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Colin Rose’s T603’s experiences

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http://www.colinrose.net/tatra0.html

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March 10th, 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

Hans Ledwinka honorary citizen of Koprivnice

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Hans Ledwinka has become an honorary citizen of Koprivnice.  Though his role during WWII was doubted. leading to the imprisonment of six years due to assumed collaboration, he was rehabilitated in 1992 by the Czech High Court.  Still his role was controversial among “old” politicians. But thanks to the diligence of the Tatra club of Koprivnice and its president Alena Cipova and former Tatra museum director Karel Rosenkranz, the city council of Koprivnice agreed and in september 2018 it became a fate.

Biography https://www.tatratrucks.com/about-the-company/press-and-media/news/hans-ledwinka-1/

Published under History, Personal
March 4th, 2019

Tatra trucks made in China: Changzheng

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http://chinacarhistory.com/2018/08/27/the-story-of-china-national-heavy-truck-group-sinotruk-changzheng-auto/

Published under History, Tatra Works
March 4th, 2019

Slovak T 87 article

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https://auto.hnonline.sk/automobilky/1857568-najslavnejsie-ceskoslovenske-auto-rychla-tatra-vozila-celebrity-aj-zlych-estebakov

Published under History, Press
March 4th, 2019

50 years ago: Prague August 21, 1968

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Your editor just couldn’t resist being in Prague on August 21, 2018.  Fifty years after.  There were several l exhibitions about the Warsaw Pact counties invasion, though I felt the authorities were ambivalent about the commemoration, as the communist became part of the government in July 2018, the first time since 1989, the public using the commemoration not only to disapprove upon what happened in 1968, but also the present prime-minister.

Published under History, Personal
March 3rd, 2019

30 min. video: The Slovenska Strela under restauration. English subtitles.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCn_5ZHVr_U&feature=share&app=desktop&fbclid=IwAR2mQgWW2vR1BlJtAYUSLqCpVJ5YweyvXRXF_-qhdFGaghYnlVoMQIHvZw4

Published under History, Museums, Restoration, Video
February 28th, 2019

Tatra & Beetle in Hindu Times

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https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/motoring/the-beetle-and-the-tatra/article24744617.ece

Published under History, Press
February 28th, 2019

T 57K at the Normandy liberation beaches

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At Longues sur Mer

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In July 2018, I had the pleasure to visit the Normandy beaches where the liberation of Europe started on D-day 1944.  With the T57K, we visited quite some sites. There are several museums in the area about the Atlantic wall, D-day, its logistics, the liberation of Normany etc etc.  It is a recommended visit.

More info about the area:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longues-sur-Mer_battery

http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/sites-and-attractions/the-d-day-landing-beaches-5-2.html

Published under History, Personal
February 27th, 2019

T57K visits Normandy

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Just months before D-Day:  T57K in Martin de Fresnay spring 1944

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and in July 2018.

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I*n the summer of 2018 your editor visited France with the T 57K. Somehow, in the war days, the German occupiers in France used a lot of T 57k’s. One T 57K was spotted in St Martin de Fresnay, in Normandy. After D-Day, the T 57 Ks, mostly used for police and supporting duties by the Germans, suddenly had to fulfil front duties.

As I realised that the scenery in St Martin de Fresnay had hardly changed, it became a challenge to photograph the T57K at the same spot, in 2018, 74 years later! Already present in Normandy after the 2018 TRUK rally, we managed to find the spot and tried to manoeuvre the T57K on exactly the same sport. The result is seen on the photos.

Being in Normandy, it was nice to visit the D-Day beaches and all rememberance sites.

Many German vehicles including the T 57Ks were destroyed by the Allies in the weeks after D-Day, especially in the so-called Falaise-gap.

Some served as booty vehicles for the British and Americans though.

T57K-SEofCaen1944IWMBooty T57K used as an ambulance by the British forces. 1944, South East of Caen.

Published under History, Miscellaneous, Personal
February 21st, 2019
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