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Miroslav Zikmund celebrates 98th birthday

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Tatraplan among 700 to be auctioned, unrestored cars in the U.S.

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If you’ve been looking for an obscure project car, we can think of few better places to find one than at this upcoming car auction. Minnesota auction company VanDerBrink Auctions will sell off the collection of over 700 vehicles Ron Hackenberger has amassed over the years. Everything will be sold at no reserve, and from what we can tell, even fans of the most unusual machines will be able to find something.

For instance, if you’re into tiny cars, he has a few from all over the world, including a few Honda N600s and Z600s, several Crosleys, an Isetta, and even a Goggomobil. We also spotted a Subaru 360 lurking in one of the photos. Hackenberger has an array of European classics such as British and Italian roadsters, and various French cars, including a number of Citroen DSs and 2CVs. There are plenty more typical, large American classics including Kaisers, Packards, and Hudsons. Peppered among the much older classics are some more recent vehicles. Two of the most famous, or infamous, gull-winged automobiles, a DeLorean and a Bricklin SV-1, appear in the garage. Hackenberger even has an Amphicar and a rear-engine Tatra from the former Czechoslovakia. The collection isn’t limited to cars, either. Several tractors and bumper cars are also part of the collection.

Even with all the variety in Hackenberger’s collection, one brand of vehicle does stand apart as a clear favorite. Among the man’s 700 vehicles, 250 were built by Studebaker. This likely has something to do with the fact that, according to VanDerBrink Auctions, Hackenberger’s first car was a 1948 Studebaker. In the pictures of the collection, you’ll find loads of Studebaker trucks, compact Larks, and stylish Hawks. He has at least one original, Studebaker-built Avanti, as well as some horse-drawn wagons and buggies from the company’s early days.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these vehicles, or even just taking a look at them, the auction event starts on Friday, July 14 at the collection in Norwalk, Ohio. That Friday is just a preview day, and the following Saturday and Sunday are auction days. And if you can’t make it, you can bid online, or check out more photos and video at the VanDerBrink and Hackenberger websites.

http://www.autofocus.ca/news-events/news/700-car-collection-up-for-auction-includes-tatra-delorean


The Tatra JK 2500

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Tatra is one of my all-time favorite carmakers, and any day I learn about a Tatra I wasn’t aware of is a grand day indeed. Today is such a day, and I want to share it with you. Friends, behold the loveliest, most air-coolingest V8 GT car ever to never be actually made, the Tatra JK 2500.
The Tatra JK 2500 dates from 1954, and while it’s badged as a Tatra and often considered to be a Tatra prototype/study for a possible GT car, there seems to be two different stories about the origins of the car. One suggests it was always a project outside the company, from a Czech coachbuilder called Karosa Brno.
Are those sliding windows?
Another version of the story suggests that the Tatra company itself was found to have extra capacity around 1951, and the company decided to take advantage of the extra capacity to build a sports/GT car.
It was later put on hold and the car had to be finished by employees after hour, a labor of love and excitement.
Personally, I think the first story is the true one – I don’t believe this started as an official Tatra project, and I think this is the case because of some technical details about the car. First, if you look at the front axle assembly, you can clearly see that it’s from a Volkswagen. It’s a torsion tube axle that may have been from a Beetle (even an early KdF or Kubelwagen is possible, given the time and place). There’s no reason Tatra would have used a VW axle in something they were prototyping, I don’t think.
Also, several sources point out that the car originally had an Alfa Romeo 2.5-liter engine making 66 HP– again, why would Tatra build a GT prototype with an engine they wouldn’t even have been able to easily source? It just doesn’t make sense.
What does make sense is that this thing looks fantastic, and once the engine was replaced with an air-cooled V8 from the Tatra 603, everything got much better. Power went up to 105 HP, and since the engine is air-cooled, the whole water plumbing system could be eliminated, freeing space up front (according to some sources) for the spare.
Tatra had built front-engined cars before, and while seeing an air-cooled Tatra 603 engine in the front is odd, I believe Tatra used this same engine mounted up front on some of their trucks, so it wasn’t unheard of.
The car is named JK 2500 after the designer, Julius Kubinsky. Kubinsky had designed a number of other sports cars, including some F1 cars and a Grand Prix car that got wrecked by a truck prior to the race.
Kubinsky’s design is really lovely, and is in many ways an ideal GT car of the era. The big V8 is actually front-mid mounted, behind the front axle, and the car was said to have perfect front/rear weight balance. The long hood/short deck proportions are classic and the low greenhouse and large wheel-to-body ratio make the car feel purposeful and athletic.
The face has that classic big-eyed/fishmouth look that so many GT cars of the era had, and I find it just as appealing here, with the added benefit of the unusual sound of an air-cooled V8 pumping forth from that front grille.
I even love the chrome-trimmed two-tone paint scheme.
At some point it seems that an attempt was made to interest Tatra in the design for possible production, but it didn’t get anywhere. With the Iron Curtain levels of central control over the factory, this isn’t all that shocking.
Kubinsky ended up using the charming JK 2500 as his personal car for around 13 or 14 years. Nobody seems to know what happened to the car after that. Some suggest it’s in the hands of a secretive, private owner, but there’s no real evidence of that. Perhaps it’s out there, sitting intact in some barn, just waiting to be found.
That’s what I want to believe. That the one-off Tatra JK 2500 is out there like a fast, red-and-black holy grail, just waiting to be found by some lucky bastard.
Anyone reading this in the Czech Republic, please take a moment to check your local barns and report back here as soon as possible.
Tatra is one of my all-time favorite carmakers, and any day I learn about a Tatra I wasn’t aware of is a grand day indeed. Today is such a day, and I want to share it with you. Friends, behold the loveliest, most air-coolingest V8 GT car ever to never be actually made, the Tatra JK 2500.
The Tatra JK 2500 dates from 1954, and while it’s badged as a Tatra and often considered to be a Tatra prototype/study for a possible GT car, there seems to be two different stories about the origins of the car. One suggests it was always a project outside the company, from a Czech coachbuilder called Karosa Brno.
Another version of the story suggests that the Tatra company itself was found to have extra capacity around 1951, and the company decided to take advantage of the extra capacity to build a sports/GT car.
It was later put on hold and the car had to be finished by employees after hour, a labor of love and excitement.

