Here is a fine photo of Max Mannheimer and his T 87, shot by Ondrej Ertl at the Beskydy Rally of 2001.
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.)
Urvan Tatra 603 crushing opponents at the Nurburgring and then go home
This “šestsettrojka” at first glance is not settled limousine that drove the Communist functionaries.Bright orange color, squatted outside the country, black hood.A rear unmistakable “trumpet”, which are the most visible part of the ejector cooling.
Before some fifty years ago this car from Kopřivnice factory broke the opponents in European endurance races that lasted several days.At the wheel steering wheel three masters: Adolf Veřmiřovský, Alois Mark and Stanislav Hajdušek.The latter Kopřivnice worked as a test driver.And his sons with “dad’s” Tatra racing today.Among other things, it will present this weekend at the Brno Masaryk Circuit.
The socialist Otesánek what surprised the world
Orange specimen was built in Koprivnice for the season 1967. “Šestsettrojky” he had belonged to the famous Marathon de la Route, čtyřiaosmdesátihodinovém endurance race, which rode on the legendary northern loop of the Nürburgring, the esteemed opponent.
“In 1965, when he rode Tatras for the first time, they finished first and second in their category, finished one car.A year later, the Tatra first, second and third, “calculates Stanislav Hajdušek junior, fresh sixties and former extra league hockey player who competes today with the car for pleasure.
This orange Tatra just flown trio Veřmiřovský-Mark-Hajdušek then in 1967 finished the race in third place in his class and fourth overall.In autumn the then still he presented on circuit races in Brno and at Rallye Sumava.And then it was a successful racing Tatra project completed.
Tatra nettle in Kopřivnice
When Hajdušek junior brothers in the nineties decided to try dad Tatras find and put together, they had a difficult task.After completion of the racing project because all the machines back into production or factory rebuilt into a civilian car that was included in the regular service.”We rode in Prague at the ministry, while others ended up in an agricultural cooperative in the Bruntal.Only one race remained the engine used in the testing of motorway traffic, “recounted Stanislav Hajdušek.
Searching in archives and registry vehicle eventually found Hajduškovi Tatra – immobile, just ten kilometers from Kopřivnice in the garden in the grass.He owned the widow of the last owner and did not know what to do with it.”So we agreed with her that she put decent for Tatra wheeled Skoda hundred,” says Hajdušek.
Renovation lasted a relatively short time – less than two years.In the mid 90s there was another time, veterans were far from such business.”Back then it was a pleasure to do it.She lived a lot of witnesses and everyone we love to help with that.Only one engine specialists, which we adjusted the carburetors Weber, the threw a blanket over himself, not to see what he does, “laughs Hajdušek.
“But anybody can ride”
Restoration of cars had also had “therapeutic effect”.Hajdušek senior was seriously ill and he says his son, he wanted to die.Construction of car he should return zest for life.”With the Tatra, we brought him to other thoughts.We had him in the garage as such officer memorial, “he says today, sixty Hajdušek junior.The therapy worked.Former test pilot Tatry Hajdušek lived for 83 years, died three years ago.
A renovated drove his Tatra truck?”I know that, yes, drove up.But then he got out and said: “Gentlemen, what I will not give a damn.The clutch is not prošlápnout, rigid brake, the steering wheel does not tighten.It’s hard.How can you ride, “says Hajdušek.
The most important thing to them but my dad gave earlier.”He taught us to ride.I used to go with him to the work of his test drive awfully happy.Seeing a driver who ranks timely, timely brakes, panic.My little brother with him then watched open-mouthed as you brake and beating of a strumming heel gas.Serial Tatra 603 per ordinary barumských praskačkách was one big continuous slip, but when daddy went, it was a concert. ”
Racing clothing?Tesilky, shirts and shoes
With that hardness had Hajdušek senior truth, his son openly admits.Today renovated Tatra is still from the original lot different.Marathon races because then looked different than today’s automotive competition.Competitors got home in the car, crossed half of Europe, where for three days and three nights of racing and went back home.The car had to be built on such a scheme, the chassis was therefore much more comfortable mood.
Historians in Brno
Tatra 603-2 B5 Marathon will be one of more than a hundred historic sports cars that will be presented at the Masaryk circuit in Brno this weekend May 7 to 8.The Brno race track hosts the Austrian Histo CUP, Czech Penrite Cup Classic Cup and drive formulas Czechoslovak Club F3.
And the differences are, of course, the safety regulations.”Back then, racing overalls formed tesilky blue, white shirts, shoes and leather gloves without fingers,” says Hajdušek.And it emphasizes that it is definitely not thinking hyperbole.In order to Tatra could race today, of course, they must have complete safety equipment.The car must roll cage must have an emergency battery master switch.It is a tax for that marathon Tatra can still compete for real.Otherwise it could happen except in a museum.
“Trumpets” hit the Nordschleife ban
On the contrary, these “trumpets”, which will attract at first glance, his most famous car in the race stints have not.What they actually are?With lots of other improvements under the hood consists of an ejector cooling system.This creates a negative pressure while driving and the engine compartment then faster air flows.The motor then uchladí without otherwise conventional fans that add weight to the car and detract from engine performance.
To put the numbers: an ejector Tatra had about 170 horses, with some fans 150. That was not the competitors at the Marathon de la Route no avail.A side effect is ejectors – politely put – a very distinctive sound speech.Such that even in tolerant sixties was skousnutelný.
“Even without the engine noise generators exceeds 105 decibels.When she went after Norschleife Tatra, knew all the villagers kilometers away, “laughs Hajdušek.For comparison – the noise of a hundred decibels issued a jackhammer.Formula 1 in its heyday had 145 decibels.
