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Wish I could afford a Tatra

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Converted body by Miesen bodyshop, Bonn. About 1948-1949

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June 26th, 2019

Tatra Pribor closed down 20 years ago.

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Published under History
June 25th, 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

Meeting August Lacina and a T603 B5 1966 Video

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Owner Jiri Prochazka, August Lacina, Kees Smit

Members of the former Tatra race team used to meet once a year for a beer and nostalgic talks.  They then also visited the start?finish of the local circuit, the Stramberk-Rybi-Zavisice triangle, t6he public roads not only used for incidental races, but also for Tatra testing. Regrettably, due to age problems, deaths and other problems, only August Lacina was able to be present. As a navigator, he teamed up with Milan Hruby, Jiri Pelucha, Ivan Micik and others.  But for at least three years he teamed up with the well-known Jaroslav Pavelka.


Published under History, Racing & Rallying, Video
June 7th, 2019

How the Horch Sachsenring and Tatra 603 rivaled to be the preferred car in Eastern-bloc countries

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May 14th, 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. Video (Trailer) 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.

GanzSchilperoord29April2019Paul Schilperoord, Lorenz Schmid and families

May 1st, 2019

2019: Tatra celebrating 100 years of the Tatra name. 99 photos!

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April 3rd, 2019

T77a Video

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March 27th, 2019

Tatraplan Diesel

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March 18th, 2019

Video: Rare film shot of T57K in 1945

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Photos of the T 57K during the war days are rare, as are films.  Extremely rare are colour films.  In Hermann Pölking’s documentary “Wer war Hitler?” (Who was Hiler?) there is however a rare shot of a T 57K with a driver and officer on board.  It shows the German Wehrmacht retreating after their unsuccessful Ardennes counteroffensive in 1944-1945

Background info on Ardennes counteroffensive:


Published under History, Video
March 14th, 2019
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