CNR 2014: Events: SKODA - visit the Flagship of the Czech industry
Meetingplace: Galerie NTK
Day: Friday 28 November at 7:30am.
Price: 1200 Koruna / 48 Euros for each person (Includes bus, guide, tour of the museum and the factory, lunch incl. drink in the Factory canteen).
The oldest car manufacturer in the Volkswagen group and the biggest in the Czech Republic, Skoda is undoubtedly the most powerful engine of the Czech national economy.
Founded in 1895 by Laurin and Klement and 5 employees as a bicycle workshop, Skoda is today the nation's biggest exporter, and with more than 20 thousand employees, also the country's second biggest and most favoured employer. Skoda today ranks in the super-league of the automotive industry thanks to its association with the VW group.
An hour bus journey will get us to Mlada Boleslav, a medieval town established in the 10th century, now synonymous with SKODA works. We'll start with a tour through the newly reconstructed Skoda museum where historic models of Skoda cars are exhibited in their full splendour. We continue the tour with a factory visit. We'll see the cars being assembled as well as motor and gear case production. At the end of the tour, you will get to choose from the factory's daily menu (usually 5 different main courses, 3 soups and a salad bar) in the Octavia canteen. You will be privileged - as opposed to Skoda employees - to have more than 30 minutes to enjoy your lunch.
Did you know...
- Laurin and Klement produced one of the most successful rally cars before WWI, winning 5 consecutive trophies between 1910 - 1914 in the prestigious 3000km long Alpine Ride.
- In the company's first race in 1901, Narcis Podsednícek, a worker, designer, foreman and car racer, left an unforgettable mark in the history of the race - he was even faster than the timekeepers! When he arrived at the finish line at 3am, nobody was waiting for him, and so he decided to have his time registered by a police constable, and not by authorized race officials, for which he was then disqualified.
In the aftermath of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, all development was frozen in Skoda factories so as not to threaten the slightly backwards LADA and Moskvich production in Russia.
NB!: The Trip to Skoda will be cancelled if there are less than 4 persons who have signed up before 15 November 2014.
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[source: Vive Les Robots!]