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Ms. Yeliz Balıbey joins T,S & Y Commission

Ms. Yeliz Balıbey speeching during the FIVA GA in Bucharest.

FIVA, the International Federation of Classical Automobiles, gathered in Romania’s capital city Bucharest from November 15th to 19th where it held their General Assembly with more than 220 representatives of local federations from all over the world. For the first time in the history of FIVA a commissioner was installed from Turkey; Ms. Yeliz Balıbey joined the commission of Trade, Skills and Youth, and became the first female member to be elected to this commission.


Yeliz Balibey is working in the Real Estate business but in addition to her professional life, she also created a platform for women who, such as she, love classical vehicles: She writes about classical cars on this site and shares her impressions from the rallies she participates in.

FIVA: We welcome Yeliz in this new and exciting position whereby attracting the younger generation to the Historic Vehicle scene will be one of the main tasks of this very active lady!

The full interview (in Turkish) can be seen here

Ms. Yeliz Balıbey and Patrick Rollet during the GA in Krakow, Poland in 2015

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FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, or international federation of historic vehicles) has produced a guide for all those who choose to purchase, preserve and use a historic vehicle.

Titled the ‘Charter of Turin Handbook’, the guide looks first at historic vehicles as cultural artefacts, arguing that we need to appreciate such machines in a new way. Given the impact of automobiles on our lifestyles and the radical changes they brought to our lives in a very short space of time, historic vehicles should “no longer be seen just as a hobby, a toy for grown-up boys, but rather a part of the cultural heritage of our civilization”.

The Handbook then goes on to offer practical advice on the delicate subject of the restoration and maintenance of historic machines, suggesting how owners and enthusiasts might stay true to the principles of the ‘Charter of Turin’ (1) – a landmark document recognised worldwide by organisations such as UNESCO, the EU and the FIA, that presents a voluntary protocol on the preservation and use of historic vehicles. The Handbook includes the following contributions:

  • An introduction to the cultural role and significance of historic vehicles, by Rodolphe Rapetti, Conservateur en Chef du Patrimoine of the French Ministry of Culture.
  • A more in-depth look at the subject, with particular attention to preservation activities, by Richard Keller, Curator of the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, France.
  • A section on authenticity and authentic restoration, by Thomas Kohler, spiritual father of the Charter of Turin.
  • A more practical look at the principles of the Charter of Turin to a vehicle’s bodywork, by Alfredo Zanellato Vignale, nephew of the illustrious designer, engineer, painter and teacher.
  • A similarly practical mechanical section, by Lorenzo Morello, former Professor at the Polytechnic School of Turin and a FIAT consultant.

“It’s important to point out that the Charter of Turin is intended only as a guideline, and as helpful advice on good practice,” explains President of FIVA Patrick Rollet. “FIVA’s intention is to protect and promote a correct and historically respectful way of looking at the past and we hope the new Handbook will prove both fascinating and useful to those who choose to apply the principles of the Charter to their own vehicles – as well as prompting further discussion and debate on the cultural role of historic vehicles.”

The Handbook was distributed to attendees at the FIVA General Assembly in Bucharest on 17 November 2017 and is also intended for a broader public audience, where it’s hoped that it will attract, interest and stimulate newcomers to the world of our mobile heritage. It is not, however, a static document, as the role of the historic vehicle is not static, and updates will be prepared and published, potentially on the FIVA website.

This handbook contains an in-depth chapter on paint and paint processes as provided by Dr. Katharina Fechtner, Chemist, BASF Coatings GmbH and Jürgen Book, Classic Cars, BASF Coatings GmbH.

[1] The Charter or Turin unites the guiding principles for the use, upkeep, conservation, restoration and repair of historic vehicles. The Charter is based on and inspired by UNESCO’s Venice Charter (1964), the Barcelona Charter (2003, historic ships) and the Riga Charter (2005, historic rail vehicles).

Notes to Editors

Media copies of the Charter of Turin Handbook are available from FIVA’s Vice President Culture, Natasa Grom ( or the link below.

FIVA is the only global organisation of its kind aiming to encourage the safe use of historic, mechanically propelled road vehicles, while remaining equally focused on preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. 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(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

Please find the download version of the Charter of Turin handbook here:  Charter of Turin

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Historic Vehicles and the Younger Generation

There is great interest in Historic vehicles by the younger generation and FIVA tries to inspire more of them to keep the Historic Vehicles and related culture alive, on the streets where they belong.

