Heading for the podium. The three Tatras of Kees Smit, Pavel Kasik and Chris Oehrstrom are seen here close to the podium. They later were set side by side with Chris Oehrstrom awarded 3rd place. He went to the podium first.
Kees Smit became runner-up
….while Pavel Kasik was the winner.
Preceding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance was the Rolex Tour d’Élegance, held on August 14, 2014. Here, historic cars travel from Pebble Beach to Big Sur and back to Carmel. Here are some pix of the participants in the Tatra class.
Kees Smit started the tour, but saw a Horch backing into him at an uphill section after 1/3 distance. As the right front wing was touching hindered the wheel to move and Kees Smit needed some medical attention. It meant the end of his tour. With the help of the organzation, everything was repaired temporally though, the T 77a readied late on Saturday.
John & Greg Long
Lane Motor Museum
PS. Both Danny Barnett and Chris Oehrstrom did not compete in the rally
From l to r: Pavel Kasik and family, Frank Kollinek and wife, Ken Uffheill, the Danny Barnett team, Barbar Frolich, Guido Smit, Paul Greenstein andn Dydia deLyser (and dog Harpo) the Lane Museum T 603 drivers, David Russell, John Long with wife and daughter, Kees Smit. Kneeling: Chris Oerstrom and Jeff Lane. All were enthusiastic, saying it was the first American Tatra meet! (O.K.; with some Europeans)
Pavel Kasik took his wife, son and mechanic along his freshly restored T 77 to become the winner of the Tatra class.
Kees Smit took his wife Barbara and his T 77a from the Netherlands to California
Chris Ohrstrom (Virginia) with the ex Ian Tisdale, ex Hampton Wayt T 87 did not make it to the Rolex Tour as the clutch failed, meaning he had to take the engine out, repair the clutch and fitting the engine in a very short time. He succeeded and was chosen as the third best Tatra by the Jury, making it to the PB podium!
Canadian T 77a and T 87 owner John Long was invited with his T 87 and enjoyed the meeting very much. “Some years ago, I was here with my silver T 77a, but I then felt a little bit of a stranger with such an unknown car; This meeting is much nicer, with all the Tatras and the Tatra enthusiasts.” Along with John came his brother Greg, his wife and daughter.
David Russell was the only Tatraplan representative. He took his late, VW engined, Tatraplan.
Jeff Lane from Nashville, Tennesse, entered his T 97. He also entered the former Rene Bergher T 603-1 on the name of his museum. The guy on the 125 cc CZ motorcycle is motorcycle entrant from Los Angeles who also own a magnificent T 87 together with his wife DydiadeLyser
Danny Barnet of Las Vegas was a last minute entry. After already having bought tickets for PB to see the Tatras on show there, he just thought “Why don’t I ask them if they want my car” and he succeeded! With his brother Jack and Kenneth Uffheil, who took a plane from Texas to Las Vegas, and two other passengers, they drove the narrow mask 1966 T 603, an original US car, imported by an American Jawa dealer, to Pebble Beach.
Toronto based Frank Kollinek toko his T 603 with him. Dressed in a Czechoslovak army uniform, he was a much photographed participant.
Last, but not least, we should mention Texas Tatra enthusiast Kenneth Uffheil. He flew from Texas to Las vegas, worked for two days on Banny Barnett’s T 603 before to join the T 603 yellow submarine team to Pebble Beach. Ken is seen here with with his friend Jackie Stewart, former F1 world chmpion, who now has an apprecianticeship with Ken to study Tatra technology.
The choice of the Jon Shirley’s 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe was not a total surprise given its provenance, quality of restoration and undisputed elegance. It still sent a ripple through the knowledgeable crowd gathered before The Lodge overlooking the 18th green of one of the world’s most famous golf courses. This is the first time since 1954 that a Post-War era vehicle has won the top prize, namely Best of Show, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey.
How to reduce 218 cars from 15 countries divided across 27 classes down to one Best of Show? That is the task set before Chief Judge Chris Bock and his team of experts. Armed with a combined total of 1,893 years of experience there is every chance that their final decision will be the correct one. According to Nic Waller, a member of the Concours Selection Committee, it was a close run thing but a fine decision:
“It could not go to a better or more unique Ferrari. It’s been to Pebble before about 15 years ago [when it won First in Class], but it’s since been re-restored and a lot of time and effort taken to bring it back to exactly as it was when it was first delivered to Roberto Rossellini. In Ferrari language, in any language it ticks all the boxes.”
954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti CoupeRossellini is perhaps as good a testimony for the car’s elegance as one could need. As a filmmaker, whose Roma città aperta won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1946 and who was married to Ingrid Bergman, he knew a thing or two about art and beauty. Jon Shirley, owner of the Ferrari, is another aficionado of the finer things in the automotive world. For him the reasoning behind his success was obvious.
“It has super elegant lines and elegance is usually what ends up here on the ramp as Best of Show,” he said. “As someone who collects Ferraris I always thought that one day it had to happen; there are a lot of great Post-War cars and I never quite understood why one had never managed to win!”
