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T 603B5 in Dutch Autoweek Classics

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http://www.autoweek.nl/classics/bestel

November 27th, 2015

Found! A novel on discovered, interesting cars (incl Tatras)

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“But this was an original T77. Not the tamer and more tractable T87. The T77 was longer, wider, and had a coefficient of drag of only 0.212—unheard of even to this day. The car became a favorite of Dr. Eugen Heydrich, the Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, who used it on ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ business throughout Czechoslovakia, before it somehow found its way into Leningrad, just before the war ended. These so-called spoils of war were auctioned off…”

I just self published a book called FOUND, The Lives of Interesting Cars & How They Were Discovered that I think group may enjoy… It’s a ‘barn-find’ book with a twist: It’s a novel and consists of exciting discoveries of amazing vintage cars threaded together through a relationship between a young car fanatic and an elderly car collector.

Many interesting cars from Tatras, to Saabs, to Hemi Cuda’s—there’s something for every car buff.

“Tanner has the habit of stopping at every dilapidated garage, warehouse, or barn he comes across: What could possibly be lurking inside? A ‘66 Shelby, ‘32 Bugatti, or a clapped out ‘75 Mercury Bobcat?”

“An amazing friendship blossoms when a young car fanatic meets a seasoned collector after noticing his Riviera Blue BMW 2800 CS parked amongst a sea of Camry’s and Cavaliers at a local greasy-spoon.”

“Coffee turns into marathon conversations about amazing vintage cars, their colorful owners, and their own next chapters.”

Here’s another excerpt I picked out for the the Tatra Group for obvious reasons!

“Hey Mr. Brant. Do you know anything about Tatras?”

“Yes, a matter of fact I do: Groundbreaking aerodynamic design starting with the T77 in ‘34.”

“Do you know anything about Tatraplans?”

“It’s the 4 cylinder version, smaller fin, no louvers, lots of rear windows. They imported some into Canada back in 1950.”

“Well I’ve met an old guy, well, I mean, an elderly gentleman like you…”

“Did you stalk him as well? Does he have a restraining order out on you by chance?”

“Not yet… he told me about an old Tatraplan that’s been sitting forlorn in a blackberry bush for decades and gave me sort-of directions. He said he’s not mobile enough to check it out himself so I’m wondering if you’d be interested in going on a Tatra hunt sometime with me?”

Available on Amazon.com around the world by searching:

FOUND The Lives of Interesting Cars & How They Were Discovered. A Novel.

https://www.facebook.com/FoundCarsofCascadia/photos/a.1536806269891123.1073741828.1536382653266818/1536805906557826/?type=1

Gregory Long
Greg Long loves interesting cars. Actually, the weirder the better. But not just weird for weird-sake–but cars that changed the world through their designers amazing ideas and true innovations, many of which can be found in many ‘normal’ cars today. 

Greg got the vintage car bug as a teenager in Victoria, BC when his brother gave him a ‘dead’ old Citroen DS–why not start on this journey with one of the most complicated cars ever built!? Decades later he’s still sleuthing for interesting old cars, resurrecting them, and then trying desperately to store them. 

Greg is married and has three boys–two at colleges in Washington State and one still in high school. Greg lives in Kirkland and works, by day, for a major technology company.

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December 21st, 2014

The hard life of classics behind the Iron Curtain

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We are happy to inform you that the book “Pozor” is out now. It is not a Tatra book, but a coffeetable book about surviving pre- and early post war cars in the seventies of last century.  The 143 page book consists of a 129 page main section with the photographed classics and a 11 page additional section where some of the photographed cars are compared to restored cars 40 years later.  In the main section the publishers have (almost) chosen for a one photo on a single page  format with additional text. Quality of the b/w photos is very well, as is the print. The lay-out is pleasant and quiet for one’s eyes.

