PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. –
There’s no mistaking a Tatra.With its sloping back and a big fin, the Czech-made Tatra T-87 stands out on any road. John Long and Helena Mitchell know.
They have taken one of their Tatras — yes, they’ve owned several — all over North America.
After all, it’s not many couples that drive their car to the Arctic Circle and back, much less making the trip in an obscure European auto. Long says he even took the air-cooled car across the Mojave Desert in summer. “That,” Long says, “was really stupid.”
Long, of Malibu, Calif., says he considers the car to be brilliantly engineered. It is also one of the more aerodynamic cars for its time. It is said that Ferdinand Porsche was influenced by the design when it came to designing the cars that would bear his name.
We caught up to Long and Mitchell over the summer at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where crowds gathered around their T-87. Long and Mitchell made the Tatra a little less obscure. WATCH THE VIDEO
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Tatra has introduced the new Euro-6 Tatra Phoenix. It has a redesigned front, getting the Phoenix more in line with Tatra’ss otherr cabin, the T 815 based Terrno1 series. The available engines are Paccar ones, the MX-11 and MX-13, also fitted in the DAF models CF and XF.
Tatra automaker this year to sell about 840 vehicles, which exceed the plan by about 15 percent.Approximately a quarter of the car model line Tatra Phoenix, now the automaker launches engines with stringent Euro 6 emission specifications Adjusted Tatra vehicles unveiled at its polygon in Kopřivnice Novojičínsko.
Since its launch in 2011, has sold nearly 500 Tatra vehicles Phoenix.Last year they sold 215 of them this year would be approximately the same number.The manufacturing of vehicles Tatra Phoenix cooperates with the Dutch car manufacturer DAF, which is part of the US group Paccar, which gives the vehicle engines.Trucks Tatra Phoenix Euro 6 immediately based on previous models of vehicles emission specifications.Compared they have new cars such as a modified chassis with another embodiment of the front stabilizer and its saving or front shock absorbers.
“Vehicles Heavy-terrain rehearsing in the most demanding conditions.We are one of the first manufacturers of cars with engines of Euro 6 who are doing it, “said CEO Peter Fuller Tatras.Automaker focuses on areas where the most outstanding potential of its cars.It is a construction, agriculture, mining industry, but also for firefighters or municipal services.
The original T 613 Vignale coupe was crashed, but a Slovak enthusiast has built a replica, using a T 613 chassis with a very few original original of the original vehicle.
President Zeman handed out the Order of the White Lion, the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and medals of heroism and merit to a wide spectrum of individuals
On Oct. 28 every year, the day celebrating the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia in 1918, the head of state of the Czech Republic recognizes individuals, both Czechs and foreigners, who have made a significant contribution to the country. Past recipients include European heads of state, from Queen Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos to Jacques Chirac, François Mitterand and Ivan Gašparovič, U.S. politicians such as former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, writers like Karel Čapek and many others.
Miroslav Zikmund got the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1st class, for outstanding contribution to the development of democracy, humanity and human rights). Born Feb. 14, 1919. Writer and traveler. Along with Jiří Hanzelka, he visited more than 80 countries, wrote some 20 books and promoted the former Czechoslovakia and Czech-made Tatra cars in the world. Both travelers condemned the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968, and this is why they were banned from traveling and publishing. After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, Zikmund made his first journey to Australia, and he also traveled to Siberia and Sri Lanka again. President Václav Havel bestowed a medal of merit on Hanzelka and Zikmund in 1999.
T 700 designer Geoff Wardle was in attendance of the show, here photographed with the Greenstein/ DeLyser T 87
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