From engine to rally: Škoda Motorsport celebrates 120 years of existence
In order to complete its permanent exhibition, the Škoda Museum in Mlada Boleslav is now hosting a special exhibition "120 years of Škoda Motorsport", which gives visitors an insight into the most important successes of Škoda Auto in motorsport. Numerous exhibits, information boards and interactive elements provide fans of the brand with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of races and rallies. The special exhibition will last until March 20, 2022.
Thanks to unique photographs, original film footage of Škoda vehicles on racetracks, interesting information boards and modern posters, visitors can dive deep into the history of the Czech car manufacturer. The collection also features a spectacular wall of fame with a large selection of trophies.
Andrea Frydlová, director of the Škoda Museum in Mlada Boleslav, explains: “With the new special exhibition“ 120 years of Škoda Motorsport ”, Škoda is marking its long line of success in motorsport. The "starting pistol" was fired in Paris on June 27, 1901, when Narcis Podsednicek set off on a three-day race to Berlin on a Laurin & Clement motorcycle. Numerous victories followed, world championships won, records and other triumphs of his successors, which led to the formation of today's Škoda Motorsport team with Fabia Rally2 evo rally vehicles. This year's Museum Night on September 24 will be dedicated to motor sports, and a tour of the new exhibition is available. "
The five original race cars are the highlight of a special exhibition, and the real spectacle is the 1903 single-cylinder Laurin & Klement BZ motorcycle dating back to the early days of motorsport, while the L&K FC (1909) represents the company's first generation of race cars. The Škoda Sport, which took part in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race (1950), is also part of the exhibition.
The past 30 years of motorsport at Škoda have been marked by two rally cars: the Škoda Octavia WRC (2003) and the Škoda Fabia R5 (2019). The exclusive collection is rounded off by the Škoda 130 RS (1978) and the Škoda Fabia S 2000 (2015) from the museum's permanent exhibition. Other vehicles of the brand can be seen in a special hall next to the publicly accessible museum, in agreement with the museum service for visitors.