Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which players look for hidden boxes or containers called caches using geographic coordinates. All you need to join the game is a mobile device connected to the internet and a desire to explore. Visit the official website www.geocaching.com to find the position of any cache. They are hidden in different corners and surprising places all around the world. Every box contains a logbook – a special tiny notebook or a piece of paper where every player (also called cacher) writes down his or her name and the date. However, the notebook is not the only thing that you can find in the cache. In the next cache you can look for a ŠKODA Heritage commemorative coin, take it to the next cache and leave it there. Finding your first cache is addictive and you may be looking for another one right away. They can be found in your hometown as well as on the other side of the continent.
Become a cacher, find all five ŠKODA Heritage coins and get rewarded for your photos!
There are 500 coins travelling around the world at the moment. Five different coins show five legendary cars that helped determine what ŠKODA is today. Here is a little information about these grand vehicles. Read them before you set off on your quest to find all five unique coins.
In 1905, when bicycles and motorcycles were no longer sufficient and the automotive market was growing at rocket speed, two Czech gentlemen in the city of Mladá Boleslav, Laurin and Klement, made their first car – this two-seater. A reasonable price, robust build and practicality were all synonyms for this car. Known as VOITURETTE it amazed with its leather seats and combination of wood and shiny metal. It was marked as the first real car by professionals and this year VOITURETTE celebrates its 113th birthday.
The Voiturette had the steering wheel on the right side, and it had a top speed of 40 km/h. It was powered by a water-cooled, two-cylinder, 1 005 cc engine that had only 7 horsepower. Laurin and Klement believed the car would be able to cross the Alps. However, two people always had to be in the car. The passenger had to oil the engine with a special pump.
The founders of the company, Laurin and Klement, were looking for a business partner and just before WWI they found one. In 1925 the company was acquired by ŠKODA, an industrial corporation from Pilsen. The first car they built together was the model 110, which carried logos of both companies on its radiator cover.
Between 1925 and 1929 ŠKODA produced nearly 3 000 of these vehicles in different versions. Production included for instance a six-seated version and an ambulance. The car gained huge popularity thanks to its versatility. Entrepreneurs could use it for delivering goods during the weekdays and for going on family trips at weekends.
Drivers of ŠKODA 110 ruled the roads. The car could reach a speed of 85 kilometres per hour and consumed from 9 to 12 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The ŠKODA RAPID took the Czech gentlemen Procházka and Kubais around the world. This adventurous expedition lasted only 97 days and aroused great interest. After the travellers returned, many people paid respect to their fearlessness and praised the quality and robustness of ŠKODA vehicles.
This car was the company’s flagship for thirteen years and went through several modifications. From 1935 to 1947, beside the classic model, you could also see two-door and four-door sedans, a wagon and a cabriolet.
Trends in the 1930s required lightweight, aerodynamic and versatile cars, and RAPID exactly fit the bill. Low fuel consumption (8 litres per 100 kilometres) led to nearly 7 000 ŠKODA RAPID sales.
Elegant, stylish and to this day the last convertible made by ŠKODA, the FELICIA was highly popular in its own time and is still fondly remembered by many. The vehicle was exported to neighbouring countries and even to the USA. The car even became a movie star, appearing in several Czech and foreign films.
It’s no surprise this legend was quite popular not only in the years 1959 to 1964, but long after. A lovely car with a retractable canvas roof and an elegant rear end with wings, it always attracted attention. With a unique front radiator cover, round lights and a round speedometer, the ŠKODA FELICIA has an unforgettable design. The FELICIA is still loved by collectors of historic vehicles.
The ŠKODA 1000 MB was a breakthrough vehicle. It became the first car to be mass-produced by ŠKODA. From 1964 to 1969 the company produced more than 440 thousand cars that spread around the Czech Republic and all of Europe. It was also the first ŠKODA model with a unibody and a rear engine. The four-door ŠKODA 1000 MB was comfortable, roomy and offered a spacious trunk and low fuel consumption. It used around 6,5 litres per 100 kilometres.
In order to produce the ŠKODA 1000 MB, a new factory was built. It was one of the most modern production sites of its time, spreading over an area of 80 hectares. Apart from the factory’s buildings, new roads, several kilometres of railroads and a rail station were also constructed. Every day the industrial complex was able to produce up to 500 cars.
The journey leading to this vehicle was long. Before starting mass production, the 1000 MB was put to the test in an expedition from Scandinavia across Siberia and down to Tunisia. But don’t worry! Your journey in finding the coin that depicts this legendary car doesn’t have to be this long.