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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European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group Meeting

From left Doede Bakker (FEHAC), Nataša G. Jerina (FIVA MCC) and Bernd Lange (MEP)

The March issue of European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group Meeting was organized by Mr. Bernd Lange, MEP. This time the discussion was focused mainly on topics related to Historic Powered Two Wheelers. FIVA was represented by Nataša G. Jerina – Motorcycle Commission General secretary, Doede Bakker – FEHAC, delegated by Legislation Commission, and Andrew Turner (EPPA).

Motorcycle Commission presentation was made in collaboration with the Legislation Commission, focusing mostly on topics concerning problems that can affect historic powered two wheelers in relation to their originality, their legislative situation and challenges for ownership and future use, such as Intelligent Transport Systems, Biofuels, LEZ (example in concreto of mopeds in Amsterdam), and REACH.

FIVA and the MEPs had a constructive discussion about historic vehicles, where a number of national and European topics were discussed as well.

Detailed minutes are going to be prepared by Andrew Turner (EPPA) and available on FIVA web page, section Legislation Commission.

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US Senate Bill Recognizes Historic Vehciles

Classic Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles go into the Library of Congress

Historic automobiles, trucks and motorcycles get the same treatment as landmark buildings recognized by the National Register of Historic Places under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan. The gives an official federal government stamp of approval to the Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA) growing list of such cars and trucks. Peters’ bill also recognizes similar work on historic cycles by the American Motorcyclist Association.

The U.S. Interior department worked with the HVA to identify and honor such vehicles, and the federal agency together with the private organization, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, have worked for such legislation already in recent years. The HVA’s latest honoree was the first production 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which was displayed in a large glass box on Woodward Avenue during the Dream Cruise in August.

Read the full article here

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Exemption from Paris old car ban

Exemption from Paris old car ban

In a case that may have ramifications across Europe and perhaps the world, French historic vehicle enthusiasts have convinced the authorities in Paris to provide an exemption to the city’s pending old-car ban for certain historic vehicles.

The ban, announced last year but finalized within the last month, will go into effect July 1, and will restrict all pre-1997 vehicles from the streets of Paris between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Intended to combat the rising air pollution levels in the city, the ban will become stricter over time, eventually barring all vehicles built before 2011 by 2020.

Or, almost all. As the Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE), the French arm of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, announced on its website, members of the FFVE earlier this month reached an agreement with city officials to exempt historic vehicles from the ban. Under the terms of the agreement, which they expect the city to publish toward the end of June, any vehicle 30 years old or older wearing a Carte Grise de Collection registration sticker – as opposed to a Carte Grise Normale registration sticker – will be allowed in the city at all times.

Vehicles wearing a Carte Grise Normale registration will continue to be banned, as will those less than 30 years old (a category known in Europe as Youngtimers), though the FFVE has scheduled further meetings with Paris officials to address possible exemptions for Youngtimers.

According to Gautam Sen, FIVA vice president of external relations, the agreement between FFVE and Paris officials could prove influential in convincing other cities considering similar bans to make exemptions for historic vehicles.

“I would imagine it happens differently in each city,” Sen said. “But everybody is kind of waiting for the Paris Accord, if you can call it that.” As an example, he cited Delhi’s existing no-exception ban of all cars 15 years and older from that city. “Once the Paris agreement is on paper, I’d like to take that to Delhi and say, ‘This is what Paris is doing.’

To bolster its case that historic automobiles deserve recognition and preservation, FIVA recently aligned itself with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization by obtaining UNESCO patronage, a sort of endorsement of FIVA’s mission.

“The preservation of technologies and know-how is part of UNESCO’s cultural activities,” according to UNESCO spokesperson Roni Amelan. “Furthermore, UNESCO celebrates creative design through a number of programmes, notably the creative cities network. In view of the above, UNESCO decided to grant FIVA its patronage for activities that concern the preservation of automotive heritage.”

Sen noted that the UNESCO patronage hasn’t influenced the Paris talks, nor will it have any direct impact on FIVA’s efforts to fight old car bans, “but in the longer term it could and should lead to recognition of historic vehicles… not just as classic or vintage, and that is important to establish as part of our modern-day history.”

In addition, Sen said FIVA hopes to leverage UNESCO’s patronage to influence official recognition and preservation of historic automobile sites and to loosen restrictions on the import and export of historic vehicles around the world.

UNESCO has already provided some groundwork for FIVA, with its Venice Charter serving as the basis and inspiration for FIVA’s Turin Charter of 2013, an effort to get the world’s governments to recognize historic automobiles as cultural artifacts.

The UNESCO patronage also comes during FIVA’s 50th anniversary, which the latter is celebrating through World Motoring Heritage Year, a succession of 42 collector car events around the globe.

Original article by Hemming Motors here

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