A very good question. Well, it hardly comes as a surprise, that Events are one of FIVA’s major focus points as we promote and encourage the active use of our historic vehicles. The spirit of yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads lives on within the Events Commission’s work to help to address FIVA’s broader mission of the protection, preservation and promotion of historic vehicles. It is not just a question of placing events on the FIVA Events Calendar, appointing FIVA Stewards to International category events or even attending exciting Events Commission meetings. Take the recent very successful FIVA World Rally 2018 held in Wales during late August and early September for example. The UK ANF applied to put this event onto the FIVA Events Calendar three years ago. Indeed in the same year other countries also applied as so many countries are now hoping to host FIVA World Rallies for cars and motorcycles that they are appointed several years ahead. So popular are they that we already have applications for FIVA World Rallies as far ahead as 2022. For the more usual events, both National and International categories, the calendar applications for the following year usually start to come in about 6 months before the New Ye [...]
Last 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of November has celebrated the XXIX Antique Automobile Route of Almeria. One more year, this wonderful event returned to scene, organized by the Club of Antique Vehicles of Almeria, member nº21 of the Spanish Federation of Antique Automobiles (FEVA). This route began on Thursday, 8ht of November with the reception of all participants and delivery of the corresponding documentation at the Hotel Torreluz. Later, the book “Historical Vehicles of Almeria and its projection” was presented by its author and club president, Mr. José Juan Soria Fortes. Jose Juan is also a member of the Territorial Council and communication of FEVA. This wonderful book consists of 612 pages and more than 1500 color photographs and which talks about the history of this club since its foundation in 1990 as well as its routes, car restoration, collaborations with institutions and other clubs, … On Friday 9th of November, began going to the Shrine of the Sea Virgin for its subsequent floral offering. There was an exhibition of automobiles at the Navarro Rodrigo street, with an institutional visit to the Provincial Delegation of Almeria. Later, they undertook a route to visit the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, passing throug [...]
Following the huge success of FIVA’s annual World Rally for cars in 2018, held this year in the stunning rural scenery of Mid Wales, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) has a lot to live up to in 2019. But it might just manage it, as FIVA has announced there will be no fewer than three FIVA World Rallies in 2019 – two for cars and one for motorcycles. All three of these events are open to classic vehicle owners from around the world who enjoy driving their pride and joy, not just members of FIVA. So get out your diaries and make a note of what could be your most exciting few days in the coming year… 22-26 May 2019 – Austria Classic Rallye
This 650km regularity run promises the spectacular scenery around Vienna, Burgenland, the Wachau and the Semmering region, and aims to show participants “the great architectural, geographical and cultural diversity of Austria”. It’s open to all vehicles built up to 1980 with a valid FIVA ID Card. See https://world.rallyeorg.at/en/ for more details.
27-30 June 2019 – FIVA World Motorcycle Rally, Croatia
A touring event for a huge range of historic motorcycles that will c [...]
Starting at the Kempinski Hotel the day after the Concours D’Elegance, this rally is a fun couple of days whereby the teams are not stressed to the limited but have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery as well. With a very clear road book with pictures and the well know pictograms, the stints of 70 to 150km are over good roads and can be followed also by those who are less familiar with these kinds of regularity rallies. With staff around that speaks English, any question can be answered and since there are a lot of volunteers as well, I’m sure the organization can even find you an on-board translator/guide if you would like to have one. The first day brought us to the Mutianyu Great Wall – To the northeast of Beijing in the Huairou district. Mutianyu Great Wall measures 2,250 meters in length, with an elevation of 535 meters. Studded all along the wall are 22 turreted-fortresses, and the Mutianyu section is accessible by cable cars from below. On the southeast side, there is one general gateway platform connecting three towers together, which is quite rare in the whole Great Wall, and on this platform, a reception was given for the participants, press, and others. The organizers of the Rally also provided a cheque to the chief [...]
