Restoration Ethics Considerations by Dr. Marcel Schoch


Dr. Marcel Schoch learned the basics of vehicle technology between 1984 and 1993 at Fritz Lottmann Technik, Munich. As a service mechanic for BMW motorcycles, he also worked there in motorsport for the Paris-Dakar rally. After studying the history of technology, which he also completed between 1986 and 1995 at the “Ludwig Maximilians University” (LMU), Munich and the Ruhr University Bochum, he was first a lecturer at the Technical University of Munich and later until 2001 as a conservator and Project manager in the land transport department at the “Deutsches Museum” in Munich. His tasks there also included providing scientific [...]

Restoration Ethics Considerations by Dr. Marcel Schoch2022-05-11T14:47:36+00:00

Tony Davies (1940 – 2022)


A diehard enthusiast, a true-blue historic vehicle specialist, and someone who contributed to the betterment of FIVA from within, Tony Davies (Anthony Royston Davies) passed away last night (9 May 2022). After more than a decade giving his time and effort to the benefit of us all at FIVA, Tony Davies ‘retired’ from this august body in 2019 and was awarded the rare status of Honorary Member – and when you consider what he had achieved, it was no wonder. For six years, from 2007 to 2013, Davies served as the first FIVA VP Trade and Skills with the aim [...]

Tony Davies (1940 – 2022)2022-05-10T11:34:35+00:00

The 1937 Talbot Lago T 150-C-SS Sports Coupé


Once upon a time... in the early 1920s, a prince fell in love with a beautiful English dancer at the Folies Bergère – a girl with the unlikely name of Stella Mudge-Stella’s prince charming was Tika Raja Paramjit Singh from faraway India, a scion of the royal family from the state of Kapurthala, in the Punjab. A good fable ends up with a marriage... and guess what was the present from the prince to her bride? To discover it, you'll have to watch the video...

The 1937 Talbot Lago T 150-C-SS Sports Coupé2022-05-09T19:21:07+00:00

London Lisbon 2022: Mini punches above its weight, beating big guns to win!


*Dick and Harry Baines win 2022 London Lisbon in 1965 Mini Cooper S *Harry Baines wins fifth ever event, youngest competitor at 26, in smallest car on rally *Chasers Nick Maris and Henry Carr, Datsun 240Z, have win in their grasp but settle for second *Tight Porsche fight for 3rd goes to Tony Sutton and Bernard Northmore in final tests   Who would have thought after 10 days, 3500 kms across five countries with 42 regularities and eight tests, that the three podium positions would go down to the wire on the tenth and final day? There was tremendous pressure [...]

London Lisbon 2022: Mini punches above its weight, beating big guns to win!2022-05-05T12:52:24+00:00

FIVA World Motorcycle Event 2022 in Brasov, Romania


Hello friends of historic motorcycles! This year's FIVA World Motorcycle Event is a 3-day touring event along the steep mountain roads of Brasov, just in the center of Romania, organized by Retromobil Club Romania (ANF). Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, Brașov (named Kronstadt in the past, for presentation click here and select your language) is one of the most beautiful and visited places in Romania. Brasov is a fascinating place in any season. History, culture, architecture are elements that will surprise you everywhere. During the event we will ride our [...]

FIVA World Motorcycle Event 2022 in Brasov, Romania2022-05-05T12:17:02+00:00

Two mournings for FIVA: Michel de Thomasson and Alfieri Maserati


February 1 was a very sad one for the FIVA family. That day we lost two eminent protagonists.  In Paris  Michel de Thomasson, FIVA President from 2001 to 2007, passed away, in Turin Alfieri Maserati, a long-time FIVA Commission member. Picture by Tiddo Bresters Michel (de Thomasson 9 December 1931) was born in Paris. After his graduation at Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in the early Fifties, he continued his education, thanks to an American Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he completed his Master of Sciences (MS). He extended his international experience during his military [...]

Two mournings for FIVA: Michel de Thomasson and Alfieri Maserati2022-04-27T07:32:16+00:00

New FIVA footholds in the Arabian world


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 [...]

New FIVA footholds in the Arabian world2022-02-14T07:46:58+00:00

Message from the FIVA President


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 [...]

Message from the FIVA President2022-01-17T13:31:28+00:00

Earth is a nicer place with motoring heritage!


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 [...]

Earth is a nicer place with motoring heritage!2022-01-15T08:30:52+00:00
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