Each summer, the FIVA General Committee convenes in a different country to discuss the activities and perspectives of the International Federation of Historic Vehicles. This year, the esteemed gathering was hosted in Spain, with the charming city of San Lorenzo de El Escorial serving as the venue. The Spanish Federation FEVA and its President, Raul Aranda, graciously extended their hospitality, providing the ideal backdrop for the constructive meeting held on 22nd and 23rd July 2023, in this serene and picturesque location near Madrid, renowned for its Renaissance-era Monastery.

As custodians of the world motoring heritage, FIVA’s administrators remain unwavering in their commitment to protect, preserve, and promote this invaluable legacy. However, the path to achieving these goals can be challenging and requires occasional course adjustments, necessitating the exploration of new collaborative approaches. The initial part of the meeting focused on improving FIVA’s internal coordination to enhance effectiveness in its management.

Exciting news awaited the attendees, as several successes were announced during the gathering. The prospect of new membership applications promises the chance to forge new friendships at the upcoming FIVA General Assembly. Marking a historic milestone, the FIVA Calendar now boasts over one hundred registered events, a testament to the remarkable efforts of the Events Commission, skilfully led by Malcolm Grubb. Moreover, the Netherlands will host the first-ever World Event for utilitarian vehicles, welcoming enthusiasts from around the globe for an extraordinary experience, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Timo Vourtio and his team in Panningen.

Additionally, Laurent Heriou, President of the Technical Commission, unveiled a new system for issuing FIVA ID cards, making the process easier and more streamlined than ever before.

During the meeting, Lars Genild and Natasa Grom shared commendable progress and initiatives undertaken by FIVA as the leading advocate for millions of motoring enthusiasts in the realms of politics and culture.

While the meeting itself was the primary focus, several side events added to the experience. On Friday, a delegation led by FIVA President Tiddo Bresters, Senior Vice President Peter Edqvist, and Secretary Gian Mario Mollar met with Spanish traffic regulation authorities in a pleasant and cordial briefing arranged by FEVA.

On Saturday night, after a day of hard work, FEVA members generously offered their splendid vehicles for a visit to the Eduardo Barreiros Museum (https://fundacionbarreiros.com/el-museo/), a shining example of Spanish entrepreneurial spirit.

A lively parade of Lancias, Ferraris, Renaults, and even a BMW R75 sidecar accompanied the GC members to the museum, creating a colourful spectacle. The evening continued with an enjoyable open-air dinner, filled with engaging conversations and camaraderie—a true fiesta mobile, as Hemingway would have remarked upon!

Overall, the FIVA General Committee’s meeting in Spain was a resounding success, strengthening the commitment to safeguarding and promoting the world’s automotive heritage while fostering meaningful connections among like-minded enthusiasts. As the spirit of collaboration continues, FIVA looks forward to an exciting future, embracing new opportunities to cherish and showcase their passion for historic vehicles worldwide.

Text: Gian Mario Mollar
Pictures: Fundacion Barreiros

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