the birthplace of
ŠKODA 130 RS
rally cars. Note
the ŠKODA 1203
(flatbed truck) at
the rear right. To
be able to transport
racing cars, the
flatbed in 1970
by cutting it
the chassis and
The vehicle is
reportedly still in
working order today.
Hopes made reality
The 1976 ŠKODA Rally
was won by Václav Blahna
and Lubislav Hlávka in
a brand-new 130 RS with
racing specifications. The
vehicle more than lived up
to the team’s expectations.
A total of 182 duos from
11 countries started in the
event, but only 37 made
it as far as the finish line!
The ŠKODA 130 RS had an
output of 82.5 kW (112 hp)
at 7,250 rpm, accelerated
from 0 to 100 kph in nine
seconds and boasted excellent handling characteristics.
The ŠKODA SPIDER II, type 733 was
built in 1975. It’s body was tuned in
the wind tunnel. The car led Jaroslav
Bobek to the title of national champion.
That same year, Bobek crossed the
finish line in a hill climb race, with
another driver backing into his car.
Bobek ended up with a broken leg
and the car did not survive.
Factory-backed drivers Oldřich Horsák and Jaroslav Bobek took turns
behind the wheel of a ŠKODA 130 RS on the Brno Circuit in 1977.
The car won its first race of the European Touring Car Championship
in the under-1,300 cm3 class.
Oldřich Horsák (1932)
Test driver with a keen eye for
technology, began his racing career
in Dukla Prague during his military
service. In the factory-backed team,
he excelled behind the wheel of
the ŠKODA 120 S, ŠKODA 200 RS
and ŠKODA 130 RS.
Václav Blahna (1948)
He started appearing in rally events in a 120 S, winning the Peace
and Friendship Cup in 1977 and 1980, ŠKODA Rally 1976, Barum
Rally 1977, Wallachian Winter Rally 1983. He was crowned National
Champion in 1974, 1975, (ŠKODA 120 S), 1976, 1983 and 1987.
He won his class and finished 12th overall at the Monte Carlo Rally
1977, came eighth overall at the Acropolis Rally 1979 and 1981,
achieving the brand’s best rally results in the ŠKODA 130 RS era.
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