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Fascination: Tatra 815 8x8 CAS-32 V.F.D. Hrušky, October 10th, 2013 Hrušky

The volunteer fire departments' activity in our country is one of the traditions passed down from generation to generation. The Tatra brand has earned its place in the ranks of our firemen and fully functional vehicles are highly regarded also in the Hodonín region. Here, in Town of Hrušky the Volunteer Fire Department has the unique Tatra 815 8x8 CAS-32 special at its disposal.

In 2004 after difficult negotiations, the town succeeded in obtaining this former heavy military towing truck with a flatbed platform and a winch designated for export. The truck has then undergone a total transformation in Hateco Pečky workshop and was finished in the first half of 2007.

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The transformation carried out according to the fire department's requirements preserved most of the original vehicle's strong points. For example its better off-road capability thanks to the hub reduction axles, central tire inflation, 15,00-21 TO-3 tactical tires, ground clearance 410 millimetres, 32° approach angle and 35° departure angle and also recovery capabilities provided by 85m winch with max pulling force 117,7 kN (11,770 Kg) in a straight line. Another difference compared to the civil versions is the toughened-glass windshield, in-built plowshare add-on, two starters and an additional oil cooler of the supercharged twelve-cylinder engine (265 kW/1295 Nm). The transmission is manual and partly synchronized with 20 (forward) and 4 (backward) gears (half gears, reducer). The chassis is equipped with centre differential locks and locks for all 4 axles. Because of the short gear transmitting, the max speed does not exceed 80 kilometres per hour.

Functionally designed extension is attached to the original beam of the vehicles loading area which prevents undesirable torsion when driving off road. In the front part of the extension is a profiled 8000 litres water tank and in the rear part there is a fire equipment roll-top cabinet with and tilt-out cabinet.

In the top shelves of the cabinet are the fire hoses (20 pieces, 100 meters each), under the hoses there are various accessories. In the back there is a fire hose winder with a 100 meter hose with its own aggregate (flow rate 17 litres per second, pressure 170 bar) and controls for the main pump (flow rate 3200 litres per minute, pressure 16 bar). The roof is equipped with a water cannon, adjustable ladder, light bar with its own electronic switchboard and toolboxes. With regard to the fire department's wish to keep the original winch it was necessary to choose a different drive for the pump situated between the second and third axle. The advantage of this solution is the possibility of fighting fires without the drive aggregate running or do recovery and fire fighting actions independently.

The vehicle is fitted with an extended cab with 6 seats, 4 in the front and 2 in the rear. Due to the original purpose of the vehicle it is not thermally insulated but there is an independent heating system installed. With a simple bunk modification it is possible to sleep in the vehicle, which is useful during prolonged fire fighting or supervision at the fire location. We can tell that the truck was originally intended for export by the descriptions and labels on the dashboard controller and the original user manual, both in English.

Apart from the characteristic colour the vehicle is using sound and light signals consisting of flashing beacons on the rear roof, cab roof and the extension roof to alert all the road users. The robust construction and appearance is supported by its total weight of 27 200 kilograms and its fuel consumption of 50 litres per 100 kilometres.

Despite its year of production the truck is still number one and is a valuable asset in fighting fires in rough terrain and damage control during natural disasters, where it is accompanied by smaller and also younger Tatra 815 4x4 CAS 20.

We would like to thank our guide, Mr. Radim Lískovec for his warm welcome, willingness and above all an extraordinary experience. We would also like to thank Mr. Jaroslav Petřík, a supporter of our association for arranging the meeting for the purpose of this report.

Fascination: Tatra 77, 22th June 2014, Prague

In the second half of June, our association received an exclusive invitation for the preview of the renovated Tatra 77. The small-scale event at the DOX center in Prague amazed us not once, not twice but three times! Because why not?

Firstly, the Tatra 77 is a big dream come true for its owner, Ing. Pavel Kasík. Compared to an almost insignificant number of preserved vehicles, spare parts, materials and memories, the renovation took almost two decades to finish and without a doubt cost a huge amount of ambition, determination, persistence, thoroughness and skill. This renovation, difficult in all aspects, has proven that Tatra 77 needs and deserves only the best and the used materials and their quality serve as a proof. To see the car functional in its complete and original shape is therefore a sight to behold.

Secondly, it is very important to see the car in the historical context. Tatra 77 was first introduced to public in the spring of 1934 at the Prague auto show. The Kopřivnice brand was the first to introduce a series-production car with aerodynamic bodywork, even among foreign competitors. Tatra 77 became a milestone which made the North Moravian brand one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world. Its unforced but lavish minimalistic concept makes one wonder: How was the car perceived back in its time, when it fascinates people even today? We can see the finished renovation of the car as the 80th anniversary of its existence.

Thirdly, it is obvious that Tatra 77 is not only historically important from the car industry point of view, but it is also a symbol of the period in which it was made. As the time passed it has become a piece of art which greatly exceeds its original purpose and utility value. The idea, aesthetic features, construction, design and craftsmanship work in harmony and considering the value of its component parts, this harmony creates a whole of immeasurable value. Tatra 77 is a reminder of a unique creative philosophy and also a sign of a bright future. It seems more than appropriate that we could see it in a center for contemporary art.

We would like to congratulate the owner on his successful renovation and express our appreciation for the owners work, and we hope he will enjoy the car as much as he can. Long live the original!

Special thanks to: Economia, a.s. for the invitation. (www.economia.ihned.cz).

Expo: LEGENDY Motoring Festival, 14th -15th June 2014, Prague

In the middle of June our association represented the traditional Czech brand Tatra at the motoring festival Legendy. Over six hundred cars participated in this event which is completely unique on the domestic front. The festival took place in the large and picturesque park of the psychiatric hospital in Prague-Bohnice.

The exhibition, carefully prepared for over two months, offered a variety of cars from the post-war period and presented a wide range of passenger cars and racing cars. The production of passenger cars was properly represented by Tatra T87, Tatra T600 Tatraplan, Tatra T603, Tatra T613 and Tatra T700. We also couldn't omit the rich racing tradition of the Tatra brand which was represented by Tatra T601 Tatraplan Monte Carlo, Tatra T607 Monopost, Tatra T603 B5 and Tatra Eccorra V8 Sport. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of serial truck production, we decided to exhibit a truck that gives the impression of an indomitable vehicle - the 8x8 version of TATRA T158 Phoenix.

The car show received well-deserved attention of not only experts and general public but also old-timers, owners, enthusiasts and parents with children. The genuine joy of children and appreciation of the old-timers were a proof of our belief that the Kopřivnice brand simply couldn't have been missed out. Judging from the spectators' response, the four exhibition drives with Tatra T603 B5 racing special made for a really spectacular show. TATRA T158 Phoenix, displayed so as to point out the advantages of its design, was also duly admired.

On top of that, owners of two limousines Tatra T603-2 and a beautiful convertible Tatra T57 joined our exhibition and complemented the original group of cars very well.

