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120 years of SKODA Motorsport: Starting signal for the Paris-Berlin route with motorbikes from Laurin & Klement

As early as spring 1899, the company had added a petrol auxiliary motor of its own design to the wide range of bicycles and tricycles and finally presented two technologically advanced L&K motorbike models in Prague on 18 November 1899. To start the engine, the machine had to be pushed.

The modern machines from Mladá Boleslav quickly became a success. The superior quality of the models from Mladá Boleslav compared to strong international competitors is also documented in numerous awards, such as first prizes in the respective categories at exhibitions in Frankfurt am Main (1900) and Vienna and Hamburg (1901).

The brand from Mladá Boleslav made its international racing debut on the 1,196-kilometre route Paris – Aachen, Aachen – Hanover, Hanover – Berlin that was completed in three stages. In addition to 110 cars, which competed in three different categories depending on their weight (up to 400 kg, 400 to 650 kg, over 650 kg), ten motorbikes and three-wheelers also raced in a combined category. The motorbikes from Laurin & Klement, which were also offered on some markets under the name ‘Republic’, were represented in Paris with two type B machines: At 6:58, racer number 168 set off, followed two minutes later by Narcis Podsedníček.

Thanks to his dedication and foresight, he quickly rose to the position of senior foreman for bicycle and motorbike production.

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Jun 28, 2021 at 12:54

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