WITH A REAR-MOUNTED ENGINE
In March 1964, the ŠKODA 1000 MB was introduced with a self-supporting body,
a modern aluminium one-litre engine at the rear and rear-wheel drive. The first appearance in the last event of the 1964 season resulted in the first win. ŠKODA dominated the
local scene while also doing well abroad. 1966 saw three ŠKODAs appear in the Austrian
Alpine Rally (1,664 km), and Václav Bobek jr. / Vojtěch Rieger came sixth overall.
A talented, hard-working engineer.
He started his professional career
at the AZNP Department of
Studies, which in the 1950s was
an unofficial development unit.
He kicked-off his racing career in
a ŠKODA 1101 and then demonstrated his skills in rallies, circuit
races as well as autocross events.
He was involved in and led the
development of cars such as
the ŠKODA BUGGY, SPIDER I
and the famous ŠKODA 200 RS
and ŠKODA 130 RS; Alongside
Stanislav Cinkel, he built the
ŠKODA 120 prototypes, then rearwheel-drive, and finally transaxles.
His nickname was ‘Nobel’.
Václav Bobek Sr..
He was a workshop foreman and a renowned
expert, who began his
racing career in 1947
and retired in 1971 at
the age of 57. He
contributed to most
of the brand’s rally
and Formula 3
He enjoyed the
respect of his rivals,
becoming one of
ŠKODA 1100 MB rally car after returning from
the biggest names
Rajd Polski (1968), in which Horsák / Motal
finished 3rd overall. From left: Jiří Motal,
on the CzechosloJosef Čech, Oldřich Horsák and Milan Žid.
scene in the
25 years after
Václav Bobek Jr.
Jaroslav Bobek (1927–2007)
Václav’s younger brother, started his racing career
in ŠKODA 1101s and 440s and ŠKODA 1100 OHCs
on circuits, later making a name for himself as
a Formula 3 and Formula ŠKODA driver while also
recording numerous racing achievements in touring
cars such as the ŠKODA 120 S, ŠKODA 130 RS
and the SPIDER I and II, in particular.
At the turn of the 1960s and 1970s, the brand
was developing the ŠKODA 720, a car with
a front-mounted OHC engine, rear-wheel drive
and a Giugiaro body, but all hopes for seeing this
beautiful car finished were dashed by the Soviet
occupation in August 1968. The only item left was
the engine which, thanks to its variable bore and
stroke, could range between 1,250 and 2,000 cm3.
The engine was subsequently fitted to several
sports and race cars but never made it into
a series-production model.
12 | 120 years on the racetrack
on the Brno circuit in 1969
in a ŠKODA 1000 MB
circuit car with
a forced-air radiator
and a cooling air
outlet under the car.
Václav Bobek Jr.
won the class up
to 1000 cm3.
The birthplace of the ŠKODA 120 S rally car
(1971–1974). Václav Bobek sr. left, Ladislav Knobloch
right. The forced-air radiator proved its worth;
the cooling air was discharged upwards through
slits in the lid. The 1,172 cm3 engine generated
an output of 61.8 kW.