The number of brands spotted in the seventies streets shows a colourful palet in the grey communistic streets. Some foreign vehicles were imported to the protectionistic Czechoslovakia in the thirties, other cars were left  by the fleeing Wehrmacht in the war years. With 22 photo’s on 19 pages(and cover) of  Tatra T 12s, T 57s (including a’s and b’s), T 77s, T 87s, T 97s, T 600s and T603’s, Tatra is generously represented.  Other Czech makes like Aero, Jawa, Praga, Skoda Velorex and Zbrojovka are well represented on another 31 pages. With most photos taken in Czechoslovakia, this is a logical outcome.  Other makes are either German (Adler, Audi, EMW, DKW, Mercedes, Opel, Stoewer, Volkswagen, Wanderer), Austrian (Steyr), Hungarian (Ikarus), Polish (Pobieda), Russian (GAZ, Volga), French (Peugeot), British (Austin, Vauxhall) or American (Chevrolet, De Soto, Dodge, Ford, Plymouth, Pontiac, Studebaker)

Highly recommended to all Eastern Bloc and Tatra enthusiasts!

Hardcover, 21 x 28 cm

All photos are in b/w, english text.

EU countries: Euro 38,50 incl p.p.  other countries US Dollar 65,00 incl p.p..

http://www.pozor.nl/

Ordering: http://www.pozor.nl/order.html

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September 4th, 2014

Gerrit Wienen passes away

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We have been informed that 71 years old Gerrit Wienen, former Dutch importer of Tatra trucks and owner of a Tatraplan, has passed away due to a severe illness.  The photo shows when he was on the podium of the Concours d’elegance Het Loo Palace, in 2008, winning the Post War Early Saloon class.  He also contributed severely ro the 2006 Dutch Tatra book “Tatra onder de zeespiegel”  May he rest in peace.

July 19th, 2014

T 613 in Autobild

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http://www.autobild.de/klassik/artikel/tatra-t613-5145462.html

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July 13th, 2014

Lašské Museum shows Tatra promotion 1945-1992

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Kopřivnické museum show promotion Tatry in the years 1945-1992
The all in the years 1945 to 1992 dealt promotional department of the Tatra shows from Friday LAsske museum, which is housed in the former Šustala Koprivnice on Novojičínsko.
The exhibition will be on display posters, brochures, badges, stickers and other promotional items, said spokeswoman Lucie Kopřivnická Petříčková.
According to curator Paul Dvorak was an essential part of business promotion complex process of car production.
“Promotion Division found, although it may seem at first glance, had probably the greatest impact, leaving aside the cars themselves, forming the image of the entire company, the formation of a resonant name in our country and abroad, and create ‘atmosphere’ car ‘ said Dvorak. The department alongside traditional advertising Tatra donated products and documentation center and factories, providing celebrations, decoration company or issuing a racing magazine.
The exhibition documenting the history of TATRA people can see to 24 November. The opening ceremony of the 6th September at 17:00. Admission to the museum is 40 CZK, children pay half.
Lasske museumThe Lašské Musem shows Tatra’s promotion articles from 1945 to 1992 The museum is housed in the former Šustala villa in Koprivnice.
The exhibition displays posters, brochures, badges, stickers and other promotional items, said spokeswoman Lucie Kopřivnická Petříčková.
According to curator Paul Dvorak it was an essential part of business promotion complex process of car production.
“Promotion Division found, although it may seem at first glance, had probably the greatest impact, leaving aside the cars themselves, forming the image of the entire company, the formation of a resonant name in our country and abroad, and create ‘atmosphere’ car ‘ said Dvorak. The department alongside traditional advertising Tatra donated products and documentation center and factories, providing celebrations, decoration company or issuing a racing magazine.
The exhibition documenting the history of TATRA people can see till 24 November.
Admission to the museum is 40 CZK, children pay half.
October 11th, 2013

T 603-2 spare parts list

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http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/manuals/Europe/Tatra/603-2Parts/index.htm

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March 8th, 2013

Czech streamlining & KdF in an Evert Meulen cartoon story

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http://www.galeriechampaka.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/PorfolioEverMeulen-nl.pdf

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February 16th, 2013

Hanzelka & Zikmund comic

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A comic book project of young czech illustrator tereza tydlitatova: journey of zikmund and hanzelka

http://www.behance.net/terezatydlitatova/frame/865190

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February 14th, 2013

Blood on the spats

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T87 Inteligent Life Economist Dec2012

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December 19th, 2012
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