Historic Vehicles & Culture

    24th Vernasca Silver Flag

    Imagine being a young lad on Christmas: you are receive from your parents a Dinky-Toy Model of your favourite car (in my Case it would be a Simca-Abarth 1300) and you are becoming so happy!

    And then your Parents are giving to you another packet with another model of one of your dream-carsl and another one, and still another one, and… it doesn’t stop! You are overwhelmed by the cars and your emotions, you hardly can understand,what is going on. This is exactly how you feel, when you are a spectator at the Vernasca Silver Flag!

    This event, already in its 24th edition, is a dynamic presentation of racing cars in the GT-, Touring-, Prototype and Monoposto-categories, dating from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. The start is in the charming little town of Castell’Arquato (south of Piacenza/Italy) and is following the old historic hillclimb to the village of Vernasca. It is a pure demonstration run without any time-keeping, to allow relaxed, but spirited driving. The track is approximately 9 km long. The entrance is free vor spectators, and you can walk all over the paddock to admire the cars and have a chat with the owners, coming from all over Europe.  There are more than twohundred carefully chosen cars to admire.

    This year, the event celebrated 120 years of FIAT. The company was represented by their newly founded „FCA Heritage Hub“, having on display (amongst others) one of the most beautiful GT-Cars ever built: a FIAT 8V („OttoVu“) Zagato and the personal car of Carlo Abarth, an Abarth 2400 Coupé Alemanno, piloted by the ever popular Arturo Merzario. Other prominent participants were the former European GT-Car champion Clemens Schickentanz and the former Porsche engineer and worksdriver Jürgen Barth.

    Amongst the car brands to admire were SIATA, SIMCA, Marcos, LOLA, Bugatti, Rochdale, Serenissima and probably the whole model range of Abarth, just to name a few.

    Most impressioning the extreme friendly, relaxed, but very effective and flawless operating organisation, which lived the motto „from enthousiasts to enthousiasts“. A big summer-party for the classic-orientated petrolhead. Highly recommened! For further information see:

    Carl-Michael Emer, FIVA-Steward

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    FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is the worldwide organisation dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture, as well as their safe use. Since April 2017, FIVA has been a non-governmental partner of UNESCO, and continues to pursue its successful FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme.

    For more press information, or to speak to a FIVA representative for a specific country, please contact Gautam Sen, FIVA’s Vice President Communications on, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33 9 66 12 44 64 (landline).

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    La FIVA est la seule organisation internationale de son genre à s’être fixé pour objectif l’encouragement d’une utilisation sûre des véhicules routiers historiques à propulsion mécanique au même titre que la préservation et la promotion de la culture des véhicules routiers en elle-même. En 2016, la FIVA a célébré son 50ème anniversaire avec le programme « Année du Patrimoine Automobile Mondial » sous le patronage officiel de l’UNESCO.

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