Lluis Dejuan of our AFN in Andorra made this beautiful video to stimulate the preservation and enjoyment of Historic Vehicles.

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HERO – Rally of the Test

This year RAC Rally of the Tests sees a return to a more challenging format.

Starting at Garden Park near Chester the rally went the way around classic rallying terrain over three days to finish in the historic spa town of Harrogate. To keep the navigators on their toes, the rally had more “on the move” plotting as the years before. But it was generally straightforward with long road sections to get sorted and on the maps.

Starting in the manicured surroundings of Carden Park, near Chester, 95 competitors from all over the globe set off , the traditional start to what has become a “must-do” event in the historic rallying world. Spanning three and a half days, crews will travel no less than 780 miles 29 tests, 21 regularity sections and 2 Time Control Sections set in the dark.

The first full day of the RAC Rally of The Tests lives up to its name with five tests situated in the picturesque Cheshire countryside to start the day. The first regularity section took place in another RAC Rally of The Tests favorite, Cheshire Show Ground, the section uses the numerous tracks and roads that bisect the fields that host the Show Ground. A great lunch at Haddon Hall preceded what was to be a long afternoon and evening, the first cars leaving Haddon Hall were only due to the final control of the day at Redworth Hall.

Day two of the RAC Rally of The Tests dawned with a distinct chill in the air, this was another long day in the saddle with 280 miles to be covered, the second day saw us took in some new territory for the event as we entered into the north part of the Lake District.

A welcome stop at Hartside Café which is an extremely popular place, the views from here west are stunning and allow you to gaze across the Lakeland fells with some uninterrupted views. The final action of the morning took place at the Lake District Wildlife Park where a test in a farmyard saw a distinctly muddy feel to the section. This preceded a fine lunch at Armathwaite Hall, one of the Lake District’s and possibly UK’s finest hotels.

The final day of the RAC rally of The Tests dawned with another crisp and clear morning to greet crews as they departed for the final action of the event. This was a classic RAC Rally of The Tests. One that challenged crews and forced errors from those who lost concentration, the consensus is that the balance of the event was just right and heralded a return to the more competitive events of years past.

Ralf Stamm
FIVA Steward to the Event

More pictures here

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Rebublic Day Rally – Turkey

The last rally of the season, the “Republic Day Rally” took place between Sapanca and Bolu on 28th and 29th of October 2017.

The event began after the technical supervision at NG Sapanca Bedesten on Saturday, October the 28th, which was observed by the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) authority  Mr. Valentin Zbynovsky.

The area where the rally took place is known for its nature and fresh air, so the attendees enjoyed all shades of green and spectacular mountain view.

Totally 30 Precious classic cars rallied. The oldest classic car was 1957 made Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Mr. Sinan Evman and Mr. Zeki Baştürk who are the owners of this car were the winners of this rally.

As in Turkey classic car rallies are known by the population of women attendees in motorsports, Turkish Automobile Sports Federation’ s (TOSFED) Women’s Commission (TOSK) has prepared a special stage awarding women racers separately in this rally. Mrs. Elif Şakar, who is the General Class Champion of the previous year, has won this special stage for women.

Yeliz İnanç Balıbey

Pictures here

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GA 2017 – Bucharest

Dear Bogdan, dear members of the RETROMOBIL CLUB ROMANIA,

On behalf of the FIVA General Committee and all FIVA Officers, I want to thank you for the remarkable work you and your RCR team achieved to prepare and organize the 2017 FIVA General Assembly. I personally received only compliments from the delegates and their companions about the choice of venues, the comfort of the hotel, the meals and, above all, the sense of service and attention to details you demonstrated over these few days.

The gala dinner was a wonderful place to be and a souvenir to remember. We all appreciated to meet the President of the Romanian Senate and could only rejoice about his enthusiasm as a collector of historic vehicles. We hope that this international gathering of FIVA delegates in Bucharest will help RCR in fostering new initiatives and developments in Romania for the benefit of the movement. I hope in particular that you will be in a position to send us good news about the national museum in the near future.

Please transmit our thanks and gratitude to all the members of your team.

