The pick-up’s success served
as the inspiration for establishing a ŠKODA OCTAVIA
circuit racing series: the Česká
pojišťovna ŠKODA OCTAVIA
Cup was born in 1997 and was
considered the Czech Republic’s best circuit racing series.
After a short break, this series
resumed in 2017 under a new
name – the OCTAVIA Cup
and did not lose its appeal.
The quality of individual events and the feedback
from both fans and the media surpassed the
expectations of both partners. Thirteen runs
in total saw many racers and VIPs in action.
In 1993 there was a rerun of the London-Sydney 1968 race, this time without support vehicles. Karel
Šimek / Ota Landecký finished 75th in a ŠKODA 1000 MB and Jiří Šedivý / Jiří Kotek 77th out of 105 cars
in total. Classic cars returned to London–Mexico after two years, and the best result was achieved by Karel
Šimek / Ota Měřínský who finished 39th out of more than a hundred crews. In 1998 the Shield of Africa,
a 12,000 km marathon rally, took place, and Karel Šimek / Ota Kramář finished in the middle of the final
standings in a Š 1000 MB. The climax of the marathon era came in the year 2000: a 16,000 km race from
London to Sydney. After 59 special stages within 34 days, Jiří Šedivý / Jiří Kotek came 26th and Josef
Michl / Marek Šimík were 39th overall.
The pick-ups were fitted
with 1.3 l and later also 1.5 l
engines. A total of 25 race cars
were produced and appeared
in both circuit races and uphill
events. The solution was smart,
and, as you can see, offered
a lot of bang for the buck.
In 1997, a rally was held from Panama to Alaska,
and Czech drivers put their experience to good use.
Jiří Šedivý / Jiří Kotek finished 19th, a great result,
and Ota Kramář / Ota Landecký made it into the top thirty.
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