We would like to thank the organizing company CUBE production, namely the festival founder Mr. Lubor Kos and the commercial manager Mr. Ivan Pernecký, for being helpful and very responsive to all our requests. We already look forward to the next year of this great motoring festival. The Legend continues!

Special thanks to: Regional Museum in Kopřivnice, o.p.s. for lending Tatra T607 Monopost and T601 Tatraplan Monte Carlo (www.tatramuseum.cz); Sports Car Museum in Lány for lending Tatra Eccorra V8 Sport (www.auto-muzeum.cz); Car Service KRNEPO for lending Tatra T613-1, T613 S and T613-4 (www.autokrnepo.cz); Auto Pašek for lending TATRA T158 8x8 Phoenix; Alessandro Pasquale, CEO of Karlovarské minerální vody, a.s. for lending Tatra T87; Jan Němeček and Michal Froněk, founders of the design studio Olgoj Chorchoj for lending T603-1 (www.olgojchorchoj.cz); Stanislav Hajdušek for lending Tatra T603 B5; Zdenek Hajdušek for lending Tatra T600 Tatraplan; private owners for lending Tatra T603-2 and T57.

Spring meeting of the owners of classic racing cars, April 6th 2014, Brno

At the end of the first weekend in April, we received an invitation to attend the spring meeting of the owners of classic racing cars, held during the traditional tuning show at the Masaryk Circuit in Brno. Although we did not arrive in a racing car, we participated in the first warm-up lap. Hot pace set up by legendary cars of various brands was met with a well-deserved enthusiastic response from the spectators. Five laps on the track proved that vehicles with engine in the back and rear wheel drive are in many respects better suited for racing. We would like to thank our friends for the invitation and a memorable experience, and we are looking forward to the next chance to improve our driving skills!

Fascination: Tatra MTX V8, January 25th 2014, Prague

At the end of January we went to see another fully functional Tatra MTX V8 super sport, accompanied by Ing. Jiří Král. Although it was very cold outside, a warm atmosphere prevailed inside. Here, after more than twenty years, the leading Czech designer and engineer reunited with his famous work - the timelessly shaped sports car with Tatra 613 technology, which he worked on with his father, a renowned car designer Václav Král.

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The sight of the pearly white bodywork put a smile on our honored guest's face. Over a cup of tea he immediately shared his invaluable memories with us. Among other things, he told us about finding the best body shape, design of the tubular frame, motorization, fairing solutions or a number of differences among all prototypes.

As a driver, he also justified the provisional interior solution prepared to meet the approaching deadline of the official introduction of the car. Also the mostly enclosed eight-cylinder engine let us know it is there under the fiberglass fairing. And not just by its sound. The engine has proven its versatility and clearly confirmed the purpose of making the car, visible in later works of the car design studio Design Král.

When driving we have also discovered what is the most suitable body type for sitting behind the steering wheel. Due to the heredity of figure we surprisingly came to the conclusion that the author himself, Václav Král, served as a model when designing the car interior. As evidenced by the photos, we can see an extremely progressive cup holder solution - the steering wheel column...

A congenial discussion by the car was followed by a no less interesting sit-down. To our delight it was diversified by a presentation of authentic photographic material with commentary. We were shown how sketches gradually developed into the original idea and how precisely was the first model crafted. We learned what the response to its first introduction to professional public was and how it was followed by often incomprehensible events.

Tatra 613 Prezident and a replica of Tatra 602 Tatraplan Sport did not pass unnoticed. The presentation was followed by many personal experiences along with considerations that couldn't be realized, because the authors were not given the time, room or funds.

Despite the amount of time spent together, it was obvious that one meeting is not enough to discuss the detailed story of each car. Together we agreed that we will arrange another meeting on the earliest occasion, where we will gladly learn many interesting facts about designers who wanted to change the world!

For more information on the vehicle visit: www.tatra700.cz.


Report: With Tatra 613 to Ještěd, 26 and 27 August 2013, Liberec


It is the year 1973 and the blue sky is illuminated by hot summer sun. The prestigious exhibition Autoprogres in Prague introduces a brand-new Tatra 613 eight-cylinder limousine to the public for the very first time. Short after the opening ceremony of the futuristic hotel and TV transmitter on top of the Ještěd Mountain is announced. It is the mountaintop which was connected with Liberec suburbs back in 1933 by cable car.


It is the year 2013 and the majestic eight-cylinder limousine, Tatra 613, went down in history as the last brand-new model introduced by Tatra. The revolving hyperboloid standing on the top of the mountain Ještěd has the title of building of the century for quite some time. Despite its weather-beaten appearance it has not lost any of its charm, especially when looking at it from the cabin of the cable car.

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At the end of the summer a green Tatra 613 with its 3-man crew sets out on its trip for Ještěd. The goal of the journey is to mark the 40th anniversary of the introduction of Tatra 613, unbelievable 40th anniversary of the opening of the Mountain-top Hotel and TV Transmitter Ještěd and 80th anniversary of the opening of public cableway to the top of the Ještěd Mountain, overlooking the town of Liberec.


Our journey through time begins in the early morning in the suburbs of Brno. The spacious luggage compartment is filled with photographic equipment, personal items and of course basic tools for potential repairs. A well-planned route will lead us through Svitavy, Litomyšl, Vysoké Mýto, Jičín and Hradec Králové to Liberec.

After a half an hour drive while heading to Svitavy under cloudy skies we were caught in a downpour which showered the frequented road with a stream of water. Our first stop is at a petrol station near Lysice. The independent heater gets his chance to shine and soon the interior is filled with pleasant, warm air which makes our slowly thawing cameraman reach for his equipment. Short after the driver has to go under the vehicle to quickly fix the new gas drawbar.

At our first stop, the birthplace of Bedřich Smetana, we find out that the local castle and its surroundings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is under reconstruction. Deep thoughts follow as we leave the path to the castle and our cameraman has to settle for a drive through the picturesque renaissance square. At the same time, our navigator and substitute photographer takes pictures of the castle as he watches the charming side streets in silent awe and eventually gets lost in them. Soon we find each other again and we all agree that after the reconstruction the town will become an attractive destination for visitors. Unfortunately the weather is not so promising so we go back to the car and with tuneful bubbling of the eight-cylinder engine we head north.

Hradec Králové has a welcome of its own prepared for us. Making use of its city planning concept the city is very driver-friendly. Judging from all the awards it received, it is also a good place to live in. Its functionalist development is a good match with its everyday bustle. With admiration we drive on the ring road which our hometown can only dream about. We drive past the last sign pointing to Liberec and after nearly two hours of warm, cold, sunny, cloudy and rainy weather the town welcomes us with blue sky. It is time to have lunch before we set out for the last part of our trip through the hairpin turns to the top of the Ještěd Mountain.

The drive to the top fills us with joy. Even with three people in the car, the limousine propelled by a sturdy engine accelerates uphill without any trouble, even when going round a curve at high speed. On the way we meet a group of hikers set out for the same destination. Our arrival at the parking lot in front of the futuristic building causes an unexpected commotion. The car was widely used by the communist government overthrown by the people in 1989 which might have been the case. We take our luggage, head for the reception desk, go up the stairs and fall down on our beds. The view of the parking lot is touching. Goal achieved.

