FCR race car
Encouraged by his previous achievements, Hieronimus designed and built the FCR special. This
four-cylinder OHC vehicle featured an 85 mm
bore, a huge stroke of 250 mm and 100 hp produced by a 5.672 cm3 engine. The FCR was one
hell of a machine on wire wheels with tyres like
those on modern mountain bikes. The view out
of the vehicle’s coffin-width body was like peering
out of a submarine. The very first appearance in
Semmering (1909) resulted in victory.
FCR, Gaillon uphill race on 1 October 1911.
Dr Alexander Comanos Pasha won the four-cylinder
category with a bore of up to 85 mm.
Paul von Satzger Balványos won the class
of four-cylinder vehicles with a bore of 86 mm at
the la Turbie uphill race in 1909 with an L&K FCS.
He was born in Cologne.
At the age of sixteen, he
joined Benz, and from the
age of twenty, he worked
for Spitz. He also took part
in the disastrous Paris-Madrid venture of 1903. He
made the L&K brand famous in factories all
over Europe. He left in May 1911 but remained
in friendly contact with the company until
he was killed in an accident during an uphill
practice session in Ries.
To Russia and to the Alps
A modern nobleman
– educated, ambitious,
yet modest. Despite
being a beginner, he
rode 15,000 km on an
L&K motorcycle within
six months in 1904! He
spent his most memorable years with L&K,
often returning to Mladá
Boleslav after the war
when he lived in Vienna.
From 1910 onwards, the factory focused on reliability and endurance
trips such as the Prince Thurn-Taxis Erich ride. In 1909, the Prince
launched the Industrial Award, with prize money of 10,000 crowns to
be won by the car manufacturer who won the most trophies in selected motorsport events over 1909, 1910 and 1911. The award went to
Mladá Boleslav. The highlight was L&K’s appearance at St. Petersburg
– Sevastopol (Russia), a 2,400 km event that took place from 20 to
29 September 1911. A total of 57 cars of major brands from England,
France, Germany, Italy, the
USA and Austria headed to
the start line. At the finish,
five L&Ks celebrated victory
after covering the entire
route without penalty points.
Count Kolowrat won the
Hungarian Auto-Club Carpathian Race in May 1914
(2,500 km) and then successfully finished the Alpine
Ride, again with zero penalty
We’ve made it! The Mladá
Boleslav car manufacturer
wins the Thurn-Taxis Award.
120 years on the racetrack | 5