FIVA Press Releases

    The Past 70 years of China’s Automobile and People’s Life

    China celebrates its 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2019. In the past 70 years, great changes have taken place in China’s automotive industry. Plenty of classic cars surged during this period and profoundly affected Chinese style of life and way of travel. Shanghai Auto Museum, China’s first professional [...]

    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 [...]

    Thank you, Tony!

    After more than a decade giving his time and effort to the benefit of us all, Tony Davies has ‘retired’ from FIVA and been awarded the rare status of Honorary Member – and when you consider what he’s achieved, it’s no wonder. For six years, from 2007 to 2013, Davies served as the first FIVA [...]

    Autoclàsica Argentina

      The 19h Edition of the number one classic and historic vehicle concours in South America, Autoclásica, was successfully organized by the Club de Automóviles Clásicos de Argentina (CAC) in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with over 30.000 visitors.   Based on its scope, profile,  quality  and regional impact Autoclásica was selected as one of [...]

    FIVA elects a new president

    On Saturday 16th November 2019, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) elected a new president – Tiddo Bresters, a 65-year-old Dutch national with a background in law and international relations. He takes over from long-serving and greatly respected president Patrick Rollet, whose six years at the helm saw [...]

    FIVA International Motorcycle Week: a growing success

    Just a couple of year ago, the International Motorcycle Week involved not more than 12 Countries worldwide. This year they grow up to 22 and a better result is expected for the years to come, as this worldwide reunion of the classic bike enthusiast seems more and more addictive. In 2019 took part at the [...]

    ModenArt – The Sculptors of Movement

    The history of the ModenArt masters of building automotive bodies is one of the most fascinating. It is also one, which is hardly known. And, it is one of the extraordinary stories of artisans who, with their talent and passion, created some of the greatest masterpieces of automotive history. The auction market is an absolute [...]

    European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group restarted

    On 16 October, the European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met for the first time in the Parliament’s 2019 -2024 term under the continued Chairmanship of Bernd Lange MEP. Aside from Mr Lange, all the attending MEPs were new members of the parliament as none of the other previous members returned to the parliament after the [...]

    Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC) meets for their inaugural drive of the winter season

    Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC), an active historic vehicle group based out of Kolkata, the capital city of the state of West Bengal in the eastern region of India, held their first meet and drive of the winter season on Sunday, the 20th of October, 2019. Nine classic cars, including a sexy Triumph Spitfire MkIII [...]

    Electrification of Historic Vehicles: Statement from FIVA

    An increasing number of commercial outfits are offering to convert historic vehicles to run on electric power, replacing the entire drivetrain with an electric unit and batteries. In this way, they claim, it’s possible to retain the classic appearance of the vehicle while meeting modern environmental standards. As an additional benefit, the conversion might also [...]

    Legislation Commission went Nordic

    In the weekend of 14-15 September, the Finnish FIVA ANF SAHK welcomed FIVA’s Legislation Commission (LC) to Finland to hold the second meeting according to its policy of having one of its meetings in each of the countries which at the time holds the 6 months Presidency of the European Union Council. The occasion was [...]

    The FHVI Royal Classic Dasara Drive to Mysore, 2019

    The FHVI Royal Classic Dasara Drive to Mysore, 2019 The Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI) held one of India’s largest, vintage & classic car and motorcycle gatherings between the 29th of September and the 2nd of October, 2019. With this, the FHVI marks its fifth successful pan India event. Officially known as the [...]

    UNESCO Patronage for the Belgrade Grand Prix

    The event Under the Patronage of UNESCO held on September 8th 2019, organized by the Serbian Federation of Historical vehicles in cooperation with FIVA Culture Commission, celebrated the “80th Anniversary of the First Belgrade international automobile and motorcycle races“. The event was held at the Automobile museum in Belgrade. Aleksandra Kovač, Secretary-General of the Serbian [...]

    Stolen Cars in Paris

    These two beautiful cars have been stolen in Paris yesterday. Here are the details of the cars: Alfa-Romeo Giulia spider 1600 - 25/07/1964 - light blue - Plate FB-826-FW - Chassis 377757 2. Facel-Vega Facel III coupé - 25/02/1964 – grey – License AK-017-MN – Serial Number FB-C267 If you happen to see them, please [...]

