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Tatra 77 and Tugendhat villa book

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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.


See some inside pages of the book and find out how to order a copy:

October 30th, 2019

Tatra77 & Villa Tugendhat book

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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

October 9th, 2019

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

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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.



October 9th, 2019

TRN Annual Rally 2019 Bosschenhoofd

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TRN2019   All photos by Peter Visseer

October 9th, 2019

Video: Karl Pektor’s T87 on the podium at the August 30-September 1 Schwetzingen Classic Gala

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October 9th, 2019

Beskydy Rally 2019 Videos & Photos

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September 13th, 2019

TRUK Ironbridge Rally 2019

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Photos copyright Peter Visser

September 12th, 2019

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:

Please spread the message to Eastern-bloc car fans.

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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.


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.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor skoda monte carlo classic


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.


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:



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:


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.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor prachovskych skál tatra

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.






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.


June 9th, 2019
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