ChTZ-Uraltrac celebrates 75th anniversary of its Chelyabinsk-Moscow Tractor Tour

July 29, 2014. It was 75 years ago when the tractors made at Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant (ChTZ-Uraltrac) took part in a special Chelyabinsk-Moscow tour, Uralvagonzavod Corporation’s press service reports.

‘On July 26, 1939, Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant saw two of its C2 transport tractors off to Moscow in the course of a solemn ceremony. These tractors were actually the prototypes of the future artillery towing vehicles that the plant soon started making on an industrial scale. This trial tour was preceded by C2 travelling to nearby Sverdlovsk and Zlatoust. In order to conduct the final test of the new vehicles’ operational properties under various road and weather conditions, this extra long-distance tour to the capital was organized,’ the corporation reports.

The tractor crew was made up of the trial department’s best workers. The team was headed by designer G.. A. Botiev. In mid-August, the representatives of the people’s commissariat for machine-building, NATI Institute, and ChTZ welcomed the pioneer team on the outskirts of Moscow. Later on, the Urals’ crew was also greeted at the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League’s Central Committee headquarters. The committee’s top officials suggested that the plant’s Young Communist League members take the C2 production under their patronage.

A wire was sent to Chelyabinsk: ‘Arrived in Moscow. Covered 2,000km in 12 traveling days. Vehicles are running. All crew members are well. Botiev, Belyakov.’

‘The plant’s promising vehicles passed yet another serious strength test,’ the press service says.


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