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A visit to Porsche and Tatra museums

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https://driventowrite.com/2014/10/09/porsche-tatra-museums/#more-4685

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July 31st, 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.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor skoda monte carlo classic

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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.

GanzSchilperoord29April2019Paul Schilperoord, Lorenz Schmid and families

May 1st, 2019

Video: Veteran Arena Olomouc enlarged

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https://translate.google.nl/translate?sl=cs&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.idnes.cz%2Folomouc%2Fzpravy%2Folomouc-veteran-arena-znovuotevreni-veterany-technika.A190401_467649_olomouc-zpravy_stk

https://www.idnes.cz/olomouc/zpravy/olomouc-veteran-arena-znovuotevreni-veterany-technika.A190401_467649_olomouc-zpravy_stk

Published under Museums, Video
April 2nd, 2019

Australian Skoda and Tatra Museum on its way

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https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5839418/skoda-and-tatra-museums-big-opening-is-getting-close-now/

Published under Museums
March 4th, 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

Crazy Cool Cars from the Best Minneapolis Museums. Picasso, Pontiac, Prince, and a Tatra

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http://www.automobilemag.com/news/crazy-cool-cars-from-the-best-minneapolis-museums/

Published under Events & Meetings, Museums
June 16th, 2018

T77a Nonsense by Jalopnik

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A 1937 Tatra 77aPhoto: Kristen Lee (Jalopnik)

About a month ago, I went on vacation in Prague and paid a visit to the very lovely National Technical Museum. It’s awesome and definitely worth a visit. Because if you do go, you’ll see a sleek, silver 1937 Tatra 77a parked on the ground floor, which I later learned was actually shockingly good at killing Nazis during World War II. Here’s why.

In 1934, Czech vehicle manufacturer Tatra—a company led by legendary engineer Hans Ledwinka—launched the first serially produced, aerodynamically designed car called the T77. It was streamlined and sleek, with a body shaped in a wind tunnel and a freaking fin on its back, like some glossy fish car from the future. It was partly designed by Paul Jaray, the engineer behind the aerodynamics of the Zeppelin.

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Since the T77 needed to be as aerodynamic as possible, Tatra minimized the T77’s front face area and stuck the engine—a 2.97-liter air-cooled V8, good for 59 horsepower—in the back, right above the rear axle. This allowed the car to reach speeds of 90 mph, which were considered extremely fast in those pre-war days.

In 1935, the T77 was improved to create its successor, the 77a. The displacement of the V8 was increased to 3.4 liters and power jumped to 70 HP, with a top speed of 93 mph. The cars were among the most advanced and high-tech of their time.

Underneath their flashy hides, the T77 and 77a both had four-wheel independent suspension that used swing axles in the back and a transverse leaf spring system in the front, writes Hemmings.

Stunning as they were to look at, though, the T77 and the 77a were harrowing to drive. Thanks to an extreme rear weight bias and long wheelbase, the T77 and 77a were said to have acutely twitchy handling. It would be altogether too simple to overcook a corner and have the heavy ass swing out into dangerous oversteer. Tire technology from the 1930s probably didn’t do it any favors, either.

The German occupation of Czechoslovakia lasted from 1938 to 1945. The stylish and fast Tatras were very appealing to the Nazis and rose in popularity with high-ranking SS officers, British writer Steve Cole told the Telegraph. And you can totally see why: When you bully your way into a country, you want to take the nicest shit for yourself. Textbook invaders, the lot of them.

Trouble rose when those Nazi officers tried to go fast in their new cars, though. A bunch of them kept crashing and dying.

Per Cole:

“These high-ranking Nazi officers drove this car fast but unfortunately the handling was rubbish, so at a sharp turn they would lose control, spin out and wrap themselves round a tree killing the driver more often than not. The Allies referred to the Tatra cars as their secret weapon against the Nazis.

