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DAKAR STAGE 1: Loprais (Praga) 7th, Martin Soltys (Buggyra Tatra) 9th, Garousse (Bonver-Tatra) 16th

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Dakar2020BuggyraSoltysStage1

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 503 MAZ-SPORTAUTO 07H 29′ 52”
2 501 KAMAZ – MASTER 07H 34′ 12”
+ 00H 04′ 20”
3 511 KAMAZ – MASTER 07H 37′ 04”
+ 00H 07′ 12”
4 516 KAMAZ – MASTER 07H 43′ 34”
+ 00H 13′ 42”
5 504 BIG SHOCK RACING 07H 43′ 58”
+ 00H 14′ 06”
6 500 KAMAZ – MASTER 07H 50′ 35”
+ 00H 20′ 43”
7 502 INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS PRAGA 08H 04′ 39”
+ 00H 34′ 47”
8 505 PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO 08H 11′ 58”
+ 00H 42′ 06”
9 509 TATRA BUGGYRA RACING 08H 16′ 33”
+ 00H 46′ 41”
10 514 RIWALD DAKAR TEAM 08H 28′ 04”
+ 00H 58′ 12”
11 517 PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO 08H 31′ 57”
+ 01H 02′ 05”
12 508 MAZ-SPORTAUTO 08H 38′ 15”
+ 01H 08′ 23”
13 528 MAZ-SPORTAUTO 08H 40′ 53”
+ 01H 11′ 01”
14 512 HINO TEAM SUGAWARA 08H 43′ 43”
+ 01H 13′ 51”
15 521 FESH FESH / R-SIXTEAM 08H 44′ 50”
+ 01H 14′ 58”
16 524 FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM 09H 00′ 17”
+ 01H 30′ 25”
17 525 RAINBOW TRUCK TEAM 09H 09′ 44”
+ 01H 39′ 52”
18 506 MAMMOET RALLYSPORT 09H 10′ 50”
+ 01H 40′ 58”
19 527 FRIED VAN DE LAAR RACING 09H 26′ 54”
+ 01H 57′ 02”
20 533 TEAM DE GROOT 14H 32′ 50”
+ 07H 02′ 58”
21 507
January 6th, 2020

DAKAR 2020 IN SAUDI ARABIA

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LOPRAIS CHANGES FROM TATRA TO PRAGA.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor loprais praga 2020

About the Praga vehicle: https://www.novinky.cz/auto/rallye-dakar/clanek/slavna-vejtraska-ma-nastupce-loprais-s-ni-pojede-dakar-40302824

The name Loprais has long been synonymous with success on the Dakar. Karel Loprais won six titles in the trucks between 1988 and 2001, which makes him the third-most decorated participant in history after Stephane Peterhansel (13) and Vladimir Chagin (7). Karel’s brother Milan later set up the private Loprais Tatra team and encouraged his son Ales to join him in the family business. Having put aside his law studies to focus on his growing passion for rally raid, Ales made his Dakar debut as a navigator for his uncle Karel in 2006. He then enjoyed a superb first outing behind the wheel in 2007, winning Stage 13 and finishing third overall behind Hans Stacey and Ilgizar Mardeev. The 39-year-old has enjoyed mixed fortunes ever since, failing to finish the rally six times, but making it into the top seven on the five occasions that he has gone all the way. Ales’ nine Dakar stage wins demonstrate that he is one of the fastest truck drivers out there, but reliability has often been his Achilles heel on the world’s toughest rally. For this 2020 edition, renowned Czech manufacturers Praga have provided him with a brand-new V4S DKR, an updated version of their famous V3S model. With his usual navigator Ferran Marco Alcayna joining Albert Llovera’s crew this year, Ales has teamed up with Khalid Alkendi of the UAE, with whom he raced the Silk Way Rally in 2017. The Dubai native has completed the Dakar three times in a car with Abdulla Alheraiz and won the 2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi, and his in-depth knowledge of the region should prove invaluable for the InstaForex Loprais Team in Saudi Arabia. Mechanic Petr Pokora also returns as the private outfit look to give the factory teams a run for their money and improve on an impressive fifth place last time out. Who knows, there could even be a Loprais back on the top step of the Dakar podium for the first time in almost 20 years…

