A Resource Site for Skoda Owners in Canada 2010-
The Canadian Skoda Resource Site!
SKODA REVIEWS & PRESS
This page includes various road tests, newspaper reports, and magazine articles on
Skodas in Canada and North America. If you have or know of any Skoda press from the
1980s not on this page, please do e-
‘Czech car Checks out well’ by Tony Whitney (Vancouver Sun 1989)
‘Imports exclusively Canadian’ by Art Suderman (Calgary Herald c.1986)
‘The Canadian Caper’ by Dan Proudfoot (Road & Track 1985)
‘Skoda Estelle’ by L.J.K.Setright (Car & Driver 1981)
...As a side note, I was 13 (c.1984) when I attended the Toronto International Auto
Show. In those days, it was held at the International Centre near the airport. The
hall furthest to the back was usually reserved for accessory vendors, but that year
the back wall of this hall was used by a bunch of car companies nobody had heard
of. Each had only brought 3 or 4 cars. Starting on the left was Skoda, next to them
were Dacia / ARO. Next was Yugo. Finally there was this company that had brought
only two cars, boxy little hatchbacks. Funny, hard-
Here a funny Skoda story i heard when i was a teenager, the governement in Prince Edward Island was thinking of banning Skodas because serveral skodas were blow off the Transcanada in windstorms!
My Skoda Octavia Super belonged initially to author, car essayist and depositary
of the make ,
Mr.Floyd Climer of Pasadena, Ca.
Mr Climer must have been a very busy man for he put off until 1965 entering the Super Octavia in the California DMV, thus making on paper...a 1965 Skoda Octavia Super ! Mr Climer ran his own monthly publication: Auto Topics. He is reputed for writing an article about his Skoda which he published in his monthly, along with all the other cars he owned.
Some years after his passing away, his estate liquidated the collection of cars he had. Amidst all the high-
This is when I learned the origins of this car, the Climer Skoda. The man promised me a second Skoda if I came to pick-
By 1998, I found myself actively looking again for a Skoda. You see...there was a '59 Felicia in my family. Even though rust had made our car road-
At the time, there were 4 Skodas in the Hemmings: a Seattle garage had a '59 Felicia, a man in N.Y. had a red '62Felicia with the fiberglass hardtop canopy, a man in the Mid-
This Denver car was a Super Octavia. The owner in Denver was very supportive of my enthusiasm towards his Skoda. Discussion was moving slowly...Till one day when it came to me that his car was the Skoda I had turned down in Pasadena seven years earlier. All information was verified back to the second owner, to match: This was the Climer Skoda !! This precluded any further considerations : this was the Skoda for me !
I thought the water pump to be the largest challenge. So, a machine shop redid the shaft... Solid nickel is what they used, ok! Nylon-
Then the major problem : no power ! In first gear, the car would not take off. Back on our farm, the old Felicia had came to the same predicament of no power to take off. This problem had to be cornered : vacuum loss, advance loss, timing loss, dragging shoes. Those were still no answer to this recurring problem of powerlessness.
Many years later, on a fine sun day , a car show became reason to a maiden-
I will not disclose what happened next. You'd have to get me drunk or tortured... Let me just put it this way. The child of 11 learns the gears on the Skoda. By next Spring, the child has forgotten , believing the first gear positions identically to an American car. This mis-
How this realisation came through will remain locked in a vault... committed to complete secrecy of its owner.... the fourth owner , somewhat more enlightened by now, of the Climer Skoda".
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