Czech tractor hero completes journey
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.