Czech mates

1947 Tatra
The two czechs

Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund

It all started in 1947 with two Czechs and their trip from Buenos Aires to Lima in a Tatra 87 across the world’s then-highest road. Later these Czech mates traveled to the far east in two custom-built Tatra 805’s – expedition vehicles unsurpassed in their time. It would be their book “Přes Kordillery (“Across the Cordilleras”) that would fuel the imagination of an 8-year old. The Tatra 805 would become the boy’s dream vehicle.

Tatra 805

Upon immigration to Canada, the young man’s dreams were re-ignited. In the early years it was the 1975 Land Cruiser “Jeremiah” that got us to the Yukon.

Land Cruiser

Later it would be “Basil” a 1969 Land Rover that transported us into the mountains on elusive mushroom hunts.


But now, we yearn to wander further distances for a longer duration. The quest to find the right vehicle has begun.

P.S. There’ll be another Czech mate influencing our blog.  Allow us to introduce you to Josef Lada, Czech artist who created his own specific style. Some of his illustrations and caricatures will be shared in our blog.


Another Czech mate – Ondřej Sekora artist created “Ferda Mravenec” – Fred the Ant and “Beruška” – Betsy who now grace our blog.


Author: Tulák

Curious – what’s around the next corner? Wandering, searching to find, where do I belong? Between the old and new world. Always looking for an adventure.

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