Personally, I think the first story is the true one – I don’t believe this started as an official Tatra project, and I think this is the case because of some technical details about the car. First, if you look at the front axle assembly, you can clearly see that it’s from a Volkswagen. It’s a torsion tube axle that may have been from a Beetle (even an early KdF or Kubelwagen is possible, given the time and place). There’s no reason Tatra would have used a VW axle in something they were prototyping, I don’t think.

Also, several sources point out that the car originally had an Alfa Romeo 2.5-liter engine making 66 HP– again, why would Tatra build a GT prototype with an engine they wouldn’t even have been able to easily source? It just doesn’t make sense.

What does make sense is that this thing looks fantastic, and once the engine was replaced with an air-cooled V8 from the Tatra 603, everything got much better. Power went up to 105 HP, and since the engine is air-cooled, the whole water plumbing system could be eliminated, freeing space up front (according to some sources) for the spare.
Tatra had built front-engined cars before, and while seeing an air-cooled Tatra 603 engine in the front is odd, I believe Tatra used this same engine mounted up front on some of their trucks, so it wasn’t unheard of.


The car is named JK 2500 after the designer, Julius Kubinsky. Kubinsky had designed a number of other sports cars, including some F1 cars and a Grand Prix car that got wrecked by a truck prior to the race.


Kubinsky’s design is really lovely, and is in many ways an ideal GT car of the era. The big V8 is actually front-mid mounted, behind the front axle, and the car was said to have perfect front/rear weight balance. The long hood/short deck proportions are classic and the low greenhouse and large wheel-to-body ratio make the car feel purposeful and athletic.

The face has that classic big-eyed/fishmouth look that so many GT cars of the era had, and I find it just as appealing here, with the added benefit of the unusual sound of an air-cooled V8 pumping forth from that front grille.

At some point it seems that an attempt was made to interest Tatra in the design for possible production, but it didn’t get anywhere. With the Iron Curtain levels of central control over the factory, this isn’t all that shocking.

Kubinsky ended up using the charming JK 2500 as his personal car for around 13 or 14 years. Nobody seems to know what happened to the car after that. Some suggest it’s in the hands of a secretive, private owner, but there’s no real evidence of that. Perhaps it’s out there, sitting intact in some barn, just waiting to be found.

That’s what I want to believe. That the one-off Tatra JK 2500 is out there like a fast, red-and-black holy grail, just waiting to be found by some lucky bastard.
Anyone reading this in the Czech Republic, please take a moment to check your local barns and report back here as soon as possible.


