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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Alvis TF21 Graber Super scoops FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award

The 24th edition of the Pays de Fougères international rally on 25-28 May 2018 brought together 180 crews from a dozen-odd European countries, as well as an entrant all the way from Thailand. For the first time, the rally was chosen by FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) as one of the 10 venues where a FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award is presented.

At the rally, Englishman Paul Chasney scooped the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award with his remarkable Alvis TF21 Graber Super from 1966, one of the last six bodies made by the famous Swiss coachbuilder Herman Graber. However, the judges (veteran FIVA steward Rainer Hindrischedt and FIVA VP Communications Gautam Sen) were hard-pushed to choose between the Alvis and the superb 1959 Lancia Flaminia saloon of Claude-Michel Perseil, which was the close runner-up.

The annual Pays de Fougères rally, organised every May by the Automobile and Heritage Association of the Pays de Fougères, was – from the start – one of the first events to combine beautiful automobiles of the past with the (often lesser-known) architectural and gastronomic heritage of northwest France. It has always been less about discussing nuts and bolts and valves than discovering the many facets of a rich heritage, both mobile and immobile.

Above all, perhaps, it’s a chance to introduce the general public to the intriguing world of historic vehicles, as the cars are exhibited at locations accessible to the public during the three days of the event – this year at Dinard, Granville and Fougères. Meanwhile, the Sunday afternoon of the rally sees each vehicle presented to the public with a detailed but lighthearted account of its history. Free-of-charge to visitors, the aim is to tell the story of each car, reviving happy memories and, it’s hoped, awakening the interest of the younger generation in our industrial heritage, in the aesthetics of car design, and in the people and human activities behind it all.

This annual rally always manages to bring together cars that are rarely seen elsewhere. Rare and exclusive marques such as Marauder, Swallow Doretti, HRG, CG and Darracq joined the traditional luxury brands of Bentley, Delage, Delahaye and Rolls-Royce, not to mention thrilling sportscars from Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bugatti and even a Ford GT40, to excite onlookers.

Next year’s Pays de Fougères international rally will again be held in the Fougères region, from 17-20 May 2019.

Notes to Editors

Pictures: 1966 Alvis TF21 Graber Super; photos courtesy of Guillaume Nédélec, please credit where possible.

(Static picture backdrop is the Château des Rochers-Sévigné, the XVIIth Century home of the Marquess of Sévigné, a woman famous for her letters to her daughter, Countess de Grignan, with gossip from the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King.)

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.

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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.

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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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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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AFTER 2040, it will no longer be legal to sell new vehicles in the UK that rely solely on petrol or diesel power. This announcement of the wholesale electrification of personal transport is a stark reminder that the UK is on a one-way street to a carbon-free future. Few deny that the road to cleaner air and renewable energy is the only one open if we are to protect the future of humanity and its environment, but the realities, logistics and practicalities of accommodating such an all-encompassing change are anything but straightforward. The questions and fears raised by the enforced switch to hybrids and pure electric vehicles are complex and far-reaching, and the historic car movement faces its own concerns not debated in the mainstream media.

From Octane Magazine; more here

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Masterclass: Drive the Nürburgring Nordschleife with Walter Röhrl

Who better to teach you the right lines on the Nürburgring Nordschleife than Walter Röhrl, two-time World Rally Champion and multiple lap record-holder on the infamous 13-mile circuit?


When FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) asked Röhrl to drive a textbook lap in a classic Porsche 911 with onboard cameras to catch his every move, the motorsport legend leapt at the chance to help. The car he drove was a Porsche 911 rally car carefully rebuilt to the exact spec of the 1979 ‘Heigo’ 911 of Porsche engineer and rally driver Dieter Röscheisen, with the addition of several cameras and subtle FIVA branding. And of course, as a classic car enthusiast and renowned perfectionist, Röhrl turned up in his original overalls from the era.

With the support of Pirelli, FIVA has released the video of Röhrl’s full lap of the Nordschleife, giving a masterclass on the perfect, super-smooth style – and the right lines – for a brisk lap in a classic 911.

In this, the Nordschleife’s 90th anniversary year, Röhrl explains what makes ‘the ’Ring’ so special:

“It’s the only perfect test track in the world. If you want to make a perfect car, you have to come here because you can find all conditions – steep descents and compressions, adverse cambers and banked corners, more than 20km of up and down. In rally driving there is no space for mistakes and it’s the same at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It shows who is a good driver: it’s dangerous, and only the best can win.”

Follow Röhrl’s pace and lines and you’ll avoid the well-known traps – such as Adenauer-Forst, which catches out more beginners than any other corner on the circuit. This very sharp left-hander, on a blind crest just after the excitement of  ‘The Foxhole’, often sees newcomers fly off the track at high speed. Röhrl shows the correct approach, slowing on the right line and finally getting well over to the right before turning in.

The tightest, slowest corner on the Nordschleife is Wehrseifen, reached downhill at very high speed. Röhrl shows how to tackle the tricky, blind approach. And there’s Wippermann, a fast right-hander quite late in the lap (steeply up on the way in, steeply down as you leave). Its deceptive approach suggests too early a clipping point. Follow your instincts and you’ll get a big shock; follow Röhrl’s line and you’ll leave the corner smiling.

