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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
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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 communications@fiva.org, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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FIVA office has moved!

After a fruitful and exciting 10 years based in Brussels, Belgium, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is pleased to announce the move to an independent office of its own, namely Villa Rey in the centre of Turin, Italy.

With the move, FIVA is also pleased to welcome a new member of the team: 36-year-old Gian Mario Mollar joins as General Secretary of FIVA from 14 June 2018. Widely known and respected thanks to his stint at Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI), where he’s been an important part of the functioning of Italy’s apex body, Gian Mario Mollar is already familiar with FIVA’s working culture and systems.

The current team is delighted that he will be bringing his combination of youth, vitality and experience to FIVA, ingredients that are necessary to improve the efficiency of this ever-growing federation of clubs, professionals, institutions, corporates, global partners – and like-minded automotive enthusiasts – from around the world.

Welcoming Gian Mario Mollar, FIVA president Patrick Rollet commented, “Gian Mario is a highly enthusiastic young colleague who will contribute markedly to the streamlining of systems and the workings of FIVA, and help us improve the professionalism and efficiency of this international body over the coming years.

“At the same time, we say a huge thank you and bid a fond farewell to Dora Caberg, who has given nine years of faithful and professional service to FIVA as our Office Manager in Brussels. Dora is supporting the transition from Brussels to Turin and will then be leaving FIVA on 31 August 2018.”

The new FIVA office address is:

Villa Rey
Strada Val San Martino Superiore 27B
10131 Torino

Gian Mario Mollar’s contact details are:
Mobile: +39 391 725 9962
Email: secretary@fiva.org

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 communications@fiva.org, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), is responsible for the processing of personal data as shown in this privacy statement.

Contact details:

  • Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)
  • Data Protection person: Gian Mario Mollar
  • He can be reached via secretary@fiva.org


Personal data that we process

FIVA processes your personal data because you use our services and/or because you provide them yourself. Below is an overview of the personal data we might process:

  • First and last name
  • Company name
  • Address data
  • phone number
  • E-mail address


For the FIVA (vehicle) ID-Card additional technical data concerning the vehicle(s) you applied for, are stored. This data is only accessible for a limited number of people on a ‘need to know basis’ in relation to the FIVA ID-Card for your vehicle. Vehicle- and owner-data are stored in individual databases for added security.

Special and/or sensitive personal data that we process

Our website and/or service does not intend to collect data about website visitors who are younger than 16 years, unless they have permission from parents or guardians. However, we cannot check if a visitor is older than 16. We encourage parents to be involved in the online activities of their children, in order to prevent data about children being collected without parental consent. If you are convinced that we have collected personal information about a minor without this consent, please contact us at secretary@fiva.org and we will delete this information.

For what purpose and on what basis we process personal data

FIVA processes your personal data for the following purposes:

  • Sending our newsletter and / or information material
  • You can call or e-mail if necessary to carry out our services
  • Inform you about changes to our services and products

Automated decision-making

FIVA does not take decisions based on automated processing on matters that can have (significant) consequences for persons. These concerns decisions taken by computer programs or systems, without involving a person (for example, an employee of FIVA). FIVA uses the following computer programs or systems: CRM software for storing and recording communication with customers and prospects. The information of this CRM is only available to employees of FIVA and is not shared with third parties.

How long we store personal data

FIVA does not store your personal data longer than is strictly necessary to realize the purposes for which your data is collected. We use the following retention periods for the following personal data: 36 months after the first contact if this has not led to a lasting (business) relationship. Before the end of this period, you will be contacted to ask if you object to the extension of the term with another 36 channels. If you object, your information will be removed from the CRM system.

Sharing personal data with third parties

FIVA will only provide your information to third parties if this is necessary for the execution of our agreement with you or to comply with a legal obligation.

Cookies, or similar techniques, that we use

FIVA only uses technical and functional cookies and analytical cookies that do not infringe your privacy. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer, tablet or smartphone when you first visit this website. The cookies we use are necessary for the technical operation of the website and your ease of use. They ensure that the website works properly and remember, for example, your preferences. We can also optimize our website with this. You can opt out of cookies by setting your internet browser so that it does not store cookies anymore. In addition, you can also delete all information previously saved via the settings of your browser.