New articulated Tatra trams for Egypt

In early 2017 the tender committee of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority has decided to give acceptance for the production of 15 articulated trams to Ukrainian company “Tatra-Yug”. This was preceded by a lengthy tender process, including a visit of a special Egyptian commission to the production facilities and inspection of Tatra-Yug tramcars. As a result, the quality and reliability of products has played a key role.
Thus, the Ukrainian manufacturer with 24-years experience in the production of tramcars on the largest factory Pivdenmash bypassed competitors such as Stadler (Switzerland), CRRC Corporation (China) and other large-scale producers in Europe and Asia and received the order to produce the rolling stock for the oldest tram system in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. The project is designed so that new, modern trams will be able to ride on the streets of Alexandria in the near future. The proposed tramcar will be made in accordance with all requirements of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority and in view of new technologies for operation in difficult exploitation conditions, including climate. The project is unique not only in technical terms, this is the first order in Africa this scale for the Ukrainian manufacturer of tramcars. It will employ about 250 Ukrainian companies, involved in the production process, improve the image of Ukraine, not only as an exporter of raw materials, but also as an industrial power.
The ceremonial signing of the contract took place on February 6, 2017 in Alexandria in the presence of the governor of Alexandria Reda Farhat and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt Hennadii Latii.
“This contract with Alexandria – is the starting point for Tatra-Yug for the dissemination of high-quality Ukrainian product in the MENA region. We are proud of the quality of our trams and of 95 percent localization of production in Ukraine, because it is thousands of jobs and huge contributions to the budgets of all levels to revive the economy of our country “- said CEO Anatoly Kerdivara after signing.
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In early 2017 the tender committee of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority has decided to give acceptance for the production of 15 articulated trams to Ukrainian company “Tatra-Yug”. This was preceded by a lengthy tender process, including a visit of a special Egyptian commission to the production facilities and inspection of Tatra-Yug tramcars. As a result, the quality and reliability of products has played a key role.
Thus, the Ukrainian manufacturer with 24-years experience in the production of tramcars on the largest factory Pivdenmash bypassed competitors such as Stadler (Switzerland), CRRC Corporation (China) and other large-scale producers in Europe and Asia and received the order to produce the rolling stock for the oldest tram system in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. The project is designed so that new, modern trams will be able to ride on the streets of Alexandria in the near future. The proposed tramcar will be made in accordance with all requirements of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority and in view of new technologies for operation in difficult exploitation conditions, including climate. The project is unique not only in technical terms, this is the first order in Africa this scale for the Ukrainian manufacturer of tramcars. It will employ about 250 Ukrainian companies, involved in the production process, improve the image of Ukraine, not only as an exporter of raw materials, but also as an industrial power.
The ceremonial signing of the contract took place on February 6, 2017 in Alexandria in the presence of the governor of Alexandria Reda Farhat and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt Hennadii Latii.
“This contract with Alexandria – is the starting point for Tatra-Yug for the dissemination of high-quality Ukrainian product in the MENA region. We are proud of the quality of our trams and of 95 percent localization of production in Ukraine, because it is thousands of jobs and huge contributions to the budgets of all levels to revive the economy of our country “- said CEO Anatoly Kerdivara after signing.

http://tatra-yug.com.ua/index.php/en/

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In the past, Egypt also owned Tatra trams. The Tatra K5AR was an articulated tramcar built by ČKD Tatra. It was unusual in that it was one of the few tramcars built by ČKD Tatra to be exported outside of Eastern Europe, and was designed specifically for the city of Cairo, Egypt, which took 200 examples. The K5AR was bi-directional and was fitted with 3 doors in each car, and its electrical equipment was designed to withstand the sub-tropical climate of Egypt. After less than a decade in service, the vast majority of these tramcars were in very poor condition owing to over-loading and poor maintenance, and only a small handful remained in service until the mid-1980s.[1]


Radek Strouhal named new CEO of TATRA TRUCKS

Radek Strouhal named new CEO of TATRA TRUCKS

29 January, 2017

On 1st February 2017 former CFO Radek Strouhal will become CEO of TATRA TRUCKS after more than three successful years at the head of the truck maker’s financial department.

