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Not less than 22 videos: Moving Tatra trucks from depots and the present museum to the all new truck museum

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VIDEO: Moving history. Tatra trucks are heading to the new museum

The seventy-year-old Tatra 128 was the first car parked on Tuesday in the large hall of the new Tatra Truck Museum in Kopřivnice. Gradually, more will be added to it in April, from the oldest NW type K car in a firefighting design from 1910 to the current Phoenix model from the current production of the Kopřivnice car manufacturer.

Transport Tatra trucks to the new museum in Kopřivnice | (1:44) | video:

But people will still wait for the museum to open, it is not planned until this autumn.

“One of the main reasons why this museum was established is that Tatra manufactures trucks, but has nowhere to present them. Some of them were on display in the existing Tatra Kopřivnice Technical Museum, but this does not have sufficient space capacity, “said Lukáš Filip, head of the new museum, which falls under the Museum of the Novojičín Region.

At the turn of 2015 and 2016, a study of the reconstruction of the hall of the former foundry into a new exhibition space was born. At that time, Tatra also bought a part of the private collection of the collector Jiří Hlach, which contained over forty cars from the Kopřivnice car manufacturer.

Together with trucks from the existing Tatra Technical Museum, they thus form the basis of a new exhibition.

“Hlach’s collection contains a number of important historical models, thanks to which we can well capture the typological development of this brand in the new exhibition,” explained Filip.

However, the oldest exhibit will be a carriage, because the founder of the local tradition, Ignác Šustala, started with them.

“Then there was the wagon tradition , but it did not fit us, so we will continue with the oldest trucks from the first decades of the last century. There will be thematic sections: fire trucks, various important types such as 111, 138, 148, 805, which were produced in large quantities, then there will be expedition vehicles or competition cars for the Dakar. We try to capture everything important that is associated with Tatra trucks and their development, “said Filip.

Some of the exhibits had to be restored before the exhibition.

“Somewhere it was a small adjustment, somewhere it was more complicated. It is interesting that most of the Tatra trucks, which were in the technical museum and which have not been driven for decades, managed to start for the first time. It was enough for the men from the factory to come, plug in new flashlights, turn the key and in most cars the engine immediately started, “said Filip.

The extension for visitors will be currently prepared interactive elements. ”Our goal is to follow the standard of European museums of the 21st century so that we can draw visitors deeper into the whole issue through interactive applications,” explained the director of the Museum of the Novojičín Region, Zdeněk Orlita.

For example, people will be able to use their smartphones to learn more about some of the exhibits.

“Thanks to this, it will be possible to look into the interior of cars, for example, which the visitor would not normally get into. The application will thus allow a much more detailed penetration into the exhibit than would be possible in real life. We are able to cover any detail with augmented reality, including, for example, the operation of the engine or the display of construction plans and drawings of cars, “Orlita explained.

We are also waiting for the Slovak Missile

He reminded that the museum will also install a collection of historic motorcycles, which was donated to the region by academic sculptor Miroslav Rybička, a lifelong collector of these machines.

The main investor of the new museum is the Moravian-Silesian Region. ”We took care of the reconstruction of the hall and interior equipment, but most of the exhibits belong to Tatra Trucks, which also takes care of their restoration,” said Lukáš Curylo, Deputy Regional Governor.

The city of Kopřivnice is also involved in the project, which takes care of the construction of access roads and parking lots.

“Originally, we expected the museum to open this spring or early summer. Due to the fact that the development and testing of interactive elements is waiting to be completed, we expect to open it sometime in September, “added Curylo. The budget for the construction of the museum reached almost 173 million crowns, of which 111 million are subsidies from the European Union.

One of the last exhibits that is still awaited is the listed motor train Slovenská strela, which has undergone a complete renovation in the past two and a half years .

“Now tests are underway, which require a range of about 600 kilometers, so that the Slovak missile can be routinely operated on lines in our country and abroad. We are also counting on her trips from the depository on various festive occasions, “said Pavel Lazar, CEO of Tatra Trucks.



About the new truck museum:

Several trucks on Regional tv broadcast:

Nesselsdorfer Wagenbau’s first truck:

T23 chassis:





T111C Fuel truck:

T 138 Kipper:

T138 Lambarene (Albert Schweitzer) truck:

T813 Fire truck:

T813 military truck:


T813 Kipper:

T500HB Bus:

OT64 armored 8 wheeler:



T815 GTC Around the world truck:

T815 1988 Paris-Dakar truck:

April 22nd, 2021

Kopřivnice Engineering Days 26. – 27. 9. 2020

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Kopřivnice Engineering Days comprise a unique interactive showcase of “popularly known” feats of engineering, as well as special cutting-edge technology.

Both big and small will find something here of interest. They will see static and dynamic demonstrations of trucks, special vehicles, cranes, agricultural machinery, fire trucks and other interesting equipment. All this in the attractive location of the TATRA test polygon.  The tour will be accompanied by an interesting supporting program full of entertainment, concerts and experiences. The general partner of the event is the city of Kopřivnice and TATRA TRUCKS, Inc.

Free event

September 24th, 2020

Tatra77 & Villa Tugendhat book

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On October 16th, a book on the Tatra T77 and the villa Tugendhat in Brno will be launched in Prague. The book is called TUGENDHAT 77 and includes documents of the historically first meeting of Tatra 77 and Villa Tugendhat.