“More high-ranking Nazi officers were killed in car crashes in the Tatra 77 [and 87] than were killed in active combat. It goes to show that being too flashy doesn’t get you anywhere and will leave you dead.”

Savage, but probably not something the Czechoslovakians were too broken up about.

Eventually, though, Tatra was able to improve the handling of the 77a’s successor, the T87. Its engineers shortened the wheelbase by 12 inches and cast its engine from a lightweight alloy, according to Hemmings. The resulting car was nearly 900 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

The National Technical Museum’s placard beside the 77a doesn’t mention any of its Nazi-killing prowess, but now you know and you can impress your friends and relatives the next time you pay it a visit.

Published under History, Museums
May 31st, 2018

Slovak arrow under renovation

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Tatra will repair the legendary Slovak missile, it will take two years
Slovak missile at station Praha-Hlavní nádraží 1936.
19.02.2018 18:20
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For about two years, the reconstruction of the historic M 290.0 railway car called the Slovak missile, which will be repaired by Kopřivnice Tatra Trucks for almost 120 million crowns, will be necessary. After the repair, the car was built in 1936 in the Tatra State in a special glass depot and will be one of the attractions of the new car museum, which wants to build a Moravian-Silesian region in the former Tater’s foundry.
Almost 80 million will be donated by the European subsidies, a symbolic check on Monday in Kopřivnice for representatives of the car industry was handed over to Minister of Regional Development Klára Dostálová (for YES).
Tatra can launch a tender for the company that will rebuild the legendary car in the near future. Now the Slovak missile stands outside the Tatra Museum and is decaying for many years. “Today, when you look at it, it is static and ugly, we believe it will be dynamic and will ride again and be beautiful and will bring joy to the next and it will be a proof of how unique the car was. and fully operational, “said Tatra CEO Radek Strouhal.
Jan Jurkovič, the director of the Tatra Technical Museum, said that the car should be technically refurbished in the form it was after 1936. “It is supposed to be renovated into a mobile state, that is to say, basically a truly original state, which will capable of running even after public halls, of course, new regulations are in place, but the electronics that are needed today are just to be delivered for, say, a particular ride as portable, “said Jurkovic.
Depo, in which the car will stand, will be glazed so that the chassis can be seen. “On the other hand, there will be an imitation of the station, and there is room for a Slovak missile to go in front of this depot, plus we intend to make some fancy races once in a while,” said Strouhal.
Prague-Bratislava in 4 hours 50 minutes
Jurkovic said the state of the car is really poor. For example, the seats will have to be completely new. “The tremendous benefit of renovation will be that the technical documentation is fully preserved, so restorers have something to do, so we think they will really do it within the two-year horizon,” said the director of the museum. Inside the car, however, due to fear of being damaged, people will only open up for more exceptional events.
Slovenská Strela is the only movable monument in the Moravian-Silesian Region. The motor car produced in Tatra was put into operation on July 13, 1936. It was installed on the Prague – Bratislava line, and therefore it was named Slovenská strela. He had a single stop in Brno, and it was the fastest route to Czechoslovak railways. The route was off in four hours and 50 minutes.
After the start of World War II, the Slovak missile was shut down due to a shortage of fuel. After the war, the car was driving for a while, mainly as a ministerial or government train, and he also brought Czechoslovakian representatives to the Nuremberg process. He drove back in the 1950s, but was eliminated. The Slovak missile trains were made by two. One later burned out and the other got to the Koprivnice museum in 1960. For decades, it has been one of the symbols of the city.
Slovenská strela ve stanici Praha-Hlavní nádraží 1936.
Tatra will repair the legendary Slovak missile, it will take two years
Slovak missile at station Praha-Hlavní nádraží 1936.
19.02.2018 18:20
For about two years, the reconstruction of the historic M 290.0 railway car called the Slovak missile, which will be repaired by Kopřivnice Tatra Trucks for almost 120 million crowns, will be necessary. After the repair, the car was built in 1936 in the Tatra State in a special glass depot and will be one of the attractions of the new car museum, which wants to build a Moravian-Silesian region in the former Tater’s foundry.
Almost 80 million will be donated by the European subsidies, a symbolic check on Monday in Kopřivnice for representatives of the car industry was handed over to Minister of Regional Development Klára Dostálová (for YES).
Tatra can launch a tender for the company that will rebuild the legendary car in the near future. Now the Slovak missile stands outside the Tatra Museum and is decaying for many years. “Today, when you look at it, it is static and ugly, we believe it will be dynamic and will ride again and be beautiful and will bring joy to the next and it will be a proof of how unique the car was. and fully operational, “said Tatra CEO Radek Strouhal.
Jan Jurkovič, the director of the Tatra Technical Museum, said that the car should be technically refurbished in the form it was after 1936. “It is supposed to be renovated into a mobile state, that is to say, basically a truly original state, which will capable of running even after public halls, of course, new regulations are in place, but the electronics that are needed today are just to be delivered for, say, a particular ride as portable, “said Jurkovic.
Depo, in which the car will stand, will be glazed so that the chassis can be seen. “On the other hand, there will be an imitation of the station, and there is room for a Slovak missile to go in front of this depot, plus we intend to make some fancy races once in a while,” said Strouhal.
Prague-Bratislava in 4 hours 50 minutes
Jurkovic said the state of the car is really poor. For example, the seats will have to be completely new. “The tremendous benefit of renovation will be that the technical documentation is fully preserved, so restorers have something to do, so we think they will really do it within the two-year horizon,” said the director of the museum. Inside the car, however, due to fear of being damaged, people will only open up for more exceptional events.
Slovenská Strela is the only movable monument in the Moravian-Silesian Region. The motor car produced in Tatra was put into operation on July 13, 1936. It was installed on the Prague – Bratislava line, and therefore it was named Slovenská strela. He had a single stop in Brno, and it was the fastest route to Czechoslovak railways. The route was off in four hours and 50 minutes.
After the start of World War II, the Slovak missile was shut down due to a shortage of fuel. After the war, the car was driving for a while, mainly as a ministerial or government train, and he also brought Czechoslovakian representatives to the Nuremberg process. He drove back in the 1950s, but was eliminated. The Slovak missile trains were made by two. One later burned out and the other got to the Koprivnice museum in 1960. For decades, it has been one of the symbols of the city.

