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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:

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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.

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October 14th, 2016

How Max Mannheimer got his T 87

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On my seventieth birthday in 1990, my brother Edi fulfilled a secret life-long dream. He gave me a vintage car from 1938, a Czech Tatra in silver, which had converted from a wreck into a high-level car in a month-long restoration: three-liter engine, air cooling, oil circulating pump, 75 hp, top speed 160 kph, Rubens inspired curved wings.  As a 15-year-old I had seen such a car on the Novy Jicin (Neu-titschein) city square. He belonged to the hat-maker Hückel, cost as many as five Volkswagens, and attracted many admirers, including my brothers and myself.  Since then, I had dreamed of driving such a car once.  At that time the car was regarded as extremely avant-garde – 55 years later it was still.  It had only one construction fault: because of the all-too-big wheels and the long tail fins, it reacted very sensitively to sidewind. Only one thing helped: slowing down. It also had some quirks because of his age. But I also have quirks. So we matched together wonderfully.

I was indefinitely grateful to my brother. He could not have given me a bigger gift.  The trips I took on the red leather driving seat, are among my best memories.

(Von der Leyen, Marie-Luise: Max Mannheimer. Drei Leben.  S 209-210, München 2012.)

Zu meinem siebzigsten Geburtstag im Jahre 1990 erfüllte mir mein Bruder Edi einen heimlichen Lebenstraum.  Er schenkte mir einen Oldtimer von 1938, ein tschechischer Tatra in Silber, der sich in Monatelanger Restaurierung von einem Wrack in ein Hochelegantes Auto verwandelt hatte:  drei-Liter Motor, Luftkühlung, Öl-Umlaufpumpe, 75 PS, Spitzengeschwindigkeit 160 km/h, rubensartig gewölbte Kotflügel.  Als 15-Jähriger hatte ich auf dem Neutitscheiner Stadtplatz einen solchen Wagen gesehen.  Er hatte dem Hutfabrikanten Hückel gehört, so viel wie fünf Volkswagen gekostet und viele Leute herbeigelockt, die ihn bestaunten, auch meine Brüder und mich.  Seither hatte ich davon geträumt, einmal einen solchen Wagen zu fahren.  Seinerzeit galt er als ungeheuer avantgardistisch – 55 Jahre später war er es noch immer.  Er hatte nur einen Konstruktionsfehler: Wegen der allzu grossen Räder und der lange Heckflossen reagierte er sehr empfindlich auf Seitenwind.  Da half nur eines: langsamer fahren. Auch sonst hatte er wegen seines Alters einige Macken.  Aber Macken habe ich auch.  Insofern passten wir wunderbar zusammen.

Ich war meinem Bruder unendlich dankbar.  Ein grösseres Geschenk hätte er mir nicht machen können.  Die Fahrten, die ich auf dem Roten Ledersitz hinter dem Steuer unternommen habe, gehören zu meinem schönsten Erinnerungen.

(Von der Leyen, Marie-Luise: Max Mannheimer. Drei Leben.  S 209-210, München 2012.)

Published under History, Personal, Restoration
October 6th, 2016

Video and story: T 603 B5

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Urvan Tatra 603 crushing opponents at the Nurburgring and then go home

May 6, 2016

Officially called Tatra 603-2 B5 Marathon.In the mid-sixties he plagued compete in the famous race in Marathon de la Route and attracted uproar unique ejector cooling.And thanks to the children of the original navigator and rider fascinates today.
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This “šestsettrojka” at first glance is not settled limousine that drove the Communist functionaries.Bright orange color, squatted outside the country, black hood.A rear unmistakable “trumpet”, which are the most visible part of the ejector cooling.

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Before some fifty years ago this car from Kopřivnice factory broke the opponents in European endurance races that lasted several days.At the wheel steering wheel three masters: Adolf Veřmiřovský, Alois Mark and Stanislav Hajdušek.The latter Kopřivnice worked as a test driver.And his sons with “dad’s” Tatra racing today.Among other things, it will present this weekend at the Brno Masaryk Circuit.

