Meet the movie car that runs on the blood of its driver

Christine? Ha! The Car? lol. Death Proof? Puh-leaze. True automotive horror comes from the Czech movie, Upír z Feratu and its little-known hero car, the Škoda 110 Super Sport "Ferat." » 5/09/14 1:23pm 5/09/14 1:23pm

Watch This Czech Guy Narrowly Escape A Crushing Death By Train

How many times are we going to have to go over this, Planet Earth? No matter how fast or drunk you may think you are, you are not going to beat a train when the gates are down. Never. Ever. So stop trying it. Especially you, guy in Rájec-Jestřebí, Czech Republic. » 4/25/14 10:30am 4/25/14 10:30am

All Hail Zoltan, Possibly The Czech Republic’s Greatest Bus Driver

This is the true story about my time in the Czech Republic with a bus driver named Zoltan. It is a little long, I know. Keep in mind that this happened a few months after Dude Where's My Car came out. » 12/12/12 5:00pm 12/12/12 5:00pm

From Brno With Love: Drunken Czech Tractor Drifting

No farm equipment company ever designed a tractor for drifting, but with a drunk hoon at the wheel, this Czech-built Zetor 25K handles the job fairly well. » 1/05/12 1:00pm 1/05/12 1:00pm

Road Rage... With Swords!

The adrenaline-fueled anger of road rage seems almost quaint in a country like the Czech Republic where gun ownership is low. Sure, you can beat a cab with your sword but everyone still goes home alive. » 10/05/10 3:30pm 10/05/10 3:30pm

Black Primer, 283 Small-Block: Chevelle's European Cousin Speaks German…

The Opel Admiral A and the Chevrolet Chevelle aren't close relatives, but our Czech friend and Tatra reviewer BobAsh drives one that wouldn't look (or sound) out of place doing gnarly burnouts in the Dairy Queen parking lot. » 3/20/10 1:00pm 3/20/10 1:00pm

Calais To Prague In £150 Cars: The Czech Wrecks Rally

Driving $500 cars from New York to New Orleans sounds like fun, but those BABE Rally guys must be made of money! How about 1,500 miles in cars that cost £150 (about $247)? » 8/22/09 5:00pm 8/22/09 5:00pm

Tatra 603, Ford Galaxie 500 Down On The Czech Street

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Czech automotive journalist and Imperial importer BobAsh is on the job! » 7/19/09 4:00pm 7/19/09 4:00pm

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: The $5000 Skoda Octavia Wagon?

What's a reasonable price for a cool old car? Our readers are cold-eyed realists, or maybe you're all just plain cheapskates, and the last Nice Price vehicle was the 1979 Dodge Shag Van. » 1/06/09 8:00am 1/06/09 8:00am

Crazy Czechs Build Tatra V8-Powered Trabant Drift Car, Will Sell It To…

Since I've been helping BobAsh » 11/21/08 12:00pm 11/21/08 12:00pm obtain American cars to ship to the Czech Republic, he's helping me find a nice Hell Project I can bring over here. Here's a car I considered buying- it's priced at the equivalent of $1,500- but then I realized that the California DMV would most likely have me clapped in irons the…

1971 Imperial Sets Sail For Europe, Joins Mercedes-Benz 600 Traveling…

Last time we saw the '71 Imperial Le Baron that I was helping BobAsh » 11/07/08 3:00pm 11/07/08 3:00pm get to the Czech Republic, it was parked Now it's on a boat to Bremerhaven, along with an expat German heading back home after many decades in .

1937 Tatra T77

The Tatra T77, with its air-cooled V8 and slippery-even-by-2008-standards drag coefficient of 0.212, made just about everything else on the road in the mid-1930s seem like a wooden-wheeled goat cart by comparison. This brochure for the '37 model, aimed at German buyers, was perhaps too effective, with the Germans… » 4/14/08 2:00pm 4/14/08 2:00pm

Tatra CEO Plans To Make Retro-Styled Machines

We all thought the Tatra-based Faurecio design study was pretty cool, but what about the real thing? Tatra is still in business, but these days they make only big trucks. However, our Corvette-importin', Tatra 603 road-testin' friend in the Czech Republic, BobAsh, informs us that car freaks in the CR are in a frenzy… » 4/03/08 7:30am 4/03/08 7:30am

Malaise Era Corvette Begins Long Journey To Czech Republic


In a vivid demonstration of how this here internet thing has made the world shrink, BobAsh (our Czech Tatra 603 road-testin' friend) has arranged with me and Señor Loverman to inspect, buy, and deliver an East Bay 1981 Corvette to a shipping container bound from the Port of Los Angeles for the Land of Kafka. The… » 3/13/08 10:40am 3/13/08 10:40am

LA Auto Show: A French Tatra called Faurecia

Cars like this make me stop and think. I mean, either Jalopnik is sending out strange vibrations, or there are other people in the world who think the only thing better than a Czech-built Tatra is a French-built one. Well, here's the rub — it's not actually a production vehicle. The Faurecia is a design study. And… » 11/14/07 6:45pm 11/14/07 6:45pm

Engine Swap of the Day: Tatra and Audi V8s In Škoda Felicia

I've been making inquiries of our Czech friend BobAsh about the possibility of obtaining a Tatra V8 and transaxle from his homeland, thinking it might be fun to do a Tatra-engined VW Squareback as my personal Hell Project. He suggested I check out what some Czech madman did with a late-50s Škoda Felicia: first, a… » 11/13/07 12:45pm 11/13/07 12:45pm

BobAsh Road Tests the 1965 Tatra 603

Apparently, it wasn't enough for our Coronet 440-drivin' Czech friend BobAsh to tip us off about some vintage Tatra hoonage or help us out with a Czech Project Car Hell. Now he's gone and found a beautifully restored, Communist-bureaucrat-spec '65 Tatra 603 sedan, shot a ton of quality photographs, and then… » 10/29/07 11:30am 10/29/07 11:30am

Down On The Czech Street: Skoda Spartak!

Once again, our Czech tipster BobAsh has come through with the Skoda goods for us, this time in the form of a bunch of shots of a Skoda 440 (also known as the Spartak) from the mid-to-late 50s. Since BobAsh was kind enough to write a lot of description, thus sparing my lazy ass from having to, you know, do work,… » 10/12/07 2:15pm 10/12/07 2:15pm