    Colorado Grand – 2019

    I, Malcolm Welford, am delighted to advise that the Colorado Grand was a big success for FIVA and in fact Miles Morris (my business partner and co-Ambassador in Connecticut) presented the plaque to the car most deserving for its originality. In the end I did not get an entry on the rally this year and [...]

    China’s Tryst with Historic Vehicles

    Though Chengdu may not be a city, which could be considered top-of-the-mind, when thinking of the most important Chinese cities, it is a rather large city (in the Chinese context) of over eight million inhabitants, with another 22 million in the greater Chengdu area. More importantly, Chengdu is a historical city of considerable significance, with [...]

    CHISINAU Sidecar Party

    A group of friends and true lovers of automotive antiquity respect the events, which are under the auspices of FIVA - World Motorcycle Week. As a rule, this event is held annually in many countries. We also decided to join the global historic motorcycle movement and do it in our country. The director of ANF [...]

    We need to learn, before we can teach

    I’m writing this article at the beach bar. It’s summer and I’ve brought the kids to the seaside. On the beach is a group of teenagers, sitting together for hours on end without talking – their communication is entirely focused on exchanging phones and showing each other what’s going on in the world via the [...]

    Madras Heritage Motoring Club – Annual club show

    The Madras Heritage Motoring Club (MHMC), based in Chennai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu in south India, recently held their annual club show between the 17th and 18th of August, 2019. The city of Chennai is popularly referred to as the ‘Detroit of India’ since it is a major hub of [...]

    24th Vernasca Silver Flag

    Imagine being a young lad on Christmas: you are receive from your parents a Dinky-Toy Model of your favourite car (in my Case it would be a Simca-Abarth 1300) and you are becoming so happy! And then your Parents are giving to you another packet with another model of one of your dream-carsl and another [...]

    FIVA at Chantilly Arts & Elegance

    At Chantilly Arts & Elegance, Patrick Rollet and Gautam Sen, FIVA President and Communication Vice-president, presented the prewar best preserved trophy to the owner of the historic 1928 Bentley 4.5 litre Sports Tourer which boasts fastest lap at Le Mans on that year (127.604 km/h) and finished 5th overall; driven by Tim Birkin, one of [...]


    Well – what a fabulous week that was.  If you were unable to participate in the Andorran FIVA World Rally in early July you missed a real treat; it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Lluis Dejuan and his team from the Andorran Association of Old Vehicles (AAVA) and the Automobile Club of Andorra (ACA) created a [...]

    Signing of the renewed FIVA-FIA Agreement

    The renewed FIA-FIVA agreement was signed on June 26th in Paris at the FIA Head Office. This document updates and clarifies the nature and scope of the relationship between the two organisations and sets the framework for a fruitful and friendly cooperation. Jean Todt and Patrick Rollet signed the attached document. Mario Theissen attended the [...]

    FIVA and CP4Y attend EUCON After Market Symposium

    On the 25th and 26th of June, Frank Delesen (CP4Y) and Jos Theuns (FIVA) attended the EUCON After Market Symposium in Munster Germany. This yearly symposium is organized by EUCON GmbH who provides manufacturers, whole- and end-user market suppliers and other stakeholders in the industry with important data on vehicle age, usages and origin of [...]

    Town-award for event organizing family

    What started in 1984 with 24 cars has now become the most popular historic vehicle event of The Netherlands, with nearly 500 classic cars, trucks and buses: the National Oldtimer Day in the town of Lelystad. It is always held on the third Sunday of June. And very remarkable, the organization is in hands of [...]

    Culture award for Rudi Mueller

    Many years already Rudi Mueller represents the Swiss ANF SHVF in FIVA. At national level he is also very active. Already Since 1999 Rudi is the main organizor of the event Oldtimer-in-Obwalden (O-iO). Obwalden is one of the 26 Swiss cantons, with the small town of Sarnen as its capital city. Thanks to Rudi’s hard [...]

    40th Anniversary of the Montevideo Classic Car Club

    Last May, the Montevideo Classic Car Club celebrated their 40 th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner. The MCCC has been the FIVA ANF for over 33 years, driving the Classic & Historic Vehicle movement in Uruguay with great enthusiasm and drive. This has and continues being done within the FIVA Guidelines in all fronts, under [...]