After a break in the afternoon, evening video shooting and dinner with a delightful view we head for the parking lot to capture the charm of the transmitter at night. The camera cannot miss our vehicle which, surprisingly, looks very natural next to the building. The moment of enthusiasm is interrupted when we unanimously agree that we underestimated the weather. So after an hour of shooting, numb with cold, we return to our rooms. We break off the icicles under our noses, turn off the unique lamps and fall asleep in a flash. Tomorrow is another, hopefully warmer, day.

The weather is on our side and the sunlit hotel restaurant, now filled with the smell of fresh bread and scrambled eggs gives us a feeling that a beautiful day is ahead of us. After breakfast we meet with the hotel manager Ing. Priščák who is also our guide for the arranged tour. Needless to say, we were able to see every corner of the reception, hotel, restaurant, café, bar, buffet, kitchen and the technical base. Thanks to the building's round design by Ing. Karel Hubáček, we end up at the place where the exceptionally interesting tour started. We also learn about the upcoming reconstruction and renovation which makes us less worried about the future of the building reaching for the skies. Our cableway trip from the clouds back to earth is interrupted by a group of foreign guests with their sights set on the cable car. We give the beautiful experience up for the sake of our beautiful country's image abroad with Bedřich Smetana's 'My Homeland' on our lips.

We pack our luggage and descend from the cosmic Olympus. Our supersonic vehicle rides down the hill, heating up its jet engine. We return to Liberec where we will drive down the Masaryk avenue, known as the summer promenade, visit the Neo-Renaissance town hall and F.X. Šalda Theatre. Our next stop will be the town square nearby. Next is a tour of the Harcov dam and a short visit of a former house of baron Theodore von Liebieg who supposedly convinced Karl Benz to allow the pioneers from Kopřivnice to use his engine for their car Präsident. To conclude our tour of Liberec and spice things up a bit we get lost in a number of one-way roads, where no two roads have the same elevation which almost gives us, boys from the south, a heart attack.

After a short drive through the hills we arrive in Vratislavice. What brought us here is the recently opened exhibition dedicated to Ferdinand Porsche who was born in this town. On the house where he was born there is a memorial plaque with the face of the car designer. Sport cars made in the suburbs of Stuttgart bear his name to this day. Moreover, in the same city resides the company Daimler, which owns Mercedes. And it was the engine made by Mercedes which was used hundred and twenty years ago for the first car of the Kopřivnice car maker. Europe is small. The world is round. The Universe is endless.

The expressway leads us quickly to Pardubice. The home of the famous Velká Pardubická steeplechase and traditional gingerbread could not be more different from the neighbouring Hradec Králové. That does not mean Pardubice is less beautiful which does not really flatter the locals, convinced that the first place belongs to their hometown. We keep our opinions to ourselves and head for our two destinations. Our first destination is the unique automatic mills, designed by Josef Gočár for the industrialist Winternitz family. Our admiration for the brickwork is interrupted by rain and we have to hide on the board of our four-wheeled vessel. We leave the independent heater off because our second destination is the crematorium, known from the movie Spalovač mrtvol (The Cremator). This art deco building designed by Pavel Janák fills us with mixed feelings. To some people the giant gingerbread house might seem appropriate but we think that such thing is very indecent for last goodbye. But the Czech Cremation Association seems to have a different opinion...

We are on our peaceful way back we pass through Vysoké Mýto but then the traffic starts to tail back and there is a long line ahead of us. We decide to avoid it by taking a detour of our own. First to third class roads, straight roads followed by blind corners, unknown small towns appearing in the dark and ghostly villages disappearing in it are the best possible ending of our trip. Pleasantly tired we arrive in the Moravian capital in late evening and even though it is a working day the people on the streets wave at us tirelessly. We are very happy that we made it happen but our car seems disappointed. It just got out of the garage and must go back in.

We made a journey across the country to connect two symbols of the 70s and celebrate their 40th anniversary. A journey through time which proved that not even four decades could change the fact that the Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd belongs to one of the most remarkable buildings in the world and Tatra 613 to the best travel cruisers to drive to it safe, with comfort and at a swift pace. And that is definitely a reason to celebrate...

Special thanks to: company Ještěd s.r.o. for a special tour of the hotel Ještěd, hotel manager Ing. Priščák for a warm welcome and his time.

For more information go to: www.jested.cz and www.jested73.cz

Report: 14|15 Bata Institute, 24 August 2013, Zlín

At the end of August, we visited 14|15 Bata Institute in Zlín. It is situated in buildings No. 14 and 15 in the area of the former Bata factory. A well done reconstruction transformed this decaying factory unit into a modern european-level cultural center. The institute comprises of a museum, gallery, library and alternative use spaces. During the reconstruction of the functionalist building built from concrete, metal and glass, a number of expositions from Museum of Southeastern Moravia were combined to create a presentable space. It is expected that there will be more organizations using this space in the future. The grand opening of the complex will take place on September 27th, 2013.

During our visit, we were most interested in the exhibition dedicated to the Zlín shoemaking phenomenon, the town's expansion during the First Republic era, natives' passion for travelling and the famous film production located in building 14 on the 3rd floor called Bata Principle. This comprehensive collection with audiovisual and interactive installations comprises a large number of artifacts exhibited according to the political and social framework of their time. The exhibition includes all the important people who took part and influenced the expansion of the town, development of the enterprise and film production. The well arranged, clear and attractive exhibits and information are proof of an effort to follow progressive thinking, craftsmanship and traditions of the previous generations. From the viewpoint of the Kopřivnice brand enthusiasts we cannot leave out a part of the exhibition dedicated to the travels of Hanzelka and Zikmund, dominated by the aerodynamic Tatra 87.

Here they can see the collection of fine art by local artists and take a look at the urbanistic concept of the town with all the unique designs. Fans of air-cooled engines will surely appreciate design concepts for Tatra 603 and Tatra 138 together with a project for enlargement of a Tatra auto service.

The first floor of the building No. 14 presents mainly short-term exhibitons of fine arts and serves as a space for public and private events. Back at the reception desk we can see Tomáš Baťa's words: "It's better to be a good shoemaker than a bad king." The possibility to change a part of a hard sole closed manufacturing facility to light walking shoes of a cultural center is good by itself. It is a proof of a timeless philosophy and a living reminder of a brighter future and at the same time it gives us an answer to the question whether it would be able to succeed in a different historical development. Even though the founder of the famous shoemaker company probably would not like to hear this, we must admit that after 80 years his message still prevails in the city of Zlín.

For more information about the institute visit: www.14-15.cz .

Report: First opening of the depot in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, 9 August 2013

At the end of July we accepted an invitation for the opening of the first classic car depot of the Veterán Tatra Klub Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, managed by the Prosecký family. This small event, preceding the traditional František Prosecký Sr. Memorial, gave the visitors an opportunity to see a result of an effort to establish one's own exhibition.

