The post-war times turned society upside down – the nationalisation of Czechoslovakia’s industry in October 1945 was followed by a communist coup in 1948.
However, motorsport was seemingly unaffected. The first race, Prague Grand Prix in
June 1946, featured pre-war BMWs and Bugattis; ŠKODA had no race car at that time.
No breakdowns in Spa
At the first post-war 24 Hours of
Spa, three local crews completed
the race with ŠKODA 1101s in
close pursuit, crossing the finish
line together. They covered 1972
km at an average speed of
82.16 km/h. Out of 42 crews in
total, only 23 finished the race,
and ŠKODA was the only team
to have experienced no defects
or failures on route.
Healers, the Belgian ŠKODA importer,
signed up three local duos for the first post-war 24 Hours
of Spa. The race started on 10 July 1948 in heavy rainthat
gradually got worse and eventually turned stormy.
In Uruguay, Artur Porro (right) won Montevideo–Melo–Monte
video 1948 (1,000 km) and received the President’s Trophy.
The runner-up was Borrat Fabini (left, representing the brand)
who had earned a reputation as an excellent driver before
World War II. The drivers are both humorously pointing out
the fact that Porro finished without a windscreen.
According to the team’s tactics, all
the cars at Spa should follow each other
closely, refuel together, and cross the finish
line together, which they did.
Waldner and Sint Nicolaas (Netherlands),
ŠKODA 1102, Tulpen Rally 1951.
Brno Circuit pit stop, 1949. From left: ŠKODA 1101
(a light compression-engine roadster), ŠKODA SPORT
with a naturally aspirated engine and ŠKODA SPORT
with a compression engine.