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Laurin & Klement FC from 1908: The first major motor racing successes of automobiles from Mladá Boleslav

Laurin & Klement’s vehicles held their own against the competition in subsequent races at home and abroad, attracting even more attention to the car manufacturer.

Between 1907 and 1909, the designer, racing driver and chief engineer Otto Hieronimus developed 19 vehicles of this type, which differed both in terms of appearance and technology.

In March, it entered several vehicles in different classes in the Zbraslav-Jíloviště hill climb race and secured six first places, five second places and one third place. Otto Hieronimus himself took first place in his class on the 686-kilometre long-distance drive from St. Petersburg to Moscow, thus proving the outstanding reliability of the vehicles he had designed.

However, this was not enough for Otto Hieronimus; he went on to design the Laurin & Klement FCS, which had an overhead-valve engine and a displacement of 3.5 litres. On the 5.2-kilometre oval course with two banked bends, he reached a speed of 118.72 km/h, setting a new speed record for the FCS vehicle class.

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