After spending a few years in Bítov and Rožínka, this mostly private collection found a place in a former distillery in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem. This huge building with a wooden truss is perfect for this exhibition. It took almost two years, a large amount of financial resources and most importantly a tremendous amount of hard work. The project was partly funded by the Vysočina region and the town Bystřice nad Pernštejnem and their representatives were also present at the opening.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors entered the temple of motorism to see the exhibition comprising of about thirty vehicles, a number of motorcycles, related artifacts, trophies and toys. Aside from the Tatra cars, there are also few foreign brands to be seen, for example French Citroën, German Volkswagen and Soviet car manufacturers GAZ, VAZ and Volha. The Kopřivnice brand is represented by passenger cars and trucks made from the 1920s to 1990s. Among the most interesting cars are Tatra 12, Tatra 57, Tatra 75, Tatra 805, Tatra 603 and Tatra 613, followed by a number of rarities. For example the Tatra 43 fire truck, Tatra 30 converted to a hearse, Tatra 600 with an eight-cylinder engine or Tatra 128 truck. We also learned that this is not the final form of the exhibition and that for next season there are additions and improvements in the works.

There is a vintage banner saying that peace is where children are playing. And because ownership of a classic car is a never-ending game, we are sure that the newly opened museum will become a place of knowledge, joy and peace for everyone...

We would like to thank Martin Prosecký for a guided tour of the museum and we wish all the members of the Veterán Tatra Klub Bystřice nad Pernštejnem a lot of success in the future!

For more information about the museum visit: www.malirstvi.jihlavsko.com .

A visit to the Museum of Commercial vehicles, July 5th 2013, Trhové Sviny

In early July, our association visited the Museum of Commercial vehicles in Trhové Sviny. We were welcomed by the museum operator and owner of all the exhibited automobiles Mr. Jiří Hlach himself. Mr. Hlach was a professional driver and later he became a concession holder for the Tatra brand. The extensive collection is a display of the most famous trucks and also few passenger cars of the Kopřivnice brand and is situated in a building of a former wood processing business, more than suitable for such exhibition. The bright interior of the building is decorated with photos and illustrations of motorizations. The visitors are most interested in seeing the eight-cylinder, ten-cylinder and twelve-cylinder models Tatra 111, Tatra 115, Tatra 805, Tatra 138 and 148, Tatra 813 and Tatra 815. Each model range is also represented by a various and often rare versions. For example the Tatra 111 with the HSC-4 crane, Tatra 805 "Komando", Tatra 813 tow truck or the airport special Tatra 815 TPL. The passenger cars production is represented by the third generation of the Tatra 603 model and first and fourth generation along with two Tatra 613 ambulance cars. Public transport is represented by the rare mountain bus Tatra 500 HB. There also other foreign and domestic car brands to be seen, for example Škoda, Ford or Mercedes-Benz. Most of the displayed cars are still fully functional and attract well-deserved attention at any classic car event.

The museum gives visitors a rare opportunity to remember the good old days, sounds of double clutch and the smell of fuel but at the same time it gives the younger generation a chance to understand the success of the Tatra brand. However, the future of the museum is unclear at the present time. Let us hope that the dealings will be successful and this interesting exhibition will stay open to visitors next year.

We would like to thank for a warm welcome and we are hoping for another visit in the future.

For more information about the museum visit: www.autodepojih.cz .

Report: Weekend transport nostalgia, 16 June 2013, Brno

The historical vehicles weekend show is a one of the most popular parts of Festival Brno - City in the Centre of Europe. Car and motorcycle owners enjoy the meeting and show organized by Technical Museum in Brno every year.

The informal nature of this small event created a very pleasant atmosphere. About twenty older and newer cars of various brands gathered on the parking lot of the museum in the morning. The Kopřivnice brand was represented primarily by the Tatra 57 and Tatra 613. Among the other Czechoslovak cars presented were also models Z9 and Z18 from Zbrojovka and Škoda 450 from Mladá Boleslav. Foreign carmakers were represented by German DKW and Porsche along with British Morgan and MG.

The participants could visit the museum with its new exhibition of radio receivers and television sets to pass the time before leaving for the planned show. The friendly museum staff gave us an opportunity to reminisce about the era of incandescent vacuum tubes, vinyl records and black and white screens and readily answered every question. At 1pm, the organizers dressed in historical costumes announced the departure for the city center.

A graceful ride of historical cars ordered in accordance to their year of manufacture drew a lot of attention. They parked on the Freedom Square where the public could admire the vehicles until the departure shortly before 3pm.

We would like to thank the organizers for a nice, nostalgic, gasoline-scented Sunday and we are looking forward to the next year spent in good company and with the sun above our heads.

Premiere: "Hanzelka and Zikmund's Logbook" May 2, 2013, Zlin

In the beginning of March we visited the world premiere of the play "Hanzelka and Zikmund's Logbook" in The City Theater in Zlín. The story of this inseparable duo, which inspired people for generations, appeared in the world of television, radio and books many times. But this was the very first time that the theme of friendship, adventure and exact sum of coincidences made its way to the theatre stage.

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Ing. Miroslav Zikmund himself contributed to the writing of the script. The play took the audience not only to many corners of the world but also to the places where the famous travellers unexpectedly found themselves after their return. Vladimir Fekar's main script theme is the journey of life, in this case thoroughly documented with diaries and personal correspondence. Director Petr Štindl was also thorough and offered an interesting retrospective look from the the perspective of the protagonists.

The play begins with the turbulent year 1968. This moment becomes a turning point of the whole story which the travelers approach as the first act progresses so they can return to it in act two. We see the protagonists for the first time at the university, where the audience witnesses the decision about the future journey. The preparation together with the difficulties of the post-war period is simplified and directed to the beginning of the adventure.

Petr B. Novák's scenographic concept is surprisingly minimalistic. The dominant feature of the stage is a larger than life size model of Tatra 87. Thanks to the audiovisual projection, period recordings, appearances of mythical characters impersonating chance and luck, this restrained scenography supports the audience's imagination. For example during scene when the sun rises behind the pyramids one can almost feel the heat. The protagonists appearing both as young and adults is also very imaginative. The youthful enthusiasm commented later on by the adult protagonist leads to reflecting about the never-ending journey of growing up and is naturally funny.

Act two is dedicated to the less-known period following the return of our travellers. The era of Czechoslovakian history affected by nationalization, collectivization, demonizing imperialism and steady march of five-year plans did not go in favor of journeys to the horizon. The second journey is therefore described only in short. But first problems caused by commitment of the men coming of age come to the fore. Intimate testimony of inner irreconcilability, unavailing effort and disenchantment gives the audience an insight into the price the travellers had to pay for leaving their homeland. Despite the gloomy atmosphere, the second part of the performance is crucial for identifying with the personalities of both protagonists. The ability to enjoy the small things is timeless. The ending of the performance is sentimental and intensified by using symbolism. The last scene takes place in an orchard, where the main protagonists reflect on the journey of life as a goal and importance of one's roots. Soon after, Ing. Jiří Hanzelka leaves his friend for good.

