Interwar Czechoslovak motor sport
Car Art in the interwar Czechoslovakia
Art Deco, Futurism, Modernism and more ...
Art and motorism are deeple linked, just imagine the "futurism" movement.
An outstanding example is the Challenge Trophy of the Autoclub of the Czechoslovak Republic for teams in the Czechoslovak International Reliability Trial by sculptor Ladislav Šaloun. In 1921, this trophy was won by the teams of Steyr and Walter, in 1922, it was shared between the teams of Praga Grand, Praga Mignon, and Laurin and Klement, and in 1923 by teams of Praga Mignon and Praga Grand.
The figure of the spirit of victory from this trophy in 1926-1932 graced the radiators of Praga passenger cars. Loaned for this exhibition by Mr Emil Příhoda.
Another beautiful example is the Trophy of the Autoclub of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1923 Czechoslovak international Reliability Trial from the sculptor Otakar Svec, the author of the masterpiece the "The Sunbeam Motorcyclist", a futuristic statue of a rider on a motorcycle in 1924. The trophy was awarded to the Tatra car manufacturer for outstanding performance of the small Tatra 11 cars. Loaned for this exhibition by Mr. Petr Kožbek.
Among the other artifacts displayed:
- A cup donated by the Motorist Club - CZ. Touring Club for the best automobile team in the Little Entente Competition in 1937. It was awarded to the Prague team of Aero Car Club with drivers Nimshaus (Aero 30 HP), Kafuněk (Aero 50 HP), and Sochor (Chrysler). Loaned for this exhibition by Mr Václav Kafka.
- Participant's plaque from the third international race on the racing circuit near Karlova Studánka pod Pradědem on 3 June 1928. In this race, which was their one-but-last joint participation, the Juneks did not do well. A car malfunction during training took Eliška out of the race and Čeněk did not finish due to an accident. Loaned for this exhibition by Ing. Lubomir Pešak.
- Metal cup for the winner of hill-climb race up the Jeneralka Hill on 28 April 1935. The cup went to Jan Kubicek wih hes Bugatti 35B for first place in the category of sports cars with 2.3 litre engines and for first place in the category of racing cars with 2.3 litre engines. From the collection of the National Technical Museum
- Competition number of Ing. Jiří Rechziegel from Rallye Monte Carlo 1932. With his open phaeton Praga Alfa he finished twelfth among 67 competitors who were classified at the finish line. Loaned for this exhibition by Mr Stanislav Karger.
- A special prize based on the design of the Roman Column of Trajan, which Eliska Junková probably won at the Targa Florio. Loaned for this exhibition by JUD, Ing Ladisav Samohý.