The history of the ModenArt masters of building automotive bodies is one of the most fascinating. It is also one, which is hardly known. And, it is one of the extraordinary stories of artisans who, with their talent and passion, created some of the greatest masterpieces of automotive history. The auction market is an absolute testament to this, as the five most expensive cars ever sold in the world are all without exception the work of the modern bodybuilders of Modena. Entirely hand-made bodywork in the style of Renaissance sculptors with basic tools, a set of hammers, a log, a sandbag, shears, a worktop ... and without the use of any stylist. One can imagine the prodigious talent of these exceptional artists who have elevated these sculptures to the work of art. What though is left of these great crafts men today? Industrial change and the introduction of composite materials in the 1970s pushed this activity into decline. Most modern bodybuilders have since disappeared. The creations to which they participated have joined the most prestigious car collections. In Modena, the birthplace of this brilliant talent, there is no memorial place that evokes this magnificent page of history. No archival material has been preserved, [...]
Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC), an active historic vehicle group based out of Kolkata, the capital city of the state of West Bengal in the eastern region of India, held their first meet and drive of the winter season on Sunday, the 20th of October, 2019. Nine classic cars, including a sexy Triumph Spitfire MkIII in fire engine red, met under the mild noon sun in front of the city’s historic Town Hall. Traditional Indian sweetmeats were distributed to all the members present - a ritual followed in India to mark an auspicious event, such as this inaugural drive of the season. After a half hour session of catching up and swapping stories (but of course all classic vehicle related!), the group left for the suburbs of the city, stopping midway in convoy for the public to have a better look at the cars. The drive ended at a country club where again, the historic vehicles were lined up for the public to enjoy. CDC’s first drive of the season included a first time participant, an immaculately restored 1968 Fiat 1100D (Indian assembled). Another Indian assembled 1963 Fiat 1100 103H, now a regular at the drives, recently attended the 4 day long FHVI Royal Classic Dasara Drive from Bangalore to Mysore towards the end of September, w [...]
The FHVI Royal Classic Dasara Drive to Mysore, 2019 The Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI) held one of India’s largest, vintage & classic car and motorcycle gatherings between the 29th of September and the 2nd of October, 2019. With this, the FHVI marks its fifth successful pan India event. Officially known as the FHVI Royal Classic Dasara Drive to Mysore (member of FIVA), two words in the event description in particular stand out. Mysore was the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore, ruled by revered dynasty for over six centuries. Over the course of the centuries, the Mysore Royal family built magnificent palaces, several temples, educational institutions, hospitals, dams and essentially designed the then capital city thus providing employment and guaranteed education to all the subjects in the kingdom. Now, a metropolis in modern day India in the southern state of Karnataka, Mysore attracts throngs of visitors, especially during the Dasara festivities. The festival of Dasara essentially marks the triumph of good over evil and what better way to celebrate it than in the city of Mysore where Dasara is celebrated with the greatest of pomp in India. The FHVI Dasara event in 2018 was the first such event by [...]
The event Under the Patronage of UNESCO held on September 8th 2019, organized by the Serbian Federation of Historical vehicles in cooperation with FIVA Culture Commission, celebrated the “80th Anniversary of the First Belgrade international automobile and motorcycle races“. The event was held at the Automobile museum in Belgrade. Aleksandra Kovač, Secretary-General of the Serbian National Commission for UNESCO, and Nataša G. Jerina, FIVA Vice President and Chairwomen of FIVA Culture Commission, took part in the event, with both giving speeches. On this occassion Mrs. Jerina presented the FIVA plaque to the Mrs. Kovač, expressing gratitude for the support and assistance of National UNESCO for this particular and impotant local project that has received the Patronage. FIVA strives towards preserving, protecting and promoting historic vehicles. Celebrating 80 years of racing, through joint efforts, viribus unitis, we encourage young people to understand our past and to work towards preserving historic vehicles as mobile heritage, to nurture as well as commemorate car racing and motorsport for future generations. This is the first message we are here to pass – collectively, to all of us. Many connoisseurs, mobility heritage admirer [...]
