50 years ago: Škoda launches the Trekka off-roader
1960s / Czech / Skoda

50 years ago: Škoda launches the Trekka off-roader

New Zealand’s Jeep was built on Skoda bones. The Trekka was introduced 50 years ago this month.

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Motorsports: The 16th annual Rallye National du Laragnais
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Motorsports: The 16th annual Rallye National du Laragnais

Held annually, the Rallye National du Laragnais takes place on closed public roads that are narrow, fast-paced and very windy. Continue reading

Topical advertising: Snow (part two)
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Topical advertising: Snow (part two)

It’s officially winter time in the northern hemisphere. Ski stations are gearing up for their busiest seasons, holiday preparations are in full swing and annoyed commuters are getting ready to fire up the snow blower. What vintage car would you most like to take on a trip to the mountains? What one would you trust … Continue reading

Time traveling: 1960s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
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Time traveling: 1960s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show

The first edition of the Chicago Motor Show was held in 1901, making it one of the oldest car shows in the world. The Chicago show was once one of the nation’s largest automotive events but it is overshadowed today by bigger, more important industry trade shows held in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. Continue reading

Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)
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Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)

Automakers commonly bring historic models from their own collection to media events in an attempt to create a link between the past and the present. Sometimes the connection between the two cars on display is evident, sometimes it’s a little more heavy-handed. A photographer generally shoots the old car next to the new one but … Continue reading

Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)
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Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)

Cutaways are a fascinating way to discover what lurks beneath the sheet metal of a car. Today, they are generally done with computer programs such as AutoCAD but they were painstakingly drawn by hand by highly-skilled artists for several decades. The best-known cutaway artist is arguably Haynes’ Terry Davey, the man responsible for the drawings … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
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Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars

Rear-engined cars were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s because installing the engine behind the rear axle freed up a generous amount of space inside the cabin. This space often came at the expense of cargo capacity and handling, and rear-mounted engines were quickly phased out once automakers started toying around with front-mounted engines … Continue reading