Culture & Youth Commission

    Looking for FIVA‘s Charter of Turin?

    The FIVA Culture & Youth Commission

    The motor vehicle perhaps epitomizes what may be the largest amount of historical, technological, socialistic, stylistic, iconographic and aesthetic information and messages, all of which are fundamental to the understanding of the state and evolution of engineering and technology at a given moment, in time and space.

    The Culture Commission’s aims are to retain the messages encapsulated in the statement above, as the key to assessing the importance of preserving a vehicle and that of establishing its heritage status.

    The Culture Commission (CC) is constantly looking at ways of protecting mobile cultural heritage as well as ways of spreading the importance of keeping these vehicles in our everyday lives and on the roads. Which is why the CC is focused on enhancing the dialogue with other institutions, non-governmental organisations (such as the UNESCO, TICCIH, ICOM, ICOMOS, and others), as well as governmental organisations on an international and national level (through FIVA members), automobile manufacturers, designers, engineers, collectors, museums, et al.

    Through articles, seminars, forums, symposiums and publications, and the popularisation of the FIVA Turin Charter, the CC is focused on the education of the general public, specifically the younger generations, giving them the possibility to understand the necessity of protecting historic vehicles, for the future.

    Moreover, the CC deals with in-depth studies about the history and the technology of the vehicles, as well as about those who designed and built them and the background in which they were conceived. The Culture Commission meets at least four times a year and its members are in constant contact through emails. Open discussion and debate among its members make the work of the commission constructive and effective, with immediate results.

    Members of the FIVA Culture and Youth Commission


    Email: here

    Vice President

      • Keith Gibbins (UK)
      • Mario de Rosa (D)
      • Peadar Ward (IR)
      • Jochen Thoma (D)
      • Rony Karam (L)
      • Aleksandar Vidojković (Sr)
      • Francesco Tabacchino (I)
      • Angelos Trakadas (Gr)
    FIA Representative
      • Franz Graf zu Ortenburg (DE)
    Associate Member:
      • Vetvicka Jaroslav sr. (CZ)

    FIVA‘s Charter of Turin

    Charter of Turin – In January 2013 FIVA enacted the Charter of Turin, a policy paper designated to preserve and safeguard the history of vehicles including their engineering, form, functions, and documented histories, and their many diverse relationships with society and social environments. Under documents, you will find the Charter as a pdf file in different languages.

    The Charter of Turin Handbook – It is a booklet published by FIVA, which outlines a new way of looking at historic vehicles. It suggests they should not merely be seen as a hobby or toys for grown-up boys but rather as part of our cultural heritage. The Handbook also gives information on the restoration and preservation of historic vehicles. The Handbook was already distributed to attendees at the FIVA General Assembly in Bucharest on November 17, 2017 and to the media around the world.

    Click here to download the Frequently Asked Questions concerning the FIVA Turin Charter and Handbook.

    How to order a hard copy of the handbook:

    Please write to FIVA!

    • Individuals with pre-payment via Paypal for € 15
    • National FIVA members with payment of the shipping costs + € 5 per handbook
    • Global Partners: 20 copies for free, every additional one shipping costs + € 5 per handbook.
    • Professional members: 1 for free, for every additional one shipping costs + € 5 per handbook.

    For additional translations of the Handbook: national FIVA members are more than welcome to provide a translation of the text in their respective national language(s). For further information and conditions please contact FIVA’s office and/or the Culture Commission.


    On this occasion, the FIVA Culture Commission would like to sincerely thank the authors for their contributions to the Handbook: Rodolphe Rapetti, Richard Keller, Thomas Kohler, Alfredo Zanellato Vignale, Lorenzo Morello, Roberto Loi and Gian Mario Mollar for coordinating the production.

    Special thanks go to Keith Gibbins for editing the work and President of FIVA, Patrick Rollet, for all the support given to this initiative, as well as FIVA Official partners Motul, Pirelli and Glasurit. Courtesy Jürgen Book, Glasurit (, the Handbook contains an in-depth chapter on paint and paint processes.


    Media copies of the Charter of Turin Handbook are still available from Gautam Sen (please see contact details below).

    For more press information, or to speak to a FIVA representative for a specific country, please contact Gautam Sen, FIVA’s Vice President Communications on, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

    The youth has the future

    In 2015, during the General Assembly in Krakow, it was decided to add ‘Youth’ to the scope of the commission. At first glance maybe an odd combination but since the youth can also be offered an opportunity in learning trades and skill and, by doing so, can create a unique career. Therefore group works together with professionals, both within the FIVA Colleges and non-affiliated companies, to find opportunities for schooling and passing on the valuable experience of the older generation. Educational institutes are another target to combine ‘youth’ and ‘trade & skills’.

    Apart from the above, the group also introduces the younger generation to the joys of Historic Vehicle ownership since this encompasses much more than just driving in or on and old vehicle. Ownership broadens the view on technical and commercial aspects, creates a whole new circle of friends and acquaintances and can bring loads of fun to others that appreciate Youngtimers and historic vehicles.

    The new FIVA Culture Award

    The Award celebrates and promotes best practices related to historic vehicle promotion, management, research, education and communication.

    These include:

    • Raising awareness of the specific heritage values that historic vehicles represent
    • Recognise achievements in services that protect mobile heritage
    • Encourage a greater appreciation of the cultural impact of historic vehicles

    The Culture Awards would comprise the following three categories:

    • EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS
    How to make a nomination

    Further details, guidelines and entry forms:

    Anyone is free to make a nomination (not just FIVA members), as long as the entry is submitted no later than 31st August 2019.

    WINNERS 2018

    At the 2018 annual FIVA General Assembly in Gibraltar, the CC had the honor of revealing the winners of the three categories. Discover more here

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