I, Malcolm Welford, am delighted to advise that the Colorado Grand was a big success for FIVA and in fact Miles Morris (my business partner and co-Ambassador in Connecticut) presented the plaque to the car most deserving for its originality. In the end I did not get an entry on the rally this year and then I had a conflicting appointment with US homeland security for my global entry which I could not miss, so Miles did the honours for me. Attached is a photo of Miles presenting the award to David Brynan (with beard), with CO Grand board director Tom Horan in the picture too. The organisers made a dummy Colorado number plate too, which Miles is holding, which was a lovely touch. The history of the car is fabulous: 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce (750F) - an early short-wheelbase model in Celeste Blue that was delivered new to the US.The first owner was a Mr. David Elder, an electrician from Rochester, New York. He raced the car from 1958 through 1962 at tracks such as Watkins Glen, Thompson, Dunkirk, Marlboro, Giant’s Despair, and Put-in-Bay. The car still has its race programs and entry plaques from most of its races, as well as the original side pipe, roll bar, Brooklands screen fitted. His race results can be found [...]
The Madras Heritage Motoring Club (MHMC), based in Chennai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu in south India, recently held their annual club show between the 17th and 18th of August, 2019. The city of Chennai is popularly referred to as the ‘Detroit of India’ since it is a major hub of automobile and auto ancillary companies. The event, known as ‘The Chennai Heritage Auto Show’, in association with the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India, and member of FIVA, marked its 18th year this year. Originally an event to display club members vintage and classic cars and two wheelers, the club has, over the years, welcomed vintage and classic vehicles from other parts of India and this was evident from this year’s event, where a number of heritage vehicles from other cities took part in the event. This year the club had the privilege of associating with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and presenting a talk on ‘’A historical view of automobiles and transportation in Chennai’’ by Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies. He was a member of the board at Tata Motors and the Chief Executive Officer of TATA Motors’ Car business in its formative years, reporting to Mr. Ratan Tata. During this [...]
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 ev [...]
At Chantilly Arts & Elegance, Patrick Rollet and Gautam Sen, FIVA President and Communication Vice-president, presented the prewar best preserved trophy to the owner of the historic 1928 Bentley 4.5 litre Sports Tourer which boasts fastest lap at Le Mans on that year (127.604 km/h) and finished 5th overall; driven by Tim Birkin, one of the famous "Bentley Boys". The car is in an amazing original condition. Photo credit Serge CordeyLogo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG The above material can be used free of royalties within the scope of this press release.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 Herit [...]
Well – what a fabulous week that was. If you were unable to participate in the Andorran FIVA World Rally in early July you missed a real treat; it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Lluis Dejuan and his team from the Andorran Association of Old Vehicles (AAVA) and the Automobile Club of Andorra (ACA) created a varied programme that satisfied all tastes. We experienced great driving roads that were virtually traffic-free and scenery that was truly wonderful.During the week we enjoyed a series of entertaining and exciting adventures including the Trobotronc (a 5Km. downhill railed toboggan track), horse riding and white-water rafting. Our cultural experiences and evenings ranged from Guillem Tudó’s vocal and saxophone recital at the ONCA (National Classical Orchestra of Andorra) auditorium, motorcycle and motor museums and the Cirque de Soleil where music from the Bobs Marley and Dylan, Louis Armstrong and George Michael accompanied the wide variety of acrobatics and amazing motor-cycle feats for which the Cirque de Soleil is famous. The many gastronomic pleasures at daily lunches and evening dinners were well supported by the weather playing its part with sunshine, blue skies and daytime temperatures in the 30 – 36oC range.
The renewed FIA-FIVA agreement was signed on June 26th in Paris at the FIA Head Office. This document updates and clarifies the nature and scope of the relationship between the two organisations and sets the framework for a fruitful and friendly cooperation.
Jean Todt and Patrick Rollet signed the attached document. Mario Theissen attended the meeting, representing the FIVA side of the FIA-FIVA Relations Committee, also including David Whale and Tony Davies. All three have been instrumental in drawing up this agreement and we thank them for this successful achievement. Click here to download the document in French and English:Logo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG The above material can be used free of royalties within the scope of this press release.FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules An [...]
On the 25th and 26th of June, Frank Delesen (CP4Y) and Jos Theuns (FIVA) attended the EUCON After Market Symposium in Munster Germany. This yearly symposium is organized by EUCON GmbH who provides manufacturers, whole- and end-user market suppliers and other stakeholders in the industry with important data on vehicle age, usages and origin of spare parts, etc. With satellite offices in Europe, North America and Asia and more than 20 years in the business, EUCON GmbH can be considered a market leader in this field. Changing market conditions and an increase in the interest for youngtimers and historic vehicles was one of the reasons for the invitation that was kicked off with an informal BBQ get-together with… a number of classic vehicles! The EUCON staff, many of them high grade software engineers, also enjoy real vehicles next to their virtual software world and our Global Partner Glasurit was kind enough to attended this get-together as well, showing, amongst others, a Ford T-type and Jurgen Book’s “Green Monster”, a not-so-standard Texas inspired vehicle with snakeskin accents and other unique details that created much discussion and fun! The meeting took place on the Wednesday and was packed with very useful inform [...]
