A Tatra Traveling from the Czech Republic to Pebble Beach

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  • Pavel Kasik out in his first test drive this spring in the Tatra T77

A few days ago we covered a Toledo Steam Car that was on its way to the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and today we feature a car that is coming from even farther away to attend. Pavel Kasik of the Czech Republic just completed a 20-year long restoration of his Tatra T77, and then sent it along on an overseas journey of over four-thousand miles. Seven other Tatra’s will also be attending this year, and more are coming from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States.

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  • The Tatra T77 before restoration in the mid-1990s

Kasik’s family briefly owned a Tatra in the late 1970s and from that time on he was determined to find an early one to restore. In 1991, he came across this car but then had to endure nearly three years of negotiations while the owner constantly changed the conditions and increased the price. After persevering and competing with other would be buyers he was finally able to take ownership.

His determination to perform a first-class restoration using only original parts lengthened the restoration time to 20 years. You can learn much more about the cars and also see a great video about the Tatra here on The Old Motor and the Pebble Beach Concours here.

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* Updated * Racer Joe Jagersberger and an Exceptional Early Mystery Car


* Update * The car is a circa 1904 to 1906 American Mercedes and the following readers correctly identified it: Ariejan Bos, Stefan Marjoram, and Dave Biggins.

Joe Jagersberger, a well-known early racer and riding mechanic, is posed above in an uncommon circa 1904-1907 automobile that appears to be wearing custom coachwork. We are going to use it to test our knowledgeable readers who we are confident will be able to identify it. Send us a comment telling us what make, model and year you believe it is, and we will reveal the results on Friday morning. In the meantime, you can learn more about Jagersberger and the RAJO Ford racing parts he later manufactured here on The Old Motor. The photo is courtesy of racing historian Kem Robertson.

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The Sunday Edition No. VI – The Wall of Death – A 1940s Dodge and Plymouth Showroom – The 1922 Velie

This is a documentary of the Ken Kox Troupe by Benedict Cambell showing the lives of a family that travel the British Isles and Europe with a Wall of Death thrill show, a hold- over from earlier times. The Troupe still uses a pair of Indian Scout motorcycles which were the machine of choice for the shows back in the period.

Ken Fox, who has been riding on the Wall for close to forty years, bought the show which had been in one place in an amusement park for twenty years and put it on the road in 1982. You can learn more at the Ken Fox Troupe, and at Sideshow World.

  • wall of deathThe Alevans Wall of Death, a British Stunt Show photo via Sideshow World


Reader Frank James sent along the photo above of Dodge and Plymouth agency by the name of L Motors that was photographed at some point in time between the years of 1946 and 1948. He is interested in finding out if anyone knows where this very up-to-date dealership was located.


The Velie was a well-made mid-priced car that was manufactured in Moline, Illinois, between the years of 1909 and 1929. This pair of photos of both the Sport and Standard Touring 1923 Model 58 cars, was taken by reader Jerry McDermott’s father who was a professional photographer.

Automotive Industries magazine must have thought highly of the new model and its o.h.v. six-cylinder engine as we were able to find a two-page article below all about the new engine. You can learn all about the manufacturer at the Velie Motor Cars.

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The Sunday Edition is for reader contributions, please join in and share with other vintage car enthusiasts from all around the world. If you have a great photo, know of an excellent video, a mystery or story, contact us here and include your full name so we can credit your submission. If you have a photo to submit, we will send you an email address you can forward it to.

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