The socialist Otesánek what surprised the world

Orange specimen was built in Koprivnice for the season 1967. “Šestsettrojky” he had belonged to the famous Marathon de la Route, čtyřiaosmdesátihodinovém endurance race, which rode on the legendary northern loop of the Nürburgring, the esteemed opponent.

Tatra 603-2 B5 Marathon

“In 1965, when he rode Tatras for the first time, they finished first and second in their category, finished one car.A year later, the Tatra first, second and third, “calculates Stanislav Hajdušek junior, fresh sixties and former extra league hockey player who competes today with the car for pleasure.

This orange Tatra just flown trio Veřmiřovský-Mark-Hajdušek then in 1967 finished the race in third place in his class and fourth overall.In autumn the then still he presented on circuit races in Brno and at Rallye Sumava.And then it was a successful racing Tatra project completed.

Tatra nettle in Kopřivnice

When Hajdušek junior brothers in the nineties decided to try dad Tatras find and put together, they had a difficult task.After completion of the racing project because all the machines back into production or factory rebuilt into a civilian car that was included in the regular service.”We rode in Prague at the ministry, while others ended up in an agricultural cooperative in the Bruntal.Only one race remained the engine used in the testing of motorway traffic, “recounted Stanislav Hajdušek.

Searching in archives and registry vehicle eventually found Hajduškovi Tatra – immobile, just ten kilometers from Kopřivnice in the garden in the grass.He owned the widow of the last owner and did not know what to do with it.”So we agreed with her that she put decent for Tatra wheeled Skoda hundred,” says Hajdušek.

Tři závodní tatry před odjezdem na Marathon de la Route 1967. Všechny vozy byly oranžové, odlišit je šlo podle barvy masky.Three racing Tatras before leaving for the Marathon de la Route 1967. All the cars were orange, to distinguish them was the color of the mask.

Renovation lasted a relatively short time – less than two years.In the mid 90s there was another time, veterans were far from such business.”Back then it was a pleasure to do it.She lived a lot of witnesses and everyone we love to help with that.Only one engine specialists, which we adjusted the carburetors Weber, the threw a blanket over himself, not to see what he does, “laughs Hajdušek.

“But anybody can ride”

Restoration of cars had also had “therapeutic effect”.Hajdušek senior was seriously ill and he says his son, he wanted to die.Construction of car he should return zest for life.”With the Tatra, we brought him to other thoughts.We had him in the garage as such officer memorial, “he says today, sixty Hajdušek junior.The therapy worked.Former test pilot Tatry Hajdušek lived for 83 years, died three years ago.

A renovated drove his Tatra truck?”I know that, yes, drove up.But then he got out and said: “Gentlemen, what I will not give a damn.The clutch is not prošlápnout, rigid brake, the steering wheel does not tighten.It’s hard.How can you ride, “says Hajdušek.

Posádku dnešní tatry tvořili v roce 1967 (zleva) Alois Mark, Adolf Veřmiřovský a Stanislav Hajdušek senior.Today the crew of Tatra formed in 1967 (from left) Mark Alois, Adolf Veřmiřovský and Stanislav Hajdušek senior.

The most important thing to them but my dad gave earlier.”He taught us to ride.I used to go with him to the work of his test drive awfully happy.Seeing a driver who ranks timely, timely brakes, panic.My little brother with him then watched open-mouthed as you brake and beating of a strumming heel gas.Serial Tatra 603 per ordinary barumských praskačkách was one big continuous slip, but when daddy went, it was a concert. ”

Racing clothing?Tesilky, shirts and shoes

With that hardness had Hajdušek senior truth, his son openly admits.Today renovated Tatra is still from the original lot different.Marathon races because then looked different than today’s automotive competition.Competitors got home in the car, crossed half of Europe, where for three days and three nights of racing and went back home.The car had to be built on such a scheme, the chassis was therefore much more comfortable mood.