In connection with the end of the play it is necessary to appreciate the actors' performance which keeps the whole play within the boundaries of respectful nostalgia. For some people in the audience, who are expecting a spectacular adaptation of our most famous travellers' adventures, will be the second half of the story probably less bearable, even though it is an inseparable part of the protagonists' inevitable fate.

A sign of appreciation and thanks from the actors followed by a standing ovation is therefore essential for understanding the project as a whole. The play "Hanzelka and Zikmund's Logbook" is a tribute and face to face with the charisma, intellect and vitality of Ing. Miroslav Zikmund a show of respect is in place. Even in his age, he is a living example of a true legacy which shows that sometimes one's roots are more important than personal goals. It is necessary that we keep reminding ourselves of this fact, regardless of the art form or creative conception...

Josef Kasperkevič, April 21, 2013

Tatra MTX V8: Black Pearl

Photogallery of sports car Tatra MTX V8. Design by Vaclav Kral and Ing. Jiri Kral, 3.9 l V8 air cooled engine by Tatra, produced by Metalex in Pilsen. A set of images of dynamic vehicle, produced in only three specimens was taken, prepared and published by photographer Jan Hruby from partnership atelier Jan Hruby Photography.

Fascination: Tatra T600 Tatraplan (1:10)

In the history of the Kopřivnice brand high-quality raw materials processing is one of the chapters titled in gold lettering. Together with the design and construction of the cars it became a source of inspiration for the whole automotive industry and a dream of many men of all ages. At the motor show in Prague in 1947 a ten-year-old from Brno, later a member of our association, joined their ranks. The memory of a graceful ride through the streets of the capital lasted for decades and became an impulse to make a childhood dream of owning an elegant and aerodynamic car come true. The fulfillment of the wish, however, was not a purchase of a real car, but the making of a faithful miniature replica made of spruce wood.

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There was a demanding preparation period preceding the making of this beautiful model in which the creator made use of his rich experience as a design engineer. After choosing the suitable scale, it was necessary to convert all proportions of the real car. Based on ratios and values obtained, a few partial designs and one final design were created. These served as a base for components and templates. With the use of buzz saw, chisel, wood file and emery paper, originally a squared timber has then begun to form into a complex-shaped auto body. But as the work progressed, many difficulties have arisen, for example, finding the right shape for the round roof, fine tuning of the inconspicuous groove on the engine lid, making the line under the side windows and, last but not least, making of the aerodynamic features of the front hood, which gives the original car its irreplaceable design.

After sanding and puttying, the model is protected only by hydrowax. The model has therefore nothing to hide and proudly presents its natural hand-crafted beauty. Within 72 hours the goal-oriented effort was able to transform a piece of raw material into a post-war symbol of the Czechoslovakian automotive industry and one of the most beautiful cars of the 1940s. The tradition continues...

We would like to thank our fan for an exceptionally interesting idea and for being so kind to lend us the model with all the documentation for the purpose of taking pictures!

2/22/2013, Josef Kasperkevič

Presentation: MotorTechna, 10/20/2012, Brno

Our association is for the first time introduced in the autumn veteran and Exchange MotorTechna exhibition, organized traditionally under unmistakable dome of Z pavilion at the Brno Exhibition Centre. Stand prepared in collaboration with Tatra Vintage workshop was during the whole day enjoying live visitor interest. With countless passersby enthusiasts and owners of cars we have long talked about our activities, future plans, ending season and Tatra brand. Visitors had simultaneously for the first time the opportunity to see a sample prepared vehicle model Tatra 77a. In order to promote our projects, we have prepared a thematic postcards and poster with fronts of Tatra 603 and Tatra 700. Thank you to all the guests for visiting and we look forward to Good bye next spring!

Report: The show of historical car elegance, 9/8/2012, Tišnov

In the beginning of September we accepted the invitation from organizers of the show of historical car elegance. It took place for the twelfth time in town Tišnov this year. The veteran meeting attracted many visitors from wide surrounding who were enticed mainly by cars from the prewar manufacture. The Tatra brand was introduced by the series of models there: T12, T57, T75, T87, T600, T603 a T613. We thank to our friends for the invitation. We will be very pleased to come back next year!

Report: Beskydy 2012, 9/1/2012, Horní Bečva

The first Saturday of September we participated in the traditional weekend meeting of people who own passanger cars or trucks Tatra in Horní Bečva. The local cold climate showed to everybody its pleasant side and served the participants with the ideal conditions to a nice ride in the surrounding and to fulfilling the competition tasks. The whole day discussion and the common evening gathering brought many interesting information and the worthy experience. We thank to the organizers for the opportunity to meet the other fans and we look forward to the next, the 44th, season!

Report: By the veteran not only through the region of Kroměříž, 8/4/2012, Kroměříž

We visited the veteran car meeting during the first weekend of August that was organized by the Veteran Car Club Kroměříž. There were introduced many cars from the domestic and the foreign production including a few rarities by the traditional show of cars on the Velké náměstí. Naturally Tatra couldn´t miss it and was represented by models Tatra 12, Tatra 57, Tatra T600 and Tatra T603. We thank to the organizers for the nice spent afternoon and we look forward to the next year already today!

Report: Weekend on the road, May 19 and 20 2012, Czech Republic, Austria

During the last but one May weekend, our association visited three events dedicated to motor sport. Of course, we carefully documented them, both the word and the photos.


The first event visited has become a traditional vintage car market, arranged by Middle-Moravian Motorist and Bike Club of Olomouc, 18th session in a row, and that in the area of the Mohelnice autocamp. Besides the stalls of sellers, it was possible to see interesting historical cars and motorcycles which we immortalized into the photo gallery. Moreover, in the nearby area, Mohelnice Grand Prix took place in the truck trial circuit where Tatra vehicles regularly demonstrate their skills in challenging terrain.

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The next stop was the spring meeting of the Moskvitch brand owners which could also be seen regularly on Czech roads in the times of socialism. Their annual meeting is held by the Moskvitch Club of the Czech Republic and, as evidenced by photos taken, the qeue of vehicles which we joined on our way to Čechy pod Kosířem belonged to other ornaments of this picturesque afternoon.


After domestic events, the following day, we decided to make a trip abroad to the famous vintage cars meeting and the market held in the Austrian town of Tulln. Starting with the clearly signposted way through a place to park easy to find, enough ticketing and entry gates, it was evident that felicitous Sunday is ahead of us. To our joy, the organizers of the event rented the whole local exhibition ground. The area in the halls was dedicated to the presentation of clubs that presented to visitors a wide range of brands, including several rarities. The free space between the halls was intended, for a change, in the spirit of the sale of spare parts, accessories and services. Large parking space inside the grounds was filled by parade of vehicles, continuously changing. All the time, there was something to admire, something to document. However, visitors were not in a hurry in any case. They leisurely walked, stopped to swap a few words, sat down to a cup of tea, and then went on. Therefore, attracted by friendly atmosphere, we started to plan which one of the halls will suit the Kopřivnice brand the most, next year...