At Goodwood?After the big “masking”
The highlight of a career rebirth “šestsettrojky” was not yet famous Goodwood Revival Festival.Organizers there marathon Tatra wanted, but it was one small problem.He did not fit into the rules.According to it, they laugh at Goodwood to drive only cars produced before 1960. Conceptually, there šestsettrojka belongs, is produced since 1956, but this piece was apparently later.
John Haugland, who as a former pilot Skoda Rally participation Tatra contended, finally Hajduškům suggested, be adjusted to mask the car version in 1960. “Paradoxically, this did not bother them.Brother took the gnashing of teeth cutter and an ancestor we remade the oval version with three lights.And as we came back from Goodwood again we rebuilt it back, “says Stanislav Hajdušek junior.
Roars like a Spitfire during the war
However, for the feeling to participate in the most famous “revival” of the world it was worth.Commotion aroused course mainly ejectors.”They went there for us witnesses of the war and said that he Tatra goes, it sounds like flying a Spitfire,” recalls racer.
It was just tiring always someone explain how the ejector cooling functions.”We ended up hurting mouth so that we were painted with a sketch explaining how and someone asked, we just wordlessly pointed to the paper,” he laughs.
To Goodwood Tatra returned three times.And every time she graduated before leaving for reconstruction, “three-eyed” and after returning back to “four-eyed”.Leave your car in the version for Goodwood said he would be in the Czech Republic failed.”Here people know these cars.The first bit of informed Tatrovaks would send us to hell, “he laughs Hajdušek.
Spotted in 2011, this couple married in Jiri Pechan’s T 87.
Surprise Tatra participant is Albert Llovera.
By the end of 2015 it became clear that Bonver’s third driver, Polish racer Robert Szustkowski, has to cancel his participation for the 2016 Dakar due to health problems. For Tomas Vratny, team chief of the Bonver-Tatra Team a challenge to find a new driver as soon as possible. “It’s incredible what we have succeeded in a few days. The fact that Robert is not going to Dakar, we learned about early November. Immediately, we started looking for another solution and we addressed a number of Czech and foreign potential drivers from whom we have received interesting offers. One of them, however, was exceptional, and it was an offer from a the handicapped Andorran Albert Llovera, “said team boss Thomas Vratny.
Despite this handicap, however, Llovera participated in rallies and in the years 2007, 2014 and 2015 have also tried the Dakar Rally in the car category.
The new pilot Bonver Dakar Project Team, which will participate in the Dakar Rally 2016 is Albert Llovera. Handicapped Andorran racer will drive a specially adapted truck Tatra. The Llovera truck will be operated only via levers and handles on the steering wheel. A similar system competed in the Dakar Rally in 1988, former Formula 1 driver Clay Regazzoni driving a Tatra also.
To adapt the Tatra to the needs of Llovera raised headaches, but one succeeded. “It was a crazy week of phone calls, meetings, sketches of the car and a lot of mileage. Finally we succeeded, thanks to the effort of many people. I would like to thank my new navigator Charlymu Gotlib, Team Dakar Bonver Project and Company Guidosimplex. In five days we managed to adjust the truck, which is incredible, “he praised Albert Llovera efforts of all involved. The Dakar Rally 2016, the Andorran racer will present together with navigator Charly Gotlib, multiple participant and winner of the Dakar Rally truck category in 2007. The position of mechanic is trusted to Jaromir Martinec, also multiple participant in the toughest rally of the world, who raced with Tomas Tomecek and Andre de Azevedo.
Currently, after stage 5 of the 2016 Dakar, Llovera is 40th overall, 21 hrs behind the overall leader. The two other Bover Tatra trucks are 20th and 21th overall, 16 hours behind the overall leader.
Albert Llovera Massana (born 11 September 1966) is a rally driver and former alpine skier from Andorra. He became the youngest athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics in 1984 at the age of 17. A serious accident in 1985 left him paralysed from the waist down. He has since taken up rallying, using cars with specially adapted hand controls. He is currently competing in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship.At the age of 17, Llovera became the youngest ever athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics when he represented Andorra at the 1984 games in Sarejevo, Yugoslavia. In the following year, 1985, whilst competing in the European Ski Cup, also in Sarejevo, he suffered a serious accident which left him using a wheelchair with paraplegia beginning at lower back level.
He turned to motorsport, first competing on quad bikes and then starting in rallying. In 1989 he won the Peugeot Rally Cup in Andorra. In 2001, with the support of Fiat, he began competing in the Junior World Rally Championship in a Fiat Punto S1600. He continued in the championship in 2002.
After competing in Spain along with selected WRC appearances he returned full-time to the world stage in 2010 to contest the Super 2000 World Rally Championship in a Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000. He finished fifth in class on his first event Rally Mexico. He scored a best overall result of 17th on Rally Catalunya, which was not a round of the SWRC.
He continued in the SWRC in 2011, finishing fourth in the category in Jordan.
Charles Gould owns this 1968 Tatra T603 which is featured in the Dec. 13 installment of “My Ride, My Story” in the MetroWest Daily News. The car is from the Czech-Republic but now resides in Hudson.
According to motoring journalists in very close contacts to James May, Jeremy Clarkson was fired because he had paid not enough attention to Tatra, the BBC’s direction favourite brand. After the BBC ordered Clarkson to pay more attention to the Czech brand, Clarkson got furious, and shouted at a colleague and gave him a few blows. According to the BBC, Clarkson crossed a line. Tatra lovers should not worry however as known Tatra fan Stephen Fry revs up as Clarkson’s successor.
After having concentrated mainly on Citroens for his series of flying cars, Swedish artist Jacob Munkkammar went Czech.
All the Tatra best for 2015!