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2005, 2022

Passing on the passion: young people embrace classic vehicles in their own way

By |May 20th, 2022|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

The first global symposium on the challenge of attracting young people to the historic vehicle community was held in Marrakech, Morocco, on 14  May 2022. Supported by FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles), the event identified key steps to safeguard our automotive heritage for future generations. According to FIVA, as historic vehicles have grown older, so too has the average age of [...]

1105, 2022

Restoration Ethics Considerations by Dr. Marcel Schoch

By |May 11th, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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 [...]

1005, 2022

Tony Davies (1940 – 2022)

By |May 10th, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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 [...]

605, 2022

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

By |May 6th, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

505, 2022

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

By |May 5th, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

*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 [...]

505, 2022

FIVA World Motorcycle Event 2022 in Brasov, Romania

By |May 5th, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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 [...]

2503, 2022

New global collaboration to protect historic vehicles and industrial heritage

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

Two leading global organisations are joining forces to better safeguard and promote the future of the world’s historic vehicles and industrial heritage. FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) and TICCIH (the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will lead to them working closely to promote their shared objectives to a wider audience. [...]

402, 2022

Two mournings for FIVA: Michel de Thomasson and Alfieri Maserati

By |February 4th, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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 [...]

1401, 2022

FIVA to help ECOSOC shape global transport debate

By |January 14th, 2022|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

ECOSOC, one of ‘the six main organs’ of the United Nations, has granted consultative status to FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) in a major step forward for the historic vehicle community. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) is focused on generating international debate on sustainable development. By granting consultative status, it has empowered FIVA and its worldwide network of owners, drivers [...]

301, 2022

New FIVA footholds in the Arabian world

By |January 3rd, 2022|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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 [...]

301, 2022

Elisabeth Junek

By |January 3rd, 2022|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

16 November 1900 – 5 January 1994 Elisabeth Junek (née Pospíšilová), the most successful and famous lady racing driver of the Twenties, was born on 16 November 1900 in Olomouc, in what is now the Czech Republic. In 1920, she and her brother Stanislav spent time in France, where Elisabeth drove a car for the first time. In 1922, she returned to Prague and in June that year married [...]

912, 2021

Seven new FIVA members include federations from Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia

By |December 9th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is delighted to welcome new nations and federations joining the almost 80 countries that are now full members of FIVA, pledging to protect, preserve and promote historic vehicles, and the culture that surrounds them, worldwide. “In the past year, seven new members have joined the fold, including federations from countries with enormous potential for communicating the [...]

712, 2021

Cultural Awards 2021

By |December 7th, 2021|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Cultural Awards 2021

2611, 2021

Protecting our mobile heritage in a net-zero future

By |November 26th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

Protecting our mobile heritage in a net-zero future At a time when climate change and the need for clean air are of huge global concern, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) has agreed on a powerful new strategy at its annual General Assembly, held online on 20th November from Munich, Germany. “FIVA’s new strategy shows support for the commitments arising from the Glasgow climate [...]

1011, 2021

FIVA announces the winners of its international creative competition

By |November 10th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

The 2021 winners of FIVA’s annual creative competition have been announced, after a vibrant response from historic vehicle enthusiasts around the world, from India to Portugal to Australia. Held in conjunction with the annual United Nations’ International Youth Day, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) asked entrants to share a photograph or a sketch/painting/illustration of how they ‘Restored the Passion’ this year [...]

2308, 2021

FIVA launches Hall of Fame – announcing its first 14 ‘heroes of motoring history’

By |August 23rd, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

In 2021, FIVA launched the Heritage Hall of Fame to honour and recognise significant contributors to the history of the automobile and the historic vehicle movement. Individuals are first nominated by FIVA clubs across the globe, from which a small number are then selected by a prestigious panel of international judges. As Tiddo Bresters, president of FIVA, explains: “Not every hero of the motoring world is a household name. [...]

