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Tragedy in Greece

The death toll of the bush-fire tragedy in Mati and Rafini, Greece, is still not clear but it is safe to assume it will be well over one 100 people with both locals and tourists having suffered in these unbelievable fierce fires.

Patrick Rollet, on behalf of the General Committee, wrote to our friends in Greece extending our heartfelt sadness and deepest sympathy over these horrific recent events in Mati and Rafani that the Greek people have so bravely endured. We would like to extend FIVA’s moral support and that of the whole historic vehicle community at large, to recover from this ordeal and overcome these most difficult times.

We have received thanks from the different Greek members for the above including some pictures of the recent events. Although not comparable to the loss of lives, shattered communities and the long time it will take to rebuild the region, we still share these as a sign of warning. If confronted by such fires, be wise and do not try to save your vehicles, as you can see in one of the pictures, even the aluminum of a cylinder head is partly melted, indicating the extremely high temperatures in such fires.

Once again, all the best to the people in these regions and our friends in Greece!

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Nantes, one of the nicest, historically rich, lively and innovative cities in France, hosted this year’s FIM Europe Congress, which took place from the 28th to the 30th of June. MC FIVA delegates, Palmino Poli (chairman MC), Nataša Grom Jerina (secretary MC) and Bjorn A. Hvaleby (member MC) had the opportunity to follow the Congress. The topic for this year was: “Electric Mobility: from Racing to Riding the Roads,” dealing with the development of electronics and technology. After the welcome speech of Mr. Jean-Pierre Moreau, Chairman of Public Affairs Commission, FIM Europe, 2nd Vice-President Mr. Silvio Manicardi explained ‘Why a Conference on electric motorcycles in Europe?’ The speech was followed by Mr John Chatterton Ross’ speech on ‘Current issues facing motorcycling from Brussels;’ Mr. Sébastien Poirier, the Directeur Général of the Fédération Française de Motocyclisme talked about the situation of motorcycling in France. The Chairman of the Board of Energica Motorcycle Mr. Franco Cevolini spoke about electric superbikes and Mr. Umberto Uccelli Managing Director of Zero Motorcycles Europe illustrated the developments of the company specialized in electric motorcycles for road use.

Before the Congress itself the representatives of FIM, FIM Europe, FEMA and MC FIVA met for a meeting on use of old and historic vehicles in cities, which was now incompatible with air quality control, as well as the issue of riders wanting to use vehicles for long distance touring or just for cultural reasons, for shorter distances. There was a discussion as to whether if it would be possible to have a uniform approach by authorities on the age for registering old motorcycles and historic ones. To further improve the collaboration in-between the organisations, it was proposed that each organisation sent a delegate to the respective General Assemblies.

Members in attendance:

  • Jean-Pierre Moreau, Chairman
  • Francesca Marozza
  • John Chatterton-Ross
  • Marleen Renoy
  • Dimitris Margaritis
  • Ioan Alexe
  • Silvio Manicardi, Vice President FIM Europe
  • Adonis Christofidis  CYMF
  • Panagiotis Kalaizis AMOTOE
  • Damiano Zamana FIM Director of Programmes
  • Dolf Willigers FEMA
  • Dr Poli Palmino FIVA
  • Natasa Grom Jerina FIVA
  • Bjørn Hvaleby FIVA
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FIVA World Rally – 2018

The entries for this event are filling up quickly, so if you want to participate, please go to the website quickly!

Starting on Aug. the 28th from the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, the FIVA World Rally will bring you to places like Llyn (Lake) Brianne, Rhayder, Aberystwyth and other spectacular villages and countrysides.

The FIVA World Rally finishes with a Gala dinner back at the Metropole Hotel.

More info here

Entry form here

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The Wanderer that Contributed to India’s Independence

The Wanderer that Contributed to India’s Independence (1937 Wanderer W24)

As many of you may know, the very beginnings of the German Wanderer marque go back to the year 1885, when Johann Baptist Winklhofer and Richard Adolf Jaenicke founded the company ‘Chemnitzer Velociped-Depôt Winklhofer & Jaenicke’, registered to sell and repair bicycles. Not long after, they were manufacturing bicycles and, by 1902, had graduated to the manufacture of motorcycles. The first car from Wanderer, the 5/12hp Type W1, was shown at the 1911 Berlin motor show and, by 1913, series production of the car had begun.

Under pressure from the Dresdner Bank, which granted Wanderer loans of over 5 million Reichsmarks, Wanderer sold its licence for the manufacture of motorcycles to the Czech engineer Dr. Fr. Janecek, who founded the motorcycle brand Jawa, and then in 1932 merged with Audi, DKW and Horch to form Auto Union. This explains the logo of the group: the four interlinked rings that remain the logo of the only surviving brand among these four today, Audi.

While DKW, with its two-stroke engines, was to focus on the cheaper end of the market and Horch aimed right at the top, Audi and Wanderer models were developed to address the midsection. Thus, under Auto Union management, the Wanderer W21, a direct competitor to Mercedes-Benz’s 170, was launched in 1933. The six-cylinder W21 evolved into the W23 in 1937. The same year, Wanderer launched the W24, which was a smaller four-cylindered derivative of the W23 and the latter shared with the former several drivetrain and suspension components, as well as body and chassis parts. The new model policy enabled the brand to achieve its greatest commercial success. The W24 became Wanderer’s best ever seller, with more than 22,000 built over a three-year period.

