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FIVA Preservation award Ibbenbürener Veteranenrallye 2018

The 38th Ibbenbürnern Veteran Motorcycle Rally 2018 was a great success! The turn-out was great, the weather was perfect during the whole Pentecost weekend and the atmosphere amongst the participants was great as always.

The event, organized for the 38th time this year, focusses strongly on pre-war motorcycles and this is clearly visible when walking over the participants camping place. Well over 300 historic motorcycles are on display during the weekend and the touristic routes on Saturday and Sunday are viewed by many people along the route. At countless places, the drivers are greeted with flags and other signs by families on a day out or people living along the route.

As such the Ibbenbürnern Veteran Motorcycle Rally is a real and worthy representative of the cultural heritage that the ownership of these beautiful machines brings. All drivers are open to explain more to visitors about their magnificent machines and often have interesting stories to tell on how they got hold of their prized possession or found difficult to locate parts.

Being the second time the FIVA presented the much sought after Preservation Award, the number of well-preserved motorcycles was even bigger and more diverse than in 2017, making the job for the jury very difficult. The jury members, Wolf-Otto Weitekamp, Martin Schenker, Wilhelm Burkhard, Jürgen Cüpper (who also functioned as the public speaker during most of the weekend) and yours truly, did a preselection during the Saturday but some late entries changed the scene somewhat and hence the whole process continues well into the Sunday afternoon.

During the Sunday evening session in the big tent, where dinner was also served for the participants, the prizes where given. These range from prizes to those that drove the regularity run with the highest precision to kid-cups, those that celebrated their birthday during the weekend, the longest distance to participate and many, many more.

For the FIVA Preservation Award 3 motorcycles were pre-selected:

  • The 1935 DKW SB200 owned by Kay Jäger. At the time the ‘Volkswagen’ under the motorcycles and hence many have been regarded as not worthy to preserve or have been slaughtered for spare parts or heavily modified. The jury found it important to show that even a humble heritage is worth saving and hence placed this very nicely preserved DKW in the pre-selection.
  • The 1929 BMW R52 owned by Gerd Hindriks. According to the owner, this motorcycle was stored during a very long period of its life and was only used for approx. 5 years in its early life and can be regarded as a real and rare barn-find. The machine came with the original papers, toolkit, Siemens spare sparkplugs and was clearly very well preserved.
  • The 1914 Wanderer 4PS “Heeresmodell” owned by Hans-Dieter Springer. A 500cc V-twin with belt drive and rear-hub gearbox with 2 gears. A beautifully preserved example of this brand that still carried its original leather saddle and showed many, well preserved, original details. Based on age and condition the Wanderer was, therefore, presented the FIVA Preservation Award.

To all others that took their motorcycles to this great event; rest assured, the assortment of vehicles on display was great and gives confidence that preservation is seen as a very important by more and more owners of historic vehicles. The Handbook of Turin has been mentioned more than a few times by owners and spectators and this FIVA guideline is certainly seen as an important book and guideline by many.

However, this does not mean that FIVA renounces restored vehicles! Sometimes a vehicle is too far gone and can only be kept on the road if considerable action is taken and as long as the owner and bystanders enjoy the final result of sometimes years of painstaking restoration work, searching for parts etc. As long as the restoration work is done along the lines of the Charta of Turin, FIVA fully supports such work and the resulting enjoyment.

The organization of the Ibbenbürnern Veteran Motorcycle Rally is greatly appreciated for the invitation of FIVA, their meticulous organization that shows their experience. The countless helpers and the wide support of the local government all made this an event to remember, to recommend to others and visit again next year!


Jos Theuns
Vice President FIVA

Visit the FIVA Flickr page to see more pictures here

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FIVA at Retro Classic motor show Stuttgart

FIVA’s VP for Trade and Skills, Jos Theuns, visited the Retro Classic motor show and was asked to speak a few words for the opening of the show during the Allianze evening on Thursday the 22nd of March. Having just been told the Retro Classic show would be renamed ‘Die Fahr Kultuur Messe’ from 2019 onwards, the link to FIVA’s UNESCO efforts, started in 2016, became immediately clear. Due to FIVA’s efforts, that go way beyond the vehicle itself, FIVA’s aspirations have been recognized by UNESCO, ensuring that vehicle preservation now has a broader basis and a recognition that is worldwide.