    FIVA International Historic Motorcycle Show 2019 Hosted by FHVI

    In celebration of FIVA Motorcycle Week, FHVI hosted the FIVA International Historic Motorcycle Show, 2019 in Bangalore. For the first time, 200 of the most rare and exclusive motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from the early 1900s to the 1980s, assembled in front of the iconic UB City. For the first time, these two wheeled heroes [...]

    FIVA Best Preserved Award in Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance 2019

    The FIVA Best Preserved Award 2019 was presented in Villa d’Este to a 1928 LANCIA LAMBDA SERIE VIII, with a V4 Engine, 2569cc, 69 hp at 3500 rom Coachwork: Four-Seater Torpedo, owned by Anthony MacLean, from Switzerland. Compared with the technical benchmarks of its era, the Lancia Lambda presented in 1922 was one of the [...]

    Legislation Commission in Bucharest

    The Legislation Commission (LC) met on 11 and 12 May in Romania’s capital Bucharest. The meeting was hosted by FIVA’s ANF Retromobil Club Romania (RCR). By convening in Romania the LC implemented for the first time a concept that was presented to the 2018 General Assembly in Gibraltar. That is to have LC meetings in [...]

    Tatra Rally

    On Wednesday, May 1, an important event was held reserved for Utility Vehicles in Bratislava, organized by the Slovak ANF Federation of FIVA, in collaboration with the local Veteran Club TATRA 141, which was attended by the Director of the Utilitarian Commission Fiva Roberto Sarzani and the members of the Commission Mr. Timo Vuortio, Frantisek [...]


    The FIVA World Motorcycle Rally is held each year in a different location around the world. Run under the direction of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), it allows 130 collectors and owners from all over the globe to spend up to four days on the most beautiful roads and fascinating places, riding their [...]

    Spirit of FIVA Award to the organisers of the Shamrock Vintage Classic!

    The prestigious Spirit of FIVA Award was assigned to the organisers of the Shamrock Vintage Challenge, as the whole event was just what FIVA is all about. A thoroughly enjoyable event throughout with friendship, camaraderie and enjoyment by the bucketful! #fivaclassics #historicvehicles#classicevents Note to Editors FIVA Logo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG  The above material can be used free of royalties [...]

    The big question:

    FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) poses the biggest question facing the historic vehicle community today: In 20, 30, 50 years’ time, will we be allowed to drive historic vehicles at all? “We can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to our future motoring freedom,” says FIVA [...]

    22nd Edition Raid 4L Trophy 2019

    Text and photos: Vicente Sevillano Guerrero A new edition of the Raid 4L Trophy was celebrated from 22nd of February to the 3rd of March, one which is considered the largest student rally in Europe. This year was the 22nd edition, and it has been held since 1997. In this event students between the age of 18 [...]

    A letter from India

    March 26, 2019 Dear Mr. President and Members of the GC, Thank you very much for all your support, appreciation and kind words. It was our pleasure to host you all here in Bangalore. Our three days with everyone was very memorable.  We all appreciated the kindness and the warmth of all the GC members [...]

    FIVA at Bangalore, India

    For the first time since FIVA’s founding in 1966 that the General Council (GC) had its meeting in Bangalore, India’s fast growing tech city. Seven members of the GC – Patrick Rollet, Mario Theissen, Peter Edqvist, Tiddo Brester, Tony Davies, Gautam Sen and Natasa Jerina Grom – along with Gian Mario Mollar, FIVA’s Secretary General, discussed the many issues and concerns regarding the [...]

    Howard Danino, 73

    C’est avec le plus grand chagrin, le cœur lourd et la plus profonde tristesse que nous devons vous informer que le Vice-président de la FIVA, Howard Danino, est décédé paisiblement hier à son domicile à Gibraltar, entouré de sa famille. Howard Danino a succombé à un cancer court mais dévastateur. Howard était un pilier du [...]

    The 2019 FIVA Stewards Learning Forum delegates.

    During the weekend of February the 23rd, a large number of FIVA Stewards visited Liechtenstein to be updated on the latest rules, regulations and other important issues around FIVA Events. 2019/02/287199 Views

    FIVA invites…

    FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) invites nominations for its 2019 series of Culture Awards – designed to celebrate our cultural and technical mobile heritage. Last year, the first-ever series of FIVA’s Culture Awards saw the following winners in each category: RESEARCH – The Federation of British Historic [...]

    Austria Classic, 22-26 May 2019

    The first of this year’s three FIVA World Rallies takes place in Austria, from 22 to 26 May 2019, and is open to any vehicle built up to 1980 with a valid FIVA ID Card – not just to members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). “The Austria Classic [...]