Radek Strouhal named new CEO of TATRA TRUCKS

“Radek has been part of Tatra’s management team since the current owners came on board. He played a key role in rescuing the company in terms of the financial management and negotiations with banks and other financial partners; he continues to manage both of these roles supremely well,” says Petr Rusek, the chairman of TATRA TRUCKS and board member of CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP, on his appointment.

After a leap in production in 2016, Tatra is entering a period where the focus will be placed on optimizing costs, increasing labour productivity and associated investment in key corporate infrastructure. “Radek Strouhal is therefore taking up the position of CEO after he had largely resolved these priorities in his previous position,” explains Petr Rusek.

Having fulfilled his key task to increase production year-to-year from 900 to 1,300 vehicles, Martin Bednarz is leaving the position of CEO of TATRA TRUCKS. Under his leadership, the truck maker produced a total of 1,326 vehicles in 2016. Petr Rusek says: “We thank Martin Bednarz for his work in our company, especially for setting up production for the subsequent stabilization phase and we wish him much success in his future work.”

In terms of human resources, Radek Strouhal’s appointment is an expression of managerial continuity. He has been working for the truck maker continuously since the arrival of the new owners, Czech entrepreneurs Jaroslav Strnad and René Matera, in whose PROMET GROUP holding company he worked as Chief Financial Officer before joining Tatra. He has been a TATRA TRUCKS board member since October 2013.

Radek Strouhal’s successful business economics management is evidenced by a huge shift of TATRA TRUCKS in its financial rating. From the position of a partner with very high financial risk at the time of the takeover by the new owners in the spring of 2013, the company has managed to move into the best green zone with a low risk of credit default already by mid-2014. According to the international Coface agency, the credit rating of TATRA TRUCKS in 2015 was a seven out of a possible ten.

Radek Strouhal adds: “Standing at the head of the third oldest automaker in the world is a great honour and responsibility for me. Tatra will undertake another increase in production, but hand-in-hand with increased productivity. Tatra’s growth will be supported by hundreds of millions in investment, including the project of restructuring the middle tract that will transform Tatra into a modern industrial building in terms of internal facilities and outer appearance. I will put great emphasis on human resources and positive employee motivation not only in manufacturing but also in Sales and other departments. The company was rescued through the teamwork of all “Tatrovaks”, now the long-term development begins.”


Czech Republic orders more Pandur II armoured vehicles

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The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 30 January awarded a CZK2.07 billion (USD82.0 million) contract to Tatra Defence Vehicle for the procurement of 20 specialised versions of the Steyr Pandur II 8×8 armoured vehicle for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR).

Tatra Defence Vehicle obtained exclusive assembly and marketing rights for the Pandur from Steyr parent company General Dynamics European Land Systems in 2015.

Tatra Defence Vehicle will deliver six Pandur vehicles configured as command-and-control platforms and another 14 vehicles configured as communications platforms to the ACR, which already operates a fleet of 107 Pandur vehicles in various configurations.

The Czech government approved the procurement of the 20 specialised vehicle platforms in 2015; however, MoD procurement schedules for other defence systems did not provide room for the Pandurs in the budget until 2017.

The 20 platforms are expected to cost an additional CZK800 million from the original price of CZK1.27 billion since the ACR updated its requirements with additional ballistic protection and other more modern onboard technical and IT systems.

“The [increased procurement] price was reviewed by two independent court-appointed experts who ruled that the current price reflects the technological upgrades incorporated into the new vehicles,” deputy defence minister Daniel Kostoval told the media on 30 January.


Second print of German language Tatra book now on sale

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The second print of this book has been printed and is available at the better bookshops under number ISBN-Nr. 978-3-950-3964-9-2

The book will also be available in Czech language later on.

Die 2. Auflage des Ledwinkabuches ist nun gedruckt und unter der ISBN-Nr. 978-3-950-3964-9-2 im Handel erhältlich.

Die Generaldirektion der Fa. Tatra hat beschlossen, das Buch in die tschechische Sprache übersetzten zu lassen.