Historians in Brno

Tatra 603-2 B5 Marathon will be one of more than a hundred historic sports cars that will be presented at the Masaryk circuit in Brno this weekend May 7 to 8.The Brno race track hosts the Austrian Histo CUP, Czech Penrite Cup Classic Cup and drive formulas Czechoslovak Club F3.

And the differences are, of course, the safety regulations.”Back then, racing overalls formed tesilky blue, white shirts, shoes and leather gloves without fingers,” says Hajdušek.And it emphasizes that it is definitely not thinking hyperbole.In order to Tatra could race today, of course, they must have complete safety equipment.The car must roll cage must have an emergency battery master switch.It is a tax for that marathon Tatra can still compete for real.Otherwise it could happen except in a museum.

“Trumpets” hit the Nordschleife ban

On the contrary, these “trumpets”, which will attract at first glance, his most famous car in the race stints have not.What they actually are?With lots of other improvements under the hood consists of an ejector cooling system.This creates a negative pressure while driving and the engine compartment then faster air flows.The motor then uchladí without otherwise conventional fans that add weight to the car and detract from engine performance.

Díky ejektorovému chlazení nemusí mít motor ventilátory, které mu ubírají 20 koní.Thanks ejektorovému engine cooling fans may not have to detract from his 20 horses.

To put the numbers: an ejector Tatra had about 170 horses, with some fans 150. That was not the competitors at the Marathon de la Route no avail.A side effect is ejectors – politely put – a very distinctive sound speech.Such that even in tolerant sixties was skousnutelný.

“Even without the engine noise generators exceeds 105 decibels.When she went after Norschleife Tatra, knew all the villagers kilometers away, “laughs Hajdušek.For comparison – the noise of a hundred decibels issued a jackhammer.Formula 1 in its heyday had 145 decibels.

At Goodwood?After the big “masking”

The highlight of a career rebirth “šestsettrojky” was not yet famous Goodwood Revival Festival.Organizers there marathon Tatra wanted, but it was one small problem.He did not fit into the rules.According to it, they laugh at Goodwood to drive only cars produced before 1960. Conceptually, there šestsettrojka belongs, is produced since 1956, but this piece was apparently later.

John Haugland, who as a former pilot Skoda Rally participation Tatra contended, finally Hajduškům suggested, be adjusted to mask the car version in 1960. “Paradoxically, this did not bother them.Brother took the gnashing of teeth cutter and an ancestor we remade the oval version with three lights.And as we came back from Goodwood again we rebuilt it back, “says Stanislav Hajdušek junior.

Roars like a Spitfire during the war

However, for the feeling to participate in the most famous “revival” of the world it was worth.Commotion aroused course mainly ejectors.”They went there for us witnesses of the war and said that he Tatra goes, it sounds like flying a Spitfire,” recalls racer.

Na slavný festival v Goodwoodu pomohl maratonské tatře John Haughland. Jen bylo potřeba přestavět čelo vozu na starší „tříokou“ verzi.At the famous Goodwood Festival helped marathon Tatra John Haughland.Only it was necessary to rebuild the entire car to the older “three-eyed” version.

It was just tiring always someone explain how the ejector cooling functions.”We ended up hurting mouth so that we were painted with a sketch explaining how and someone asked, we just wordlessly pointed to the paper,” he laughs.

To Goodwood Tatra returned three times.And every time she graduated before leaving for reconstruction, “three-eyed” and after returning back to “four-eyed”.Leave your car in the version for Goodwood said he would be in the Czech Republic failed.”Here people know these cars.The first bit of informed Tatrovaks would send us to hell, “he laughs Hajdušek.



May 10th, 2016

A 2011 Koprivnice marriage

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Spotted in 2011, this couple married in Jiri Pechan’s T 87.

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January 21st, 2016
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