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Concours dÉlegance Soestdijk invites Cars from behind the iron curtain

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Here is a message for our Dutch fans.

The Concours dÉlegance Soestdijk 2019 invites cars from behind the iron curtain for their National Concours.  They organise a “Wallflowers” category for all cars from behind the wall.  If you own a Dacia, IFA, Lada, Melkus, Moskvitch, Olctit, Polonez, Polski Fiat, Scaldia, Sachsenring, Skoda, Syrena, Trabant, Tatra, Volga, Wartburg,  Yalta, Zaporozhets, ZIM or ZIS or any other similar brand, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers.

I do not know how many cars are welcome and if your brand is already presented, but give it a try if you would like to attend. According to an e-mail i received today, some Eastern-Bloc cars are still welcome. ADRESS:  tonroks@octanemagazine.nl

Please spread the message to Eastern-bloc car fans.

https://www.octanemagazine.nl/octane-met-eigen-concours-naar-soestdijk/

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July 9th, 2019

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July 9th, 2019

TFI Hradec Králové Tatra Rally Report

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The Tatra Freunde International organzied a rally in Czech Republic this year. Start and finish were in the spa resort Tree of Life in Lázně Bělohra, near Hradec Králové, in Northern Bohemia.

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All competitors arrived safely on Thursday, May 30th.The next day we set off for Mlada Boleslav and vistited both the Skoda Museum and the Skoda works where we could witness its car production.

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A little bit hidden, on the top floor of Skoda Museum, amid sculptures presenting Czechoslovak history, there was a surprising Hanzelka Zikmund sculpture, presenting Czech adventurism.

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From the Skoda car museum we went to the Metodej Vlach aircraft museum with several nice aircraft, though my personal highlight was to see a 1909 Grade aircraft taking off, flying, landing and taxiing.

Full collection:  http://www.letecke-muzeum-metodeje-vlacha.cz/exponaty/letadla-letuschopna/

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On saturday, June 1st, we continued to Josefov Fortress (Czech: Pevnost Josefov, German: Josefstadt or Josephstadt), a large historic defence complex of 18th-century military architecture, built between 1780-1790, in Jaroměř, eastern Bohemia.  Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josefov_Fortress

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Lunch was used in the centre of Hradec Kralove after which a small sightseeing trip through the centre by steamboat and tourist train was offered.

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Returning to Lázně Bělohra, we used part of the track of the road race circuit where between 1952 anf 1976 the international Prachovské Skály races were held. Though known from its motorcycle races, the Tatra works team competed here succesfully in the early ‘fifties with T 607s (Alois Mark on the photo) In the ’sixties Tatra Delphins competed in the Formula Junior class here.

We further visited the battleground of the famous 1866 battle between Prussians and Austrians and a sculpture park before returning to Lázně Bělohra.

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Over thirty Tatras competed.  One T 12, two T 54s, several T57s of the models a and b, a T 75, two Tatraplans, 9 T 603s, one T 603 powered T613, four T 613s and several TFI members with private transport or other classics.

Next year’s TFI event will be held in Eastern Austria.

For more pix, please visit the Facebook Page of Tatra Freunde International. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Tatra%20freunde%20international&epa=SEARCH_BOX

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June 9th, 2019

How I lost my Beetle. A documentary

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Last sunday, the “How I lost my beetle” Josef Ganz documentary debuted at the Louwman Museum in the Hague. https://josefganz.org/documentary-release-ganz-how-i-lost-my-beetle/ Video (Trailer) https://youtu.be/6W5ZbDN9df4 Unlike Schilperoord’s publications on the Ganz-VW priority battle, the documentary solely tells the personal story about Ganz’ (controversial) claim loosing his designs to the Nazis.  A technical comparison between Ganz’ designs and the VW beetle isn’t part of the documentary. The documentary however pays attention to the restoration of an early Standard Superior, found in the former GDR. The absence of a technical discussion puts the documentary regrettably in a victim famework. It is the Nazis against Ganz. Herbie versus the Shoa as the documentary producer put it.

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May 1st, 2019

Tatras at Techno Classica 2019

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The Tatra Register Deutschland showed the Gail family owned 1937 T57a.  With its bonnet open, it attracted lots of vattention, people asking the stand staff about its peculiar construction. But even more, Tatra owners visited the TRD stand in hall 8 to share experiences and have a drink.

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Dutch classic car firm Nico Aaldering offered a nice T 87 at E 230.000

Video where Nico Aaldering tells his audience the well-known juicy nonsense about Tatra, Nazi Germany and VW. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqquL0BUEIM

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Where the Aaldering T 87 was experienced as expensive, an immaculate Ecorra restored T 87 topped the Aaldering one by another E 110.000 resulting in an asking price of E 340.000.  Luckily, most classic car traders at the show, experienced that prices of classic cars are dropping at the moment.