We thank all the organizers for these pleasant events and we look forward, today already, to their next year!

Report: Motortechna, 4/14/2012, Brno

We visited the Motortechna spring vintage cars market, organised traditionally on the premises of the Brno exhibition grounds. In the spirit of our resolutions, we were gathering inspiration for the upcoming season and debating lively with sellers and buyers on the vintage cars' scene, upcoming events, and, of course, the Tatra brand. During this year, we will continue on in some of the meetings, including reports. We thank the organizers for another successful event and we look forward to its continuation in the autumn!

Tatra 815 8x8: Special wrecker of the company Moravskoslezská, Ltd.

1990s meant for the sphere of private enterprise a unique opportunity and freight automobile transport wasn't left behind. In the immediate response to the need of hauliers, a number of companies doing assistance and towage service therefore started to emerge, which requested the relevant technical equipment.

In the response to the initial lack of suitable vehicles, authorized representation and service of Tatra branded lorrys was among the firtst to respond, along with the company CB Korostenski, Ltd. from České Budějovice, whose workshops gave birth to a pair of Tatra 815 special wreckers in the 8x8 configuration. At first glance, only the color was the difference between those, the first specimen was yellow, the second one was orange. On closer inspection, however, slightly different superstructure and the use of modern hydraulic ensemble were evident for the orange specimen. Currently, this vehicle, but already in the light yellow colour, can be seen in the Czech Republic.

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The fate of the first piece produced is, today, related to the southern Moravian metropolis of Brno, where it was purchased in 2004 by the Moravskoslezská Ltd. company, engaged in road and towing service, car service and car hire. The car was created by modifying the three-axle military tractor from 1987. In the process of modification, a natural variability of the design has fully proven to be a good solution, with central carrier pipe and swing semi-axles. This enabled the seamless extension of the wheelbase between the second and third axle along with the addition of the fourth, including the propulsion system. Serial synchronized gearbox with 10 steps forward and two backward was taken over unchanged. It was complemented just by two-step downward transmission, and faster stable transfer of the rear differential. All wheels are powered by 12-cylinder air-cooled engine with the capacity of 19 000 ccm with two turbofans, giving the maximum power of 265 kW (355 HP) and a torque momentum of 1 400 Nm.

The superstructure of the ČKD Corp., according to unofficial reports, originally intended for specific military implementation, definitively turned the vehicle into the special wrecker. Equipment consists of a telescopic hydraulic arm with a crane winch with load capacity and stroke of 15 tonnes, reclining glasses and a pair of side winches, in both cases with a load capacity and stroke of 20 tonnes. With regard to the use of the vehicle, an additional weight of approximately 3 tons was also added under the front bumber, to prevent excessive lightening of steered axles. Therefore, curb weight of the vehicle is on the border of 25 tonnes, which corresponds to the consumption, averaging the ride with loads and without it at around 12 gallons of diesel fuel.

The car went through a gradual modernization during the years of operation. Such as extended or double cab, newly fitted with hooded Terrn °1 model, and screen against the sunlight. Lighting and signalling equipment has also been modified. Compared to the original military tractor, the bumper has four headlights, the inner pair of low beam and high beam headlights and headlights, and the outer pair of flashing headlights, complemented by the diode modules in engine hood, more modern orange roof lights, together with powerful fog lights below the front window. The imposition of the coupling rod, which found its place on the front bumper, is practical. The changes were also performed on the superstructure, for example, in the form of larger rear lights. The original reclining glasses were replaced by the newer solution of the Italian manufacturer Omars.

The vehicle still runs to intervene across Europe. Despite its age, it has an excellent reputation there, mainly due to its rescuing capabilities on dirt roads, or mountain areas, where competitive technology fails, due to worse passability and small number of powered axles, are failing. According to the words of the users, it inspires confidence in the representatives of the security and rescue forces, which leads to more responsive cooperation and, most importantly, faster solution of traffic situations. For unacquainted, it remains a breathtaking apparition on the road, and not only because of its considerable size, but also, for example, tyre rolling noise caused by predacious baloon tyres and speed, which, as a result of the revised transfer of the rear differential is up to 130 miles an hour. In car accidents, the vehicle thereafter amazes by its control capabilities - without the vehicle in tow it is able to turn in mere three moves. The cab offers a crew enough space on front seats and also pleasant comfort, by using the seats from the Tatra 613 passenger car.

In terms of internal equipment, physical demands on control and method of operation of technical equipment the car yet cannot be compared with more advanced successors. However, it still overcomes them with the superior driving characteristics on the unpaved surface, with high reliability and with overall mechanical ruggedness. Rightly, it therefore remains an indispensable part of the company fleet and a solid underpinning of all motorists in difficulty, to which it sets out to help with the assistance of Tatra 815 6x6 crane lorry.

We thank Mr. Aleš Kalík, the executive director of the partner company Moravia, Ltd., for responsive treatment, disclosure of corporate archive and lease of vehicles for the purpose of taking photographs. At the same time, we thank our colleague, Mr René Procházka for the valuable technical information, which this article could't be created without.

3/25/2012, Josef Kasperkevič

Introduction: TATRA PHOENIX, Kopřivnice, 11/1/2011

The beginig of October, our association recived invitation to the official presentation of the new series of TATRA PHOENIX heavy trucks, prepared for existing and potential customers by the the Marketing Department of Tatra, Corporation in cooperation with Tatra authorized dealers.

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Arrival, Meetings

The show took place at the Kopřivnice factory track from mid-October to the beginning of November, where those interested in had the opportunity to choose from a total of four terms. To get acquainted with impatiently awaited novelty we have chosen the last November term. Expected colder weather gave promise of a remarkable experience, in particular on the unpaved part of the site, belonging to the largest of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. The first November day, the representatives of the Tatra company welcomed here up to 70 guests from all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Curiosity of the participants was certainly initially supported by foggy weather which made it difficult to see from the one displayed by the car to the other. This, however, gave the show of TATRA PHOENIX model exceptional strength a while before launching the initial presentation, as the Sun suddenly began to shine over the central area. The six majestic silhouettes on the golden background brought in photographic equipment immediatelly, which remained in use until the afternoon hours.

Initiation, Introduction

Demonstration was launched by representatives of the marketing department. Guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with the technology, basic operational data, the comparison of the parameters, a new customer service policy, and the history of freight transport production. The first part of the presentation introduced the role of the new model, with which the Tatra company not only certainly opens the next chapter of their existence, but also enters into new markets, where is able to fully comply with the most challenging requirements. From August this year, the Dutch company DAF becomes a partner on the way to achieve this resolution. The supply of components and the sharing of the global sales network are the subject of the contract. The second part gave an idea of the successful tradition of freight transport production. A series of famous vehicles, such as the models 24, 111, 148, 813, and 815, were mentioned.

