In June 1970, Metalex introduced a new national
ŠKODA Formula with a 1,100 cm3 engine. ŠKODA was
not involved in designing or manufacturing this car, but
almost all its mechanical parts came from the series-produced
ŠKODA 100. The ŠKODA Formula series played an important
role in domestic motorsport, and quite a few of those who
started their career in this monoposto later became successful
drivers. The first independent ŠKODA Formula race took
place in May 1971 in Most, with 14 cars on the start line.
A total of 35 MTX 1-01 formula cars were
manufactured by Metalex, a Pilsen-based
company, from 1970 to 1987. This picture
shows a ŠKODA Formula driven by
Jaroslav Bobek, the 1972 National
John Haugland (1946)
He began driving at the age of fourteen. When he turned eighteen, he
received a driving licence and started to appear in races held on Norway’s frozen lakes. Later, he joined the
Technical Department of a ŠKODA
importer as an apprentice, where he
was discovered by service technician
Karel Švábek. That moment in 1968
started a long period of fruitful cooperation, and this great partnership lasted
until the beginning of the FAVORIT era.
John Haugland drove an OCTAVIA for some
time but soon replaced it with a series-produced ŠKODA 1000 MB. He adapted the car
slightly to meet the Group I criteria and
started appearing in races held on Norway’s
frozen lakes. His first victory came in his
second season in 1967.
The ŠKODA SPIDER I (1972) was fitted with the Š 720 engine
mounted in front of the rear axle, and its unique handling earned
it the nickname ‘Jumper’. Jaroslav Bobek used it in the Ecce Homo
uphill race to become the first Czech to set a time of under four minutes.
The picture shows Jaroslav Bobek on the Most Circuit (1975).
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