April 13th, 2019

TECHNO-CLASSICA ESSEN 2019 10 – 14 April 2019

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31st TECHNO-CLASSICA ESSEN 2019 – the automobile world exhibition from 10th* until 14th April 2019
The Tatra Register Deutschland will be presented with a stand.
Due to a reconstruction of the exhibition halls, the stand TRD moved from it previous, trusted place to hall No 8, Stand 8-110 (see f

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The Tatra Register Deutschland will be presented with a stand.

Due to a reconstruction of the exhibition halls, the stand TRD moved from its previous, trusted place to hall No 8, Stand 8-110 (see floorplan below).

Please feel free to visit the TRD stand to have a chat and a coffee!

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  • Official historical company presentations
  • The most important classic fair: more than 2,700 collector’s cars for purchase, more than 1,250 exhibitors, more than 220 clubs and communities of interest

*10th April 2019: Preview, Happy View Day

From 10th until 14th April 2019 with the Techno-Classica Essen the S.I.H.A. organises the classic fair with the greatest success and most visitors of the world for the 30th time. Organised as first great German car-salon for vintage-cars, connoisseurs- and collector’s-vehicles in February 1989 it was, and is, an often copied, but never reached, example for a lot of other events of this type. With constant model up-keeping measures it has kept its pioneer role and even still extended – and, nevertheless, remained the unique original. Its recipe for success: To present to the visitors always the newest of the international scene as selection of the best from all fields of the classic hobby.

With more than 1,250 exhibitors from more than 30 nations the Techno-Classica Essen reinforces at the 31sh edition its significance as number 1 of the international vintage-car and collector’s vehicles fairs again and provides a comprehensive image of the international classic scene. Also the most important international car manufacturers use the power of ray of the automobile world leading fair: They present selected exhibits, which are to see at their plant stands at a large part at the Techno-Classica Essen exclusively. Car Manufacturers make the automobile world leading fair to the greatest history platform of the international car industry and demonstrate with their mostly spectacular appearances, which importance they attach to the classic world fair.

The classic enthusiasts appreciative the commitment of the industry in interaction with the other attraction of the Techno-Classica Essen: 2017 more than 188,000 visitors from more than 40 nations flocked into the full occupied 20 exhibition halls at the Essen Gruga-park. And also the exhibitors know: At the Techno-Classica Essen they play in the Champions League.

Also for beginners in the classic scene the Techno-Classica Essen provides attractive offers: More than 30 percent of the automobiles, offered for purchase, are within means “plug and play“-young-timer. The overall more than 2,700 offered classic-, collector’s- and connoisseur-vehicles, young-timers and prestige cars make the Techno-Classica also in spring 2019 to the greatest classic market of the world again – here the Crème de la Crème of the international classic dealers come together with offerers of use-classics and private sellers. The last are to find at the four open spaces above all.

For the more than 200 exhibiting classic-clubs and communities of interest the Techno-Classica Essen 2019 is regarded annually as the most important classic fair of the year: The honoraries make it to one of the greatest club meetings of the vintage-car and young-timer scene of the world and reflect the variety of the international vintage-car and classic scene with their commitment. To spur on the clubs for peak ratings, the Techno-Classica Essen also 2019 organizes the Club Grand Prix: A jury of club activists select especially creative designed stands which are honoured with cups and attractive cash prizes for the club cashes. The clubs are one of the significant cornerstones of the classic world fair and provide with their often amazing designed stands exciting infotainment.

The club appearances are supplemented by the qualitative and quantitative unattained offers of top-restorers, supplying enterprises, suppliers of car literature, spare part dealers, accessories sellers, clock- and technology dealers, artists and art dealers, publishers, and not at least model car suppliers. Becausethe Techno-Classica Essen is the fair with the greatest profit potential. The consequence: The specialist dealers – as well as also the visitors – are not coming only from entire Europe, but also from overseas. So, among others, exhibitors from North and South America, and in the last years also increasingly from Far East, present their range. With its great part of offerers and visitors from all over the world, the Techno-Classica Essen is the classic fair in Europe, which, in the matter of internationality and global fair, no other classic can hold a candle to.

To the traditions, maintained at the Techno-Classica, belongs a Concours d’Elégance, at which an international jury of experts and specialist journalists elect the most beautiful, most elegant and most attractive dealer classics and choose “the Best of Show“. In addition there is a “Club Grand Prix“, at which the most attractive club presentations are honoured with cash prizes for the club cashes.

Past and future: At the five-days fair everything, really everything, is offered around the topic vintage-cars and young-timers – so there meet from 10th until 14th April 2019 a lot of VIP’s from movies and TV, stars from the history and present of the motor sport and the most important deciders from the classic scene as well. The attractive and fascinating exhibition spectrum makes the Techno-Classica Essen to the automobile infotainment event of first class for the whole family, to the world exhibition of the car.

