The ŠKODA team at a dealership in Belgium before
the start of the 1955 Liège – Rome – Liège Rally.
Left: The ŠKODA 440 with navigator Václav Čížkovský
and driver Miroslav Fousek finished 10th overall
(143 vehicles took part, 56 completed the rally).
Production of the ŠKODA 440 with an all-metal two-door body was launched
in 1955. This eye-catching car sold very well all over Europe, and factory-backed
teams made frequent appearances in European competitions. In 1955, the Miroslav
Fousek / Václav Čížkovský duo came 10th at the Liège – Rome – Liège Rally (5,100 km,
143 cars) that was part of the Alpine Rally, and three crews finished 4th, 6th and 11th at
the Rally Viking in Norway. ŠKODA cars appeared at the Monte Carlo Rally (debut
in 1956), Tulpen Rally, Alpine Rally and the Acropolis Rally. The Mobilgas Rally
(16,000 km) in Australia saw a local duo win the overseas car category.
The ŠKODA 440 premiered at the Alpine Rally in 1955.
Behind the wheel is Miroslav Fousek who came 5th in
the under-1,300 cm3 class; Václav Bobek sr. finished third.
Rally Czechoslovakia 1960, Josef Vidner / Jaromír
Vorel in an OCTAVIA. No crash helmet, no safety
belts, no roll cage, but… a lovely jacket on a hook.