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ČR must compensate Tatra ex-chief for unfounded prosecution

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31 JANUARY 2018

Brno, Jan 30 (CTK) – The Czech state has to pay 315,000 crowns plus late payment interest to Ronald Adams, former general director of the Czech Tatra lorry maker, in compensation for his unrightful detention and prosecution, the Brno Regional Court has decided, upholding a lower-level court’s previous verdict.

The information was conveyed to CTK by the Regional Court spokeswoman Eva Sigmundova on Tuesday.

Adams, a U.S. national, claimed compensation worth five million crowns, saying the corruption charges he faced in the Czech Republic have negatively affected his personal and professional reputation.

The appeals court’s verdict is definitive.


Adams, Tatra’s former general director and head of the board of directors, was charged with bribe giving in August 2012. The police said he had offered a bribe of 20 million crowns to then deputy defence minister Martin Bartak in 2009 in exchange for the ministry signing more contracts with Tatra for supplies of lorries to the Czech military.

He faced up to five years in prison, but a court acquitted him in 2013.

Adams said in doing so, the court made it clear that the prosecution, restrictions and also the negative publicity Adams faced in this connection in Czech and foreign media, were unnecessary and unrightful.

On his acquittal, Adams demanded five million crowns from the state as compensation. The Justice Ministry granted 120,000 crowns to him in 2014, but Adams appealed the decision and the Brno Municipal Court raised the sum to 315,000 crowns plus a roughly 8-percent late payment interest, the overall sum reaching 435,000 crowns in mid-2016.

The Brno Regional Court upheld the original verdict earlier this month.

Justice works slowly, but it is a good piece of news that one can finally achieve justice in the Czech Republic, Adams said through Vladimir Bystrov from the Bison & Rose agency that previously represented him.

Adams also figured as a witness in the case of the purchase of Tatra lorries by the Czech military, in which Bartak and Czech arms dealer Michal Smrz faced corruption charges.

Adams accused Smrz of having offered the company help in the negotiations about the supply in 2008 in exchange for 100 million crowns. He also allegedly promised Adams to secure his personal meeting with then PM Mirek Topolanek. A court acquitted both Bartak and Smrz of charges in late 2014 and the Justice Ministry granted a compensation worth 180,000 crowns to each.

Published under History, Tatra Works, Video
February 1st, 2018

Video January 31: Prague in the sixties featuring several Tatras

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The last two months, Tatra World had published about 70 video’s on its website

Some were well-known, others weren’t, but at least I hope you have enjoyed them.

I want to conclude the two video months with a Prague video of the late sixties.

Prague is presented as a paradise with a satisfied and happy population. How different was it in August 1968, almost 50 years ago!

However, it is a nice video for the Tatra fans with T 57s, T 6oos, T 87s, and several T 603s.  Also, as part of admiring Prague’s public transport system,  the prototype T 401 trolleybus is included.

Anyway, I hope you will enjoy it and thanks for watching.

Best regards, Kees Smit

Published under History, Video
January 31st, 2018

Video: T 805 Hanzelka/ Zikmund in Japan 1954

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Published under Events & Meetings, History
January 10th, 2018

Vintage Tatra lorries will be produced in Trenčín

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Both military and civilian vehicles from the legendary Tatra brand will be produced and serviced in the Slovak city of Trenčín by a special branch of the Czech group.

Tha Tatra brand created a new Slovak company to produce lorrries in Trenčín.(Source: TASR)
The MSM company created the Tatra Slovakia joint venture in cooperation with the Tatra Trucks Kopřivnice group. The task of the new company is to repair, service and develop and produce Tatra vehicles for the defence industry as well as the civilian sector.

Within three to five years, the production rooms in the former Military Maintenance Company (VOP) in Trenčín are to be expanded and adapted, and 100 to 150 new employees are to be hired, head of the Trenčín division of the MSM Land System Miloslav Bobek told the TASR newswire.

“We plan to renovate the current premises and even build new ones, if necessary,” Bobek explained for TASR. “The overall strategy is planned for three to five years, but the first production possibilities will appear in our plant next year already.”

The Tatra brand is the third oldest car brand in the world, and with a hundred year tradition, the vehicles being much in demand all over the world.

“Globally, there is interest in these cars from Asia through Africa, all the way to Latin America, especially due to the high passability of this vehicle, and its performance,” Bobek said, as quoted by TASR. “In the civilian sector, they are especially used in mining companies, quarries and poorly accessible grounds. Four-wheel, six-wheel, and also eight-wheel military cars are attached to the Tatra chassis, as well as special vehicles.”

The MSM Group consists of several plants in Slovakia, with also a branch in Serbia. It focuses mostly on special technology and the defence industry: the Trenčín plant specialises in wheeled and tracked technology, the Nováky plant in ammunition and the Banská Bystrica one on the aviation industry.

The MSM Group is headquartered in Dubnica nad Váhom, where the production of small-bore and big-bore ammunition is located. Around 300 people currently work in Trenčín, while there should be up to 500 employees within five years, TASR reported.

December 13th, 2017

Video December 2nd 2017: Very first crash of a Nesselsdorfer, Rychaltice 1900

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Published under History, Video
December 2nd, 2017

Video: Kim Il Sung visits Prague in 1984

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Published under History, Video
November 19th, 2017

T 613 Electronic

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T 613 Electronic

Published under Auctions & Trade, History, Press
November 1st, 2017

Ten forgotten Czech(oslovak) car designs

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Published under History, Press
November 1st, 2017

The Tatraplan development story

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Published under History
October 21st, 2017

A T 600 urban legend?

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Legendary T600 1953 EVO V8 is going to Le Mans
The picture is the legendary T600 1953 EVO V8, the only car of its kind in the world, originally donated to Hanzelka and Zikmund’s traveler on February 13, 1953. This is the EVOluce transition from T600 to T603.
According to severeral sources this T600 from 1953, named by its owners Tatyra T 600 EVO V8, is an evolution model between the T 600 and the T 603, donated to Hanzelka and Zikmund in February 1953, something that could not be confirmed by the Tatra Museum.  In restored form it was believed that it would compete in the Le Mans Classic race as a rarity. Drivers named are Duncan John Arthurs, Josef Smarda and Austen Wells
Austen Wells is an experienced British classic racer.
Duncan John Arthurs is known in the UK for his outings with his T 11 sports car.
Question is: Is it an original T 600 transition model? Personally I do not think so though more stories would be welcome.  There are too many odds in the present story. The T 603 is said to have 180 hp. Impossible in 1953 imho. The claimed fact that it is an ex Hanzelka-Zikmund car could not be confirmed by the curators of the Tatra Museum either. Further, Tatraplans fitted with a T 603A engine had louvres in the rear bonnet (on the same position as the T 87) and not louvres low down as on the T 603.
Published under History, Racing & Rallying
October 12th, 2017
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