A Moldovian jewel in the chain of events of the FIVA Motorcycle Commission
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 Retromobile AO Didenco V and the chairman of the motorcycle commission of our organization Dan Untura led this national event. We made an exposition of vintage motorcycles in the largest shopping center in Chisinau - Moldova. Thousands of people could see the carefully restored motorcycles, and they could even touch some of them. Of course, visitors saw the symbol of the event - the FIVA flag. Thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Svetlana Pociumban, who has harmonized the process of national legislation in the field of retro automobiles. Though the motorcycles are from different periods, they all carefully restored. The restoration process was carried out in Moldova. At the same time, all standards were observed - and the type of paint, the color corresponding to the period, authentic spare parts, assembly technology, materials that correspond to the period. There were also some cars. Recently imported to Moldova was a Jagu [...]
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 automobile and auto ancillary companies. The event, known as ‘The Chennai Heritage Auto Show’, in association with the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India, and member of FIVA, marked its 18th year this year. Originally an event to display club members vintage and classic cars and two wheelers, the club has, over the years, welcomed vintage and classic vehicles from other parts of India and this was evident from this year’s event, where a number of heritage vehicles from other cities took part in the event. This year the club had the privilege of associating with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and presenting a talk on ‘’A historical view of automobiles and transportation in Chennai’’ by Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies. He was a member of the board at Tata Motors and the Chief Executive Officer of TATA Motors’ Car business in its formative years, reporting to Mr. Ratan Tata. During this [...]
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 varied programme that satisfied all tastes. We experienced great driving roads that were virtually traffic-free and scenery that was truly wonderful.During the week we enjoyed a series of entertaining and exciting adventures including the Trobotronc (a 5Km. downhill railed toboggan track), horse riding and white-water rafting. Our cultural experiences and evenings ranged from Guillem Tudó’s vocal and saxophone recital at the ONCA (National Classical Orchestra of Andorra) auditorium, motorcycle and motor museums and the Cirque de Soleil where music from the Bobs Marley and Dylan, Louis Armstrong and George Michael accompanied the wide variety of acrobatics and amazing motor-cycle feats for which the Cirque de Soleil is famous. The many gastronomic pleasures at daily lunches and evening dinners were well supported by the weather playing its part with sunshine, blue skies and daytime temperatures in the 30 – 36oC range.
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 EditorsFIVA Logo:
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 and 28 years old participate, from different corners of the Globe. And the participants drive only the legendary French classic, the Renault 4L. This iconic car was manufactured for more than 30 years, from 1961 to 1994, in different countries. This wonderful initiative of the Raid 4L Trophy was founded by Jean Jacques Rey, a legendary raid driver, who participated in the Paris-Dakar and the Rally of the Pharaohs, amongst others. Currently, Jean Jacques organizes and directs this event with the collaboration of his daughter Géraldine Rey. In this edition, 1,100 Renault 4L cars participated in its 5-door saloon and 2-door van versions, with a total of 2,200 young people from different countries such as France, England, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, travelling around 6,000 km. In addition there were 270 people amongs the organizers such as doctors, mechanics and people for logistics, etc. Thi [...]
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 historic vehicle movement across the Globe. With a full day that lasted until 6pm of Friday and a half day session to complete the rest of the discussion and deliberations on Saturday the 16th of March, FIVA’s GC had a very fruitful one-and-a-half day session at the Oakwood Residency, a charming apartment hotel complex in Bangalore’s exclusive UB City mall. To celebrate the occasion, the hosting organisation Federation of Historical Vehicles of India (FHVI) went to elaborate lengths to put up an excellent exhibition of 42 exquisite historic vehicles – ranging from a tiny, but enthusiastic Austin Seven to a giant of a Mercedes-Benz Nurburg – on the forecourt of the mall, whereby thousands of enthusiasts and spectators enjoyed looking at and photographing these rare beauties. In the afternoon of the 16th of February, the Delhi-based Osianama Learn [...]
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 Vehicle Clubs with its National Historic Vehicle Survey
DEDICATED SERVICE – The ‘Motorcycle Republic Symposium’, an event organised by the Hellenic Motorcycle Museum
EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS – Federación Mexicana de Automoviles Antiguos y de Colección, A.C. with the Diploma syllabus (a short film can be seen at www.fiva.org) “This year, we’re looking forward to new projects winning awards,” comments Nataša Grom Jerina, chairwoman of FIVA’s Culture Commission. “We’re eager to see innovative new approaches, especially linked to skills and youth, alongside stunning but more traditional work. “These awards are open to everyone, to any classic vehicle enthusiast – they are not limited to FIVA members. Our aim is to find the best project in each category (listed in the award guidelines), whether it’s within a [...]
