Skoda participates in Sachsen Classic rally with four historic cars
Total of four Skoda classic cars from 1930s, 40s and 60s, currently in possession of Skoda Auto Museum will be participating in the Sachsen Classic 2012 Rally. This car rally is now in its tenth year. It is well known among classic car circuits. Participants will traverse along a 615 km route through spectacular Saxon countryside. The rally kicked off earlier today and will wind its way through Zwickau through Sachsenring via Leipzig to Dresden. The rally will terminate on August 18th at German auto maker’s Volkswagen plant Transparent Manufacture.
Jan Kopecky, Skoda’s rally driver will start the race in a Skoda 1000 MB Rallye. Besides this a Skoda Coupe, two Skoda Convertibles and a Skoda sports car will form part of the Skoda classic collection for the events. Kopecky is eager to participate in Skoda sports cars. Skoda 1000 Rallye is built in 1968 and is a novelty in the auto sports world. In ownership of Skoda museum, this is a four cylinder vehicle with displacement of 1 liter generating 90 hp with top speed of 170 kmph.
Besides this, a Skoda Popular Monte Carlo of year 1936 will also participate in Saxony. This vehicle was one of only 72 produced in its time. This rear wheel drive is powered by a four cylinder four stroke engine with a maximum speed of 110 kmph. Skoda Tudor built in 1948 will also be on display. This is a four cylinder with maximum speed of 100 kmph. While finally the Skoda Felicia, from the year 1961 which also participated in the Sachsen Classic last year will be participating. This is a rare blue green colored vehicle with a four cylinder engine and output of 50 hp.
Description of Skoda classic cars
ŠKODA Felicia – Rare blue-green paint meets cream-colored interior upholstery. The convertible from 1961 excites spectators at classic car rallies both at home in the Czech Republic as well as abroad.
ŠKODA coupe Popular Monte Carlo – The black ŠKODA coupe Popular Monte Carlo from 1936 stirs up a lot of emotions.
ŠKODA Tudor with a folding roof from 1948 – It is one of the models from the collection of the brand’s museum often participating in classic car rallies.
ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye from the year 1968 – The successful racecar with a rear engine reaches a maximum speed of up to 170 km/h.
Read the press release below for more information.
Four ŠKODA classic cars at the start of the Sachsen Classic 2012
?› Classic cars from the 1930s, 1940s and 1960s owned by the ŠKODA Auto Museum participating in Saxony
› ŠKODA rally driver Jan Kopecký at the start with a ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye
› A colorful foursome – from an elegant touring car to a sports car
› The classic car rally ‚Sachsen Classic’ celebrates its tenth anniversary
The museum’s ŠKODA Felicia in an interesting color scheme The yellow ŠKODA Tudor with a folding roof from 1948 One of the most elegant cars of all times The ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye from the year 1968
?Mladá Boleslav, August 14, 2012 – The Czech automobile manufacturer ŠKODA will participate in this year’s classic car rally Sachsen Classic with four attractive historic vehicles. The historic ŠKODA foursome includes unique classic cars built in the 1930s, 1940s and 1960s. The Czech ŠKODA rally driver Jan Kopecký will start in a ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye.
Spectators at the Sachsen Classic 2012 may look forward to an aerodynamically elegant ŠKODA coupe, two ŠKODA convertibles and a ŠKODA sports car that are part of the collection of the ŠKODA Auto Museum. “We are proud to participate with four beautiful vehicles from the collection of our museum in one of the most popular classic car rallies,” says Eva Ticová, the head of the restoration workshop of the ŠKODA Auto Museum.
Jan Kopecký looks forward to the classic car rally as well: “ŠKODA enjoys one of the richest traditions among automobile brands worldwide. That is particularly true for the sports cars and the 111-year old motor sport track record of the brand. I am excited to participate by driving a historic ŠKODA racecar in Saxony. It is a special rally for me this time,” says the current IRC vice champion and the leading racecar driver of the Czech rally championship. The ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye built in the year 1968 is a rarity in the world of motor sports and is owned by the brand’s own museum. The four-cylinder engine with a displacement of one liter – modified for use in racing – generates 90 hp. The car’s top speed is approx. 170 km/h.
The oldest vehicle participating in Saxony is the ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo built in Mladá Boleslav in the year 1936. The elegant coupe from the pre-war years was only produced 72 times. When participating in the well-known ‘Concours d’Elegance’ of the classic car scene, the ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo regularly achieves outstanding results. Its black streamlined body contrasts effectively with numerous chrome parts. The impressive vehicle with rear-wheel drive is powered by a four-cylinder four-stroke engine with a displacement of 1,386 cm³ and an output of 30 hp. Its maximum speed amounts to 110 km/h.
The elegant convertible ŠKODA Tudor dates back to the late 1940s. The vehicle, which was built in the year 1948, has been a real eye-catcher at numerous classic car rallies and keeps attracting classic car fans. The Tudor is powered by a four-cylinder with a displacement of 1,089 cm³ and an output of 32 hp. Its maximum speed amounts to 100 km/h. The Tudor was built more than 80,000 times during the years from 1946 to 1952.
Finally, the ŠKODA Felicia (the type 994) from the year 1961 gives homage to the ‘sweet sixties’. The rare blue-green paint hides a four-cylinder with a displacement of 1,089 cm³ and an output of 50 hp. The ŠKODA Felicia also participated in the Sachsen Classic last year.
The classic car rally Sachsen Classic will take place for the tenth time this year. It is among the most popular classic car events. Awaiting the participants is a route of 615 kilometers through the attractive Saxon countryside. The rally starts on August 16, 2012 in Zwickau. Following a tour around Zwickau including a side-trip to the Sachsenring, the cars will drive via Leipzig to the Saxon state capital of Dresden. The finish will take place at the “Transparent Manufacture” of Volkswagen on August 18.