Five weird saloons

5 knotsgekke berlines


Tatra to use DAF engines for their Euro VI engines


Canadian Tatras beyond Pebble Beach

John Long of California is a Canadian living at least part time in California and has driven this 1947 Tatra Aerodynamic Saloon over a lot of Northern Canada.


Another 83 Tatra photos from Pebble Beach


http://www.autoweb.cz/fotogalerie-tatra-v-pebble-beach-2014/2/#galerie or an 0verview at http://www.supercars.net/gallery/119513/3167/17.html

1971 T 603 for sale

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Tatragate India: CBI shuts Tatra truck case

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which appears to be on a closing spree, has filed a closure report in the Tatra trucks case where it had put UK-based Vectra Group chief Ravi Rishi and former chairman and managing director of state-run BEML, VRS Natrajan, under the scanner during the 29-month long investigation. Citing “insufficient evidence”, the CBI on Tuesday brought down the curtain on the case which involved supply of 7,000 Tatra trucks to the Indian Army by BEML since 1986.

In a separate case, the agency has chargedLt General Tejinder Singh last month for attempting to bribe the former Army chief VK Singh for allegedly swinging a truck purchase deal in favour of Tatra. However, even in that charge-sheet, it did not charge Ravi Rishi or BEML officials.

Both cases were referred by the thenDefence Minister AK Antony to the CBI in 2012. BEML chief VRS Natrajan was also removed from his position on the CBI’s request in 2012 for a fair probe.

Over the past one week, the CBI has also decided to close the coal scam case against Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and has given a virtual clean chit to former Sebi chairman CB Bhave and member KM Abraham in the preliminary enquiry PE) in the MCX-SX matter.

A senior CBI official said CBI was inclined to close yet another high-profile probe against Himachal PradeshChief Minister Virbhadra Singh regarding which a PE was lodged by the agency in 2012 after a diary had emerged during an Income Tax department search which indicated pay-offs by one Ispat Industries to a certain ‘VBS’.

“The Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate can look into the matter from the angle of tax evasion or money laundering,” said the official, indicating that the CBI did not see any criminality in the matter.

In the Tatra trucks case, the CBI’s closure report says that “no sustained evidence” was found to prove that indigenisation of trucks for use by Indian Army was deliberately delayed, which was one of the major allegations in the First Information Report. Another allegation was that the BEML allowed change of currency for payment from US dollar to euro, thereby causing further loss of approximately Rs 13.27 crore. After receiving replies to its Letters Rogatory from abroad, the CBI has concluded that banks overseas had insisted upon payment in euros rather than US dollars.


Tatra owners share Pebble Beach podium

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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.

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Kees Smit became runner-up

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….while Pavel Kasik was the winner.

Pebble Beach press reports

The Czech Secret Weapon will shine at Pebble Beach




San Francisco newspaper coverage:


Photo coverage of event:

Classic Car coverage (drop down to last grouping of photos within the main article):





with Tatras on photos 21, 37

http://www.motor-klassik.de/szene/pebble-beach-concours-d-elegance-2014-ex-rossellini-ferrari-gewinnt-in-pebble-beach-8546382.html with Tatra photos on 9.35, 51, 101, 110

The Pebble Beach Rolex Tour, August 14 2014

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.

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Pavel Kasik

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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.

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Jeff Lane

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John & Greg Long

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David Russell

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Lane Motor Museum


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Frank Kollinek

PS. Both Danny Barnett and Chris Oehrstrom did not compete in the rally

Pebble Beach Tatra participants

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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)

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Pavel Kasik took his wife, son and mechanic along his freshly restored T 77 to become the winner of the Tatra class.

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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.

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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

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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.


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Toronto based Frank Kollinek toko his T 603 with him. Dressed in a Czechoslovak army uniform, he was a much photographed participant.

PebbleBeach2014 302Last, 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.

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