In this update from the Prague to Pebble or Bust, we finally get on a golf course in Monterey and exhibit the old Girl (1968 Tatra 603) at the Legends of the Autobahn Show. After all, the Tatra actually drove on the German Autobahn to get to the show, so she deserved to be there.
Tatra is the third oldest car manufacturer in the world after Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot, yet if you were to ask your neighbor, chances are they’d never heard of the storied Czechoslovakian car and truck builder. Yet Tatra, and their chief engineer, Hans Ledwinka, played a direct and influential role in the design of the car that you and your neighbor are driving today.
In fact, Tatra has such and important role in the design of today’s cars that the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is celebrating the historical Czech Automotive brand with a special class this year. The world’s most prestigious auto show will feature classic Tatra cars in a special class in 2014. We plan to document the story of Tatra by driving a Tatra 603 from the car’s home country to the trim and neat fairways of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.