A.L.: “Last year we had a lot of small, everyday issues, particularly with injection troubles in the engine, but in the end we made it. We weren’t able to go exactly as we wanted, we didn’t win any stages, but we still had a couple of very nice days and did a good job finishing fifth. Now we have a new truck based on the Tatra chassis, with a new cab, new engine, new shock absorbers. We’ve developed in areas where we were losing time. We’ve got a new partner, Praga, which is really well-known Czech brand. They were established in 1907, so they’re one of the country’s oldest brands. They’ve mostly been focusing on super sports and aeroplanes, but now they want to enter the truck field again. We’re happy they’ve chosen us as a partner to promote the V4S, the new version of their famous V3S offroad truck. Hopefully we’ll be able to have a nice race and compete against the likes of Kamaz, Maz and Iveco. That’s the spirit of Dakar: privateers matching the factory teams. It’s our destiny! My really great friend Ferran Marco asked if he could have an adventure this year with a friend of his who is paralysed, Albert Llovera. They’re going with Iveco. So we agreed, and I teamed up again with Khalid. He’s a local driver and navigator who knows the terrain and speaks Arabic. We’ve been friends for a while, so it was quite an easy decision. I’m feeling positive about Saudi Arabia. I’ve been to the UAE quite a bit for testing and I know the terrain is similar. But as always, the Dakar is so difficult, and there are so many minor issues that can decide the race. I’m staying positive but keeping my feet on the ground, because the Dakar is the Dakar! We haven’t raced this year,we’ve just been working on the new truck. As a private team it’s a long-term project. With testing and developing we don’t have the time or the technical structure to race as well. It’s a big success to get a completely new truck ready within a year. It’s still a family game, there are many Lopraises in the team! Even my five-year-old son is already visiting the garage, coming in and saying, ‘what the hell is going on here?’ I think we may have a new boss in the family!”

Loprais’ changemeant that just three Tatras will compete in this year’s Dakar. The models are well-known.  There is a Buggyra-Tatra and two Jamal-Tatras from the Bonver team.

The rally has moved from Southern America to Saudia Arabia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Dakar_Rally

TRUCK COMPETITORS

500 NIKOLAEV EDUARD RUS IAKOVLEV EVGENII RUS RYBAKOV VLADIMIR RUS KAMAZ KAMAZ – MASTER
501 SOTNIKOV DMITRY RUS AKHMADEEV RUSLAN RUS AKHMETZIANOV ILGIZ RUS KAMAZ KAMAZ – MASTER
502 LOPRAIS ALES CZE POKORA PETR CZE ALKENDI KHALID ARE PRAGA INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS TEAM
503 VIAZOVICH SIARHEI BLR HARANIN PAVEL BLR ZAPAROSHCHANKA ANTON BLR MAZ MAZ-SPORTAUTO
504 MACIK MARTIN CZE TOMASEK FRANTISEK CZE SVANDA DAVID CZE IVECO BIG SHOCK RACING
505 VAN KASTEREN JANUS NLD VAN HOOF FRANK NLD VAN DEN BOSCH ERWIN NLD IVECO PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO
506 VAN DEN BRINK MARTIN NLD DE GRAAFF WOUTER NLD VAN DEN BRINK MITCHEL NLD RENAULT MAMMOET RALLYSPORT
507 HUZINK GERT NLD BUURSEN ROB NLD ROESINK MARTIN NLD RENAULT RIWALD DAKAR TEAM
508 VASILEVSKI ALEKSANDR BLR VIKHRENKA DZMITRY BLR MURYLEV VITALI BLR MAZ MAZ-SPORTAUTO

Dakar2020Buggyra

https://www.dakar.com/en/competitor/509
509 SOLTYS MARTIN CZE ŠIKOLA TOMÁŠ CZE SCHOVANEK DAVID CZE TATRA TATRA BUGGYRA RACING

Dakar2020Bonver

https://www.dakar.com/en/competitor/510
510 SZUSTKOWSKI ROBERT POL KAZBERUK JAROSLAW POL SKROBANEK FILIP CZE TATRA FESH FESH TEAM / R-SIXTEAM