What started in 1984 with 24 cars has now become the most popular historic vehicle event of The Netherlands, with nearly 500 classic cars, trucks and buses: the National Oldtimer Day in the town of Lelystad. It is always held on the third Sunday of June. And very remarkable, the organization is in hands of one and the same family since the very beginning: Mr. William van der Meulen, his wife Tineke and their son Mike. This made the town government decide to award, at the occasion of the opening of the 35th. edition of the event, a <Town Compliment> to this family. The corresponding certificate was handed over by the town mayor Ms. Ida Anema. The event always has a big share of vintage and other pre-war cars and attracts also lots of exclusive post-war vehicles. Mr van der Meulen senior presents every single car to the public himself. Another interesting aspect of the event is that most participating cars are older than the town of Lelystad itself, which received city rights only in 1980. The town is the capital of the Province of Flevoland, that completely is situated on land that was reclaimed from the sea, the former Zuiderzee, and still constitutes the biggest man-made <new land> of the world. The event is com [...]
Many years already Rudi Mueller represents the Swiss ANF SHVF in FIVA. At national level he is also very active. Already Since 1999 Rudi is the main organizor of the event Oldtimer-in-Obwalden (O-iO). Obwalden is one of the 26 Swiss cantons, with the small town of Sarnen as its capital city. Thanks to Rudi’s hard work the Sarnen city center last Pentecost weekend was full again with historic vehicles, attracting thousands of spectators to admire them. Because of his extraodinary contribution to the city’s life and fame and his outstanding engagement the city of Sarnen granted Rudi Mueller the town’s first culture promotion award. The certificate was handed over by the mayor of Sarnen at the opening ceremony of the event, in the presence of other high-ranking local and cantonal authorities. This award very well supports FIVA’s message: the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles is Culture. Each well preserved historic vehicle is a link with the technique and style of the past. The award not only is a sign of recognition of Rudi’s work, but also rewards the efforts of all the individuals, clubs and businesses taking care to keep these vehicles on the beautiful Swiss roads, and to show them to the public.
On the 1st and 2nd of June 2019, history was made in the Vintage and Classic Motorcycling world of India.
In celebration of FIVA Motorcycle Week, FHVI hosted the FIVA International Historic Motorcycle Show, 2019 in Bangalore. For the first time, 200 of the most rare and exclusive motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from the early 1900s to the 1980s, assembled in front of the iconic UB City. For the first time, these two wheeled heroes came out from behind the shadows and took center stage. As thousands of spectators walked through the gates, their eyes glistened with excitement; they were amazed at the spectacle. Neatly arranged according to the brands were some of the most precious jewels tucked away in different parts of India. Most were from companies that no longer exist, but whose legacy after this event, will continue for generations. On entering the venue, what unfolded was a history lesson like no other. The eyes first went to a giant screen that articulated the meaning of ‘Historic Vehicles’ and the Federation’s role to Preserve, Protect and Promote them. Then clippings portraying the stories and legacies of brands like Royal Enfield, TVS Racing and Harley Davidson played. Moving along, the display began with the ‘Modern Classics’ (Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki) then Rajdoot, Sunbeam and Royal Enfield. Right in the [...]
The chosen vehicle was an amazing 1922 Lancia Lambda
The FIVA Best Preserved Award 2019 was presented in Villa d’Este to a 1928 LANCIA LAMBDA SERIE VIII, with a V4 Engine, 2569cc, 69 hp at 3500 rom Coachwork: Four-Seater Torpedo, owned by Anthony MacLean, from Switzerland. Compared with the technical benchmarks of its era, the Lancia Lambda presented in 1922 was one of the most advanced automobiles of all times. There is simply no room to enu- merate all its innovations here. Let’s just say that the Lambda had the first unitary body ever built and defined the layout that only became established gradually as the standard three decades later. Around 11 000 units were created up to 1931 in nine model series. This car is one of six that Lancia prepared as works cars for entry in the Mille Miglia in 1928 — and probably the only one that survives to this day. Three years after the murderous competition it came into the hands of a British owner. He kept the Torpedo for more than 40 years, using it as a tourer between England and Switzerland up until 1939. His travels put nearly 300 000 kilometres on the clock. Before Villa d’Este, this 91 years old lady had just finished the Mille Miglia!Logo: