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Just in time annual Dutch Tatra Rally


The Dutch Annual Tatra Rally, traditionally held in the third weekend of September was troubled by a very bad weather forecast and the fast rise of Covid-19 infections, the so called “second wave”.  Not that there was no understanding of course, but the organizers regretted that foreign participants had to cancel their trip because of a negative travel advice. Nevertheless, the weather improved considerably over the weekend, giving the organizers , the van Groning family, credits for their well organized rally.

Held in Fryslân, the route took us along minor roads through the centre and north of Fryslân, visiting several interesting museums like a corn-mill, Frisian boat museum (skûtsje), dreamery villages, the northern coast and the picturesque city of Dokkum.

Just days later, the authorities announced new rules to restrict the number of people at social meetings, circumstances that would have made the rallye impossible…………


Photos by Jan van Groning:  https://www.rtvnof.nl/tatra-oldtimers-bij-museum-de-sukerei/?fbclid=IwAR3Xrjyd48Lh3IOkDVONkNNsqO6unhRSr9Q-gniYd8w0xPJfjJvDFAPjCcE

Kopřivnice Engineering Days 26. – 27. 9. 2020


Kopřivnice Engineering Days comprise a unique interactive showcase of “popularly known” feats of engineering, as well as special cutting-edge technology.

Both big and small will find something here of interest. They will see static and dynamic demonstrations of trucks, special vehicles, cranes, agricultural machinery, fire trucks and other interesting equipment. All this in the attractive location of the TATRA test polygon.  The tour will be accompanied by an interesting supporting program full of entertainment, concerts and experiences. The general partner of the event is the city of Kopřivnice and TATRA TRUCKS, Inc.

Free event


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The unique Tatra T.101 aircraft was a masterpiece. However, the only prototype mysteriously disappeared during World War II

AUTO-MOTO September 12, 2020 | 11:04 - Lukáš Bauer

Tatra is known mainly for the production of heavy trucks, but few people know that eighty years ago it created the Tatra T.101 aircraft. This very advanced aircraft even broke one world record. Enthusiasts therefore decided to build an exact copy of the Tatra plane, which was completed in 2008.
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The Tatra aircraft broke several records / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Kopřivnice truck manufacturer has built a good reputation in the world during its existence thanks to the unique technologies, reliability and durability of its vehicles. During its long history, Tatra has also produced train cars in Studénka. But few people know that the Tatra T.101 aircraft was also created in the car, which broke several world records.

Tatra began production of aircraft in 1935, when it first built machines under license Avro 626 Avian and Bücker Bü 131 Jungman. Two years later, the company began to develop its own machine, at the end of which an aircraft with the designation Tatra T.001 was created. The designers later used this aircraft to build the legendary Tatras T.101, which had a larger area of ​​wings and tail surfaces.

The Tatra T.101 achieved several records, including a world altitude record in the category of two-seater aircraft with an engine capacity of up to four liters. As part of this world record, the pilots climbed the machine to a height of 7113 m.

He disappeared during the war

The original Tatra T.100 aircraft has not been preserved, because it disappeared during the Second World War, and therefore the Sklenář brothers decided to build an exact replica of it. The only thing that has survived were the plans of the aircraft and the Tatra HM-504 and Tatra T100 engines, which the Sklenář brothers received with the support of the Tatra car manufacturer from the National Technical Museum. They used a total of three engines to build the world’s only functional Tatra aircraft engine.

The engine is therefore the only original work from 1938, everything else had to be rebuilt by the brothers. According to them, one of the most difficult elements was the construction of a complex Tatra wing and also a wooden propeller.

The only replica

Amateur designers also had to learn a number of original technologies that had been forgotten over time, and find people who could use them to design parts of the aircraft. The only functional Tatra T.100 aircraft in the form of a replica was completed in 2008. Also read: (It will withstand even the most difficult conditions. Dozens of heavy Tatra fire trucks will go abroad ).


Video and photos: Beskydy Rally 2020 dedicated to Jaroslav Pavelka


51st International Tatra Veteran Rally Beskydy 2020

100 years of Jaroslav Pavelka 5. 9. 2020

This year’s 51st International Tatra Veteran Rally Beskydy, traditionally organized by TVCC Kopřivnice, was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tatra racer Jaroslav Pavelka. The sleepy ride led to the athlete’s birthplace – the village of Libhošť. More than 100 beautiful Tatra mountains illuminated the local sports complex. In the end, only one vehicle of the museum veterans took part in the ride – the Tatra T 57 with Michal Preiss, the other did not drive at all due to its technical condition. The program included a panel exhibition and the documentary Závodník Jaroslav Pavelkawhose implementation arose from the initiative of the municipality of Libhošť. For the implementation, we managed to collect a large number of documents from various, which did not even fit into the final version of the presentation. For this occasion, we borrowed a T2-607 monopost from the collection – the first Tatra formula, which also celebrates the 70th anniversary of its existence. After a few years, the exhibit left the environment of the museum and was exhibited outdoors. An important part of the all-day program was also the unveiling of a memorial plaque at the birthplace of Jaroslav Pavelka. The act of revelation was even attended by Pavelek’s wife and daughter and husband, who were affected by strong emotions. We bring a selection photo gallery from the whole day. Thank you for managing to recall the memory of the personality of post-war Tatra racing – Jaroslav Pavelka.

Video of introduction of plaque. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg4SPbCO804y-2020.html

Fotos of rally: https://www.tatramuseum.cz/akce/veteran-rallye-beskydy-2020.html


Poland’s HSW, Czech Republic’s Tatra to co-produce light 4×4 vehicles for Polish Army


The vehicle is intended to be the base platform for a wide variety of specialized variants. It is envisaged initially as a battery or platoon level command vehicle for multiple rocket launchers and self-propelled howitzers


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