511 KARGINOV ANDREY RUS MOKEEV ANDREY RUS LEONOV IGOR RUS KAMAZ KAMAZ – MASTER
512 SUGAWARA TERUHITO JPN MOCHIZUKI YUJI JPN SOMEMIYA HIROZAKU JPN HINO HINO TEAM SUGAWARA
514 DE BAAR PASCAL NLD VAN DER VAET JAN BEL SLOOTJES STEFAN NLD RENAULT RIWALD DAKAR TEAM
515 BEHRINGER MATHIAS DEU HENKEN STEFAN DEU TBA TBA MAN SOUTH RACING
516 SHIBALOV ANTON RUS NIKITIN DMITRII RUS TATARINOV IVAN RUS KAMAZ KAMAZ – MASTER
517 LLOVERA ALBERT AND PETERS RAMON NLD MARCO ALCAYNA FERRAN ESP IVECO PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO
518 BELLINA CLAUDIO ITA MINELLI GIULIO ITA GOTTI BRUNO ITA DAF ITALTRANS
519 HANAWA IKUO JPN HANAWA YUDAI JPN KEZUKA MAYUMI JPN HINO HINO TEAM SUGAWARA

https://www.dakar.com/en/competitor/521
521 GARROUSTE PATRICE FRA ALMASI PETR CZE GOSPODARCZYK SZYMON POL TATRA FESH FESH TEAM
522 VERSTEIJNEN VICTOR WILLEM CORNE NLD VAN DER SANDE ANDREAS WILHELMUS MICHIEL MARIUS
NLD VAN DAL TEUN NLD IVECO PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO

523 JUVANTENY JORDI ESP CRIADO JOSE LUIS ESP DOMENECH XAVIER ESP MAN EPSILON
524 DE GROOT RICHARD NLD RAPH VAN DEN ELSHOUT NLD JAN HULSEBOSCH NLD RENAULT FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM
525 ZUURMOND GERRIT NLD RIEZEBOS JASPER NLD KWAKKEL KLAAS NLD MAN RAINBOW TRUCK TEAM
526 CALABRIA PAOLO ITA CALUBINI LORIS ITA FORTUNA GIUSEPPE ITA MAN OROBICA RAID
527 VAN DE LAAR JAN NLD VAN DE LAAR BEN NLD HUIJGENS ADOLPH NLD DAF FRIED VAN DE LAAR RACING
528 VISHNEUSKI ALIAKSEI BLR NOVIKAU MAKSIM BLR NEVIAROVICH ANDREI BLR MAZ MAZ-SPORTAUTO
529 HERRERO ALBERTO ESP ROMERO LORENZO JULIO ESP TBA TBA MAN TH-TRUCKS
530 WIGMAN ED NLD EBBERS JOEL NLD SCHATORIE HENDRIK ELISABERT NLD MAN RIWALD DAKAR TEAM
531 BECX MICHIEL NLD DER KINDEREN BERNARD NLD KUIJPERS EDWIN NLD IVECO PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO
532 AL SUDAIRY TURKI MOHAMMED SAU BENBEKHTI SAMIR DZA TBA TBA MAN AL SUDAIRY
533 DE GROOT WILLIAM NLD VAN DE LANGENBERG EDWIN NLD SCHUURMANS HENRICUS NLD DAF TEAM DE GROOT
534 IBRAHM ALMUHNA SAU OSAMA AL SANAD SAU RAED ABO THEEB SAU UNIMOG IBRAHIM ALMUHNA
535 RANDYSEK ROBERT CZE GILBERT ERICK FRA THALGOTT GEOFFREY FRA MAN PH-SPORT
536 CABINI ANTONIO ITA VERZELETTI GIULIO ITA TBA TBA MERCEDES OROBICA RAID
537 ROBINEAU THOMAS FRA CAZERES JEAN-FRANCOIS FRA TBA TBA IVECO TEAM BOUCOU
538 STRIEBE ROBERT DEU ECHTER HANS DEU TBA TBA MAN SOUTH RACING
539 TIBAU MAYNOU RAFAEL ESP INVERNON BARDIA RAMON MARIA ESP TBA TBA MAN TH-TRUCKS
540 RICKLER DEL MARE CESARE GIANFRANCO ITA BURAN DRAGOS RAZVAN ROU TBA TBA IVECO R TEAM
541 ESTEVE ORO JORDI ESP MARTI FLIX ENRIC ESP NING YUE CHN MERCEDES QIAN’AN JIU JIANG LANDSAIL RACING CLUB
543 GONZALEZ RICHARD FRA SALVIAT JEAN-PHILIPPE FRA TBA TBA DAF SODICARS RACING
545 COCKBURN JOHN GBR ALRAMMAH TARIQ SAU TBA TBA RENAULT STA COMPETITION
546 GINESTA JORDI AND DARDAILLON MARC FRA TBA TBA MAN TEAM BOUCOU
547 BESNARD SYLVAIN FRA VITSE ANTOINE FRA LALICHE SYLVAIN FRA MAN TEAM SSP
548 MARTINS JOSE PRT TBA TBA TBA TBA DAF TEAM BOUCOU
549 BENBEKHTI AHMED DZA OSMANI RAMZI DZA TBA TBA MAN SODICARS RACING
550 DE LEEUW TOM BEL BERGHMANS DAVE BEL TBA TBA IVECO OVERDRIVE TOYOTA

