Our Middle East Ambassador Rony Karam from Lebanon has been instrumental for making two countries in the Arabian peninsula a member of the FIVA Family this year: Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Jeddah, on 5 December, a historic event by itself, was a good occasion to handover the FIVA flag and the FIVA 50 Year Jubilee book to the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation in the person of SAMF’s CEO mr Sattam Al Hozami and of Dr Nasser Al Masary. Dr Al Masary is the initiator and organizer of the Diryah Festival, which is [...]
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16 November 1900 – 5 January 1994 Elisabeth Junek (née Pospíšilová), the most successful and famous lady racing driver of the Twenties, was born on 16 November 1900 in Olomouc, in what is now the Czech Republic. In 1920, she and her brother Stanislav spent time in France, where Elisabeth drove a car for the first time. In 1922, she returned to Prague and in June that year married Čeněk Junek. Elisabeth was keen to share his hobby of motorsport, so she took a driving test and from 1922 until August 1924 accompanied her husband in his racing efforts. They [...]
Protecting our mobile heritage in a net-zero future At a time when climate change and the need for clean air are of huge global concern, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) has agreed on a powerful new strategy at its annual General Assembly, held online on 20th November from Munich, Germany. “FIVA’s new strategy shows support for the commitments arising from the Glasgow climate summit, but also aims to protect the vital cultural importance of the historic vehicle movement,” says FIVA president Tiddo Bresters. “These two aims are in no way contradictory.” FIVA fully supports [...]
The 2021 winners of FIVA’s annual creative competition have been announced, after a vibrant response from historic vehicle enthusiasts around the world, from India to Portugal to Australia. Held in conjunction with the annual United Nations’ International Youth Day, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) asked entrants to share a photograph or a sketch/painting/illustration of how they ‘Restored the Passion’ this year with their historic vehicle. “Our aim was to set a challenge that would bring a little spark of joy into the gloom of the pandemic, focusing on young and young-at-heart enthusiasts,” [...]
Vacation time is here, with motorways, autobahnen, autoroutes, autostrade, and autopistas once again busy at weekends. Happily, there are more travel options than in Summer 2020, and cars and motorcycles are clearly the preferred means of holiday transport because – with the virus still around – they bring the least hassle. The camper, in particular, is proving more popular than ever, offering lots of freedom to young and old. Meanwhile, club meetings and events are starting to re-emerge, with interest in historic vehicles clearly undiminished. All this gives us, the FIVA General Committee, sufficient inspiration to face the future with [...]
FIVA Culture Awards “Life has been challenging over the past years. Social distancing, limitations on travel and the cancellation of events affected everyone on the planet, not least the historic vehicle community – but our passion for automotive culture has never dimmed,” says Nataša G. Jerina, VP Culture and Youth at FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles).“In FIVA’s Culture Commission, we believe that – more than ever – there are projects and people who deserve recognition. We therefore invite nominations for the FIVA Culture Awards – to motivate all enthusiasts and show the world [...]
Hong Kong The “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” (DGR) took place around the World on Sunday 23rd May 2021, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this Charitable Event. The idea behind this gathering is to promote men’s mental and physical health. The Hong Kong group gathered at 9.30am on the south side of Hong Kong island beside ‘Ocean Park’. A one-hour ride had been pre-planned taking the 80 Riders, with classic and modern motorcycles, past Deep Water Bay over the mountain into Tai Hang, through Causeway Bay, and along the waterfront to Central District, then up the Peak, and back to Wong [...]
The Netherlands Historic cars, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles are the best time machines one can imagine. They show the design and technique of their era, and when on the move the back-in-time experience is complete. Their preservation is sustainability in the truest sense. They survived, while nearly all peers ended long ago as waste. Treating a product with care, even when it is a popular mass-produced car or motorbike, is environment friendly because it helps to reduce the over-exploitation of our Earth. FIVA represents what was produced at least 30 years ago, and so demonstrates the developments in [...]
JOIN THE FIVA MOTORCYCLE WEEK IN 2022 Yes, it is true, we are still living in challenging times due to the pandemic but for sure we have not forgotten our passion for all thing motorcycling! A few years ago, the FIVA Motorcycle Commission created the “FIVA Motorcycle Week”. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world were invited to ride during a specific week in June. This proved successful and each year we have had more nominations from clubs and countries. For 2019 more than 20 countries participated with some 4,000 riders! For 2021 we realise the challenge of the pandemic and the related [...]
As there was not enough time during the General Assembly in November 2020 to present the group behind the projects such as “FIVA Celebrates the International Youth Day,” the “30 under 30,” and others that are being prepared this year, we are taking this opportunity to do so. This group consists of young enthusiasts from all over the world, young people by age or mind, not preoccupied with club or association politics or their status, all joined together by their passion for historic vehicles and history. “I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for being [...]