“The ambitioned beginnings were followed by years of consistent extension up to the label with worldwide respect – today the classic cosmos meets for the start of the season in Essen“, it is called in the prospect of the S.I.H.A. and: “Protect the spirit of the pioneers with us, yesterday – today – tomorrow. Share the passion“.

Further information: www.siha.de

April 5th, 2019

Tatra introduces updated T 810: Tatra Tactic

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On February 25, 2019, TATRA TRUCKS has introduced the new vehicle of the model range TATRA TACTIC at the fair IDEX 2019 taking place in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

The new vehicle is a logistics and security military vehicle with a ready-made framework chassis and genuine portal axle tree TATRA RIGID. The company introduced a 4×4 vehicle at the fair; however, it will offer also the 6×6 version.

March 6th, 2019

MIROSLAV ZIKMUND TURNS 100

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“WHEN WE RETURNED WE WERE AMAZED HOW POPULAR WE WERE”: LEGENDARY TRAVELLER MIROSLAV ZIKMUND TURNS 100
The great traveller Miroslav Zikmund turned 100 on Thursday. For Czechoslovaks unable to travel much under communism, the books and radio reports produced by Zikmund and his friend Jiří Hanzelka served as a window to exotic parts of the world. However, the pair were barred from public life following the Soviet invasion.
Miroslav Zikmund and Jiří Hanzelka, who began visiting all corners of the world in the late 1940s, shared their exotic travels with the nation via the airwaves of Czechoslovak Radio.
Given the limited technology of the time, the progammes featured actors reading scripts mailed to Prague by the pair.
Miroslav Zikmund – a remarkable 100 years old on Thursday – recalled their first major trips in an interview I recorded with him in 2005.
“I was travelling with my friend George Hanzelka, or Jiří Hanzelka, for almost nine years. The first trip was through Africa and Latin America, 1947 to 1950.
“That was three and a half years, continuously, non-stop. And then Asia, which was between 1959 and 64, and lasted five and a half years.”
As well as doing radio shows, the pair – who drove distinctive, Czech-made Tatra vehicles – wrote articles for magazines and took photographs.
They also produced books that together sold over 6.5 million copies and were translated into 11 languages.
“When we returned in 1950 we were amazed how popular we were, because we didn’t know, actually. Because the stories were broadcast, everybody wanted printed versions.
“The popularity was so big that the first edition of Africa Dream and Reality was published in 50,000 copies and disappeared in two, three days.
“And what was very interesting – more than two million were exported to the Soviet Union, so when we travelled from the East, from Vladivostok to Moscow, almost every day we had to sign some of our books in Russian.”
Miroslav Zikmund said there was one chief explanation for their enormous success.
“I would say there was some hunger for adventure at that time. When we returned it was two years after the Communist coup d’etat in 1948, and people couldn’t travel out.
“So I think it was not just about popularity, but the closed nature of Czechoslovakia at that time.”
When the normalisation era began Zikmund and Hanzelka were no longer allowed to travel, or even to play a role in public life.
However, the Communists couldn’t excise them from the national consciousness and they again became well-known faces in the 1990s.
Jiří Hanzelka passed away seven years ago at the age of 82. Miroslav Zikmund continues to live in his long-term home of Zlín in Moravia.
“WHEN WE RETURNED WE WERE AMAZED HOW POPULAR WE WERE”: LEGENDARY TRAVELLER MIROSLAV ZIKMUND TURNS 100
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The great traveller Miroslav Zikmund turned 100 on Thursday. For Czechoslovaks unable to travel much under communism, the books and radio reports produced by Zikmund and his friend Jiří Hanzelka served as a window to exotic parts of the world. However, the pair were barred from public life following the Soviet invasion.
Miroslav Zikmund and Jiří Hanzelka, who began visiting all corners of the world in the late 1940s, shared their exotic travels with the nation via the airwaves of Czechoslovak Radio.
Given the limited technology of the time, the progammes featured actors reading scripts mailed to Prague by the pair.
Miroslav Zikmund – a remarkable 100 years old on Thursday – recalled their first major trips in an interview I recorded with him in 2005.
“I was travelling with my friend George Hanzelka, or Jiří Hanzelka, for almost nine years. The first trip was through Africa and Latin America, 1947 to 1950.
“That was three and a half years, continuously, non-stop. And then Asia, which was between 1959 and 64, and lasted five and a half years.”
As well as doing radio shows, the pair – who drove distinctive, Czech-made Tatra vehicles – wrote articles for magazines and took photographs.
They also produced books that together sold over 6.5 million copies and were translated into 11 languages.
“When we returned in 1950 we were amazed how popular we were, because we didn’t know, actually. Because the stories were broadcast, everybody wanted printed versions.
“The popularity was so big that the first edition of Africa Dream and Reality was published in 50,000 copies and disappeared in two, three days.
“And what was very interesting – more than two million were exported to the Soviet Union, so when we travelled from the East, from Vladivostok to Moscow, almost every day we had to sign some of our books in Russian.”
Miroslav Zikmund said there was one chief explanation for their enormous success.
“I would say there was some hunger for adventure at that time. When we returned it was two years after the Communist coup d’etat in 1948, and people couldn’t travel out.
“So I think it was not just about popularity, but the closed nature of Czechoslovakia at that time.”
When the normalisation era began Zikmund and Hanzelka were no longer allowed to travel, or even to play a role in public life.
However, the Communists couldn’t excise them from the national consciousness and they again became well-known faces in the 1990s.
Jiří Hanzelka passed away seven years ago at the age of 82. Miroslav Zikmund continues to live in his long-term home of Zlín in Moravia.
March 4th, 2019