La Festa Mille Miglia 2018, held in Japan, is now in its 21st year. As you can probably guess from the title, it’s a 1000-mile rally run along the lines of the current Italian 1000 Miglia and this year it started on 19 October in Tokyo, ending up in the same city on Monday 22 October. A representative from FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) attended as the FIVA Steward, and for the first time, La Festa Mille Miglia was chosen as one of this year’s 10 events at which a FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award would be presented. And the winner of the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle trophy? Whilst the FIVA Steward found it unusually hard to separate the many potential contenders, the trophy was finally awarded to the 1951 Panhard Dyna X 110/X85 owned by Yoshinobu and Miyoko Kato. This model of the marque is affectionately known to aficionados as ‘Louis XVth’ thanks to its marvellous baroque curves. While the Panhard Dyna might perhaps not be every enthusiast’s first choice for competing in a 1000-mile road rally, the diminutive Dyna X would certainly be a car that almost every participant would love to take home with them, judging by the reaction of other comp [...]
The Rally for Historical Utilitarian Vehicles called Åkarsvängen 2018, took place on last 15th September, started in Södertälje, Sweden, just outside the Scania truck factory. 156 vehicles drove from 100 km, solving problems at some control stations. This year there has been a significant participation from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. All kind of utilitarian vehicles could be seen that day. Firetrucks, ambulances, pick-ups, buses, military vehicles and of course trucks, both small and big, short and long. Trucks for several purposes were driven during this rally, with or without trailers for cargo, logs, fuel, gravel and other transportation uses. The age of the vehicles displayed varied from 1927 to 1985, and also the age of the participants varied from 5 to 80. Everybody had fun and the organizer, Motorhistoriska Sällskapet, did a good job in promoting the event, so there were a lot of people along the roads taking pictures and waving to the vehicles passing by.
Classic Car Club of Turkey organized classic car games, a Sunday charity event at Intercity Formula 1 track of Istanbul. More than 60 classic cars enjoyed the sunny autumn day where all the members wore pink to create awareness over breast cancer. The event took the attention of celebrities like Mr. Metin Uca a standup showman. The cars had the privilege to take an honor tour on the F1 track. For the whole day, classic car enthusiasts made slaloms, brake tests, and parking tests enjoyed Turkish doner kebap and drank kahve dunyasi algotur coffee. For more photos: here
The 30th of September – 2nd of October 2018, was the weekend when 50 participants from around the world, England, France, Sri Lanka and across India drove their glorious cars across Bangalore and Mysore through some of the most iconic structures created by man. A feast for the eyes is an understatement. Every location rose straight out of a fairy tale. With the regal Mysore Palace lit up with 90,000 bulbs for the occasion, or the grand old Legislature of Karnataka the Vidhana Soudha, with the Chief Minister himself standing on the steps with participants viewing the city, or the breathtaking Chamundi Hills as the backdrop for the lunch at the Race Club, and last but definitely not the least the opulent Lalitha Mahal Palace a suitable residence for the guests and their vehicles. This event stayed true to it’s name every step of the way. Presenting, the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India’s maiden and most Historic event the country has ever seen, ‘The Royal Classic Car Drive to Mysore 2018.’ Elegant luncheons in palaces and stately dinners at breathtaking locations is what awaited the visitors in order to give in to the splendour of the state of Mysore during the famous Dasara, the festival symbolizing the victory of goo [...]
Nominations should be submitted no later than 31st August 2019. Award descriptions and submission information can be found at the bottom of this page. The Culture Award celebrates and promotes best practices related to historic vehicle promotion, management, research, education and communication. In this way, it contributes to a stronger public recognition of historic vehicles as a part of humankind’s cultural and technical heritage, as well as a strategic resource for our global society and economy. The FIVA Culture Award is also designed to encourage people to understand, respect and support mobile heritage. The awards are given for the following categories and related projects: RESEARCH
Outstanding research projects which lead to tangible effects in the enhancement of cultural and technical mobile heritage worldwide.
DEDICATED SERVICE by INDIVIDUALS or ORGANISATIONS (CLUBS, FEDERATIONS, MUSEUMS), ETC.
Open to those whose contributions over a long period of time demonstrates excellence in the protection and enhancement of cultural and technical mobile heritage worldwide, far exceeding normal expectations.
EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS
Outstanding initiatives related to education, tr [...]
CLASSIC DRIVERS OF CALCUTTA (CDC) MARKS ITS 17TH MEET
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.