POPULAR Sport at the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally.
Zdeněk Pohl and Jaroslav Hausman (in the car)
finished second in the under-1500 cm³ class
and 20th overall. Not bad for an event debut!
Ready for the 1936 MCR.
Zdeněk Pohl left, Jaroslav Hausman right.
Jaroslav “Jája” Hausman (1907–1976)
He worked as a versatile designer at the
company J. Kameníček a spol. He was engaged in sports motoring and flying. After
World War I, he became editor-in-chief
of Svět Motorů magazine and one of the
first vintage car experts in Czechoslovakia. He wrote several books and manuals
Zdeněk Pohl (1906–1986)
A prominent racer, who won the 1st run
of the Golden Helmet speedway race
(1929). He was a friend of Jiří Lobkowicz
with whom he formed a Bugatti car
racing team. He won many races home
and abroad and retired from racing after
a serious accident on the Vršovice Circuit
in Prague (1947).
In January 1936, Zdeněk Pohl and Jaroslav Hausman appeared at the Monte
Carlo Rally with a two-seater roadster.
The ŠKODA POPULAR Sport featured
fluid brakes, an additional tank, heating
system, heated windscreen and the more
powerful 1,386 cm³ engine used in the
RAPID. The duo finished 2nd in their class
and 20th overall out of 72 teams. This
success inspired ŠKODA to produce
a limited edition called POPULAR Monte
Carlo available in coupé and roadster versions. 1937 saw Pohl and Hausman drive
a ŠKODA RAPID coupé from Palermo. Out
of 121 crews, 81 made it to the finish line in
Monaco. The Czechs finished third in the
under-1500 cm³ class, but their rear-view
mirror, which was 4 cm² smaller than required under the race rules, knocked them
down to 4th. A 2,420 km race through
Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia
was held in September 1937; the countries
grouped in a military alliance known as the
Little Entente, and the victory went to Zdeněk
Pohl in a Popular. In 1938 in South America,
Victor Borrat Fabini won the Mercedes-Montevideo in a one-litre Popular after taking
the lead and then breaking away from the rest
of the field. By that time, brown clouds had
spread over Europe and to other parts of the
world, and racing and competitions were
out of the question.
Jaroslav Hausman and Zdeněk
Pohl chose the ŠKODA RAPID
(coupé) for their next Monte
Carlo Rally in 1937.