Available with a variety of body styles – basic two- and four-door saloons, as well as two- and four-door convertibles – the W24 sold well in Germany and Continental Europe. However, very few came to India and, in all likelihood, the car that you see here is the only one extant in India today (though several DKWs do survive in the country). But more remarkable than the rarity of the car is its historical significance.

This is the car in which India’s most charismatic freedom fighter, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, ‘escaped’ from his residence at Calcutta’s Elgin Road to reach Gomoh railway station under cover of darkness, during the night of 16-17 January 1941. This was despite full-time surveillance by the British, who were aware that Netaji’s escape could create problems for the Raj. With Netaji’s 21-year-old nephew Sisir Kumar Bose at the wheel, the Wanderer covered the 300km to Gomoh in a few exciting hours, so that Netaji could catch the Kalka Mail to Delhi. From there he found his way to Peshawar and thence to the Soviet Union through Afghanistan.

Bought new in 1937 by Netaji’s elder brother, Sarat Chandra Bose, but registered in the name of Sisir Kumar Bose, the car was in regular use till 1957, driven mostly by Sisir Kumar Bose, when it was donated to the Netaji Research Bureau. Since then it has been immobile for the best part of five decades. The decision to have the car restored was taken in June 2016, in time for the 75th anniversary of Netaji’s Great Escape, and the task of restoration was given to Pallab Roy. Roy and his team worked flat out for seven very short months – and the result was highly impressive.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose didn’t survive WW II, breathing his last in a Japanese military hospital in 1945, after the plane carrying him crashed near Taipei. Yet this Wanderer, a touching testimony to the memory of one of India’s greatest freedom fighters, lives on as the key exhibit at the Netaji Bhawan Museum in Calcutta.

  • Gautam Sen
  • Photo credits: Shreya Goswami
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RAC 1000 Mile Trial: Blue Passion

The 2018 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial took place from Sunday 8th until Friday 13th July and was enjoyed by 35 crews in a wonderful variety of Vintage cars. The route ran from Woodcote Park, the home of the RAC Club, into mid-Wales for two full days of competition before finishing north of London near Watford. During the six days, as well as some very keen competition, there was plenty of time for socialising and the traditional high-jinks that make the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile more than a motorsport event, it is an occasion.

At the end of the Trial two nice pictures: one of a magnificent vehicle in an equally magnificent environment of mid-Wales and one of a very happy Father-Daughter pairing from Switzerland, Mr. Urs Mezger (driver) and his daughter Maxime (navigator).

Their Lagonda M45 Rapide received the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award during the 2018 RAC 1000 Mile Trial and received the 1.5kg bronze plaque from FIVA Vice-President Tony Davies at the end-of-event Awards ceremony.

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Concours d`Elégance SINAIA 2018

The last day of the June was held in Sinaia, Romania 8th edition of Concours d’Elégance. On the Peleș Castle, former summer residence of Romanian kings, displayed 28 classic cars. Vehicles were divided into 6 categories. In pre-war group were two categories, Limousines and Cabriolets. The international jury decided that the most interesting pre-war limousine was Fiat 520 from 1928.

The restoration of this car was finished by the occasion of a 90-year commemorative edition of the San Remo Rallye accompanied by Romanians drivers 1928 on the same model. Not only the most beautiful car of the pre-war cabrio, but Award The Best of the Show earned Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet A 1937. The car is from the Tiriac Collection, the biggest collection of historic vehicles in Romania. In the group of post-war vehicles were three categories; Cabriolets, Coupé and Limousines. As the winner of the post-war limousines was Citroën 11 CV. The production of this 4-door saloon started before the second war and finished in 1957. Ford Thunderbird 1964 – great body, nice slick paint, great chrome, was the winner of post-war coupé. Ghia 450 SS 1967 Cabriolet was produced by world-renowned automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro during his association with Carrozzeria Ghia in the mid-1960s. This rare vehicle earned 1st place in category post-war cabriolet.

Commendable is that organizer created also the category vehicles Made in Romania. In spite of the fact that Romania does not have a long history of the automobile industry, we saw 4 typical representatives of Romania. For the jury, it was not easy to work because all were nice. But finally, the jury decided that the winner of this category is Dacia 1300 from 1970.

The tradition of Concours d’Elégance vehicles began in Sinai, Romania, in 1934. The following year, the competition of elegance took place within the so-called Week of cars organized by the Royal Automobile Club of Romania. Short tradition has interrupted war events and then was no support in the post-war new political system in Romania. In 2011, event reestablished the tradition and Retromobil Club Romania (FIVA ANF) began to organize Concourse d’Elégance in the same place as the 1930s.

Concours d’Elégance Sinaia was the 4th time in FIVA calendar as an international event and all participating classic cars had a valid FIVA ID Cards. Experienced organizer, good organization with local government support and a beautiful surrounding is a guarantee for high levels of future events.

