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    FIVA Contact Information Mailing larger files or many pictures If you want to mail large files, many pictures or other information, consider WeTransfer. This allows you to mail 2GB of data via a free service. WeTransfer can be found here. Mail the information to How to mail material: Pictures should be minimal 650pix wide and of good resolution, 150dpi or higher. If you mail a word file with embeded pictures at specific places since they relate to the text above or below the pictures, please also include the pictures separately. This saves the webmaster from having to extract the pictures from the word file one-by-one. Material mailed for publication on the website should be in an editable format, please no pdf files since copying text from that can be very time-consuming. Should you want a downloadable pdf file on the website as well, add this as a separate file [...]

    Calcutta, India

    Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC) had its 17th meeting on Sunday, 25th November 2018. A classic car drivers group based out of Kolkata, in the eastern part of India, CDC was started by 3 avid classic car enthusiasts, Souvik Ghose Chaudhuri, Rupak Ghosh and Prithvi Nath Tagore on the 10th of April 2017. Their belief that classic cars need to be driven in order to preserve their roadworthiness as also to create interest amongst the younger generations was the basis for starting CDC. The group firmly believes that the joy of owning classic vehicles is only fully realized when they are driven, just as they were when new. Since its inception, CDC has had sixteen events with last Sunday’s marking their seventeenth. The events have included drives on national highways, displays at country clubs and regular Sunday town jaunts which are typically followed by members ribbing each other about their cars over sandwiches and coffee! All the meets have been funded by the members individually without any outside financial support. La [...]

    The FIVA Organisation

    There are no traffic jams at the extra mile FIVA takes to support its members
    The “Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens” (FIVA) was founded in 1966 in response to an idea formulated by a handful of organisations representing the interests of historic vehicle enthusiasts within a number of different countries. The founders felt that the time had come for an international body to promote and guide the interests of the historic vehicle movement throughout the world. At present FIVA can boast over 85 member organisations in more than 62 countries throughout the world, which in turn represent more than 1.500.000 historic vehicle enthusiasts. FIVA’s primary objective is to encourage the safe use of self-propelled, mechanical vehicles, more than thirty years old, on the roads for the benefit of both their owners, dedicated enthusiasts and the general public. To that end FIVA, through its Events’ Commission, has devised its own code for the safe promotion of rallies or mildly competitive events, and in concert with the European Commission, has recently published a Drivers’ Code for more general guidance of historic vehicle users, which can be downloaded from the link below. FIVA is also concerned with the preservation of historic vehicles, which are accepted as being an important part o [...]

    FIVA Master Class

    Learn from the Professionals!
    The FIVA master classes are supported by our Global Partners Our Global Partners publish information, In the Master Class series, that is helpful to the owners of historic vehicles, ranging from the effects (and possible risks for HVs) of additives in the oil, through to methods of restoring parts and paint. The Pirelli Collezione Pirelli’s desire in creating the Collezione is to provide the perfect tyres for vintage vehicles. The exact timeframe is not fixed as it remains flexible to cover not only the iconic supercars and those with which Pirelli has a rich historical working relationship, but also those sizes that permit the vast majority of enthusiasts to maintain or restore their cars and enjoy the thrills of the original driving performance. Pirelli is proud to be associated with FIVA and shares completely its fundamental aim “to support and encourage the preservation and responsible use of historic vehicles”, developing the products contained within the Collezione to achieve this goal. The creation of these products starts with the identification of the exact tyre size and pattern that was either fit [...]

    FIVA`s Legislation Commission is tasked to ensure that the development of national and international legislation does not create an adverse impact to owners of historic vehicles and the use of these on public roads without inappropriate restrictions. More...


    The FIVA Culture Commission’s aims are to preserve the culture and involve the youth in our mutual interest of preserving and enjoying historic vehicles. Our team of enthusiasts endlessly tries to emphasise the importance of keeping this culture alive and a part of every day living and learning. More...


    The FIVA Events Commission oversees motoring events. The commission remit covers all matters concerning the organisation, direction and management of such events within the FIVA specified sector of interest. More...


