Fifteen years in the backyard
But it was a slightly older model, the ŠKODA 110 L, that won his heart. How did he get his hands on it? “Thanks to the Danish importer who printed my article in his materials, I came into contact with the ŠKODA owners’ club and shortly afterwards became a member, even though I didn’t have a Czech car. In addition, I became the editor of their club magazine and also started to contribute to it. One day a letter came from a Danish dealer saying he had an old 110 and asking if anyone in the club would be interested. The original owner had died and the car, with just seven thousand miles on the clock, had sat in his backyard for fifteen years. Yes, you guessed it, I bought the car in 1994.”
Tue Pol in Tatranská Lomnica (Slovakia) in July 1998 – there’s clearly no shortage of fun on his travels.
The car had a lot of rust by then, but one of Halvorsen’s friends, a skilled mechanic, fixed it up. Since then, Pol and his car have been inseparable, spending virtually all their holidays at meets in the Czech Republic, Slovakia – and much, much further afield.
Moreover, Tue Pol Halvorsen found an elegant solution for servicing such a veteran: the start point of each of his long European trips is a friend’s service centre in Ústí nad Labem in North Bohemia. It was usually also the end point of his travels, so that his ŠKODA 110 L would receive the very best care. Maybe that’s why the car has never had a major breakdown.