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Retro Albania & FIVA – Symposium in Tirana, Slides and Recordings


The first symposium on matters concerning legislation was held in Tirana, Albania, on the 29th of April 2023. Hosted and organised by Retro Albania, and supported by FIVA, this hybrid symposium (which was broadcast on Facebook and via Zoom ) on Partnerships & Cooperation with Governments & Institutions was a resounding success, what with over a dozen speakers and presenters representing eight countries and four continents, and speaking and discussing about varied subjects on legislation, low emission zones, best practices, or problems at the state level in several countries regarding historic vehicles and their regular use. A synthesis of the presentations made are available here: [...]

Retro Albania & FIVA – Symposium in Tirana, Slides and Recordings2023-05-11T13:57:12+02:00

A motorcycle built in the political prison of Aiud, Romania


Building a motorcycle in prison may seem impossible, but for the brilliant Romanian engineer Sorin Tulea and his two colleagues, it was a reality. Tulea, born on 11th October 1915, attended the Mircea Cantacuzino aviation school and obtained his pilot's patent in 1936. During World War II, he served on the front lines as part of the 1st Bombardment Flotilla in Brasov, specializing in twin-engine bombing. In the summer of 1941, he was among the first Romanians who responded to the Prut crossing order, even though he had only nine hours of training on the Heinkel 111 bomber at that [...]

A motorcycle built in the political prison of Aiud, Romania2023-05-05T11:59:08+02:00

Brush Cars and Cowra Rally in Australia


Brush cars were manufactured in America, by Alanson P Brush, from 1907 to 1912. They were small, lightly made, runabout cars, but incorporated many novel ideas, including: a single cylinder counter rotating internal combustion engine, beautifully made 2 speed transmission, suspension by four coil springs and friction dampers, self-energising rear brakes in both forward and reverse direction, variable ratio steering, wooden chassis rails and hickory wooden axles. They were strong, very successful, reliable and easy to drive cars. The first car to cross Australia from west to east (Perth to Sydney) in March 1912 was a Brush carrying two men [...]

Brush Cars and Cowra Rally in Australia2023-05-11T13:23:51+02:00

FIM and FIVA extend their long-standing convention


The FIM - Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme -  and FIVA – the Fédération Internationale Véhicules Anciens – renewed their long-standing convention for another five years when they met at round three of the FIM Superbike World Championship, the Pirelli Dutch Round, at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands last weekend. From right: FIVA President Tiddo Bresters and FIM President Jorge VIegas Signed by FIM President Jorge Viegas and FIVA President Tiddo Bresters in the presence of FIVA Motorcycle Commission Chairman Keith Gibbins and FIM Deputy CEO Damiano Zamana, the five-year extension is an important agreement that serves [...]

FIM and FIVA extend their long-standing convention2023-04-26T15:57:21+02:00

FIVA – Retro Albania Symposium


We have the pleasure to invite you to the first edition of the Retro Albania Symposium, entitled "Partnership & Cooperation with Governments & Institutions", which is being organized in cooperation with FIVA. The event will bring together experts, stakeholders, and participants from around the world, to discuss the significance of Government policies in creating and safeguarding a future for historic vehicles. The program will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions on topics such as best practices, effective lobbying on behalf of historic vehicles, and how to create cross-cultural alliances. You can download the program here: Tirana symposium program We are sure this is [...]

FIVA – Retro Albania Symposium2023-04-21T17:25:57+02:00

Bring the automotive heritage closer to youth


With that in mind, Alfa Romeo Clube do Brasil embarked on a collaborative project with Colégio Dante Alighieri to connect students and parents to their Italian heritage. The idea is not just to host a historic vehicle exhibition on the school grounds, but also to raise awareness of the culture intrinsic to the vehicles and what they represent. Colégio Dante Alighieri was founded in 1911 by Italian immigrants with the objective of preserving and promoting their values in student education. This centenary institution is still active today in the Italian community, promoting cultural events. On the other hand, the club [...]

Bring the automotive heritage closer to youth2023-04-26T12:46:28+02:00

Storage and stabeling (Charter of Turin)


From time to time it might be necessary to store a vehicle . The  following suggestions are done for best pratice to prevent damage during storage: 1.  The use of water instead of coolant is not recommended in the cooling system of the stored vehicle. Water corrodes the radiator and the engine block from the inside. Water in the cooling system can freeze in the event of an unexpected failure of the storage space heating system. Water also contains limescale that can settle in the  cooling system and narrow or clog the channels (radiator). Cooling fluid provides protection against frost, [...]

Storage and stabeling (Charter of Turin)2023-04-19T17:23:15+02:00



Of the many makes of prestigious car models on display in the famous Sinsheim Museum in Baden Wuerttenberg, we can well imagine that several have a story to tell.  But probably the most incredible story is the one regarding the Alfa Romeo Jankovits – otherwise known as the Alfa Aerospider  or the  Alfa Romeo 6C Aerodinamica Spider, the first car  that visitors come across at the entrance to the museum.   A unique, extraordinary vehicle, a car of the future, conceived and built twenty years ahead of its time. Hands up, those of you who are familiar with it!  The almost [...]

ARJ – THE ALFA ROMEO JANKOVITS STORY2023-04-19T17:35:41+02:00

Partnership and cooperation with GOV and other Institutions: FIVA Symposium in Tirana, Albania


The symposium dedicated to "Partnership and Cooperation with the Government and other Institutions",  will take place on April 29th, 2023 at the Maritim Hotel Plaza, Tirana, Albania, and you are all invited to attend its Facebook live session! Organized by Retr®️ Albania and FIVA, this event brings together an international lineup of experts, scholars, and industry leaders to explore the intersection of culture, government policy, and historic vehicles. The event promises to be an exciting forum for sharing ideas, exchanging knowledge, and forging new partnerships. As we delve into the complexities of the automobile culture and the difficulties of cooperating [...]

Partnership and cooperation with GOV and other Institutions: FIVA Symposium in Tirana, Albania2023-04-05T10:45:03+02:00

70th Anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix


On a sunny Sunday morning in March, the 4th annual Historic Vehicles Event took place, coinciding with the 70th Anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. To mark the occasion, 70 cars and 70 motorcycles participated in the event. While there was only one motorcycle that was over 28 years old—an Ultra Classic manufactured in 1995—many of the cars were over 30 years old, and all the owners put in considerable effort to support the event. The event started at 9:00 am, with all the vehicles assembling at the Pit Lane area below the Macau Grand Prix Control Tower. Traffic Police [...]

70th Anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix2023-04-04T09:38:17+02:00
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