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T57K visits Normandy

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


and in July 2018.


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

Driving a T 603 in the GDR

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February 2nd, 2018

Merry Christmas!

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December 21st, 2017

T 87 shows up at the Czech Embassy’ reception on the occasion of St Wenceslas Day

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On the occasion of St Wenceslas Day, the Czech Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, organised a reception where tens of ambassadors from countries all over the world attended.  My personal T 87 was invited to give acte de presence.  It was parked in the courtyard of the Embassy, close to the entrance and admired by several ambassadors and several Czech and Slovak people, telling me about their childhood in Czechoslovakia and members of the family who owned Tatras, mostly Tatraplans.  The Czech ambassador in the Netherlands, Jana Reinišová, was also quite interested, and enjoyed being behind the wheel.

Wenceslas I:,_Duke_of_Bohemia

St. Wenceslas’ day:

Published under Events & Meetings, Personal
September 28th, 2017

TRD Rally Nahetal

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Just one week after the 120 years Tatra rally, the TRD held its annual event, at the last weekend of June, in the valley of River Nahe.  About thirty cars were present, some of them just returning from the Czech Rally. Of of the fellow competitors, Raimund Bartl arrived at the hotel just after midnight where he had a drink with other Tatra owners. He, however, had sudden pain on the breast and was reanimated, first by Tatra colleagues with a medical education, then by ambulance personnel and finally by a practitioner. It was to no avail though as he passed away under the hands of his reanimators.

It does not take much imagination that everybody was shocked the next day. Out of respect, the rally organisation provided all competitors with a mourning ribbon and a rose.

The rally itself was nicely organised and the route was splendid.






Silent witness.

Raimund Bartl’s ivory T 603 was left behind, only the flowers witnessing that something had happened.


Raimund Bartl will be buried on July 14th 9.30 at Friedhof Letter(Hölderlinstrasse 6, 30926 Seelze)

July 12th, 2017

Hans Ledwinka passed away 50 years ago

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March 2nd, 2017

Miroslav Zikmund celebrates 98th birthday

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February 18th, 2017

Happy New Year

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January 2nd, 2017

Fidel Castro passes away

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Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.

Published under History, Personal
November 26th, 2016

Max Mannheimer and his T 87

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Here is a fine photo of Max Mannheimer and his T 87, shot by Ondrej Ertl at the Beskydy Rally of 2001.

Published under Events & Meetings, Personal
October 14th, 2016
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