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Driving a T 603 in the GDR

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February 2nd, 2018

Merry Christmas!

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December 21st, 2017

T 87 shows up at the Czech Embassy’ reception on the occasion of St Wenceslas Day

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On the occasion of St Wenceslas Day, the Czech Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, organised a reception where tens of ambassadors from countries all over the world attended.  My personal T 87 was invited to give acte de presence.  It was parked in the courtyard of the Embassy, close to the entrance and admired by several ambassadors and several Czech and Slovak people, telling me about their childhood in Czechoslovakia and members of the family who owned Tatras, mostly Tatraplans.  The Czech ambassador in the Netherlands, Jana Reinišová, was also quite interested, and enjoyed being behind the wheel.

Wenceslas I:,_Duke_of_Bohemia

St. Wenceslas’ day:

Published under Events & Meetings, Personal
September 28th, 2017

TRD Rally Nahetal

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Just one week after the 120 years Tatra rally, the TRD held its annual event, at the last weekend of June, in the valley of River Nahe.  About thirty cars were present, some of them just returning from the Czech Rally. Of of the fellow competitors, Raimund Bartl arrived at the hotel just after midnight where he had a drink with other Tatra owners. He, however, had sudden pain on the breast and was reanimated, first by Tatra colleagues with a medical education, then by ambulance personnel and finally by a practitioner. It was to no avail though as he passed away under the hands of his reanimators.

It does not take much imagination that everybody was shocked the next day. Out of respect, the rally organisation provided all competitors with a mourning ribbon and a rose.

The rally itself was nicely organised and the route was splendid.






Silent witness.

Raimund Bartl’s ivory T 603 was left behind, only the flowers witnessing that something had happened.


Raimund Bartl will be buried on July 14th 9.30 at Friedhof Letter(Hölderlinstrasse 6, 30926 Seelze)

July 12th, 2017

Hans Ledwinka passed away 50 years ago

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March 2nd, 2017

Miroslav Zikmund celebrates 98th birthday

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February 18th, 2017

Happy New Year

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January 2nd, 2017

Fidel Castro passes away

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Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.

Published under History, Personal
November 26th, 2016

Max Mannheimer and his T 87

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Here is a fine photo of Max Mannheimer and his T 87, shot by Ondrej Ertl at the Beskydy Rally of 2001.

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October 14th, 2016

How Max Mannheimer got his T 87

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On my seventieth birthday in 1990, my brother Edi fulfilled a secret life-long dream. He gave me a vintage car from 1938, a Czech Tatra in silver, which had converted from a wreck into a high-level car in a month-long restoration: three-liter engine, air cooling, oil circulating pump, 75 hp, top speed 160 kph, Rubens inspired curved wings.  As a 15-year-old I had seen such a car on the Novy Jicin (Neu-titschein) city square. He belonged to the hat-maker Hückel, cost as many as five Volkswagens, and attracted many admirers, including my brothers and myself.  Since then, I had dreamed of driving such a car once.  At that time the car was regarded as extremely avant-garde – 55 years later it was still.  It had only one construction fault: because of the all-too-big wheels and the long tail fins, it reacted very sensitively to sidewind. Only one thing helped: slowing down. It also had some quirks because of his age. But I also have quirks. So we matched together wonderfully.

I was indefinitely grateful to my brother. He could not have given me a bigger gift.  The trips I took on the red leather driving seat, are among my best memories.

(Von der Leyen, Marie-Luise: Max Mannheimer. Drei Leben.  S 209-210, München 2012.)

Zu meinem siebzigsten Geburtstag im Jahre 1990 erfüllte mir mein Bruder Edi einen heimlichen Lebenstraum.  Er schenkte mir einen Oldtimer von 1938, ein tschechischer Tatra in Silber, der sich in Monatelanger Restaurierung von einem Wrack in ein Hochelegantes Auto verwandelt hatte:  drei-Liter Motor, Luftkühlung, Öl-Umlaufpumpe, 75 PS, Spitzengeschwindigkeit 160 km/h, rubensartig gewölbte Kotflügel.  Als 15-Jähriger hatte ich auf dem Neutitscheiner Stadtplatz einen solchen Wagen gesehen.  Er hatte dem Hutfabrikanten Hückel gehört, so viel wie fünf Volkswagen gekostet und viele Leute herbeigelockt, die ihn bestaunten, auch meine Brüder und mich.  Seither hatte ich davon geträumt, einmal einen solchen Wagen zu fahren.  Seinerzeit galt er als ungeheuer avantgardistisch – 55 Jahre später war er es noch immer.  Er hatte nur einen Konstruktionsfehler: Wegen der allzu grossen Räder und der lange Heckflossen reagierte er sehr empfindlich auf Seitenwind.  Da half nur eines: langsamer fahren. Auch sonst hatte er wegen seines Alters einige Macken.  Aber Macken habe ich auch.  Insofern passten wir wunderbar zusammen.

Ich war meinem Bruder unendlich dankbar.  Ein grösseres Geschenk hätte er mir nicht machen können.  Die Fahrten, die ich auf dem Roten Ledersitz hinter dem Steuer unternommen habe, gehören zu meinem schönsten Erinnerungen.

(Von der Leyen, Marie-Luise: Max Mannheimer. Drei Leben.  S 209-210, München 2012.)

Published under History, Personal, Restoration
October 6th, 2016
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