Damián Mateu is the first Spanish to be inducted into the FIVA Hall of Fame, which recognises his important contribution to the history of motor racing as manager of Hispano-Suiza. On 27 May, FIVA Vice-President Peter Edqvist presented the Suqué Mateu family with the Trophy which accredits their ancestor, Damián Mateu, as one of the 14 Heroes of Automotive History 2021, the first Spaniard, and so far the only one, to receive this award which signifies his inclusion in the International Vintage Car Federation's Hall of Fame. The event took place in an emotional ceremony held at the historic Pereleda [...]
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We are extremely grateful to Prof. Lorenzo Morello, Chairman of the Culture Commission of ASI, our Italian ANF, for sharing with us the precious booklet he wrote, “1886-1906 From the horseless carriage to the automobile”. The material presented here was originally the basis of a programme of lectures given at a number of Italian universities between 2015 and 2017 and covers the twenty years from 1886 to 1906 which was particularly a significant period in the emergence of the car. It was during those years that the horse-drawn carriage was transformed, through the replacement of the horse by a crudely-built [...]
Among the many awards given at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza of Villa d’Este is one that recognises the historical and cultural importance of the motor car. FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) established its Best Preserved Vehicle Awards in 2016 to reward the custodians of truly authentic and perfectly maintained historic vehicles. The idea is that awards are given to vehicles that retain such a high proportion of original components, materials and finishes that they can be seen as important cultural artefacts. It's no small achievement, therefore, for Swiss collector Fritz Burkard to [...]
It is with great pleasure that we share with you the proceedings of the Symposium “Passing on the Passion”, organised in Marrakech, Morocco, by the Fédération Royale Marocaine des Véhicules d’Epoque, on the 14th May, 2022. Leafing through this PDF booklet, you will find the reports and speeches that made this event a true international success. The richness and variety of the contributions collected, coming literally from all over the world, is impressive and ranges from archaeology to sociology, from design to engineering, from accurate restoration to restomods, from history to the future. Different voices, different opinions, but one common [...]
The first global symposium on the challenge of attracting young people to the historic vehicle community was held in Marrakech, Morocco, on 14 May 2022. Supported by FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles), the event identified key steps to safeguard our automotive heritage for future generations.According to FIVA, as historic vehicles have grown older, so too has the average age of the people who care for them. Yet ‘passing on the passion’ to the next generation is a vital step if classic cars, motorcycles and utilitarian vehicles aren’t to disappear from our roads forever. [...]
Dr. Marcel Schoch learned the basics of vehicle technology between 1984 and 1993 at Fritz Lottmann Technik, Munich. As a service mechanic for BMW motorcycles, he also worked there in motorsport for the Paris-Dakar rally. After studying the history of technology, which he also completed between 1986 and 1995 at the “Ludwig Maximilians University” (LMU), Munich and the Ruhr University Bochum, he was first a lecturer at the Technical University of Munich and later until 2001 as a conservator and Project manager in the land transport department at the “Deutsches Museum” in Munich. His tasks there also included providing scientific [...]
A diehard enthusiast, a true-blue historic vehicle specialist, and someone who contributed to the betterment of FIVA from within, Tony Davies (Anthony Royston Davies) passed away last night (9 May 2022). After more than a decade giving his time and effort to the benefit of us all at FIVA, Tony Davies ‘retired’ from this august body in 2019 and was awarded the rare status of Honorary Member – and when you consider what he had achieved, it was no wonder. For six years, from 2007 to 2013, Davies served as the first FIVA VP Trade and Skills with the aim [...]
Once upon a time... in the early 1920s, a prince fell in love with a beautiful English dancer at the Folies Bergère – a girl with the unlikely name of Stella Mudge-Stella’s prince charming was Tika Raja Paramjit Singh from faraway India, a scion of the royal family from the state of Kapurthala, in the Punjab. A good fable ends up with a marriage... and guess what was the present from the prince to her bride? To discover it, you'll have to watch the video...
*Dick and Harry Baines win 2022 London Lisbon in 1965 Mini Cooper S *Harry Baines wins fifth ever event, youngest competitor at 26, in smallest car on rally *Chasers Nick Maris and Henry Carr, Datsun 240Z, have win in their grasp but settle for second *Tight Porsche fight for 3rd goes to Tony Sutton and Bernard Northmore in final tests Who would have thought after 10 days, 3500 kms across five countries with 42 regularities and eight tests, that the three podium positions would go down to the wire on the tenth and final day? There was tremendous pressure [...]