The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. The same can be said for Václav Laurin and Václav Klement.Destiny played a great role in making the future of both of them. It was the time in 1894, when Vaclav Klement, a 26 year old bookseller was not able to obtain spare parts for his bicycle in order to repair it. He decided to return it to the manufacturers for repair. And in return, he got a letter from them stating that if he wanted to have an inquiry with us, please write us in the language we can understand.
This was a frustrating time for Klement. After getting this reply from the manufacturers, he decided to open his own repair shop without having a technical experience. He opened a repair shop with Vaclav Laurin in 1895. Laurin had been already in bicycle manufacturing business, before doing a partnership with Klement. Both of them were bicycle enthusiasts. They started manufacturing bicycles with their own design. By the year 1898, they had opened a factory of their own and also bought a Werner motor cyclette, which was produced by Werner Brothers.
The first motor cyclette made by them proved dangerous and unreliable. In the year 1899, the determined duo produced a new motorcycle and soon started producing motorcycles under Laurin & Klement Co. The motorcycles produced by them gained many victories. The first wining event for the two was the Paris-Berlin motorcycle race in the year 1901. The company moved into car racing in the year 1911 and went on to win many successful victories.