Czechs and the FAVORIT head north
The burgundy-coloured car made thirty years ago was the star of the commemorative road trip dubbed Czechs Go By Favorit. The route led from Prague to Tampere, one of the two Finnish cities hosting this year’s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The driving on the 2,000-kilometre route through Poland, Lithuania and Estonia was shared by two Czech influencers, model Andrea Bezděková and moderator Tomáš Zástěra.
The ŠKODA FAVORIT and crew at their destination, the ice hockey arena in Tampere, Finland
According to both drivers, the journey went without a hitch. They enjoyed the several-day trip, which proved the truth of the well-known saying that the journey is as enjoyable as arriving. According to Tomáš, getting into the car for the first time was a bit of a shock, but after a few hundred kilometres the crew got used to it and the drive in the old car seemed normal.
“I missed not having air conditioning and power steering. But what matters most is who you’re sharing the car with. Because even in the most modern car, a crew you don’t get on with will make the journey a living hell. That’s where I was very lucky,” he smiles.
Moderator Tomáš Zástěra and model Andrea Bezděková
The surprise for both protagonists was how confidently and quickly the fairly old car could speed along the motorways and roads of northern Europe. There was no shortage of attention, and the car caused a bit of a stir. “Especially in Finland, and specifically in Tampere. We noticed the cheers of the Italian fans and the admiration of the Swedes. I don’t know whether they were cheering the car’s design or simply the fact that it could go so far,” concludes the Czech presenter.