1000 Czechoslovak Miles
Inspired by a similarly named Italian event, the Mille Miglia, the 1000 Czechoslovak Miles race was opened for the first time by the Autoclub of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1933 to “touring cars”, which meant versions directly derived from serial production. Even though the event was declared to be a competition, it was in fact a speed race that took place in normal traffic. Every day and night, the participants were confronted with horse-drawn wagons, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians. The nearly 1,600-kilometre route tested not only the vehicles’ speed and controllability, but also their ruggedness and reliability.
In the first two years (1933 and 1934), the racers started from Prague and drove through Kolín, Německý Brod (today called Havlíčkův Brod), Jihlava, Velké Meziříčí, Brno, and Břeclav to Bratislava, and back. They drove this route twice in succession, totalling 1,592.8 km. In 1935, the route from Brno to Bratislava led through Pohořelice and Mikulov, and the race’s length was reduced slightly to 1,540 km. Primarily due to the deteriorating international political situation, the race was not held in the following years.