View, modify or delete data

You have the right to view, correct or delete your personal data. In addition, you have the right to withdraw your consent to the data processing or to object to the processing of your personal data by FIVA and you have the right to data portability. This means that you can submit a request to us to send the personal information we have in your computer file to you or another organization mentioned by you. You can send a request for access, correction, deletion, data transfer of your personal data or request for cancellation of your consent or objection to the processing of your personal data to secretary@fiva.org. To ensure that the request for access has been made by you, we ask you to send a copy of your ID with the request. Make your passport photo, MRZ (machine readable zone, the strip with numbers at the bottom of the passport), passport number and citizen service number (BSN) black in this copy. This to further protect your privacy. We respond as quickly as possible, but within four weeks, at your request. FIVA would also like to point out that you have the opportunity to file a complaint with the national supervisory authority, the French Data Protection Authority. You can do this via the following link: https://www.cnil.fr

How we protect personal data

FIVA takes the protection of your data seriously and takes appropriate measures to prevent misuse, loss, unauthorized access, unwanted disclosure and unauthorized modification. If you have the impression that your data is not properly secured or there are indications of misuse, please us via secretary@fiva.org.

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Laleh Seddigh, the Makings of a Pioneer

Laleh Seddigh, the Makings of a Pioneer

Dr. Laleh Seddigh, a Ph.D. in industrial production, is an Executive Vice President with one of Iran’s largest vehicle parts manufacturers. She is also an accomplished equestrian and is well known for her charitable works with a number of charities dedicated to a number of social welfare causes. But what is of greater interest to us is that Laleh is one of Iran’s most accomplished race and rally drivers, better than many of the men, beating many of them to win the national saloon car racing title in 2005, as well as nearly 50 other wins and trophies.

Laleh’s start in motorsports commenced in a way that was far off from the beaten path, namely by receiving a religious Fatwa (edict) from a prominent Ayatollah stating that there were no religious limitations for women to partake in motorsports. Using this Fatwa, Laleh broke through the proverbial glass ceiling that had prevented women from participating in motorsports in Iran, and thanks to her efforts, it is now quite common for women to compete in nearly all motorsports activities in Iran.

Incidentally, it was thanks to the efforts of the Laleh Seddigh and the Iran’s Women’s Motorsports Commission, as well as the President of the Iranian Motorcycle and Automobile Federation (MAFIRI) that since July 2016 Iranian women have had the right to compete in motocross events, for the first time in history.

In an interview on the sidelines of the “Tina Brown’s Women in The World (WITW) Conference,” held in India in 2015, Laleh Seddigh commented on the limitations that she has hd to face and why she has even turned down opportunities outside of Iran: “In Iran, I may have hurdles… but it means that I will have to make the road clear for myself and other players to continue. That has a big meaning for me; that’s why I decided to stay back in Iran and help other drivers. To be strong and give them my motivation, to send them and my country a message.”

Currently, Laleh is training some 80 women in different areas of motorsports. In the 2014 FIA Middle East Regional Championship Rally held in Shiraz, Iran, Laleh Seddigh went head to head against competitors from across the region, and for the first time there were several lady time keepers, as well as support and logistics personnel, playing an active role in the managing an event of this caliber.

Having achieved championship titles in saloon car and professional rallying, Laleh Seddigh has branched into other fields of motorsports, as well as into historic vehicle events. Since the last many years Laleh has also been competing in historic vehicle events, as well as modern car rallies, participating in vehicles as diverse as a Renault 5 to Minis. She is also one of the national organizers of the national classic rallies, specifically the national Tehran to Shomal Rally.  She currently heads the Women’s Commission of the Classic Vehicle Committee of Iran, which is the FIVA ANF and is also a part of the Motorcycle and Automobile Federation of Iran, the FIA ASN. In this capacity she has been working to attract more and more women to the historical vehicle events.

Laleh Seddigh has not been limiting her efforts to Iran only. In October 2015, at the FIVA AGM in Krakow, a meeting between the Classic Vehicle Committee of Iran and the Turkish AFN the Classic Car Club of Turkey, Iran joined an initiative started by Yeliz Belibey to attract more women to the historical vehicle movement. In full support of this initiative, Laleh Seddigh travelled to Turkey to compete in the Spring Classic Rally of Turkey, held on April, 23, 2016. The purpose of this trip was not only to show solidarity and support for the Turkish initiative, but to also promote more inter-regional ties between enthusiasts, in particular women, across the region.

Dr Laleh Seddigh’s story has the makings of a Hollywood movie for sure, and maybe we will hear more about this in some time. Nothing could be more appropriate to sum up with this movie tag line: “If you want to stop me, you have to catch me first.”

–          Ramin Salehkhou, MAFIRI

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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: office@fiva.org and culture@fiva.org (n.grom.jerina@fiva.org)
  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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“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: www.klasikkadin.com. 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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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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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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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 communications@fiva.org, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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