Czech trac­tor hero com­pletes jour­ney

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

A 3,000km jour­ney on his nearly 70-year-old trac­tor in the sum­mer of 2018 was the lat­est ex­ploit of Martin Havelka, a hero among Czech trac­tor fans for his ad­ven­tures of the past three years on his Ze­tor Z25.

In mid-july, he set off from his home­town, Krdlovice in the Czech Repub­lic, bound for Swe­den, not re­al­is­ing he would have to cope with record-break­ing high tem­per­a­tures, as well as all the chal­lenges of long-dis­tance travel on a vin­tage trac­tor. Ac­com­pa­nied by his fam­ily and their dog, he trav­elled at an av­er­age speed of 33km/h, and fuel con­sump­tion of 12 litres per 100km.

Then he took the ferry to Swe­den, and spent 11 days in Scan­di­navia, driv­ing more than 1,200km from the port in Trelle­borg along the north­east coast, to the is­land of Orust, 100km north of Göte­borg

His Ze­tor Z25 does not have a cab. Havelka com­pared driv­ing the trac­tor to sit­ting on a heated stove, but was thank­ful for his “very nice sun­tan”. In Septem­ber, Havelka was off again, trav­el­ling for the third time from his home to the high­est moun­tain road in the Alps, in Gross­glock­ner Hochalpen­strasse, the high­est sur­faced moun­tain pass road in Aus­tria.

In his first ad­ven­ture, in 2016, he took an 800km trip from his home to the Baltic Sea.

Martin Havelka on one of his ad­ven­tur­ous road trips on his trusty Ze­tor Z25.

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