Looking forward to meeting you soon

Patrick Rollet
FIVA President

Photo’s: HERE

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General Assembly 2018: Gibraltar

Please note that the next General Assembly will be held in Gibraltar in November 2018. Exact dates and more information will be published soon. See the pdf on this little rock on the sunny side of Europe for more information.

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FIVA welcomes new members from Nepal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Namibia

FIVA welcomes new members from Nepal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Namibia

Up till now, Nepal, Bosnia and Namibia might not have been the first countries to spring to mind when thinking of the classic vehicle movement. Yet each is a nation with a strong ethos of historic vehicle ownership and enjoyment – and a unique history of extraordinary cars.

By becoming members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, or international federation of historic vehicles), organisations from these three countries have demonstrated their commitment to the international historic vehicle movement.

“It is with great delight that we welcome Vintage & Classic Motor Inc Nepal, the Oldtimer Club of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and – as a Museum member – the Old Wheelers Club of Namibia, to our global community of historic vehicle enthusiasts,” says FIVA’s Director for Membership, Howard Danino.

“Each of these countries embodies a distinctive car culture, and our existing members from 65 nations will be enriched by association with three such vibrant new members. It’s clear that the passion for historic vehicles we all share is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon. This can only be good news for the future of the movement.”

The organisations that have committed to join FIVA are:

Vintage & Classic Motor Inc. Nepal
Of the 131 members on the club’s books, a significant number are lifetime members, and there are also 26 registered vehicles with the oldest being a 1928 Ford Model A Standard Phaeton 35A.

Oldtimer Club of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The current membership is 145 individuals with 45 vehicles, the oldest being a 1929 Mercedes SSK. By joining FIVA, the club hopes to spread through Bosnia and Herzegovina, attracting others to become members.

Old Wheelers Club of Namibia (Museum member)
In June 1986, 26 historic car enthusiasts got together to form a club with the aim of encouraging the ownership, use, restoration and preservation of motor vehicles more than 25 years old. The membership has since grown to more than 500 and the club is about to start work on building ‘The National Motoring Museum’ in Namibia.

Notes to Editors

FIVA is the only global organisation of its kind aiming to encourage the safe use of historic, mechanically propelled road vehicles, while remaining equally focused on preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. 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(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance…

and Great Wall International Classic Rally

On 3rd October 2017, the third YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, held in spectacular surroundings, impressed with its display of 38 top-level historic vehicles and 14 modern automobiles. This is the third time the stunning concours event has been held at YanQi Island, Huairou District, near Beijing (venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation), and it’s certainly among the top exhibitions of its kind in China.

This year’s classic historic automobiles included the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo owned by eminent collector Corrado Lopresto, the car that won Best of Show at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este; a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart; and the 1967 Red Flag Hongqi CA770 from the Beijing Classic Car Museum. There was also a very rare 1950 Skoda VOS, the car of Marshal Zhu De, restored by Skoda China and now part of the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution. This was its first appearance at a concours event.

In the competition section of the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, the five-person judging committee consisted of Gautam Sen, Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, curator of the Italian National Automobile Museum, Camille Bourges, representative of the organising party of French Avignon Automobile Festival, Pierre-Antoine Faure, and Wu Jianxin, joint publisher of Racemaker Press. The committee gave their marks and judgments on the competing historic vehicles as per an internationally adopted marking system of concours d’elegance events across the globe.

Under observation by FIVA this year, it is hoped that the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance and Great Wall International Classic Rally will be accorded international status by FIVA for next year, 2018.

A 1951 Volkswagen T1 Pickup Truck was awarded best in class in the ‘Functional Classic’ category, a 1983 Volkswagen Beetle in the class ‘For The People’, a 1914 Ford T for ‘The Oldtimers’, a 1930 Skoda 422 in ‘Pre-War Classics’, a 1980 Mercedes­-Benz 230TE in ‘The Youngtimers’, a 1959 Borgward Isabella Coupé Cabrio in ‘The Borgward Classic’, the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo in ‘La Dolce Vita’, a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa in the ‘Sunshine Express’ class, a 1982 Audi Quattro Rally A2 in ‘The Competition Car’, and the 1950 Skoda VOS in ‘The Luxury Classic’.

