Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to Feature Streamlined Tatras for First Time

  


We are pleased to announce that after 20 years of restoration, a Tatra T77 from its homeland of the Czech Republic will join us on the Concours showfield for our first Streamlined Tatra feature.


Provided is a link with images that are related to this press release. http://tinyurl.com/tatraT77 


 


  


 

 

TATRA UNSEEN FOR DECADES BEGINS LONG JOURNEY


FROM CZECH REPUBLIC TO PEBBLE BEACH


 


Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to


Feature Streamlined Tatras for First Time


 


    


Contact: Cassie Hill & Kandace Hawkinson


(831) 622-1700; [email protected]


 


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 16, 2014) -- This past week Pavel Kasik bid farewell to his beloved Tatra T77 only days after completing its 20-year restoration. The Tatra started its overseas journey of 4,279 miles from the Czech Republic to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which will host an exclusive feature of streamlined Tatra automobiles for the first time. A passionate car enthusiast, Kasik will join his automobile on the renowned 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links when the Concours competition gets underway on Sunday, August 17. 

 


"We are pleased to be able to recognize the significant contribution that Tatra has made by featuring it for the first time," said Sandra Button, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Chairman. "The Tatra made its mark with leading technology like its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine and streamlined style. We are particularly thrilled to be hosting eight Tatras this year. The cars will be coming from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States."


  


Kasik, who was born and reared in the Czech Republic, has been a lover of automobiles since he was a young boy; it is a passion he shared with his father. They came across their first Tatra by accident in 1978 when Pavel's father bought a Tatra taxi limousine T30 as a temporary solution after the crash of their family car. By the age of 15 Kasik was so determined to own a classic Tatra that he bargained with the owner of a T87 until it was his.


  


In 1991 Kasik came across a Tatra T77 that he wanted even more. "During nearly three years of negotiations, the previous owner constantly changed the conditions and increased prices," said Kasik. "A number of collectors were interested in the purchase too, but only I persevered to the end. It was not certain if the purchase would be successful till the last moment." While at college he had studied architecture and the restoration of monuments, so he was eager to restore the car. His level of taste and his determination to find all of the car's original parts may be amoung the reasons why the restoration took 20 years.


  


Letting go of the car just days after its restoration was difficult, but Kasik is excited about showing his car to the enthusiasts from around the world who gather at the Pebble Beach Concours.


 


"Participating in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the goal and dream of every lover of historic cars," said Kasik. "Even though it's been 80 years since the T77 launched, I hope it will be an interesting experience for the Pebble Beach Concours worldwide audience."


 


Tatra, which is the third oldest automobile manufacturer in the world, after Mercedes and Peugeot, created the first serial-produced truly aerodynamic automobile. Engineered by Hans Ledwinka and designed by Paul Jaray in 1934 the Tatra T77 is iconic for its unique design and extraordinary speed. This coachbuilt automobile is constructed on a central tube-steel chassis and is powered by a 75-horsepower rear-mounted 3.4 liter V8 engine that can reach a speed of up to 95 mph.


 


"The Tatra was one of the most interesting and well-developed engineering and design intersections of the Art Deco period," said car designer Raffi Minasian. "It may have lacked the usual flamboyance of traditional French coachbuilders . . . but it manifested the expression of Art Deco design as a merger of science and industry where form was dictated by function."


 


Visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net for additional information about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and to purchase tickets for the event.


 


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First conducted in 1950, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® (www.pebblebeachconcours.net


has grown to be the world's premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and rare cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®, and connoisseurs of art and style gather to admire these masterpieces. Charitable donations raised by Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® now total over $17 million. Related events include Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance™ presented by Rolex, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™, and Pebble Beach® Auctions presented by Gooding & Company. Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance™, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ and Pebble Beach® Automotive Week are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. All rights reserved.


 


Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts®, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, The Inn at Spanish Bay™ and Casa Palmero®. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Spyglass Hill® Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay™ and Del Monte™ Golf Course. Its other famed properties include scenic 17-Mile Drive®, The Spa at Pebble Beach™, Pebble Beach Golf Academy™ and Pebble Beach® Equestrian Center. It annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational presented by EMC2, Pebble Beach Food & Wine and Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Site of the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links® has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship and numerous other tournaments. For reservations or more information please call (800) 654-9300 or visit www.pebblebeach.com

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