Loprais finishing 5th overall in the 2019 Dakar

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Starting like a canon ball with two stage victories to commence his defence of the title on the Dakar, in the end Eduard Nikoalev had somewhat of a fright. Although it was thought that the Kamaz driver would again be untouchable, the Russian was put under serious pressure by his rivals, in particular his team-mates Andrey Karginov and Dmitry Sotnikov, to such an extent that he lost the lead of the rally to Sotnikov two days from the finish. However, the three-time winner of the event finally reacted flawlessly with a splendid victory on stage 9 to regain the lead and drive his truck onto the highest step of the podium in Lima, for the fourth time. Sotnikov will therefore have to wait another year to hope to obtain his holy grail, a success which Gerard de Rooy, on the third step of the podium, has tasted twice. The Iveco driver was expected to be the main rival of the Kamaz team, but finally he was never a genuine threat.

The Tatra Jamal piloted by Aleš Loprais, Ferran Marco Alcayna and Petr Pokora reached the finish of the Dakar Rally 2019 with fifth overall rank in the truck category. Thus the small family team not only overcame all obstacles of the extremely demanding 41st edition of the famous race but also managed to successfully compete with the strong and large factory teams taking part.

The organizers had to confine this edition of Dakar to Peru only. That is why the Rally was shorter in terms of mileages and racing days. And yet most participants speak about a “long” Dakar. That is because the organizers managed to build a route testing the physical and psychic conditions of the participants and their technologies down to the very bottom. Everybody had problems in the course of the ten stages. Only one third of the 41 trucks starting from Lima on 6 January returned to the Peruvian capital eleven days later.

“For me this was perhaps the most difficult Dakar, leaving aside those where we had an accident and withdrew prematurely. As for the demand and performance this was one of the toughest editions. It was kind of return to the past marathon rallying. I think this is what might be beneficial for us in future,” guesses Aleš Loprais.

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Before the final stage Aleš, Ferran and Petr promised to try to attack the interim fourth rank held by Federico Villagra. Although they achieved the second time of the last special stage, which was 112 kilometres long, it was not enough to wipe off the whole deficit. In the finish the Queen, as Aleš Loprais nicknames his Tatra, was mere 11 minutes late after the Argentine pilot´s Iveco.

“We wanted that a lot, but we needed this Dakar to be a little longer to achieve it. Our destiny is given and we must be glad for where we rank in the end. We are a small family team without factory support and yet we have succeeded among the big factory teams,” reminds the Czech trucker of the fact that the remaining nine ranks in the Top Ten ranking of the final classification were only occupied by factory-supported crews.

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“So joy and joy overall and I would mainly like to express my sincere thanks to the boys, the whole team, our families, fans and sponsors, for without them we would never have managed this. Even though we only enjoyed two problem-free stages, they counted for all and filled us with hopes for the future. To try to defeat factory teams is a big challenge and I believe we will successfully continue in that,” concludes Loprais.

Muchas gracias, Perú! Adiós!

Final results of Dakar Rally 2019 – trucks:
1. Nikolaev / Iakovlev / Rybakov (Kamaz) 41:01:35 hrs
2. Sotnikov / Nikitin / Mustafin (Kamaz) +25:36 min
3. De Rooy / Rodewald / Terrallardona (Iveco) +1:34:44 hrs
4. Villagra / Yacopini / Torlaschi (Iveco) +5:49:08 hrs
5. Loprais / Marco Alcayna / Pokora (Tatra) +5:59:51 hrs
6. Viazovich / Haranin / Zhihulin (Maz) + 6:39:29 hrs

March 4th, 2019

Beskydy Rally September 2018

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More photos by Jaroslav Sopuch: beskydy_2018_sopuch

March 4th, 2019
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