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A 2011 Koprivnice marriage

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Spotted in 2011, this couple married in Jiri Pechan’s T 87.

http://www.alexmiedema.nl/2016/01/21/trouwen-in-een-tatra/

Published under Personal, Tatra Spotting
January 21st, 2016

Dakar 2016: Albert Llovera (Bonver-Tatra)

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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.

Profile

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.[1] 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.[2]

He continued in the SWRC in 2011, finishing fourth in the category in Jordan.

The third pilot of the team Bonver Dakar Project revealed! Is it handicapped athlete Andorran Albert Llovera
11.17.2015 | Paris
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 truck had originally governed the Polish racer Robert Szustkowski, but due to health problems their participation in the famous Dakar Rally canceled, so he had to team boss Bonver Dakar Project Thomas Porter to find a third special racing other equestrian cast.
“It’s incredible what we have succeeded in a few days. The fact that Robert is not going to Dakar, we learned about two weeks ago. Immediately, we started looking for another solution and we addressed a number of Czech and foreign potential clients from whom we have received interesting offers. One of them, however, was exceptional, and it was an offer from a competitor hendikepovaného Andorran Albert Llovera, “said team boss Thomas Porter to name his new team-mate did not communicate even at a press conference organized before leaving for Dakar 2016.
“I did not want to announce anything I was not sure. Our special Tatra Dakar, who missed the news conference because he was in Italy on redoing the proceedings to him he could compete Albert. Now we learn that the management function, so nothing precludes us Albert went to Dakar. I am very glad to become a part of our team. It’s a great challenge for us, but I believe that she can do it. “
The biggest challenge for the team Bonver Dakar Project’s actual participation of Albert Llovera on the Dakar Rally. The Andorran experienced racer since he was eighteen years old when he suffered an injury during the race in downhill skiing, paralyzed from the waist down and permanently confined to a wheelchair. Despite this handicap, however, participate in rallies and in the years 2007, 2014 and 2015 have also tried the Dakar Rally in the car category.
“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. During the five days we managed to adjust the car so I could drive it, which is incredible, “he praised Albert Llovera efforts of all involved. The Dakar Rally 2016, the Andorran racer will present together with velezkušeným navigator Charlym Gotlib, šestadvacetinásobným participant and winner of the Dakar Rally truck category in 2007. The position of flight engineer is complete Jaromir Martinec, also multiple participant toughest rally of the world, who raced with Tomas Tomecek and Andre de Azevedo.
This international racing crew, Bonver Dakar Project will participate in the Dakar Rally in 2016 with a truck Tatra Jamal modified control system. Llovera truck will be operated only via levers and handles on the steering wheel. A similar system competed in the Dakar Rally in 1988, a former Formula 1 driver Clay Regazzoni, who also drove a truck Tatra.
“I start from this new adventure very happy. Once again I would like to thank all those who took part in this project and supported me. I would also like to thank my family that after a month ago my father died, pull together more than ever. Especially my daughter, Cristina, who must train away from us and that continues to fascinate me. Getting started this adventure together, and I’m glad to have you by my side, “said Albert Llovera.

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January 8th, 2016

PHOTOS: 1968 Tatra is beauty from behind the Iron Curtain

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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.

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/photogallery/WL/20151212/NEWS/121209997/PH/1

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.
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/photogallery/WL/20151212/NEWS/121209997/PH/1
December 13th, 2015

Restoring a T 87 in California

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http://www.dailytitan.com/2015/09/geography-professor-restores-rare-car-to-old-fame/

Published under Personal, Restoration
November 27th, 2015

Low attention for Tatra reason that Clarkson was fired by the BBC

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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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3001616/Fry-revs-replace-Clarkson.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfqZ2XBOVnk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QU6KBLwodA

Published under Personal, Video
March 26th, 2015

T 603 Air drive photography

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After having concentrated mainly on Citroens for his series of flying cars, Swedish artist Jacob Munkkammar went Czech.

http://www.deviantart.com/morelikethis/collections/143842551?view_mode=2

http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/06/23/flying-citroen-cars-series/

http://www.fubiz.net/2013/11/13/air-drive-photography/

January 16th, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Happy NewYear 2015

All the Tatra best for 2015!

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January 1st, 2015

Hanzelka Zikmund film debuting in Lucerna Cinema, Prague

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Vůz Tatra 87, se kterým českoslovenští cestovatelé Hanzelka a Zikmund... | na serveru Lidovky.cz | aktuální zprávy

http://www.lidovky.cz/vuz-tatra-87-hanzelky-a-zikmunda-byl-v-lucerne-jeden-den-na-premiere-1c9-/video.aspx?c=A140903_223907_ln-video_ele#utm_source=clanek.lidovky&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=a-souvisejici.clanky.clicks

November 7th, 2014

Miroslav Zikmund handed out the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

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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.
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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.

http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/42322-complete-list-of-award-recipients-of-oct-28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanzelka_and_Zikmund

Published under Events & Meetings, Personal, Press
November 2nd, 2014

Along the Amsterdam canals: T 87 video

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Dutch daily De Telegraaf in cooperation with the Autovisie magazin, phoned me last year if I would be interested to show a Tatra in their series “Uw Garage.” Due to mechanical problems, I had no car available and we decided to wait until this spring when I expected to have a car ready.  I had two condtions: wheather had to be dry and the video had to be shot in Amsterdam along the canals.  Mid May we reserved a whole day and here is the result.  It was more or less announced by the Dutch Daily De Telegraaf on saturday, May 31, while a two  page article appeared in the Autovisie Magazin of June 5th.

T 87 VIDEO: http://www.telegraaf.nl/tv/autovisie/tv/article22711020.ece

Published under Personal, Press, Video
June 6th, 2014
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