Historic vehicles and all that comes with them are seen more and more as not only a fulfilling hobby but also a major part of culture that has influenced and still influences people’s lives to a very great extent.

Individual motorized transport freed people from geographical boundaries and allowed people to venture further away from home. Think not only about vacations, but in some cases people meeting their life-partners further away from their own homes became possible, as much as food travelling further and spreading to wider markets than was ever possible with horse and wagon.

With motorized transport other things changed too, not only the obvious improvements in roads and bridges but also hotels, road side restaurants, garages and other constructions themed and/or based on individual motorized transport.

FIVA, having celebrated its 50th birthday on 2016, has three main objectives: Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Historic Vehicle movement in the broadest sense of the word. The FIVA Preservation Award is already recognized as a prestigious award for vehicles that have been maintained in their original state and form, and have certainly not been restored to ‘better then new’ conditions.

Back to the Retro Classic motor show, it was noted that the number of unrestored but still functional vehicles on show is increasing, in line with FIVA’s Preservation Award. Remanufacturing of parts and components is now at a higher standard than ever before, while prices for these parts are stabilizing due to cheaper production processes such as 3D printing.

Are remanufactured parts against the grain of FIVA? Certainly not! Using the Charter of Turin as a guideline, remanufacturing in the right way (!) is always better than storing the vehicle until another similar vehicle is broken-up for parts. After all, an older motto of FIVA was ‘keeping yesterday’s vehicles, on tomorrow’s roads” something all owners and stakeholders still underline and live up to.

Retro Classic Messe, with clearly the largest floor space of all historic vehicle shows, is a statement that this hobby is still a major aspect in many people’s life. A nice thing to see is that we see more of the younger generation and families enjoying this show and the nice weather during this weekend, very well deserved after the cold and snowy first two days.

FIVA would like to extend its thanks to the organizers of the show, the many members we met, the FIVA Global Partners and Professional Members that relentlessly offer their support for FIVA’s goals of Protecting, Preserving and Promoting historic vehicles and all related material.


Opening by Karl-Ulrich Hermann, CEO of Retro Messe GmbH and Ms. Petra Klein (SWR1) who was the moderator.

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4th Edition of “ANGLO CARS”

During the first week of December, our Chilean ANF : CLUB DE AUTOMÓVILES ANTIGUOS DE CHILE (CAACH) organized the 4th Edition of “ANGLO CARS”,  which is the most important exhibition of Classic & Historic Vehicles in Chile.

This Event has been evolving extremely positively over the last four years, both in quantity and quality of the Vehicles shown, as well as the venue and overall organization. Worth underlying is the fact that this Show is also centered on raising funds for the “14th Fire Brigade”, which is ably supported by the Anglo-Chilean Community. The drive of the organizers is reflected for example, in having obtained Prince Edward’s patronage, who last year presented the Best of Show Trophy.

This year Anglo Cars moved to the very attractive San Cristobal Polo Club and was extended to two full days, allowing the numerous visitors admire the 150 Classic & Historic Vehicles, which for the first time included a promising section of Motor Bikes and Bicycles.

A Team of Local Judges focused on their corresponding Categories with their top choices being:

  • VINTAGE – Pierce Arrow – 1917 – 488 Touring 7 Seats
  • POST VINTAGE – Lagonda – 1938 – Le Mans Racer 12 Cyl
  • POST WAR – Mercedes Benz – 1956 – 300 SL Gullwing
  • CLASSIC – Aston Martin – 1967 – DB-6
  • EXOTIC & RACING – Alfa Romeo – 1958 – 1900 SS Zagato
  • CLUB SPIRIT – Paige – 1917 – Touring
  • SPECIAL MENTION – Land Rover – 1951 – Series I /80
  • FINNISH/MEGUIAR – Cadillac – 1947 – Cabriolet
  • RESTORATION/CAACH – Buick – 1931 – Restoration
  • EFFORT 1 – Rolls Royce – 1929 – 20/25
  • EFFORT 2 – BMW – 1937 – R 6
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Ford GT-40 – Recreation
  • FIVA-PRESERVATION – Renault – 1908 – Landeau Town Car
  • BEST OF SHOW – Alfa Romeo – 1958 – 1900 SS Zagato


Additionally, South American Ambassador Alec E Daly handed Mr. Gerard Khalbenn (CAACH President) a Plaque from FIVA celebrating the CLUB DE AUTOMOVILES DE CHILE’S 50th Anniversary.

