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Laurin and Klement set off for their first international race in 1901 with amazing result. Their motorcycles triumphed for their dynamics and reliability. In 1905, Václav Vondřich (a.k.a. the „Travelling Smith“) finished famous Dourdan race 9 minutes ahead of the silver medallist. He drove the 693 ccm two-cylinder factory special, as pictured above.
The Monte Carlo models pay tribute to more than a century long ŠKODA motorsport history. The Czech brand took part in the ‘Monte’ for the first time in 1936. The ŠKODA Popular drove straight up to the winners’ podium, taking second and third prizes in its category. To celebrate this achievement, ŠKODA offered a special edition of their Monte Carlo coupé during late 1930s.
The legendary „RS“ was one of the most successful rally and circuit car of its time. ŠKODA 130 RS has a number of victories under its belt, including the „double“ at the Monte-Carlo ‘77. With 139HP 1.3-litre 4-cylinder top speed of the 130 RS was 200 km/h. Production version of the divine „RS“ – the 110 R coupé – was available for regular customers.
With ŠKODA OCTAVIA WRC, presented in 1999, the factory entered for the first time into the top tier of the World Rally Championship (WRC). The OCTAVIA WRC achieved the greatest success in the world’s toughest long-distance rally, the Safari Rally in Kenya: The German factory driver Armin Schwarz along with his co‑driver Manfred Hiemer took an excellent third place in 2001.
The real winner – Fabia R5 proves its qualities on the track. Just like in the days of company founders, cars from Mladá Boleslav once again stand for outstanding performance, reliability and durability... virtues every driver of ŠKODA car can enjoy.