Technical Data

The third part of the presentation brought basic technical data. A unique conception of undercarriage witch central bearing tube and pivoted semi-axles that guarantee outstanding driving qualities together with resistance, reliability, and comfort, which are characteristic of the brand, remain the basic prerequisite for success. As a of the evolution, therefore, pneumatic spring was given, along with all rear axles, to front axle which contributed to the ability to copy terain bumpiness more fluently and increased the convenience of travel. At the same time, load bearing capacity of axles have risen, primarily thanks to improved front suspension (8 and 9 tons maximum load) and combined rear suspension (11.5 tons in case of so called light design; 13, 15, and 16 tons in case of so called heavy design). Used conception means advantage also in the matter of strength and netload. In case of installing extensions, the vehicle doesn't require installation of inter-frame which reduces number of connections decreasing torque solidness. Saved curb weight is suddenly changed into gross vehicle weight. Undercarriage is going to be available in four designs as follows: 4x4 (20 tons maximum weight), 6x6 (40 tons maximum weight with tyre reductions). 8x8 and 8x6 (both 50 tons maximum weight with tyre reductions). The presence of water-cooled agregate Paccar MX provided by DAF corp., connected, for the first time, with gearbox provided by ZF company, is also essential modification. As a result of applied solution, the number of cardan shafts in propellent mechanism was reduced to a single one, leading to the new downward transmission. The agregate will be available in four power designs as follows: 265 kW (1775 Nm torque momentum), 300 kW 2000 Nm torque momentum), 340 kW (2300 Nm torque momentum) and 375 kW (2500 Nm torque momentum) where the most powerful variant is intended for the vehicles with wheel reductions only. 16step gearbox will be available in three designs including automated one while each design is provided with custom intarder variant. All the transmission designs cooperate with the one way clutch of 430 mm in diameter, delivered by the Sachs company. Downward transmission will be available in two designs – one-step (gear ratios of 1.46, 1.21 and 1.12) and two-step (gear ratios of 0,945 and 1,435). Auxiliary drives operate with the highest torque momentum of 800 Nm (engine), 1000 Nm (transmission), 2000 Nm (downward transmission) and 5000 Nm (downward transmission). To view the most substantial change compared with the predecessor is the new cabin. Initially, it will be available in two versions, short and long, which will be provided by the DAF company. In some time, the series will be complemented by the long design, prepared by the Tatra company. The appearance of the vehicle is given by decently modyfied front part with a new brand logo. Off-road ambitions are reflected by the extension of the front fenders, added with regard to the greater height (500 mm) and the internal space of the arches, conditioned by elevating swing semi-axles. Approach angle value of 31° belongs to the best on the market. The Interior corresponds to modern standards for lorrys. A rich offer of internal space, perfect ergonomics, comfortable equipment and solid processing, are the advantages.

Operating Data

The fourth part of the presentation brought an interesting operating data, supplemented by comparison with the competition. Vertical vibrations with 26 tonnes load were the first aspect of the comparison. In particular, the so-called Belgian tiles clearly showed that the concept of the chassis means a significant advantage when driving on uneven surface. Comparison on asphalt and other less demanding surfaces also demonstrated that the off road capabilities mean no limit for the vehicle in normal operation. It reaches comparable or higher operating speed without problems here. A curb weight was another aspect of the comparison. In this respect, the TATRA PHOENIX model in configurations of 6x6 (9800 kg) and 8x8 (11500 kg) is, with a significan margin, one of the lightest vehicles on the market. Still, the 6x6 configuration has a loading capacity that overcomes the competition as much as up to 1200 kg. The last aspect of the comparison was fuel consumption. With regard to the curb weight, no surprise that Kopřivnice novelty is against competitors more economical, with the difference to 8%.

Warranty, Customer Service

The last part of the presentation was given to the new policy of customer service. The entire vehicle is provided a guarantee of 12 months, on the driving tract then 36 months or 300 000 km or 6000 working hours, depending on whichever comes earlier. It means the longest standard warranty in that class and confirms the confidence that the Design Department has in their work.


Aroused enthusiasm in the guests was confirmed by the speed with, after the end of the presentaion, they moved to the test cars to personally test their qualities. There were six TATRA PHOENIX vehicles ready - 4x4, 6x6 (two vehicles), 8x6 and 8x8 (two vehicles). Expression of surprise in the faces of the first crews was the promise of a unique experience, which subsequently confirmed the ride with the model in the 8x8 configuration. Cooler weather allowed the vehicle to demonstrate its off road ability, especially in the forest part of the track. Using helpful electronic assistant, to ride on the layer of fallen leaves in ascendings and descendings has become extremely easy, even though we decided to stop in the middle of the slope. We have overcome the dirt road with the quantity of deep potholes with surprising speed. We were stunned by the unwavering stability, given by lower center of gravity of proven concept. In particular, their combination woke up our admiration after we found out that we're carrying the load of about 16 tonnes on the loading area. We haven't noticed the load at all during the ride. A separate chapter was the sharp rise of the value of 40%, which we, on the wish of the television staff present, rode three times in a row.. Always in silent amazement over the fluency of the transmission of power and torque momentum to all wheels powered. Semi-automatic transmission, which allowed fully concentrate on the control of the vehicle, also proved Its quality. An apportunity to visit the production plants and technical museum, where the participants were comfortably taken in a microbus, has liven the programme up. Rich breakfast and lunch snacks were provided, which made the time spent on live discussions more pleasant to all.


We had no reason to doubt, we didn't get room for concerns. TATRA PHOENIX builds on the best traditions of its manufacturer and confirms the leading position on the market in the fieldof heavy trucks. At the same time, it means, quite convincingly, a head chapter whose content will certainly bear in mind of the sales success and customer satisfaction across all existing and future markets around the world. The King is back – long live the King!

For more information, in case of interest, see: www.tatraphoenix.com .
12/10/2011, Josef Kasperkevič

Topic: Certificate of Origin for a Vehicle, Kopřivnice Technical Museum

Over it's blessed existence, Kopřivnice automaker has arise innumerable personal and freight wagons, whose appearance, processing and mechanics still brings motoring enthusiasts from around the world to the amazement. In response to their interest, the position of Czechoslovak historic car manufacturer on the market is growing continuously and car ownership becomes, besides a dream come true, a kind of unique investment. A guide to the right choice, together with the personal preferences, is primarily the value of the car, based on its origin and status, ideally the time. The need for their validation can, for several years, greatly facilitate the certification of origin, performed by the Kopřivnice Technical Museum.

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Certificate of Origin

Certificate of Origin is a document of authenticity of a particular personal or commercial vehicle. The certificate issuance is preceded by careful work with the archive of the museum or the manufacturer. The aim of, in many cases, time-consuming process, is using all resources available to verify to what extent the current status is corresponding the date of the transmission to the first owner, or what changes in the sales and service network were noted over the coming years. If the status, in required context, checks to all supporting documentation the certificate is issued and becomes its integral part.