Shirley is first to admit he is very fortunate to own the car. Not just because of its revered features, but also the story behind its acquisition: “It was found in Paris in pieces, I was lucky to have the help of a young Englishman – who spoke French fluently – in the middle of the negotiations. Plus, we had lived in Belgium for a number of years and my late wife spoke a little French which all helped charm the owner. He wasn’t going to sell to someone he didn’t like.”
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is much more than just a competition to find the most beautiful car. It is a celebration of the passion and dedication of an elite group of individuals dedicated to preserving automotive history.
To become an entrant at Pebble Beach Concours you have to be invited. Each car is vetted and considered by a committee before it is selected for entry. The vehicles chosen have either been painstakingly restored or carefully preserved over time. According to Sandra Button, the Concours Chairman: “All are [here], thanks to the dedicated and passionate enthusiasts who want to be the best possible stewards of these vehicles – not only caring for them, but sharing them with others.” These are qualities that Rolex greatly admires.
The list of marques represented at the event is a who’s who of the historic automotive world. Vehicles which in their day were leaders in their class, and which today are some of finest remaining examples. Cars from the golden age of coachwork – the 1920s and 30s – including famous names such as Duesenberg, Cadillac, Packard, Chrysler Imperial, Pierce Arrow, Hispano-Suiza, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Talbot-Lago, Delage, and Delahaye spread across the green sward. Elsewhere, Post-War sporting giants such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, BMW, Riley and Jaguar.
1939 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Pourtout CoupePresent, too, were some lesser known, though no less significant names. Pebble Beach had chosen 2014 to recognize the contribution of Hans Ledwinka and the progressive Czechoslovakian Tatra together with the all-American Ruxton and Cord.
Jim Fasnacht is an authority on the Ruxton and the driving force behind a collection of 16 out of the 19 surviving models from the 96 built being on the field: “It was a team effort with a lot of wonderful people involved to get them here. I was captured a long time ago by the car’s silhouette and its technology. The engineering of the gearbox was revolutionary. It enabled the car to be lower, shorter, lighter and more nimble than other front-wheel drive cars of the era.” Fasnacht and his wife own seven Ruxtons. He admits this is partly obsession, but mostly enthusiasm to preserve the history of a car where “so few were made it almost fell through the crack.” Fasnacht was presented with a Rolex timepiece in recognition of his dedication during the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance lunch stop in Carmel.
Coincidentally another car that has caught Fasnacht’s imagination is the Cord. Another front-wheel drive car, the Cord was the brand name for an innovative car manufactured by Auburn Automobile under the stewardship of Errett L. Cord, who twice appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Chris Cord, the grandson of Errett and a highly-regarded racing driver with appearances at 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, was exhibiting an immaculate 1937 Cord 812 SC Cabriolet at this year’s Concours.
“The car is a wonderful car to drive, it is such a modern car despite its age. Gordon Buehrig’s design is considered iconic. It is front-wheel drive, it has no running boards and it’s disappearing headlights make the car extremely streamlined, and good-looking,” explained Cord. Cord is a huge supporter of the Concours, what it stands for and the opportunity to share his car: “Ours is a very personal story and we love coming to events like this talking about our family’s automotive history. These cars are a remembrance of that time, and my grandfather, and give us an immense sense of pride.”
Today, we have a chance to showcase a somewhat unusual photoshoot depicting two cars that are generations apart, but similar in its shape and form.
First one is a Soviet era luxury vehicle (if there ever was such a thing) powered by a Tatra 603G V8 air-cooled engine with a displacement of 2474 cc, which develops 77,5kW that power the rear wheels.
If you think that rudimentary suspension, lack of any modern technology involved, or simply put, lacking anything and everything, is and will be the main thing about this vehicle, you are terribly wrong. The V8 overhead valve engine weighed only 160 kg (350 lb), allowing the car to have 47/53 front/rear interaxle weight distribution when fully loaded. The engine was already used in the late Tatra 87 and its extreme reliability was confirmed by previous use in Tatra race cars or military light truck T805. The air-cooling system was designed to cool the most heated parts of the engine more effectively.
More at: http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/18/times-changing-bmw-i3-work-together-tatra-603/
TATRA TRUCKS rise from the ashes following its predecessor’s bankruptcy seems to be continuing at a steady pace. The company already announced at the beginning of August that it had sold more vehicles in the first half of the year than expected and raised its profits estimate for the full year to 3 billion crowns. TATRA TRUCKS also says it has almost sold all this year’s planned production plan of 745 vehicles and expects to be capable of overshooting its 2014 target by an extra 30 to 50 vehicles.
Photo: archive of TATRA TRUCKSIn its latest format, TATRA TRUCKS is a newcomer founded after its predecessor Tatra a.s. filed for insolvency last year. Owned by Czech businessmen Jaroslav Strnad and René Matera since April 2013, the truck maker nevertheless sees itself as the follower of a brand whose history spans more than one hundred years. And it now seems to be slowly recovering from years of financial uncertainty caused by complicated ownership and the impact of the financial crisis.