    Glasurit’s Jürgen Book

    In 2019, the Forum für Fahrzeuggeschichte F-kubik (Vehicle History Forum) is once again awarding the “Golden Piston” for special achievements in promoting authenticity in vehicle history. The Forum für Fahrzeuggeschichte (Vehicle History Forum), also known as F-kubik or F3, has presented this award at the Bremen Classic Motorshow since 2006. Each year, it goes to [...]

    European Year of Cultural Heritage Events

    2018 was dedicated to the cultural heritage of Europe. Variuos cultural events, attracting more then 3500 visitors, were organized all over Europe bearing the title European Year of Cultural Heritage. For us, historic vehicles enthusiasts, associated in Zveza SVS, FIVA ANF in Slovenia, the big questions were: are our historic vehicles and our activities with them also [...]

    FIVA World Rally, Andorra, three countries in one tour!

    Details have been released on the spectacular FIVA World Rally in Andorra this summer (1-7 July 2019), open to anyone with a historic car at least 30 years old, not only to members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). As FIVA President Patrick Rollet explains, “While Andorra is hosting [...]

    FIVA Culture Awards

    Earlier this year, the FIVA Culture Commission (CC) invited classic vehicle enthusiasts to nominate entrants for a new series of awards to celebrate our cultural and technical mobile heritage. FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) announced that the Culture Awards would comprise the following three categories: RESEARCH DEDICATED SERVICE by INDIVIDUALS [...]

    Glasurit and FIVA extend partnership

    For the past three years, Glasurit has been the exclusive global partner of Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), the international federation of historic vehicle clubs. The success achieved by the partnership has now prompted FIVA to sign a new agreement in which it extends and intensifies its collaboration with Glasurit, BASF’s traditional premium paint [...]

    Pete Gagan

    While a keen admirer of the world pioneers in motorcycling history, Pete Gagan’s lifelong trail of accomplishments makes him a current-day pioneer himself. Pete has fostered a legacy of spreading his enthusiasm for historic machines across Canada and around the world. Starting in Ontario, where in 1968 he was the instigator of what grew to [...]

    FIVA World Motorcycle Rally, 27–30 June 2019

    Open to any owner and enthusiast with a motorcycle built prior to 1984, not only FIVA members, this 3-day touring event celebrates the fun of riding classic motorcycles on the road – in this case discovering a hidden gem of the Mediterranean: Istria, a peninsula shared by Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. It is in Istria that the [...]

    FIVA Motorcycle Week 2018

    The FIVA Motorcycle Week is a chain of events on two wheels which embraces the whole world. This years' edition has been a huge success, even more than usual, with 16 countries involved: ANDORRA, COLOMBIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, FINLAND, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, ITALY, NORWAY, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, ROMANIA, UNITED KINGDOM, and the USA. The participants [...]

    Motul restored a truck

    Motul, the world famous lubricant producer FIVA Global Partner, has developed a restoration project on a Renault AHS 3 truck. To keep its authenticity the mechanics are scrubbing off all the rust from the chassis and the mechanical parts, but they leave the bodywork and woodwork in its original bladdered state. The final goal is to [...]

    The Events Commission

    A very good question. Well, it hardly comes as a surprise, that Events are one of FIVA’s major focus points as we promote and encourage the active use of our historic vehicles.  The spirit of yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads lives on within the Events Commission’s work to help to address FIVA’s broader mission of [...]


    Last 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of November has celebrated the XXIX Antique Automobile Route of Almeria. One more year, this wonderful event returned to scene, organized by the Club of Antique Vehicles of Almeria, member nº21 of the Spanish Federation of Antique Automobiles (FEVA). This route began on Thursday, 8ht of November with the [...]

    Unexpected talent

    Gian Mario Mollar, our General Secretary heading the office in Turin, has some unexpected talents next to his skills to manage the FIVA office. Although being very busy with FIVA, he managed to finish his book on the hidden history of the Far West! About the book: The mysteries of the Far West begin where [...]

    Season Greetings from FIVA

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    We must all work together

    Enthusiasts from every corner of the globe must work together to protect the future of the historic vehicle movement, says FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). “While more and more countries are joining the international historic vehicle movement, it’s vital that we continue to extend the reach of our shared [...]

    Reach for your diaries!

