Historic Vehicles & Culture

    Patrick Rollet, a President who made a difference

    Patrick Rollet’s recent retirement from the role of president of FIVA sees us saying goodbye to one of the most popular – and inspirational – figureheads the General Committee has ever served under. Known for his diplomacy and humour, his enthusiasm and good judgement, Rollet will be deeply missed.

    As an international organisation, a key challenge facing FIVA is to understand the widely varying nations that make up our membership – and to learn from each of the many historic vehicle cultures we represent.

    As a Frenchman with a British wife – and a track record of repeated visits to the USA to analyse and prepare for North American FIVA memberships – Rollet had made a good start long before he was first elected FIVA’s president in 2013. But in the six years since then, he has hugely extended our organisation’s global reach. While he’d be the first to say that he was not solely responsible for the many great leaps we’ve taken in recent years, Rollet nevertheless created an atmosphere that allowed us to thrive around the world. Hence, for example, FIVA has welcomed new members from such nations as Nepal, Bosnia, Namibia and Moldova, while presenting FIVA ‘best-preserved vehicle’ awards in Argentina, in India, in Japan, and many more nations beside.

    Meanwhile Rollet’s tenure has seen us forge strong – and unprecedented – links with China, as highlighted by FIVA’s participation in the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance. This relationship was swiftly cemented when China’s first – and only – private historic vehicle museum joined FIVA. As Rollet said at the time, “It’s hard to overstate the importance of welcoming a Chinese museum to the international community of classic vehicle enthusiasts… a closer relationship with China is likely to be very good news for the future of historic vehicle preservation. This is right at the heart of why FIVA exists.”

    Indeed, Rollet has always had an intuitive understanding of why FIVA does exist – of its role in preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. Hence the organisation’s groundbreaking FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme that led to the honour of us becoming a non-governmental partner of UNESCO in 2017.

    There are so many successes overseen by Patrick Rollet in his six years as president that it’s hard to know which to mention. But let’s just recall the enthusiasm he showed for learning from friends and colleagues in India, where the historic vehicle community is enjoying a groundswell of interest among the younger generation – something we are particularly keen to cultivate across Europe and the USA. And how FIVA’s profile has been raised with the world’s media, as we’ve taken a strong stand on such issues as the electrification of historic vehicles; European proposals to change third-party motor insurance laws; the roadworthiness testing of older vehicles; emission-zone exemptions… and other issues critical to the future of historic vehicles and their related culture.

    In short, Rollet has steered FIVA as it’s evolved into a more modern and accountable organisation. While no change is ever welcomed by all of the people all of the time, perhaps the most solid evidence that FIVA welcomes this evolution is the election of Tiddo Bresters as Rollet’s successor.

    Bresters has long worked in close cooperation with Patrick Rollet and, as with the rest of the General Committee team, is eager to continue Rollet’s good work. “FIVA is now in much better shape than when Patrick took over, back in 2013,” says Bresters, “and we all feel inspired by him to further grow the historic vehicle movement.”   

    To end on a happy note, while Rollet has stepped down as president, he remains very much in touch with us all – and is still active on several FIVA projects.

    So, it’s not really a goodbye, just “Thank you, Patrick. Now, what’s next?”

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    FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is the worldwide organisation dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture, as well as their safe use. Since April 2017, FIVA has been a non-governmental partner of UNESCO, and continues to pursue its successful FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme.

    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 9 66 12 44 64 (landline).

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    La FIVA est la seule organisation internationale de son genre à s’être fixé pour objectif l’encouragement d’une utilisation sûre des véhicules routiers historiques à propulsion mécanique au même titre que la préservation et la promotion de la culture des véhicules routiers en elle-même. En 2016, la FIVA a célébré son 50ème anniversaire avec le programme « Année du Patrimoine Automobile Mondial » sous le patronage officiel de l’UNESCO.

    Afin d’obtenir des communiqués de presse plus détaillées ou de parler à un représentant de la FIVA pour un pays spécifique, veuillez contacter Gautam Sen, directeur adjoint de la communication de la FIVA, à l’adresse, au +33 (0)6 87 16 43 39 (mobile) ou au +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (fixe).

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