More pictures here

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UNESCO Visit to RetroMobile

UNESCO visited the Retromobile, guided by members of the FIVA General Committee and Rony Karam, who is one of the main contacts between FIVA and the UNESCO.

Pictures here

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FIVA Culture Award


Nominations should be submitted no later than 31st August 2018. Award descriptions and submission information can be found at the bottom of this page and here (then click on downloads on the right of the 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 a part of humankind’s cultural and technical heritage, as well as a strategic resource for our global society and economy.

The FIVA Culture Award is also designed to encourage people to understand, respect and support mobile heritage.

The awards are given for the following categories and related projects:

    Outstanding research projects which lead to tangible effects in the enhancement of cultural and technical mobile heritage worldwide. 
    Open to those whose contributions over a long period of time demonstrates excellence in the protection and enhancement of cultural and technical mobile heritage worldwide, far exceeding normal expectations.
  3. EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS
    Outstanding initiatives related to education, training and the raising of awareness in the field of cultural and technical mobile heritage, with focus on the promotion and/or contributions to the sustainable development of the environment.


How to proceed:

  1. Download the Application Form and fill it in
  1. Submit the materials by email: and (
  2. All applications must reach the Cultural Commission by August 31st, 2018.
  3. Nominees will be informed of the results by October-end, at the latest.
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RALLYING IN CHINA is different

RALLYING IN CHINA is different

Though the Classic Cars Challenge China was supported by FIVA and loosely run to European rules, on this event friends switch cars, as do navigators, while at least two drivers elected to complete the course solo. Timing bordered on the supernatural, while the organisers took delight in running regularities with finish controls tucked away in hard-to-find city locations. Running red lights to save a couple of precious minutes did little to endear competitors to the police.

The 42 crews on this seventh running of the Challenge left downtown Beijing for stage one of a 1400km regularity rally that would end in Shanghai seven days later. Cars ranged from a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom and 1931 Packard to a pair of Jaguar E-types and such rarities as a BMW 2002 Turbo, Subaru Leane RX Turbo, a works replica Lancia Delta Integrale, and a Volkswagen Camper van with expanding roof and bed. The VW not only lasted the course, but even arrived home in third place!

Each relaxed stop-over (Tiajan, Weifang, Qingzhou, Nanjing and Wuxi) was followed by a formal departure ceremony attended not only by local dignitaries and sponsors but also enormous crowds, most of whom had never seen a ‘classic’ car before.

From Octane Magazine February 2018, full article Here
Words and photography: Peter Baker

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“You don’t touch culture:” FIVA President Patrick Rollet on defining and protecting historic cars.

Interview of Patrick Rollet by Hemmings Daily

Our recent articles on the Charter of Turin Handbook and on what categories of vehicle the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens considers historic prompted a good deal of discussion, not just in our comments section, but also among FIVA leadership. Should FIVA – which aims to be a globally recognized authority on historic vehicles and an advocate of keeping them on the road – include modified cars in that definition? Should it even be making such distinctions? And how do questions like these influence the organization’s goals and activities across multiple continents with vastly different automotive cultures?

To answer these questions, we spoke with FIVA President Patrick Rollet, a British car enthusiast who lives in Paris and who has helmed the organization since 2013. The resulting interview below has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Hemmings Daily: Can you quickly tell us the history and mission of FIVA?

Patrick Rollet: We published a book of our history last year to celebrate the 50th anniverary of FIVA – it’s pretty heavy stuff.

It started in ’56 – it was a sort of European old gentleman affair started in a chateau in Switzerland with a few people from Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and England, of course. We took two pre-federations and merged them to create FIVA.

Our first mission was, as they say in the Netherlands, to keep yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads. So we were lobbying, later in Brussels, to make sure with all their clean environment and road safety rules that these cars have exemptions.

Read the full interview here

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Ms. Yeliz Balıbey joins T,S & Y Commission

Ms. Yeliz Balıbey speaking 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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