afternoon streamed visitors through the vehicle halls, were amazed, talked shop, heard anecdotes of Tatra owners of wide road trips by the socialist countries, sleeping children in the spacious rear compartment, the indestructible engines of legendary Tatras and stood in awe of rarities, such as the Tatra special, a Custom-made, produced by the total of only 25 pieces. The last surviving model in Germany is in Angermünde.
In the 50s, after the Czechoslovak roads plowed most Spartak. A magnificent machine Júlia Kubinského, which almost got into production.
Roadsters or grand tourer and communist Czechoslovakia and do not go together too.However, there have been attempts, but all ended in failure more or less, and often it was the intervention of the communist government. Consider need for Skoda 110 Super Sport from 1969 or even on older piece of Skoda 1100 OHC 50s, which is still so beautiful until nejednomu petrolhead knees go weak.
Skoda, however, not only produced concepts that get into production was not realistic. Tatra to also have something to say and the machine, you are looking at the photos, also bears her name. It’s Tatra JK 2500, which worked designer Julius Kubinská in the first half of the 50s.He had gone through years of work on other cars, including those that were built on the foundations of the German military machine KdF. Also in Brno, just after the Second World War built racing cars with engines Alfa Romeo or BMW.
JK 2500 is the ninth Kubinského machine and began to take shape in 1951 – 1952. Kubinská was working in Brno Karosa and its management considered what will be produced, to cease military production. This however did not happen and the plant spewed box bodies to immortal Praga V3S. Yet in 1952 he created Kubinská along with sixteen other employees of Karosa main part of JK 2500, but had reportedly postponed the project until 1955. At that time he was finished, he in his spare time and in my own garage.
Interesting is definitely chassis. Front axle has been modified German car KdF and workshops VW / Porsche apparently came too tender. Rear axle De Dion has worked, which has a differential securely attached to the car chassis, two swinging half-axles and called. De Dion tube. It provides, in simple terms, that both wheels have the same deflection at any moment. If one wheel moves on inequality, the latter also lists, but will remain in contact with bitumen. If both wheels at once on the same inequality simultaneously, eg. A transverse wave in the asphalt, just this pipe to ensure that they have the best possible contact with the road.Compared to modern McPherson or double wishbones it looks pretty outdated, but remember that we are in 1951. De Dion axle is still better than a torsion beam axle or swinging before he was fitted for example. Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing .
Beautiful body JK 2500 is based on the spatial tubular frame on which are mounted an outer sheets. All parts of the frame were reportedly made of seamless pipes from normal trade, but some parts are a bit modified. Custom parts produced in minumum chassis, body panels are hand-hammering under the leadership of a body builder, John Heger. Wire wheels have a diameter of 16 “and are derived as well as drum brakes of Lancia Aurelia.
Also notice the use of two fuel tanks, each with a capacity of about 30 liters that have been placed behind the rear wheels. Rear overhang of this car is not entirely a small, after all, the machine has a wheelbase of 2300 mm and the length is 4050 mm. For comparison, Favorit had a wheelbase of over 2,4 meters. And the weight? Empty JK 2500 weighed 1,160 kilograms and the weight distribution ratio of 51:49 front: rear axle.
Under the hood was initially a 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder Alfa Romeo, which gave 90 horses.The four-speed gearbox also came from Alfa Romeo, but even then there were thoughts of Czechoslovak osmiválec. And when it was completed the development of air-cooled 2.5 liter V8 Tatra, this engine just went under the hood. Get it certainly was not easy, even when the entire Tatra 603 for which it was designed this eight-cylinder engine, was not normally buy.
Tatra osmiválec originally said about the performance of only 75 horses under the hood hardly made it, some parts had to be modified and had created a spacer that could consolidate the Italian transmission, but finally came. Even large coolers could disappear, because this engine has liquid cooling. In their place and could move into the spare wheel.Only this engine but it was the reason why the Tatra truck appoints JK 2500, construction of Tatra originates and is sometimes mistakenly attributed to her.
The heated air from the motor is directly fed by the front glass, which was needed in winter, it was excellent heating. Conscription, however, was insufficient, and later moved in behind the front wheels have chrome vents, which helped divert hot air from the engine. Obviously it was quite a lot.
Official presentation of the car came in 1958 in Kopřivnice, although in the World Engine with the headline “Also, we can do it ‘this car already appeared in 1956. It was a great success, but also the attention of the authorities,” the wrong “- where he took his Kubinská construction money, was one of their questions. For now, however, came Tatry offer the manufacture and sale of five units of this car. It was also associated with the position of the developer in Tatra.
Production has finally taken place, but the car was tested two weeks in Koprivnice. Then, under his hood also he got V8 engine with full power, such as it was in the Tatra 603, ie 140 hp. Also at that time on the car was a new fifteen-alloy wheels whose openings stretched when driving the cooling air to the drum brakes. They have a smaller diameter compared to the original, but he was effective.
Julius Kubínská with this car, then drove 13 years in normal operation, but to no production occurred, even short-run. All the commotion woke appropriate, this car was in the Czechoslovak roads revelation, no one else had such. But look at him, not given to much contemporary Ferrari. Kubínská later sold the car and where it is now, we do not know.Perhaps somewhere in the barn waiting to be discovered and renovation …
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Skoda is celebrating 120 years of existence this year and took nine of its rarest classics at the Bensberg Classics exhibition near Cologne, Germany.
The major attraction was of course the Skoda 935 Dynamic prototype, a streamlined concept dating back to 1935 which was carefully restored back to its original condition by Skoda themselves.
This is after all the only one in existence globally, with its last public appearance set back in October 1935(!) at the Motor Show in Prague where the Skoda 935 Dynamic made its debut. With its teardrop-shaped body, the 935 was exhibiting one of the most progressive designs in the auto industry at the time.
The mid-engined concept is using a body made out of aluminum/steel composite which kept the weight figure down at 1170kg. The water-cooled flat-four 2.0-litre engine is mounted in front of the rear axle and produces 54hp, enough the take the aerodynamic 935 at speed up to 140km/h. Measuring 4.86m in length, 1.68m wide and 1.54m high, this Skoda prototype is a testament of the innovative power that fuelled Skoda back then.
The car was a part of a private collection from 1939 and up until 1968 where the then newly-founded Skoda Museum bought it with Skoda deciding a full restoration back to its original glory in 2012.
Skoda showcased nine cars in total, with the rest of them to be the Laurin & Klement Voiturette A (1905), Laurin & Klement Type S (1911), Laurin & Klement 110 (1925), ŠKODA 645 (1930), ŠKODA Rapid Cabrio de Luxe (1937), ŠKODA Superb OHV (1939), ŠKODA Felicia (1961) and the ŠKODA 1100 MBX (1969).