Report: Valentin Zbynovsky
Pictures: Dragos Savu.        

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During the days 21 to 24 of June, the FIVA WORLD MOTORCYCLE RALLY 2018 was held in Hungary. Four excellent days with great motorcycling activity and an excellent atmosphere favored by all the attendees and managed permanently by Laszlo Tomcsanyi and his team. A good tourist experience in a beautiful country.

With the arrival on Thursday 21 at the “Aqua Word Resort in Budapest” of all participants, the event begins. I counted representatives from 17 countries.

At night, travel to Godollo to visit the museum-school of restoration of old/classic vehicles (especially agricultural machinery) and opening ceremony with the presence of President Patrick Roller, the president of the motorcycle commission Palmino Poli, and the local authorities. Live performances and dinner. Finally, a spectacular visit by bus to Budapest at night and back to the hotel.

On Friday 22, the route starts in 4 predefined groups to travel 196 km. that takes us to Eger where the authorities await us in a spectacular square where we expose all the motorcycles to be admired by the citizens. After staying at the respective hotels, we pick up an “urban train” to take us to the restaurant where we will celebrate dinner and end of the day.
On Saturday 23, from route Eger to Cegled, 157 km., On the way we visit the “Okocentrum” a complex with zoo and a giant freshwater aquarium, located in Poroszló, and then campaign food to taste the famous “Goulash Hungarian”, continuing route to visit the” Jawa Museum “spectacular collection of old and classic motorcycles. Finally, arrival at the hotel, accommodation and visit the spa to relax. By the way, during the day we had the visit of the rain a few kilometers, nothing important. In the evening, dinner at the hotel and delivery of awards, where the plate of the Fiva was delivered to the organizer, Laszlo Tomcsanyi.

On Sunday 24, route from Cegled to Budapest to finish the rally, 158 km., To continue enjoying the Hungarian landscape and the motorcycling environment. Visit the famous “speed track of Gyón road” and then the flower delivery ceremony at the tomb of Eric Fernihough. Lunch in the same environment and return to Budapest not without first visiting the Dömsöd motorcycle museum, an excellent example of classic motorcycles with special mention to the Hungarian Pannonia, a sample of practically all the models that were manufactured in their time. Finally, I returned to the Aqua World Resort hotel in Budapest to end the rally.

Report and pictures by Joan Espelt, pictures here

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Indo-Sri Lanka event

On the 9th of June, 2018, the Ceylon Classic Car Club, hosted a magnificent Classic Car Drive where members of the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI) were invited to drive beautiful Sri Lankan Classics from Colombo to Panala.

Six couples from FHVI who are also members of the Karnataka Vintage & Classic Car Club (KVCCC) took part in this Annual Club Drive to Panala. In addition to the drive a series of fun events with the cars were organised on the Panala Race Track, from Musical Chairs to 100 meter category races to even an exciting Slalom Test. There were 54 Classic Cars in the event.

The event concluded with a Gala Dinner, where prizes were distributed and participants got to engage in a car quiz, a round of bingo and unwind into an evening filled with lively music and dance.

The event was so well organised, the warmth and affection of the Srilankan community were overwhelming. The members’ passion and solidarity in the club were most visible in the event. It was truly inspiring to see even the youth so actively involved.

This was a memorable experience we look forward to many more wonderful events between the two countries.

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The Classic Marathon 2018 was a very professionally organised Event with a great and demanding route, excellent time schedule and beautiful scenery.

The level of traffic in most of the places was low and participants enjoyed driving without any problems to perform the Regularity Tests or the road sections.

The organizing committee, the Marshals, the team for the elaboration of the results, were very experienced and completed their tasks effectively and perfectly. In addition, all persons involved in the organization were very friendly and made everyone most welcome.

My COMPLIMENTS to HERO Team and keep up the good and QUALITY work.

George Ioannides (FIVA Steward)

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Moldovan club ‘RetroMobile’ joins FIVA

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) warmly welcomes Moldova to the 68 nations it currently represents, as the Moldovan club ‘RetroMobile’ joins FIVA as a full member.

RetroMobile (no connection to the famous Rétromobile show in Paris) was created in 2010 when a group of Moldovan friends formed an association of historic vehicle enthusiasts. In that same year, they held their first international exhibition – with vehicles from Ukraine, Romania and Moldova taking part.

Since then, RetroMobile has organised a great many more international events and exhibitions, with the originally modest number of members growing to 125, owning a varied and fascinating selection of both European vehicles and those from former Soviet Republics. The vehicles range in production year from a 1936 BMW 326 through to cars from 1980.

FIVA president Patrick Rollet extended a warm welcome to RetroMobile, adding, “We are always thrilled to see a new nation represented among our members, and the addition of Moldovan enthusiasts will add a rich new perspective to FIVA. We look forward to getting to know the members of RetroMobile better, to hearing their views on the future of the historic car movement, and to enjoying their company – and their vehicles – at international events.”

Notes to Editors
Picture: Free to use for editorial purposes.
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 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(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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