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Kežmarok Veteran Car Club features taxi that drove Tomáš Baťa

A Praga Alfa car made in 1928 that served originally as a taxicab and in 1934 carried the late Tomáš Baťa, son of the founder of Bata Shoes, is featured at an exposition of classic cars at Kežmarok Castle.

A Praga Alfa car made in 1928 that served originally as a taxicab and in 1934 carried the late Tomáš Baťa, son of the founder of Bata Shoes, is featured at an exposition of classic cars at Kežmarok Castle.

"It's one of the top exhibits here. It's 80 years old and preserved in its original state. The taxi driver, who owned the car, dismantled it during WWII, and put it together later. He once drove Baťa, but learned of his identity only later. The taxi driver wondered why somebody took a fare eight kilometres beyond the town of Poprad and then walked through the muck dressed in a business suit," the TASR newswire was told by Peter Sedlák of the Poprad-based Veteran Car Club on September 4.

On the mud flats beyond Poprad, factories and the town of Svit later emerged, and this is where Baťa School graduates are set to convene for the 15th annual meeting on September 5. The attendees will pay tribute to the late, famous entrepreneur, who died on Monday at 93 years of age. After a session at Svit's House of Culture, they are set to enjoy a feast at the Mladosť Hotel.

The Zlín-based (today's Czech Republic - ed. note) Baťa company, which produced shoes there, bought the property in 1934, and established a synthetic silk mill. Later on, residential buildings emerged that gave birth to the town of Svit. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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