Tatra Heritage association, National Technical Museum and Pavel Kasík

October 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. Video (Trailer) 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

Happy New Year

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January 2nd, 2017

Video: How to build the Dakar Rally Tatra Phoenix of the Buggyra Team

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April 23rd, 2016

Video + Photos: TRN Rotterdam Meeting 2015

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Goede avond,
Afgelopen dagen ben ik op bescheiden schaal weer begonnen te werken.  Dat wil ik nu zo spoedig mogelijk uitbreiden.
Ik wil u daarom uitnodigen voor op dinsdag 29 september 12.15
In Oktober moet ik helaas voor zeker een week opnieuw verzuimen, dit in verband met een operatie.
Graag hoor ik van u of deze afspraak schikt.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Kees Smit
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September 25th, 2015

How to finish 3rd

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Kamaz 4326

Although Karginov finished 3rd in friday’s stage, he flipped his truck on his side not far from the finish. With saturday’s marathonstage disallowing any mechanical assistance, it will be hard for the KAMAZ mechanics to get the heavily damaged Kamaz in a good condition.

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January 10th, 2015

Tatragate India: Tatra ban lifted

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NEW DELHI: The government is open to reviewing cases of blacklisted defence firms on merit as it prepares a new policy that will allow foreign defence firms to legally hire agents, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.

He added that banned firms can be conditionally allowed to do business in the country. “Based on merit and necessity, one can think of lifting the ban to a reasonable level,” he said.

Parrikar said state-run Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has been allowed to supply spare parts for Tatra trucks, as long as it does not deal with the British subsidiary of the company that was banned following irregularities in its deal with BEML.

He pointed out that one should not just go by the name Tatra as there are 3-4 companies which make the trucks.

“The company which has been banned is Tatra UK and we have permitted BEML to deal with the original company which is owned by different people now,” he said, adding the condition is such that it should not have relations with “questionable individuals”.

“A restricted Non Objection Certificate has been granted to BEML, because we do need for defence purpose Tatra vehicles. It has become critical for certain applications,” he said.

Heavy vehicle maker Tatra was banned in March 2012 after then Army Chief General V K Singh’s allegations that he was offered bribe to clear sub-standard trucks supplied by the company to the Army.

Meanwhile, the Congress has reacted sharply to the defence  minister’s statement.

Senior party leader and spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is a serious issue, the government should call an all-party meeting to take the views of other political parties. This is not a matter that can be decided through the Defence Minister’s off-the-cuff remark.”

Defence procurement in the country has been hobbled by charges of corruption and of illegal commissions pocketed by middlemen. It became a political storm with the Bofors’ Rs64-crore kickbacks story with Rajiv Gandhi losing the 1989 election. Ever since, arms purchases had become hot potatoes as it were. The Tehelka sting operation about payments to politicians and army personnel in 2001 had led the then defence ministerJaswant Singh in the NDA government to set up a committee under BG Verghese to evolve a clear defence procurement policy (DPP). Thirteen years later, Singh’s successor in NDA-II, Manohar Parrikar, has revealed that a new DPP will be announced soon.

Parrikar has also indicated that arms agents, he uses the term technical representatives, will be allowed to participate in the process of purchases. Ministry sources, according to agency reports, have said that these technical experts will be allowed a fee but no commissions or bonus on the purchases. It is easy to quibble over the terms and argue that middlemen in arms deals are being allowed in through the back door. But the need to be less rigid and more practical in these matters is dictated by the exigency that critical arms acquisitions are getting unduly delayed because of the controversies created around major arms purchases.

As part of this new pragmatic approach, the minister has allowed public sector unit, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) to supply spare parts to Tatra trucks which involved partially lifting the ban against Tatra. UPA-II had imposed the ban after the then army chief and now minister of state for north-eastern affairs, VK Singh, claimed that Tatra offered a bribe to him. Parrikar has found a technical way out of the impasse saying that it was Tatra UK, a subsidiary of the mother company, which was banned and there is no restriction in dealing with the other units of the company. Again, it is possible to criticise him saying that this is but a fig leaf. It has been found that Tatra trucks are crucial for the army and it is to deal with this pressing need that the ban has been partially lifted.

Parrikar’s pragmatic approach is free of his party’s shrill rhetoric against corruption when it was in opposition, and his willingness to take decisions based on the country’s security needs. He is not taking the rigid position that any company which has been blacklisted will always remain on the list. He has given enough indications that there will be a review of those decisions. As a matter of fact, this makes a lot of sense because an erring foreign arms company should be penalised for breaking rules, and the penalties imposed should be punitive so that giving and taking of bribes will become counterproductive. It should not be kept away if its wares are crucial for the armed forces.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to make India an arms manufacturing hub will take time to take root and become a reality. In the meanwhile, there is no escape from making huge defence purchases from foreign companies. The need then is to establish these purchases on a firm and clear footing. There is need for an open debate on the issue of arms agents and the commissions they get paid by the companies they represent. Ways have to be found to prevent the commission amount being factored into the final price.

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January 2nd, 2015

Hanzelka Zikmund film debuting in Lucerna Cinema, Prague

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