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$5,463
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
104
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 16 2014 4:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

Tatra is the third oldest car manufacturer in the world after Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot, yet if you were to ask your neighbor, chances are they'd never heard of the storied Czechoslovakian car and truck builder. Yet Tatra, and their chief engineer, Hans Ledwinka, played a direct and influential role in the design of the car that you and your neighbor are driving today. 

In fact, Tatra has such and important role in the design of today's cars that the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (world's most prestigious car show) is celebrating the historical Czech Automotive brand with a special class this year. We plan to document the story of Tatra by driving a Tatra 603 from the car's home country to the trim and neat fairways of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The 1968l Tatra 603 we plan to buy and drive
The 1968l Tatra 603 we plan to buy and drive

So what makes Tatra such an unknown leader in the the automotive realm? 

Simply put Hans Ledwinka designed and built the world's first aerodynamic car. But because of a cruel trick of geography....the world's most popular car was never built under the Tatra name. Instead, the ground breaking design and engineering of the Tatra 97 model was swept up by Adolf Hitler during the WW II and became the VW Beetle. Hans Ledwinka faded into the sands of time while his contemporary and rival Ferdinand Porsche received the fame and credit by building the Volkswagen Beetle which sold over 22 millions models world wide.

Does this look familiar? It's not a Beetle but a Tatra 97
Does this look familiar? It's not a Beetle but a Tatra 97

The Fast Lane Car has a monthly online viewership and fan base of 6 million viewers and readers. Over 150,000 thousand car enthusiast subscribe to the TFLcar's YouTube channel for their daily car fix. With their help we intend to take you on this epic drive through history, Europe and America and bring you along with us as we attempt to drive a 50-year-old Tatra 603 from Prague to 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California.

Along the way we'll visit and document the birth place of the Tatra, the Czech Town of Kopřivnice, where Tatra trucks are still built today. We'll visit the factory museum and get an up close and personal look at the Tatra 77. The Tatra 77 is the world's first aerodynamic car, and one that is now so prized it is worth $2 million dollars. The classic car has also been designated a Czech national heritage vehicle which means it can not be exported from the country.

The Stunningly Beautiful Tatra 87
The Stunningly Beautiful Tatra 87

In America, we'll visit and document the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The Lane Motor museum has the largest collection of Tatras outside of the Czech Republic. As part of this historic road trip Jeff Lane will allow us to drive and video document his collection of Tatras.

Finally with the help of some of America's best know Automotive journalist we will drive the Tatra 603 to 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. After over 5000 miles will they let us on the sacred lawn? We don't know but you'll be there every step of the way as we'll document this trip with daily video features and reports.

In the end, we'll edit this epic road trip through automotive history and across two continents into a documentary that will tell and reveal the untold story of Tatra.

This Tatra 603 sedan comes from a line of innovative rear-engined, air cooled, and aerodynamic luxury sedans, which were always ahead of their time. Tatra is Czech Republic based company, which makes heavy duty trucks to this day.

Roman was born in Prague and speaks Czech and German fluently. He has a Masters Degree in Journalism and has been running TFLcar and TFLtruck automotive reviews, views, and news internet magazine for nearly five years. TFL is based in Boulder, Colorado.

This project is about documenting the epic trip from Prague to Pebble Beach, and and telling the untold story of Tatra. This video webseries will be done in typical TFLcar entertaining and informative fashion.

This trip will take us from purchasing the Tatra near Prague, driving it north through Germany to put it on a boat. Then we pick up the car near Washington D.C. and drive it across United States to Pebble Beach, CA. Why Pebble Beach? Because the famous 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will have Tatra as one of the featured/special classes.

Drive Route in The United States
Drive Route in The United States

This epic road trip cannot pay for itself.  We hope to raise money to allow TFL team to travel to Prague, purchase the car and spare parts, drive it to the port, ship the car, travel back to United States, and drive the car to California. This epic Dream Drive will span more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) and take more than 14 days.

Possible Drive Route Through Europe
Possible Drive Route Through Europe

Who knows what adventures and mishaps the team will encounter along the way.  We promise we will document every turn of fortune or misfortune that befalls the team.  Driving a 50 year-old car across two continents is bound to be interesting and entertaining.  If you help us raise the funds, you can get one of the rewards and also become part of our team in spirit and reality.

We will reveal the driving route more specifically over the next 60 days.

We will also reveal guest celebrity journalist drivers who have pledged to take part in this epic adventure.

Risks and challenges

The Tatra Dream Drive has daunting logistical challenges of a trans-continental road trip for both the car and the team. We plan to drive a 1960s Tatra sedan from Prague to Monterey and Pebble Beach in California. This trip is a life-long dream of Roman Mica and his son Tommy. Roman can speak Czech and German, so he will be responsible to purchasing the Tatra and guiding the team through the European leg of the trip. We hope to have a professional mechanic with us all the way to take care of break-downs or mechanical issues.

TFLcar team has been making fun and informative automotive videos for nearly five years, so we have the proper video/audio equipment and the experience to shoot and produce a series of entertaining videos for this project. The TFL team has built up a monthly audience of over 6,000,000 viewers, who look forward to TFL's daily automotive videos. The team can produce high quality video and online coverage of the trip under stress and on tight deadlines from the road.

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    Your name or nickname posted on Tatra Prague to Pebble or Bust webpage on TFLcar.com and all our social networks.

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    Your name or nickname printed on a little sticker and pasted on the Tatra car as TFLcar drives it over 5,000 miles across Europe and United States. Your name or nickname will also be posted to Tatra Prague to Pebble or Bust webpage on TFLcar.com and all our social networks.

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    Official "Prague to Pebble or Bust" T-Shirt that includes the project logo and tflcar.com logo.

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    Signed Tatra 603 Model Car:

    Nathan, Roman and Andre will sign a model of the Tatra 603 and send it to you as a thank you for backing this project. Your name or nickname will also printed on a little sticker and pasted on the Tatra car as TFLcar drives it over 5,000 miles across Europe and United States. This way you can be part of the journey as well as own a small part of the trip.

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    If you live near (within 50 miles) of the route Prague to Berlin, or Washington DC to Nashville to Boulder to Los Angeles to Monterey and Pebble Beach, then TFLcar team will stop by your place and give you a ride in the Tatra.

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