1008, 2021

Message from the FIVA President

By |August 10th, 2021|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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. [...]

308, 2021

Global skills shortage threatens the future of historic vehicles

By |August 3rd, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

Some of the most iconic vehicles in history could be lost to the future unless new blood is introduced to the restoration industry. That is the main conclusion reached at a FIVA-supported international symposium in Bucharest on 24 July 2021, titled ‘Restoration – Art or Science?’ FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is warning that specialist training is urgently needed to avoid vital restoration [...]

1506, 2021

Largest-ever survey of historic vehicle enthusiasts reveals economic and social value of the movement

By |June 15th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

A FIVA survey of almost 55,000 historic vehicle enthusiasts worldwide has revealed their huge financial contribution to local and national economies. It also confirms the typically low annual mileage of historic cars and motorcycles, along with the very real value of clubs to the historic vehicle movement and society at large. The survey by FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is the largest and [...]

706, 2021

Passion can’t be frustrated by a virus

By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

FIVA Culture Awards  “Life has been challenging over the past years. Social distancing, limitations on travel and the cancellation of events affected everyone on the planet, not least the historic vehicle community – but our passion for automotive culture has never dimmed,” says Nataša G. Jerina, VP Culture and Youth at FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles).“In FIVA’s Culture Commission, we believe that [...]

2405, 2021

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

By |May 24th, 2021|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

Hong Kong The “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” (DGR) took place around the World on Sunday 23rd May 2021, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this Charitable Event. The idea behind this gathering is to promote men’s mental and physical health. The Hong Kong group gathered at 9.30am on the south side of Hong Kong island beside ‘Ocean Park’. A one-hour ride had been pre-planned taking the 80 Riders, with classic [...]

1705, 2021

FIVA urges European policymakers to respect historic vehicles

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is lobbying the European Parliament to recognise a threat to our cultural heritage. “While FIVA fully supports the move to a greener and more sustainable future,” states FIVA president Tiddo Bresters, “forthcoming changes to mobility regulations across Europe could unintentionally threaten the use of historic vehicles on public roads. FIVA works hard to protect this ‘mobile museum’ for [...]

2904, 2021

Call for entries! FIVA competition marks International Youth Day

By |April 29th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) has opened entries to its annual creative competition for youngsters and the young-at-heart. This year, historic vehicle enthusiasts are invited to submit photographs, sketches, paintings, illustrations and videos on the theme of ‘Restoring the Passion’. “After the success of last year’s competition, we are again celebrating the United Nations International Youth Day on 12 August with a creative [...]

2104, 2021

Earth is a nicer place with motoring heritage!

By |April 21st, 2021|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

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 [...]

3003, 2021


By |March 30th, 2021|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

JOIN THE FIVA MOTORCYCLE WEEK IN 2022 Yes, it is true, we are still living in challenging times due to the pandemic but for sure we have not forgotten our passion for all thing motorcycling! A few years ago, the FIVA Motorcycle Commission created the “FIVA Motorcycle Week”. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world were invited to ride during a specific week in June. This proved successful and each year we [...]

103, 2021

Historic vehicles back on the road – slowly and carefully

By |March 1st, 2021|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER, NEWS & VIDEOS, PRESS RELEASES|

“The historic vehicle world is at last coming back to life in some places,” says Tiddo Bresters, president of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). “Where Covid is under control, enthusiasts are getting out on the road, expressing the wish that life will steadily return to normal.” In Kolkata (Calcutta), India, the Classic Drivers Club enjoyed “anecdotes, banter and wonderful weather” in January, with [...]

902, 2021

FIVA Cards go digital – for historics and ‘Youngtimers’

By |February 9th, 2021|Categories: PRESS RELEASES|

“If we’re to protect our right to use historic vehicles on the roads in decades to come, we need to prepare ourselves to communicate forcefully to the world at large what a ‘historic vehicle’ actually is – not simply an ‘old car’ or motorcycle or utilitarian, but an important part of our shared cultural heritage.” So says Tiddo Bresters, president of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation [...]