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 is intended as a ‘regularity event and/or touristic discovery trip’ to enjoy not only driving your own historic vehicle, but also the architectural, geographical and cultural diversity of Austria,” explains Robert Krickl, president of OMVV (Austrian Motor-Veteran-Federation) and OMVC (Austrian Motor-Veteran-Club), the FIVA clubs organising the Austria Classic. Starting and finishing at the Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel in Vienna, the event is a 650km run round Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland and the Semmering region, with a choice of two classes to enter: one for Regularity (Classic) competitors and one for Touring (Trophy) participants. Wachau, which will be explored on the first full day of the rally, is a part of Austria renowned for its picturesque landscapes: rolling hills that stretch along the Danube river. Other reasons for its popularity with visitors include the region’s high-quality wines.
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 part of the cultural heritage and if they are, how to organize suitable events to celebrate the cultural heritage year. Very quickly we came to the decision that everything related to our activities with historic vehicles, including the vehicles themselves, represent our technical culture and is, therefore, part of our cultural heritage. Then we decided to start the project called »Štafeta od Pirana do Goričkega – Relay event from Piran to Goričko«. It was not a relay in the true sense of the word, but it was a journey of ideas and awareness of the value of everything that is past, yet a very important and indispensable part of our present life. Without the creations and achievements of our ancestors, materialized in the form of monuments, galleries, museums, parks, buildings, factories, we would have no basis for our existence and for proving our identity tod [...]
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 who took part in these chain of events were over 3700, and all of them received the same souvenir: the FIVA Motorcycle Pin! Click here to download the full presentation: FIVA MC Week 2018 – final If you want to join, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.comFIVA Logo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG The above material can be used free of royalties within the scope of this press release.
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 the protection, preservation and promotion of historic vehicles. It is not just a question of placing events on the FIVA Events Calendar, appointing FIVA Stewards to International category events or even attending exciting Events Commission meetings. Take the recent very successful FIVA World Rally 2018 held in Wales during late August and early September for example. The UK ANF applied to put this event onto the FIVA Events Calendar three years ago. Indeed in the same year other countries also applied as so many countries are now hoping to host FIVA World Rallies for cars and motorcycles that they are appointed several years ahead. So popular are they that we already have applications for FIVA World Rallies as far ahead as 2022. For the more usual events, both National and International categories, the calendar applications for the following year usually start to come in about 6 months before the New Ye [...]
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 reception of all participants and delivery of the corresponding documentation at the Hotel Torreluz. Later, the book “Historical Vehicles of Almeria and its projection” was presented by its author and club president, Mr. José Juan Soria Fortes. Jose Juan is also a member of the Territorial Council and communication of FEVA. This wonderful book consists of 612 pages and more than 1500 color photographs and which talks about the history of this club since its foundation in 1990 as well as its routes, car restoration, collaborations with institutions and other clubs, … On Friday 9th of November, began going to the Shrine of the Sea Virgin for its subsequent floral offering. There was an exhibition of automobiles at the Navarro Rodrigo street, with an institutional visit to the Provincial Delegation of Almeria. Later, they undertook a route to visit the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, passing throug [...]
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. A representative from FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) attended as the FIVA Steward, and for the first time, La Festa Mille Miglia was chosen as one of this year’s 10 events at which a FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award would be presented. And the winner of the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle trophy? Whilst the FIVA Steward found it unusually hard to separate the many potential contenders, the trophy was finally awarded to the 1951 Panhard Dyna X 110/X85 owned by Yoshinobu and Miyoko Kato. This model of the marque is affectionately known to aficionados as ‘Louis XVth’ thanks to its marvellous baroque curves. While the Panhard Dyna might perhaps not be every enthusiast’s first choice for competing in a 1000-mile road rally, the diminutive Dyna X would certainly be a car that almost every participant would love to take home with them, judging by the reaction of other comp [...]
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 vehicles could be seen that day. Firetrucks, ambulances, pick-ups, buses, military vehicles and of course trucks, both small and big, short and long. Trucks for several purposes were driven during this rally, with or without trailers for cargo, logs, fuel, gravel and other transportation uses. The age of the vehicles displayed varied from 1927 to 1985, and also the age of the participants varied from 5 to 80. Everybody had fun and the organizer, Motorhistoriska Sällskapet, did a good job in promoting the event, so there were a lot of people along the roads taking pictures and waving to the vehicles passing by.