Interwar Czechoslovak motor sport
Zbraslav Jíloviště 2023
The modern evocation of the historic hillclimb
In the 1920s, the most important events in Czechoslovak motorsport took place on the tracks of hill-climb races. To prepare a route several kilometres long and organise a race where participants start one after another, thus not overtaking each other along the way, had its advantages for both the organisers and the participants. A short race spared the drivers' cars and lowered the demands on organisers' effort and costs. Moreover, it apparently did not diminish the sporting experience and attractiveness for view- ers, because hill-climb races gradually became highly popular and their number in the sporting calendars was grew fast in the following years.
Most famous of these events was the Zbraslav-Jíloviště hill-climb, which always took place in the spring. It was founded already before the First World War, renewed in 1921, and with the exception of 1928 took place every year until 1931. It even achieved a degree of international fame in later years, it was included in the European championship and some of the best known European drivers competed and won there. The race was won three times by Otto Salzer, twice by Hans Stuck, and its other winners include Albert Divo, Rudolf Caracciola, and Eliška Junková. The fastest driver on this track was Caracciola, who in 1931 completed the 5.6 km long route in under 2 minutes and 43 second at average speed of almost 124 km/h. Alongside the absolute winner, who achieved the best time on the day, there were also other categories, so there were always several laurels and several cups.
Since 2007 (with a hiatus during the Covid_2019 outbrak) the historic hillclimb has become one of the most sought-after event in the Czech oldtimers' landscape.
We attended (as spectators) the 2023 edition. The "parc fermé" has been set up in the center of the historic city of Zbraslav, in the outskirt of Prague.
Here below some pictures, for further check our "X" (formerly know as Twitter) account #ZbraslavJíloviště2023.