2001, 2021

FIVA Culture & Youth Commission and the Youth Working Group

By |January 20th, 2021|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

As there was not enough time during the General Assembly in November 2020 to present the group behind the projects such as “FIVA Celebrates the International Youth Day,” the “30 under 30,” and others that are being prepared this year, we are taking this opportunity to do so. This group consists of young enthusiasts from all over the world, young people by age or mind, not preoccupied with club [...]

501, 2021

Patrick Rollet awarded the prestigious Ordre national du Mérite

By |January 5th, 2021|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Patrick Rollet It is with a sense of pride and pleasure that we would like to announce as well as congratulate FIVA’s former President, Patrick Rollet, who has been honoured in his home country, France, for his valuable services to his country, and certainly as well for his formidable contribution to the historic vehicle movement everywhere in the world. Rollet was recognised in President Emmanuel Macron’s New Year’s [...]

1612, 2020

SEAT’s 70th Anniversary

By |December 16th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

A history of the Spanish branch of VW History of vehicles that changed the flow of development and culture in a country! FIVA Culture Commission and FIVA Youth group present the story of Seat Click here to read the full article:Seat-70-aniversario-vicente-sevillano Text and pictures by: Vicente Sevillano Guerrero, member of THE FIVA YOUTH WORKING GROUP and SEAT

411, 2020

A (very) full life

By |November 4th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

Life and adventures of ‘Paddy’ Naismith, actress, race and rally driver, pilot, air hostess… Eirane Redmond ‘Paddy’ Naismith was born in London in 1908, the daughter of a traveling car tyre salesman and a renowned clairvoyant (or “psychological expert”). In her teens, she began stage acting and later joined a touring company performing musical comedies. In July 1928 she took part in the Junior Car Club’s Bournemouth Concours [...]

411, 2020

A (very) full life – 2

By |November 4th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

Life and adventures of ‘Paddy’ Naismith, actress, race and rally driver, pilot, air hostess… In the second half of Paddy Naismith’s life story, we find out how she became a pioneering aviator and the champion of servicemen disfigured during WW2. We pick up the story of Paddy Naismith in 1933 as she pushes her car through the paddock at Brooklands during the Whitsun meeting on 5 June. She [...]

2809, 2020

The Czechoslovak Mille Miglia lives on!

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

The 1000 Mil Československých 2020 event continues the legend of the 1000 Miles race through Czechoslovakia in 1933, 1934 and 1935, from Prague to Bratislava and back to Prague. In those days it was as famous in the country as the Mille Miglia in Italy, This Summer the 9th revival edition of the event took place.  In spite of all uncertainties caused by the pandemic the organizers  persisted, and just [...]

1609, 2020

Pirelli Collezione, tyres through time

By |September 16th, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

What can more than 140 years of history tell us? What are the advantages of preserving memory? Thousands of documents, data sheets and illustrations, preserved with the best techniques used to the care of the most precious documents. Techniques which are designed to extend – infinitely, is the hope – the life of these materials that tell us who we were and what we did. It is the work [...]

1509, 2020

The 2020 FEVA Virtual Automotive Heritage Days

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

From Spanish Federation of Antique Vehicles (FEVA), the FIVA ANF in Spain have not given up holding the traditional and consolidated Automotive Heritage Days, although the socio-health situation caused by Covid 19 has forced to propose an alternative system, very different from the usual one. Since the beginning of the pandemic, FEVA’s Board of Directors has opted for the utmost caution, and for this reason it has discouraged any [...]