https://www.tyden.cz/rubriky/relax/ostatni/tatra-opravi-legendarni-slovenskou-strelu-potrva-to-dva-roky_468211.html

Published under Museums, Tatra Works
April 18th, 2018

New Tatra Museum director

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Jan Jurkovič was appointed interim director of the Kopřivnice Regional Museum

15. 12. 2017 16:02

On 13 December he became the director of the Regional Museum in Kopřivnice, ops Jan Jurkovič. The former director of the museum, Lumír Kaválek, finished the position.Unanimously, the board of directors of the museum, together with the representatives of the city of Kopřivnice and the TATRA TRUCKS car maker, decided to do so.

Josef Jurkovič was appointed interim director of the Koprivnice Regional Museum

Mgr. Ing. Jan Jurkovič, head of TATRA TRUCKS’s property investment and asset management division, will hold office temporarily before a new managerial candidate is selected.

The Board of Directors on Personnel Change states: “We thank Lumír Kaválek for his work as director of the museum during his years of work. The Board of Directors, however, is quite united in the need to make this personnel change. The museum needs a man who is able to communicate with its founders and museum partners in a standard and non-confidential way and who will participate in fulfilling the vision of two technical museums that are gradually being implemented in Koprivnica, one focused on passenger cars and the other on freight and utility. “

The museum’s management board assumes that finding a suitable candidate to run the museum for a long time will last for several months.

Published under Museums, Tatra Works
December 17th, 2017
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