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Franta Juhan

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mount: Junior – Velocette

One of our very welcome Continental visitors, Franta Juhan comes from Prague, Czechoslovakia. Answering our question on his occupation during the war, he says, grimly enough, “lived in occupied Czechoslovakia.” His age is 33 and his hobbies are hunting, trout fishing and boxing – he was amateur boxing champion of his country in 1934.

This is not his first visit to the Island. In 1935 he was over here for the Senior T.T., a member of the Jawa team whose manager was our own George Patchett. Juhan did not finish in that race, but he had other successes in the same year, winning the 250 class of the Polish Grand Prix and becoming Champion of the Slav Nations for that year. In 1937 he won the 1,000 kilometres Czechoslovakia race and visiting Britain again, won a gold medal in the International Six Days’ Trial.

Last year he came second in the 250 class of the Geneva Grand Prix and made the record lap, and also won the Benes Tabor race and the Prague Grand Prix.
(TT Special, 9 June 1947, p.15.)

Nationality: Czech

Competed in

1947 Junior TT173:42:00.0071.38Velocette
1935 Senior TTRJawa


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