Jan Umlauf also proves that the ŠKODA 110 R is a favourite among veterans. As well as taking part in the ŠKODA Classic Tour as a driver, he was also involved in preparing the event, as part of the route on the company’s premises goes past Hall M13, where the OCTAVIA and ENYAQ iV models are built on the line. As production manager for MB I cars, Jan Umlauf is responsible for the operation of the welding shop, internal logistics and assembly of ŠKODA’s bestselling model and its electric SUV. On the ŠKODA Classic Tour he will drive by his workplace in a red ŠKODA 110 R coupé from 1974.
Another ŠKODA 110 R, this time with Jan Umlauf
“I bought the car from a classified ad in 2017. Ever since I was a little boy, I always wanted to drive a “coupé”, a dream that has only now come true. “I’ve completely renovated the 110 R with the aim of restoring it to its factory form,” says Jan Umlauf. The success of the year-long renovation, which took thousands of hours of work, is confirmed by the official testing of the historic vehicle.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to take it out for long drives, but I still enjoy the coupé at least for shorter trips, and sometimes I use it as a regular car. Just driving the car and taking care of it is often a challenge,” Umlauf explains, pointing out that the car does not just gather dust in the garage.
“It’s often a challenge just to drive the car and take care of it,“ says Jan Umlauf.
This is the third time he has taken part in the ŠKODA Classic Tour with his 110 R. Last year he finished 37th. “It’s clear that I have room for improvement. The vintage rally is a great experience and a good way to relax,” he says. And the fact that the ŠKODA Classic Tour is also a family affair for the Umlaufs is confirmed by their daughter Veronika, who is standing next to him and will drive a 1984 ŠKODA GARDE. His wife and son complete the crews.