Historic Vehicles & Culture

    FIA and FIVA

    Different but similar objectives!

    In recognition of the importance of both organisations, both FIA and FIVA have, so ca called reciprocal membership in each other. Therefore, FIA is a full member of FIVA while FIVA has a membership at FIA.

    Both parties have similar but not identical goals with regard to vehicle ownership, the joy of this and the importance of heritage of such. During the Paris week this was again underlined by meetings held at the Automobile Club de France.

    FIVA is not part of the FIA

    No matter how excellent a magazine as Octane Magzine is, the multitude of abbreviation can create some confusion. However, Octane Magazine quickly responded with the below correction in their August 2016 issue (page 75).

    With reference to the News Feed story [‘FIVA announces awards for Best Preserved Vehicle’] in Octane 156, which states that 2016 is ‘the 50th anniversary of its parent body, the FIA’, I would like to point out that FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, or the International Federation for Historic Vehicles) is not a part of FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and FIVA has very little to do with FIA (which, incidentally, was founded in 1904, whereas FIVA dates from 1966).

    FIA deals with modern cars, and their causes and activities are markedly different from that of FIVA’s. Our main objectives are to protect, preserve and promote historic vehicles. FIVA is represented at FIA with three nominated delegates, and FIA, in turn, is also represented within FIVA by three delegates, but otherwise the two are completely independent of each other – separate legal entities, with completely different statutes.

    Gautam Sen, vice-president,
    external relations, FIVA

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