While Corrado Lopresto’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo deservedly scooped Best of Show, the Red Flag Honqi was awarded a special Jury Prize, while the Porsche 911 Targa, along with a 1957 Hansa 2400 Pullman and a Bentley Mulsanne won awards based on the jury’s personal favourites.

In the run-up to the concours itself, the 2017 Borgward Great Wall International Classic Rally – a five-day, 550km run – was successfully organised by the magazine Auto Bild China. This was the fourth running of the road rally since it launched in 2014, during which time it has established itself as one of China’s most important historic vehicle events. Departing from the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention Center, the rally took participants through the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, China Film Group Base, Beijing Classic Car Museum, Borgward Automobile Production Base, Huiyuan Group Base, Gubei Water Town, Longqing Valley, the ancient town of Yongning and the Lakeside Great Wall, before arriving at Yanqi Island in Huairou, Beijing, having completed nine timed sections and seven non-competitive road sections. Sixteen historic vehicles completed the rally, with victory going to Xu Tao/Song Shan in their 1994 Porsche 993; second place to Albrecht Rolf Karl/Lautenbacher Wolfgang Georg in their 1982 Audi Quattro Rally A2; and third to Wang Yin/Zhang Qi in their 1980 Mercedes-Benz 230TE.

Mr Wang Yin, founder of the Great Wall International Classic Rally and the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, concluded by commenting: “The Great Wall International Classic Rally is a moving ‘poem’, while the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance is a static ‘painting’, as well as a wonderful interaction between historic vehicle culture and Chinese culture. This is the vital significance of these two activities. As organisers, we are tasked to steadily hold these two annual events, striving to make them ever more wonderful.”

Pictures here

Notes to Editors

FIVA is the only global organisation of its kind aiming to encourage the safe use of historic, mechanically propelled road vehicles, while remaining equally focused on preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. In April 2017, FIVA signed a partnership (consultative status) with 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(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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The 17th Edition of the most relevant South American Classic & Historic Vehicle Show was successfully held in Buenos Aires in mid-October, organized by the Club de Automóviles Clásicos de Argentina (CAC), by a Team headed by its new President, Mr Guillermo Viacava.

The 4-day Event was visited by 50.000 enthusiasts (including many foreign visitors), who enjoyed viewing the wide variety of over 1.000 vehicles, (with the presence of local and international Clubs) in excellent Spring weather.

Additional to the much awaited Autojumble (100+ stands ) and the ever growing presence of Motorcycles (including Historic GP winners), this year’s Autoclásica celebrated the Anniversaries of Ferrari, Lancia, Volvo & Lotus Seven, all of which had special displays with models representing their rich histories.

Local heritage was centered this year on the 80th Anniversary of the very traditional Turismo Carretera racing cars (which included those now known as Fangio Coupes) as well as the Argentine Formula One cars that competed in the 60’s & 70’s, with special celebrations honouring Designers, Drivers and Mechanics. Considering the wide scope of Autoclásica, a selection of family cars manufactured in Argentina in that same period were exhibited in a prominent section of the extensive grounds.

To continue developing our movement, this year visitors had the opportunity of enjoying a series of open air presentations given by specialists, centred on topics like Period Innovations, Road Safety, Design, Ferrari, Formula One, etc.

As in previous editions, the proceeds from the parking is donated to the local Children’s Hospital

After 2 days of Judging, the Prize Giving Ceremony was held on Sunday, centred on the Concurso de Elegancia covering numerous Vehicle Categories, plus distinctions to Best Club, Sponsor and Autojumble Stands

Once again the definition of the Best of Show was a hard choice in Cars, with the judges finally selecting the stunning Type 57 Bugatti Atalante by Gangloff.

In Motorcycles, the Best of Show was awarded to a recently restored Coventry Eagle Flying 8 B 160, 1926, powered by a 998 cc JAP OHV engine with 3 gears.

Considering its importance and profile, Autoclásica was again distinguished by FIVA with the implementation of the prestigious Preservation Award. This year a 1953 Volkswagen Series 1 Beetle caught everybody’s eyes, not only because of its originality, but also its condition, plus the fact that it has been in the same Family for 3 generations, since the current owner’s grandfather purchased it new.

Alec E. Daly
FIVA Ambassador – South America.

Pictures here.

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