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Motoring Hero: Joe Ramirez


Joaquín Ramírez Fernández (born August 20, 1941, Mexico City) is an author and retired employee of several sports car racing teams. From 1984 to 2001 Ramírez was coordinator of the McLaren Formula One team, including during the infamous Prost / Senna rivalry of the late-1980s

Motoring Hero: Joe Ramirez2022-02-14T07:59:30+01:00

Patrick Rollet awarded the prestigious Ordre national du Mérite


Patrick Rollet It is with a sense of pride and pleasure that we would like to announce as well as congratulate FIVA’s former President, Patrick Rollet, who has been honoured in his home country, France, for his valuable services to his country, and certainly as well for his formidable contribution to the historic vehicle movement everywhere in the world. Rollet was recognised in President Emmanuel Macron’s New Year’s Honours, when he was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite, with the rank of chevalier, as a recognition of his almost five decades of service to society in general, and to [...]

Patrick Rollet awarded the prestigious Ordre national du Mérite2022-01-17T13:48:55+01:00

SEAT’s 70th Anniversary


A history of the Spanish branch of VW History of vehicles that changed the flow of development and culture in a country! FIVA Culture Commission and FIVA Youth group present the story of Seat Click here to read the full article:Seat-70-aniversario-vicente-sevillano Text and pictures by: Vicente Sevillano Guerrero, member of THE FIVA YOUTH WORKING GROUP and SEAT

SEAT’s 70th Anniversary2022-04-27T08:24:45+02:00

A (very) full life


Life and adventures of ‘Paddy’ Naismith, actress, race and rally driver, pilot, air hostess… Eirane Redmond ‘Paddy’ Naismith was born in London in 1908, the daughter of a traveling car tyre salesman and a renowned clairvoyant (or “psychological expert”). In her teens, she began stage acting and later joined a touring company performing musical comedies. In July 1928 she took part in the Junior Car Club’s Bournemouth Concours D’Elegance with her own Ballot, but without notable success. Undeterred, in September she entered the Southampton International Motor Rally, and this time she won a Special Award with the D Hall [...]

A (very) full life2022-01-03T22:18:51+01:00

A (very) full life – 2


Life and adventures of ‘Paddy’ Naismith, actress, race and rally driver, pilot, air hostess… In the second half of Paddy Naismith’s life story, we find out how she became a pioneering aviator and the champion of servicemen disfigured during WW2. We pick up the story of Paddy Naismith in 1933 as she pushes her car through the paddock at Brooklands during the Whitsun meeting on 5 June. She had no luck on track that day but later the same month was reported as planning a ‘daring journey’ – a solo drive from Paris to Rome, attempting to beat the [...]

A (very) full life – 22022-02-01T05:21:18+01:00

The Czechoslovak Mille Miglia lives on!


The 1000 Mil Československých 2020 event continues the legend of the 1000 Miles race through Czechoslovakia in 1933, 1934 and 1935, from Prague to Bratislava and back to Prague. In those days it was as famous in the country as the Mille Miglia in Italy, This Summer the 9th revival edition of the event took place.  In spite of all uncertainties caused by the pandemic the organizers  persisted, and just postponed the event from June to August. Over 100 teams with a wide variety of cars, mostly from the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, were happy the event went on and gathered [...]

The Czechoslovak Mille Miglia lives on!2022-01-04T13:59:20+01:00

Pirelli Collezione, tyres through time


What can more than 140 years of history tell us? What are the advantages of preserving memory? Thousands of documents, data sheets and illustrations, preserved with the best techniques used to the care of the most precious documents. Techniques which are designed to extend – infinitely, is the hope – the life of these materials that tell us who we were and what we did. It is the work of scholars, philologists and enthusiasts. Then, there is the vision to bring the past back to life to the benefit of other history buffs who take care of classic cars, preserving [...]

Pirelli Collezione, tyres through time2022-01-04T15:12:27+01:00

The 2020 FEVA Virtual Automotive Heritage Days


From Spanish Federation of Antique Vehicles (FEVA), the FIVA ANF in Spain have not given up holding the traditional and consolidated Automotive Heritage Days, although the socio-health situation caused by Covid 19 has forced to propose an alternative system, very different from the usual one. Since the beginning of the pandemic, FEVA’s Board of Directors has opted for the utmost caution, and for this reason it has discouraged any event or meeting in order to stop the transmission of the virus. This does not imply in any way the waiver of the use and enjoyment of the collection vehicles, although [...]

The 2020 FEVA Virtual Automotive Heritage Days2022-01-04T15:25:27+01:00

‘Frankenstein’ vehicles after 2nd World War


History of vehicles that changed the flow of development and culture in a country! FIVA Culture Commission and FIVA Youth group present the story of the  Frankenstein Vehicles Click here to read the full article: Frankestein-vehicles Text and pictures by: Aleksandar Vidojkovic, Member of the Culture Commission

‘Frankenstein’ vehicles after 2nd World War2022-01-15T08:51:47+01:00



Commemorated annually by the IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally The Gordon Bennett Cup Race, held annually from 1900 to 1905, paved the way for modern Grand Prix racing. In 1906, the year after the last Gordon Bennett Cup Race, the first Grand Prix motor racing event was held in France at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans. The 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup Race, held in France, was won by Selwyn Edge driving a Napier. The following year, on 2nd July 1903, the Gordon Bennett Race was held in Ireland, run over a distance of 545.8 Kilometres over closed [...]

THE IRISH 1903 GORDON BENNETT CUP RACE2022-01-17T13:44:56+01:00
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