    Following the huge success of FIVA’s annual World Rally for cars in 2018, held this year in the stunning rural scenery of Mid Wales, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) has a lot to live up to in 2019. But it might just manage it, as FIVA has announced there [...]

    Great Wall Classic Rally – 2018

    Starting at the Kempinski Hotel the day after the Concours D’Elegance, this rally is a fun couple of days whereby the teams are not stressed to the limited but have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery as well. With a very clear road book with pictures and the well know pictograms, the stints of [...]

    ‘Best Preserved Vehicle’ award in Japan

    La Festa Mille Miglia 2018, held in Japan, is now in its 21st year. As you can probably guess from the title, it’s a 1000-mile rally run along the lines of the current Italian 1000 Miglia and this year it started on 19 October in Tokyo, ending up in the same city on Monday 22 October. [...]

    Heavy Weights in Sweden

    The Rally for Historical Utilitarian Vehicles called Åkarsvängen 2018,  took place on last 15th September,  started in Södertälje, Sweden, just outside the Scania truck factory. 156 vehicles drove from 100 km, solving problems at some control stations. This year there has been a significant participation from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. All kind of utilitarian [...]

    Classic vehicles against cancer in Turkey

    Classic Car Club of Turkey organized classic car games, a Sunday charity event at Intercity Formula 1 track of Istanbul. More than 60 classic cars enjoyed the sunny autumn day where all the members wore pink to create awareness over breast cancer. The event took the attention of celebrities like Mr. Metin Uca a standup [...]

    The FHVI Royal Classic Drive to Mysore

    The 30th of September – 2nd of October 2018, was the weekend when 50 participants from around the world, England, France, Sri Lanka and across India drove their glorious cars across Bangalore and Mysore through some of the most iconic structures created by man. A feast for the eyes is an understatement. Every location rose [...]

    Historic Vehicles and the Younger Generation

    FIVA and the younger generation, a movie made by Lluis Dejuan of ASSOCIACIO ANDORRANA DE VEHICLES ANTICS 2018/03/105388 Views

    FIVA Culture Award

    Nominations should be submitted no later than 31st August 2019. Award descriptions and submission information can be found at the bottom of this page. The Culture Award celebrates and promotes best practices related to historic vehicle promotion, management, research, education and communication. In this way, it contributes to a stronger public recognition of historic vehicles as [...]

    Calcutta, India

    Classic Drivers of Calcutta (CDC) had its 17th meeting on Sunday, 25th November 2018. A classic car drivers group based out of Kolkata, in the eastern part of India, CDC was started by 3 avid classic car enthusiasts, Souvik Ghose Chaudhuri, Rupak Ghosh and Prithvi Nath Tagore on the 10th of April 2017. Their belief [...]

    FIVA meeting with Cabinet of European Commissioner Violeta Bul

    On 9 September Tiddo Bresters, Nataša Jerina and Andrew Turner met with Jocelyn Fajardo and Alisa Tiganj, both members of EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s Cabinet. The meeting was made possible and arranged by Nataša, who is a member of the Slovenian Federation SVAMZ. During the 45 minute meeting, the FIVA delegation first explained FIVA, FIVA’s objectives [...]

    White Model M Steam Car

    President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car is significant based on three out of four of the Criteria for Historic Significance. First it is associated with important events and important persons in American history as the first Presidential Limousine. The Steam Car was acquired under the Taft administration and was enthusiastically used by the President who [...]

    Peters Introduces the National Historic Vehicle Register Act

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today (22-9-2016) introduced legislation to help preserve the legacy of American automobiles and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act will authorize the Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records [...]

    European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group

    The European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met in Brussels on 7 December. FIVA and the MEPs had informed and constructive discussions about historic vehicles and policy concerns notably about the EU’s Low-Emission Mobility Strategy Low Emission Zones, Road tolling, the REACH legislation. The Group will next meet in march 2017. 2016/12/067117 Views

    FIA and FIVA

    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 [...]

    ‘Historic’ is not simply ‘old’ says FIVA

    According to FIVA – the international federation of historic vehicles – a ‘historic’ vehicle is not simply an ‘old’ vehicle. FIVA is lobbying EU politicians for a clear definition of a ‘historic vehicle’ as it calls for consistent, Europe-wide exemptions from low-emission-zone restrictions. Patrick Rollet, president of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), explains: [...]

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