The older the vehicle, the more quality sources

Kopřivnice Technical Museum is in the role of administrator of the brand's historical heritage the only subject of its kind in the world, which it is possible to ask for certification. *) Request processing is based on profound knowledge and rich experience of the collective of curators, continuously managing the museum archive. In recent years, the archive has been continuously digitised, which facilitates the work with archived material and reduces the risk of damage.
A sold-book is an essential source for verification of the origin of each vehicle. There are several dozens of sold-books saved in the archive, each of about fifteen hundred sides. The general rule is that line, that a record of the vehicle, containing basic facts in the form of Chassis Number and Vehicle Identification Number, bodywork type, order date, entering in the production and transmission to the first owner, or to the second owner. The chassis type and number are also usually possible to trace and subsequently verifiy in a separate body-book. The structure of the records is different, and often only whole series are noted. What is remarkable is that the colour is not noted in body book. In this case, on the wishes of the owner, a sample of the original hue is carefully searched, which is, according to time stencil number, subsequently converted to the current Glazurit brand colour index. With regard to the development of printing and office equipment, it is also interesting, that the records in the sold-books are generally the more valuable, the older the vehicle in question is. As an example can serve the information about the signing of an order, enter in the production and delivery of the vehicle to the customer, from which in later years, only the date of transmission were noted. Therefore it can be said that the handwritten records are not only historically more valuable, but also factually better.
Prerequisite for the issue of a certificate is the conformity of production of the Chassis Number, Vehicle Identification Number and chassis type with the record in the sold-book. To start the process, the Chassis Number or the Vehicle Identification Number is the key. Tracing the vehicle according to the bodywork type or number is not performed, since it cannot show the link of the bodywork type to a particular Chassis Number and Vehicle Identification Number match. Generally, if the chassis and VIN numbers are available at the same time, verying the origin of the car is faster. If not, it is easier to trace the vehicle according to the chassis numbers, available in sold-books, unlike the VIN numbers sorted in numeric sequence. If, according to the record in sold-book, chassis and VIN numbers match, it is then necessary to verify the type of the bodywork questioned. In case that the bodywork has a number, verification is possible directly in the body-book. If the body does not have a number it is necessary to check if the existing bodywork matches to the relevant series of the model year in which the car was handed over to the first owner. From the above follows that if, in the past, just the bodywork was replaced, the vehicle is still eligible to obtain the certificate. If the current state does not match to the state already noted, the vehicle looses eligibility to obtain the certificate. In case of interest, however, it is possible to check other supporting documents, in particular the records of maintenance and repairs performed. If there is, for example, engine replacement, preventing the issue of the Certificate of Origin, properly listed in the relevant record and the car logbook, a vehicle may be issued a certificate of intact state, which serves as a proof of its documented past.

Service that hleps and pleases

Certification is a paid service, whose final price fully reflects the individual performance of the verification of the facts leading to the origin of the vehicle. Considering the increasing emphasis that the takers, together with the current owners, place on the original state and the documented past of the historic vehicle, it can be considered a reasonable investment, which may assist in the purchase and make the ownership of Tatra automobile more pleasant.

*) The exception is the other half of the production of Tatra 600 Tatraplan model, which emerged from summer 1950 to December 1951 in the Škoda Mladá Boleslav Company. Information on these cars can be obtained only in the archives of the Škoda Auto factory museum.

For more information, in case of interest, see: www.tatramuseum.cz .
10/10/2011, Josef Kasperkevič

Report: Tatra Phoenix, International Engineering Fair, Brno, 10/4/2011

On the occasion of the international engineering trade fair, TATRA Corporation introduced to the general public a new model range of Phoenix. For the purpose of presentation, a tipper specimen with 8x8 drive was installed in the free space of the Brno exhibition ground, attracting many visitors. We strongly believe, that it heralds the success of the next new Kopřivnice car!

Experience Museum of Socialist Cars, 9/17/2011, Kozovazy

In mid-September, our association accepted invitation to recently opened automobile museum in picturesque middle-Bohemian village Kozovazy. The museum is located approximatelly thirty kilometres northeast of the capital, and offers comprehensive presentation of vehicles of the so-called real socialism era. The vast majority of displayed vehicles come from Mr. Ladislav Hrubý's personal collection, who was also our guide. The core of the exhibition is the Škoda brand, represented particularly by the series with rear drive. It is worth mentioning, for example, the elegant coupé Š 1000 MBX and sedan Š 120, whose owner has been in the past, President Václav Klaus. The Czechoslovak roads traffic recall brands Volga, Lada, Moskvitch, Dacia, Zastava, Oltcit, Fiat and Trabant. Despite their charm our air-chilled hearts yet lured a fascination for the Tatra brand.

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North-Moravian automaker is here represented by a model 2-603, whose completely renovated specimen from the first half of the 1970s, has been leased by a private collector. Latest aerodynamic saloon car from Kopřivnice is like the other exhibits fully mobile, on which we had a unique opportunity to convince. Due to the plans for the future opening of the drives by exposed cars, for a better idea of the life of contemporary political class, we have received the offer for the short ride. We accepted without hesitation. The sound of the eight-cilinder sounding open landscape, extraordinary comfort on a broken road and relaxed speed at any gear. Astonished faces, spread arms and a smile of passers-by. All of this confirmed a timeless work of the design department, and most of all, the success which this car could have achieved in markets all over the world as easily as its maximum speed. The ride ended in the Bouček hotel's renowned restaurant in the village of Mochov, which offers, besides high-quality gastronomic experience, a small surprise for motoring enthusiasts. The Interior is decorated with hand-made models of cars, among which we discovered a pair of Tatra lorry's.

We thank to our host for the invitation, complemented by a lovely experience, and we wish his collection many satisfied visitors and we're pulling for plans for the exposition extension.

For more information, in case of interest, see: http://www.pension-lony.cz/prvni-ceske-muzeum-socialistickych-vozu . Detailed information to the vehicles displayed will kindly provide Mr. Ladislav Hrubý on the phone nr. +420 732 112 612, or via e-mail address ladamichelin@seznam.cz .

We have visited: Veteran Arena, 7/2/2011, Olomouc

The first July Saturday, our Association visited the Museum of Historical Cars in Olomouc. To trip to the Haná metropolis inspired us, in the first place, a rich representation of Tatra cars. The Museum opened in mid-May of last year uses modern space to introduce visitors to the numerous Czech and several foreign brands. The core of the exhibition consists of a comprehensive collection of Kopřivnice cars, documenting both passenger and light commercial vehicles. The oldest of these is the model 12, the youngest is the brand's last passenger car, a series 700. The vast majority of vehicles is in perfect condition, negligible part is to be renovated. Some of the specimens are intended for sale. Visiting the Museum certainly fulfilled expectations and was pleasantly spent afternoon. We perceive the concept as very successful, both historically and economically. However, we were disappointed by the actual absence of memorabilia, which are for the time being limited to photographs along with several badges and pictorial magnets. We also believe that the possibility of photo shooting on the premises of the Museum will be all the more, if in the future, included in the basic price of admission. In each case, however, we look forward to the next opportunity to visit this interesting place and wish its operator a lot of success in the coming years.

For more information about the museum, in case of interest, see: http://www.veteranarena.cz .