January 4th, 2020

Video: Tatra and other brands at the 1936 Prague Autosalon

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T77aPragueAutosalon1936

https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/873537-hledani-ztraceneho-casu/209522161510005-minuty-republiky-2/

Published under Events & Meetings, History, Video
December 31st, 2019

Tatra at Retromobile 5-9 February 2020

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T603Cettl3

https://www.retromobile.fr/visiteurs/expositions/Les-animations-2020/Tatra-petit-constructeur-et-grande-histoire/#utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=8&utm_campaign=Tatra

December 13th, 2019

Tatra’s identity lives on…….

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7x

Automotive design

The 7X is brand new concept with typical Tatra´s identity, details and technical solutions based on futuristic package, modern shapes and long dynamic and luxury proportions.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/49987401/TATRA-7X-Making-of

Published under Events & Meetings, Press
December 9th, 2019

Dutch press (NRC-Handelsblad) about the V&A exhibition

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T77FrenchAdvertising-2

NL: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/12/04/meer-dan-een-autoparade-a3982621

English: https://translate.google.nl/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nrc.nl%2Fnieuws%2F2019%2F12%2F04%2Fmeer-dan-een-autoparade-a3982621

German: https://translate.google.nl/translate?sl=nl&tl=de&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nrc.nl%2Fnieuws%2F2019%2F12%2F04%2Fmeer-dan-een-autoparade-a3982621

Published under Events & Meetings, Museums, Press
December 6th, 2019

Tatra 77 and Tugendhat villa book

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T77TugendhatIntroductionOkt2019

On October 16th , the coffee-table book on a meeting of the villa Tugendhat and the Tatra77 was introduced at the Technical Museum in Prague.

Tatra 77 and Villa Tugendhat represent the top works of the early 1930s, which testify to the world level of design, automotive and architecture in the First Czechoslovakia Republic. The publication documents their first meeting, which took place in May 2017.

Natural harmony is celebrated by the unique author’s b/w photographs depicting the purity of shape and the highest level of craftsmanship. The accompanying texts in logically structured chapters then shed light on the remarkable conceptual and historical context of the timeless message of the creators, led by Hans Ledwink and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

T77Tugendhat

See some inside pages of the book and find out how to order a copy:   https://www.ami-publishing.cz/knihy/13-tugendhat-77-9788090593268.html

October 30th, 2019

Tatra77 & Villa Tugendhat book

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T77Tugendhat

On October 16th, a book on the Tatra T77 and the villa Tugendhat in Brno will be launched in Prague. The book is called TUGENDHAT 77 and includes documents of the historically first meeting of Tatra 77 and Villa Tugendhat.

Tatra Heritage association, National Technical Museum and Pavel Kasík

https://www.tugendhat.eu/en/

October 9th, 2019

A bridge too far. Operation Market Garden rally September 24 2019.

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T57KOMG2019Map

Operation Market Garden Route North, 22 September 2019. We were with the T57K only a very small part of the memorial rally of one of the biggest operations in WWII, but it was extremely interesting to cross all the bridges on our way to a bridge too far at Arnhem. The public was present in thousands and showed their gratitude by dressing up in contemporary clothes, children dressing up as soldiers, people parking their veteran cars on the kerbsides and not at least, they were yelling, singing and waving.

T57KOmg2019ParachutedroppingsEde

T57KOMG2019Arvela

https://www.oypo.nl/nl/40890f7a079941a7

October 9th, 2019

TRN Annual Rally 2019 Bosschenhoofd

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TRN2019

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davydutchy/albums/72157711149449448   All photos by Peter Visseer

October 9th, 2019
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