Visitors get a taste of American culture along the 'Mother Road'

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By Jennifer Garcia

There’s an old saying that goes, “a journey begins with a single step.” This statement is especially true for a group of five people from Prague, Czech Republic, and their four Velorex vehicles.

However, instead of their journey beginning with a single step, it started with the group shipping their cars to the U.S. in preparation for their 2,450-mile trip along the “Mother Road.”

The Velorexes were invented by a couple of Czech brothers, Frantisek Stransky and Mojmir Stransky, in 1936. The vehicles were based on a tubular construction covered with a thin dural layer, similar to leather.

The vehicle’s mechanics were borrowed from the motorcycle. It is said that the vehicles were originally manufactured for use by disabled veterans after World War I, however, they soon had a cult following and people without requisite physical limitations were soon snapping the tiny cars up before the vets could purchase them. The vehicles go a maximum speed of 60 mph, but the usual driving speed for the group has been between 45 and 50 mph.

Verka (Vera) Synovcova, her husband Pepa (Josef) Synovec and three friends named Tomas (Tomas Hanus, Tomas Jaron and Tomas Klener) are no strangers to exploring in the Velorex vehicles.

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