The smell of oil is in the air, with pistons clattering, motors whirring and tools clanking. At Jens Herkommer’s workshop in Schwarzenberg, Saxony, the ŠKODA vintage cars are being prepared for the 21st AvD Histo-Monte. Nine ŠKODA classics, including the 130 RS (built in 1976), R 110 (1978), 100 (1970), RAPID (1985), S 120 S (1971), 130 LR (1985), S 110 R (1974), FAVORIT (1992) as well as a 130 RS produced in 1980 will be heading to the starting line. The legendary 1700-kilometre winter rally takes place from 7 to 11 February and is probably one of the most challenging vintage car routes, leading from Frankfurt via the Maritime Alps to the port of Monte Carlo. To ensure that all the vehicles arrive at the finish safely, they must first undergo a thorough ‘piston and belt’ revision.