Soon after the takeover, a strategy of cautious and targeted production was chosen by the company’s new management, which says it aims to exploit gaps in the market and focus on producing what they say TATRA does best – manufacturing heavy off road trucks. The plan, which also saw over 100 workers being laid off in a bid to increase output efficiency, seems to be working. The company last year hit its highest vehicle production volume since 2008 and has succeeded in regaining the confidence of suppliers and rating agencies.
TATRA’s main clients continue to come from the military, construction and mining sector, with over two thirds of orders coming from outside of the Czech Republic, including many from the former Soviet bloc. The manufacturer’s press secretary Andrej Čírtek said Russia was one of the company’s main clients with potential for further growth. According to him the recent tit-for-tat sanctions between the EU and Russia haven’t impacted the company heavily, but could hinder expansion in the future.
One of the main successes the company has achieved since its restructuring is a recently agreed deal with the Saudi Arabian army worth 4.5 billion crowns. TATRA’s will not supply finished trucks but will instead send parts to a newly opened assembly plant in Saudi Arabia where they will be put together using workers trained in TATRA’s plants in the Czech Republic. The deal is part of a larger trend, Čírtek says, which will see vehicles being assembled in the country of their destination.
In spite of the upbeat tone, the market for off terrain trucks has shrunk in the past decades. Current world production is around 10 000 units, which is actually close to the number that the TATRA plant alone was producing back in 1989. Čírtek stated that one of the main reasons behind this, is improved infrastructure and better roads in many parts of the world. This has led to a lesser need for such vehicles. However, he says there is still considerable potential for TATRA in the construction and mining industry as well as military contracts.
Historic racing cars to “Dessauer race weekend”
Klaus-Lothar Bebber: On October 3, it goes to the historic journey on the A9!
Dessau (db). What promises that one should also keep!
True to this old adage will be cashed on February 8, given the technology Hugo Junkers promise Automotive guild master Klaus-Lothar Bebber. The historical Hanomag diesel, with the one on the highway track in Dessau world records were run, comes back on the A9!
And he is not alone, says Bebber, for the occasion of the “historical race weekend Dessau – 75 years Aerodynamics” until October 5 to come from 2 other historic sports and racing cars to Dessau. Klaus-Lothar Bebber: “To date, we have the promise of a DKW racing machine from 1921, a DKW F1 from 1931, a Meier lightweight from 1935, an eagle Super Sport from 1937, an Alfa Romeo Jankovits – 6C2300 of 1937, the Hanomag Special Roadster from 1936, the Hanomag Autobahn 1938, the Hanomag 1.9 liter diesel record car of 1939 and a Tatra 87 of 1939 from the post-war period are based on the DKW F9 F8 of 1938/1948 , the Greifzu 1 formula racing car of 1948 and a DKW Monza 1956 there. “These are some commitments from, so that we expect further historical vehicles.
For Klaus-Lothar Bebber, who prepared the four days of Dessau with the Hanoverian Horst-Dieter Görk from Hanomag Club and organized a great event. And as a framework program was developed, which could make no tourism operators better. This ranges from lectures in the Museum of Technology Hugo Junkers, city tours, visiting the Anhalt Theatre, the Palace of Oranienbaum and an evening in the historic oak wreath in Wörlitz. Accompanying this “race weekend” from 1 Dessauer sidecar meeting on 4 October 9 to 17 clock at the art museum. There are no specifications for the model years, it is open to all.
The highlight, as Klaus-Lothar Bebber is safe, but is the ride on the A9 be. On 3 October, all historic vehicles meet at the highway entrance Wolfen in the direction of Berlin. Approximately 10 clock, it goes to the A9 for demonstration runs in the direction of Dessau. Assured it was blocking the A9 from Dessau to Berlin. For Photo interested the bridges over the A9 may thereby be ideal.
The program of the four days since days on the internet “www.technikmuseum-dessau.de” of cost. Interested in the presentations are welcome and have to pay according to Klaus-Lothar Bebber, only the normal admission cost for the art museum.
Rumors were growing more and more these passed weeks concerning the possible return of the Russian Kamaz Master Team on the [AFRICA ECO RACE ]. Now it´s official: The Kamaz Team has confirmed their participation on the 7th edition of the Africa Eco Race (AER) with two racing trucks.
Remember, on the AER 2013, Kamaz had registered a truck with two young racers of which Anton Shibalov was part of. For Shibalov, first of all, it was his first experience on the african tracks but also, it gave him the chance to be part of the legend “on Dakar-founder Thierry Sabine’s footsteps” by winning his first race.
This year, Anton Shibalov is back and its going to be tough with opponents such as Tomas Tomecek of TOM Racing with his Tatra and Elisabete Jacinto of MAN Portugal with her MAN TGS, which were also on the podium in 2013. But Shibalov will not be the only one defending the Kamaz Team – Sergey Kuprianov will fight on the tracks as well.
After having tested their machines in Morocco, bets are open that on the next edition of the Africa Eco Race, its going to be a real sporting spectacle between the trucks. Case to follow from december 28th 2014…