T 603 article in Autorevue (CZ)

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http://www.autorevue.cz/prvni-tatru-603-dostal-pred-60-lety-prezident-zapotocky-k-narozeninam


Tatra article in Dutch magazin

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In the January 2017 issue of the “Onschatbare Klassieker” a fine article was published on Tatra illustrated with 23 photos, regrettably all most well-known.  Text is in Dutch and is of a higher quality than common in these articles, though author Eric van Spelde put is some fairy tales that the T 87 was Czechoslovakia’s secret weapon.  Nevertheless, it is good to a magazine pay attention to “Nearly the oldest automobile works”


The 2017 Tatra classic car meetings

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9th Techno-Classica Essen – April 5th* – April 9th 2017
Tatra Register Deutschland will be present in Hall 9.1 with a small exhibition and invites you for a chat and a coffee
*5th April: Happy View Day / Vorschau
Location: MESSE ESSEN, Norbertstr. 2, 45131 Essen, Germany
Exhibition area: 127.000 m2 divided into 21 halls and 4 open air areas
Number of exhibitor 2016: more than 1.250 exhibitors from 30 nations, of which are
220 Clubs and Interest Groups
Number of visitors 2016: 201.000 visitors from 41 nations
9th Techno-Classica Essen – April 5th* – April 9th 2017
*5th April: Happy View Day / Vorschau
Tatra Register Deutschland will be present in Hall 8.1 (first floor positioned above hall 8 ) with a small exhibition and invites you for a chat and a coffee
Location: MESSE ESSEN, Norbertstr. 2, 45131 Essen, Germany
Exhibition area: 127.000 m2 divided into 21 halls and 4 open air areas
Number of exhibitor 2016: more than 1.250 exhibitors from 30 nations, of which are 220 Clubs and Interest Groups
Number of visitors 2016: 201.000 visitors from 41 nations

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TRN Spring Rally:April 2017: TBA

The Dutch club hasn’t announced their spring event yet as it is looking for an organiser. Watch their website for news: http://www.tatraregister.nl/?page=tatraregister-agenda

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KdTF Rally 4-7 May 2017 Wernigerode/ Germany

http://www.tatrafreunde-ev.de/termine-aktuelles/ Please register before February 28th

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TFI Rally 25-28 May http://www.tatraclub.at/en/ will take place in the north of Lower Austria – from the Hotel in Ottenstein the rally will visit the Waldviertel and parts of the Weinviertel. Please register with ernst@bieber.co.at by 15 March latest.

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TVCC Koprivnice Rally:21 – 24 June: 120 Years Tatra Rally  Vienna-Bratislava- Brno- Koprivnice      http://tvcckoprivnice.com/

The Vienna-Koprivnice veteran Car Rally has been held every ten years and attracts many Tatra classic cars from all over Europe.

Wednesday, 21.06.2017 Vienna, arrival, overnight stay

Thursday, 22.06.2017 Vienna – Bratislava Overnight stay

Friday, 23.06.2017 Bratislava – Brno Overnight stay

Saturday, 24.06.2017 Brno – Kopřivnice Overnight stay

Sunday, 25.06.2017 Kopřivnice Vehicle parade, home trip

Please print the application form from http://tvcckoprivnice.com/ and send it by e-mail to lucie.zakova@tatramuseum.cz or mail to (Please mention the word rally on the envelope) to Lucie Zakova, Technical Museum Tatra, Záhumenni 367/1, CZ-742 22 Kopřivnice, Czech Republic


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TRD Rally 29 June – 2 July – this year’s rally is in the Schlossböckelheim/Nahetal area: Please visit  http://www.tatra-register.de/tatra_register_deutschland.htm for the invitation (Einladung) and Entry (Anmeldung) forms. Please register by 30 April latest

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TRUK 2017 Rally 28–30 July – Rally HQ at The Masons Arms, Meysey Hampton, GL7 5JT in the Cotswolds.

Rally HQ will be The Masons Arms, Meysey Hampton, GL7 5JT.

Accommodation will be at the Masons Arms and at equally pleasant B&Bs within walking distance. Prices will be in the region of £80 per night for a double room including breakfast. Other meals, rally fee and entrance fees to visits TBC but will be of a scale commensurate with previous recent rallies.

Early bookings are very welcome. Please do so through the Glovers…Please do so through the Glovers…

trukrally@samgloverlimited.com

01285 720000 / 07587 633515

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TRS Rally 17 & 18 September http://www.tatra.ch/ Basel/ Elsass

Hotel: Le petit Kohlberg , Basel, Switzerland. Application form TBA.
Organisation Claude Küng


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TRN Annual Rally September 2017: TBA

The Dutch club hasn’t announced their annual event yet as it is looking for an organiser. Watch their website for news: http://www.tatraregister.nl/?page=tatraregister-agenda

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This 2017 Tatra classic car events page is offered to you by the secretary of Tatra World


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