Finally, FIVA asked Röhrl about the classic rally Porsche he took round the track. How does it differ from a modern Porsche? “The biggest difference is that in the classic you have no electronic help at all; it’s up to you as a driver whether it’s good on the road or not. Modern electronics are really helpful in driving: if you make a mistake the electronics help bring you back. But despite decades of development, a modern 911 follows the same concept.”

Notes to Editors

Walter Röhrl’s full lap of the Nordschleife is free to use for editorial purposes. Walter Röhrl’s run on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, a 9 minute video, can be downloaded hereClick to view or right-click and ‘save as’ to download.

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 External Relations 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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Rally hero campaigns for ‘real’ spare parts for classics

Rally hero campaigns for ‘real’ spare parts for classics

You wouldn’t expect a two-time World Rally Champion to be a fierce advocate of classic road cars, but according to FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), Walter Röhrl is one of the most ardent supporters of the historic car movement.

Another doyen of motorsport with a passion for historic vehicles, Dr Mario Theissen, now Senior Vice President of FIVA, interviewed Walter Röhrl at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. He asked him for his thoughts on classic cars – and on the future.

“I like to support FIVA because of its work promoting historic culture,” says Röhrl. “We have to ensure that in the future we can show our children what we did 50 years ago with these cars.” And more specifically, as a classic enthusiast, what would be Röhrl’s priorities for FIVA, the international federation of historic vehicles?

“I think there are three points,” replies Röhrl. “First of all, a bit of pressure on the car industry to take care that we get proper, good-quality, original spare parts. That is the main thing.

“Second, permission to use these cars on the open road – now and far into the future. And the third priority is to introduce young people to an interest in old cars.”

Röhrl – nowadays a Senior Test Driver for Porsche – is keen to stress the importance of using genuine spare parts to original specification on classic cars of all makes; and in particular, of fitting the correct right tyres: “I was lucky to be involved in testing and developing new Pirelli tyres that make classic Porsches drive almost like a modern car. Porsche customers often ask me, ‘What is the right tyre for my historic car?’ and I certainly want to be safe on the right tyres on my historic 911s and 356s.”

Notes to Editors

Walter Röhrl’s interview video is free to use for editorial purposes.
You can view or download the interview video here (German) or here (English). The 9 minute run on the Nürburgring Nordschleife can be downloaded here. Click to view or right-click and ‘save as’ to download.

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 External Relations 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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Sad news from India

The Indian government has put a ban on driving vehicles older than 15 years. Although we all value clean air and a safe environment, this obviously angers the owners of historic vehicles who’s effect on air pollution is very, very limited. Many surveys indicate that the mileage done by historic vehicles is very small and air pollution from public transport, the industry and burning coal for heating and cooking is a much bigger factor.

With these stringent rules the general public is deprived of the enjoyment of seeing these parts of their historic heritage being used and enjoy, not only by the owner and his family and friends but also by the spectators or, in case of a charity event, the many beneficiary organisations.

See newspaper article here

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Swedish Road-worthiness Testing

Peter Edqvist is happy to report that the Swedish government, a couple of days ago, decided how the EU Road-worthiness Testing Directive shall be implemented in Sweden. The new rules, to be introduced from May 2018.

In short, the new rules are like this:

Introduced is a new rolling 50-year exemption from RWT for cars of any sort, including lorries and buses and respectively if the vehicle is modified or not. It is only the model year that is the deciding factor. For motorcycles the rolling limit is 40 years (unlike in most countries, motorcycles are normally subjected to road-worthiness testing in Sweden).

Vehicles used commercially, which of course is not the same thing as commercial vehicles, must still be tested yearly.

Vehicles that has been off the road for some time must be tested once before they can enjoy the RWT exemption. The rules mention a 24 month limit; if the vehicle has a RWT certificate that is 24 months old or less, it will automatically be exempted from further testing. Newly imported vehicles must be tested once before they can be exempted.

These new rules have not come into existence without a lot of work. Apart from the efforts of the Swedish ANF, we must also stress that without the work of the FIVA Legislation Commission, and especially by Andrew Turner of this commission, all this would not have been possible. The work started many years ago, when George Magnusson was representing Sweden in the Legislation Commission (LC), and included many contacts with members of EU Parliament and others on the European scene.

The deciding factors, and here I think the LC was instrumental, was:
a) The EU RWT scheme is a directive, not a regulation.
b) The directive mentions “Vehicles of historical interest are supposed to conserve the heritage of the period during which they were constructed, and are considered to be hardly used on public roads. It should be left to Member States to determine the periodicity of roadworthiness testing for such vehicles”. This text made the Swedish interpretation possible.

So, all in all, we can proudly say that FIVA makes a difference, and Legislation Commission makes a difference.

Best regards,
Peter Edqvist

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FIVA in the Chinese Press

FIVA in the Chinese version of Auto Bild here

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