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    FIVA meeting with Cabinet of European Commissioner Violeta Bul

    Responsible for all mobility policy in the European Commission
    On 9 September Tiddo Bresters, Nataša Jerina and Andrew Turner met with Jocelyn Fajardo and Alisa Tiganj, both members of EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s Cabinet. The meeting was made possible and arranged by Nataša, who is a member of the Slovenian Federation SVAMZ. During the 45 minute meeting, the FIVA delegation first explained FIVA, FIVA’s objectives and actions and the cultural and economic value of the preservation and use of historic vehicles. They then had a very constructive dialogue with the Cabinet members about historic vehicle use within the context of the DG MOVE’s policy motivations and current initiatives.  The meeting was very timely because DG MOVE has very recently published a document detailing its strategy for low-emission mobility which takes a holistic view of measures to better manage mobility using pricing and technological tools. FIVA therefore stressed that historic vehicles are different and distinct from all other road vehicles because of their cultural [...]

    White Model M Steam Car

    HVA's "THIS CAR MATTERS" movement
    President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car is significant based on three out of four of the Criteria for Historic Significance. First it is associated with important events and important persons in American history as the first Presidential Limousine. The Steam Car was acquired under the Taft administration and was enthusiastically used by the President who actively promoted the adoption of the automobile in America. The White Steam Car is further significant based on its informational value as the only one of the original four vehicles used by the Taft administration that survives today. When you first encounter the massive White Model M Steam Car, you’re immediately struck by its size. As you begin to acclimate to its outsized proportions, you begin taking in the details: the golden presidential seal; the steering wheel within a steering wheel; and the wild assortment of levers. But all of this pales in comparison to the historic significance of the car itself, one which arguably set the stage for much of what was to come with the dawn of the automotive age. Watch the film to learn more about President William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Model M Steam Car, the first presidential limousine.Text, pictures and video:
    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today (22-9-2016) introduced legislation to help preserve the legacy of American automobiles and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act will authorize the Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records of American automotive and motorcycle history. “Few engineering innovations have had the same impact on American society as the automobile, and it is important for us to preserve the stories of vehicles that have played a critical role in American history,” said Senator Peters. “This legislation will ensure records of the historic vehicles will be available to inspire the next generation of automotive engineers and celebrate the accomplishments of the automotive industry that continues to be a vital part of our economy in Michigan and the United States. I am proud to work with the Historic Vehicle Association, the FIVA representative in the US and Canada, and the American Motorcyclist Association to support the preservation of America’s rich and unique automotive history.”
    The European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met in Brussels on 7 December. FIVA and the MEPs had informed and constructive discussions about historic vehicles and policy concerns notably about the EU’s Low-Emission Mobility Strategy Low Emission Zones, Road tolling, the REACH legislation. The Group will next meet in march 2017.

    FIA and FIVA

    Different but similar objectives!
    In recognition of the importance of both organisations, both FIA and FIVA have, so ca called reciprocal membership in each other. Therefore, FIA is a full member of FIVA while FIVA has a membership at FIA. Both parties have similar but not identical goals with regard to vehicle ownership, the joy of this and the importance of heritage of such. During the Paris week this was again underlined by meetings held at the Automobile Club de France. FIVA is not part of the FIA No matter how excellent a magazine as Octane Magzine is, the multitude of abbreviation can create some confusion. However, Octane Magazine quickly responded with the below correction in their August 2016 issue (page 75). With reference to the News Feed story in Octane 156, which states that 2016 is ‘the 50th anniversary of its parent body, the FIA’, I would like to point out that FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, or the International Federation for Historic Vehicles) is not a part of FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and FIVA has very little to do with FIA (which, incidentally, was founded in 1904, whereas FIVA dates from 1966). FIA deals with modern cars, and their causes and activities are markedly different from [...]

    ‘Historic’ is not simply ‘old’ says FIVA

    As it lobbies for Europe-wide low-emission-zone exemptions.
    According to FIVA – the international federation of historic vehicles – a ‘historic’ vehicle is not simply an ‘old’ vehicle. FIVA is lobbying EU politicians for a clear definition of a ‘historic vehicle’ as it calls for consistent, Europe-wide exemptions from low-emission-zone restrictions. Patrick Rollet, president of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), explains: “By ‘historic vehicle’, we mean a mechanically propelled road vehicle at least 30 years old, preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition and not used as a means of daily transport. These vehicles are part of our technical and cultural heritage and, in our opinion, should not be lumped together with old, badly maintained cars that are used as cheap, everyday transport, when considering the problem of urban air pollution.” FIVA understands the need for low-emission zones or LEZs, as towns have to comply with targets set in EU air-quality Directives and to meet health concerns expressed by the World Health Organisation. Clearly, as older vehicles tend to be more polluting than newer vehicles, LEZ measures often target older vehicles – but FIVA argues that there are many good reasons why the contribution of historic ve [...]
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