First race cars
Nine Czechoslovak duos appeared at the Monte
Carlo Rally in 1949. Karel Mrázek and co-pilot Kohlík in
a ŠKODA 1101 finished 10th in their class comprising
19 cars and 84th overall out of 166 cars. The Mladá
Boleslav plant built two ŠKODA Sport race cars, both
featuring a two-seater aluminium pontoon body and
a four-cylinder OHV engine. In one of the vehicles, the
engine was supercharged by a Roots compressor. In
September 1949, Jaroslav Netušil won his class with
an average speed of 97 kph on the Masaryk Circuit in
the weaker of the two cars, and Václav Bobek sr. with
the compression engine finished second in the under
1.5 l class, averaging 105 kph.
In 1950, the brand went to France with a ŠKODA
SPORT to take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. By
the halfway point of the race, Netušil and Bobek sr.
were fighting for the lead in their class, holding 5th
place overall, but 13 hours in, a piston pin fuse came
loose, damaging the cylinder and the race was over for
them. That same year, two ŠKODA SUPERSPORT
1.1 l race cars were built, featuring cigar bodywork and
exposed wheels. One of them benefitted from a Roots
compressor. In Brno the weaker of the two SUPERSPORTs won its class while the supercharged one came
third in the under 1.5 l category. October 1953 saw the
Records Day in Prague (Barrandov), where ŠKODA
introduced the SUPERSPORT 1500 with two compressors, and Bobek achieved a speed of 197.85 kph.
ŠKODA SPORT for Le Mans with Václav Bobek sr.
behind the wheel. Mladá Boleslav Castle in the
background. The car’s 1,089 cm3 engine had
an output of 31 kW (42 hp) at 5,200 rpm;
top speed 140 kph.
ŠKODA SUPERSPORT with Jaroslav Netušil
in an under-2,000 cm3 touring car race in Brno
(1952), where he finished second.
Liberec Circuit, 1953. Václav Bobek sr.
(start No. 26) wins the under-1,200 cm3
class, Miroslav Fousek (right) comes second.
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