1109, 2020

‘Frankenstein’ vehicles after 2nd World War

By |September 11th, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

History of vehicles that changed the flow of development and culture in a country! FIVA Culture Commission and FIVA Youth group present the story of the  Frankenstein Vehicles Click here to read the full article: Frankestein-vehicles Text and pictures by: Aleksandar Vidojkovic, Member of the Culture Commission

709, 2020


By |September 7th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

Commemorated annually by the IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally The Gordon Bennett Cup Race, held annually from 1900 to 1905, paved the way for modern Grand Prix racing. In 1906, the year after the last Gordon Bennett Cup Race, the first Grand Prix motor racing event was held in France at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans. The 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup Race, held in France, was [...]

408, 2020


By |August 4th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

OF THE GERMAN MOTORCYCLISTS’ ASSOCIATION (D.M.V.) History of vehicles that changed the flow of development and culture in a country! FIVA Culture Commission and FIVA Youth group present the story of Devrim, cars of the Turkish revolution Click here to read the full article: Die Erste Frau In Der Deutschen Motorradfahrer Vereinigung EN Text by: Roman Breindl (ADAC) in cooperation with the FIVA Culture Comission [...]

2107, 2020

FIVA Motorcycle Week 2020 in Slovenia

By |July 21st, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Despite living in an unusual period due to the pandemics and in spite of the limitations for gatherings (today in Slovenia the limit is up to 10 persons per event), yet we managed to conclude a project planned for this summer. A group of enthusiasts travelled by their historic motorcycles for three days, starting in Nova Gorica, a town of roses in western Slovenia, on the border with Italy, [...]

707, 2020

The world’s northernmost rally for historic motorcycles

By |July 7th, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Wet, cold, windy and absolutely amazing!! The Finnmark event is always held last weekend in June, and this time no exception. This year the event was held in Mehamn, at N71,2 north. This is about as far north you can go with an ordinary vehicle and from what we know, the northernmost event for historic vehicles. The trip on Saturday was among other places to the fishing village [...]

207, 2020

FICJA: the car which motorised Yugoslavia

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

History of vehicles that changed the flow of development and culture in a country! FIVA Culture Commission and FIVA Youth group present the story of FICJA, the car which motorised Yugoslavia. Click here to read the full article: FICJA The Car That Motorized Yugoslavia Text and pictures by: Dr. Giorgio Andrian in collaboration with the FIVA Culture Commission

2906, 2020

Paykan & Iran

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: MEMBERS' CORNER|

The 1960s was an era of industrial development in Iran. One of the lynchpins of government planning of the period was to establish an indigenous automotive industry. After several fitful starts, including an unsuccessful venture with FIAT, a virtual revolution took place when, in 1966, the Iranian company Iran National, a licensee of Mercedes Benz buses, branched into passenger car manufacturing. The founders of Iran National, Ahmad Khayami and [...]

1906, 2020

Motoring Hero: Marcello Gandini

By |June 19th, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Interview with Marcello Gandini, designer of may great cars such as Lamborghini’s groundbreaking mid-engined Miura and extreme Countach, as well as many practical cars such as the Citroën BX, the first-generation BMW 5 Series (E12), the Innocenti Mini, and the Renault Supercinq. He introduced the concept of scissor doors with the Alfa Romeo 33 Carabo prototype, while the Lancia Stratos supercar was another Gandini design. [...]

1703, 2020

Motoring Hero: Walter Röhrl

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Walter Röhrl was a World Rally Championship favourite throughout the 1970s and 1980s, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times with four different marques. His co-driver for many years was Christian Geistdörfer. His Fiat 131 Abarth carried him to the 1980 title, clinched with his victory in that year’s San Remo rally, but it was arguably his equivalent success in 1982 that impressed most of all, with Röhrl fending [...]

1904, 2019

Motoring Hero: Frederick Spencer

By |April 19th, 2019|Categories: NEWS & VIDEOS|

Frederick Burdette Spencer (born December 20, 1961), known by the nickname Fast Freddie, is an American former world champion motorcycle racer. Spencer is regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the early 1980s. Interviewed here by FIVA Senior Vice-President Mario Theissen on the importance of maintaining historic vehicles for the world.

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