World Motoring Heritage

RAC 1000 Mile Trial: Blue Passion

The 2018 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial took place from Sunday 8th until Friday 13th July and was enjoyed by 35 crews in a wonderful variety of Vintage cars. The route ran from Woodcote Park, the home of the RAC Club, into mid-Wales for two full days of competition before finishing north of London near Watford. During the six days, as well as some very keen competition, there was plenty of time for socialising and the traditional high-jinks that make the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile more than a motorsport event, it is an occasion.

At the end of the Trial two nice pictures: one of a magnificent vehicle in an equally magnificent environment of mid-Wales and one of a very happy Father-Daughter pairing from Switzerland, Mr. Urs Mezger (driver) and his daughter Maxime (navigator).

Their Lagonda M45 Rapide received the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award during the 2018 RAC 1000 Mile Trial and received the 1.5kg bronze plaque from FIVA Vice-President Tony Davies at the end-of-event Awards ceremony.

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

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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, Burkhard Wilhelm, 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 ‘constant speed 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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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 (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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Swiss Historic Vehicle Federation starts Culture Initiative

The Swiss Historic Vehicle Federation has started their own Culture Logo program 2018.

2018 is the year of cultural heritage! Together we show how important our common cultural heritage is. Nationwide, we make it possible to experience it in a personal and fun way, and for all: we want to appeal to the young generation as heirs of the inheritance. Hence the Swiss federation is planning to have 20 vintage car events of SHVF members to be a “Culture Event.”

See for more information.
Other links: (the Swiss partner of the European Year of Cultural Heritage:

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Villa d’Este – FIVA Preservation Award

During the Villa d’Este concours dÉlegance the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle Award was presented to Marco Gastaldi. Marco Gastaldi’s 1927 Hispano-Suiza T49 Weymann Sport Saloon by H. J. Muliner won this award. It was in remarkable shape considering it has been on the road for 90 years.

As the FIVA Judge to the event JJ Dóleman put is:

  • The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the top concorso’s of the world.
  • The organisation has perfected the event to such a high level that improvement is hardly possible.
  • The split in two days, one for the participants and one for the general public, is well orchestrated.
  • The little village of Cernobbio, is for two days the centre of Europe regarding top notch Classic Cars…

Pressemitteilung auf deutsch hier

Other Villa d’Este photographs

Official Villa d’Este website here

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37th Internationalen Ibbenbürener Motorrad-Veteranen-Rallye

During the Whitsun weekend the traditional Ibbenbürner motorcycle weekend took place. For the 37th time a large number of pre-1940 motorcycles where on display and took tours through the lovely Tecklenburg- and Münsterland countryside. This excellent event, aided by many volunteers and organisations such as DEKRA, the ADAC and the German Red Cross, was blessed with good weather making the Saturday tour of approx. 40km and the Sunday tour of around 120km a joy for the drivers and the many spectators along the route. During the breaks, many people visited the parking lots that where overflowing with families, many with young kids, taking the opportunity to see this part of our Cultural Heritage.

On Sunday evening the prices for the traditional regularity run, held in the athletics stadium of Ibberbürn, where presented. FIVA, in the person of Jos Theuns due to other obligations of the Mario Theissen who is the patron of this event, was pleased to present the “Best Preserved Vehicle Award” . The speech preceding the price-giving can be found below:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank all of you and more especially the organizers for their invitation to come to Ibbenbüren in order to present you with the “FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle Award“, the price for the most original, non-restored historic motorcycle.

A few words about the FIVA: Our goals focus on the Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Historic Vehicles including, obviously, historic e motorcycles. Much of our work is done behind the scene whereby papers are being pushed back and forth between Brussels, Washington, Beijing, Berlin and other seats of politicians and FIVA board members or FIVA delegates. Aim is to ensure the continues use of our cultural heritage on  public roads so their remain visible to the general public.

Ibbenbüren is a superb example of this! Nowhere can one see so  many historic motorcycles together is a single spot. The excitement over this cultural heritage is clearly visible at both the drivers as well as the many, many spectators along the routes.

All of this is only possible due to hard work of the organizers and many volunteers.  To all of you warm THANK YOU from FIVA and naturally also your patron Mario Theissen, who sends his regards.

Now I come to the main topic; the prices! As an exception, the jury has decided to give 3 prices rather than one, this due to the very high number of absolute excellent unrestored and well preserved motorcycles.  The organizers have made two cups available for this, whereby the number 1 receives the FIVA plaque.

Jos Theuns
Vice-President FIVA

The selected motorcycles:

– Number 4: The 1906 Condor 330cc of Gert Holmersma (NL)

– Number 32: The 1924 BSA 500cc with sidecar of Susanne Dohn (Dld)

Both of these received a cup each for their joint 2nd place.

The overall winner was the 1929 NSU 201T of Holger Rasch with number 345.

Technical details:

  • Frame Number: 831607
  • Displacement: 199 cm³ (56,5 x 80 mm)
  • Horsepower: 4,5 PS
  • Type: Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Engine Number : 125576
  • Ignition: Bosch Magnet Typ FC1A / RS10
  • Carburetor: Amac – Typ 30 PJH
  • Chain driven
  • Gears: 3-gears monoblock
  • Wheels fort and rear: the optional NSU 2,5 x 19“ version
  • Tyres: Steel reinforced Metzeler Block C 3.25-19 TT 54P
  • Lights: Front Bosch ES 150 – Rear: Bosch, both through a dry battery
  • Weight: 100 kg
  • Seats: 2
  • Maximum speed: 65 km/h


  • Holger Rasch
  • Date of birth: 21.08.1965

Pictures can be found here but more will be added in the coming days

Pressemitteilung auf deutsch hier

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Final FIVA-UNESCO Preservation Award goes to 1921 Maharaja Rolls-Royce

The 2017 Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’Elegance took place on 5th February in Hyderabad, a city of 10 million inhabitants in central India.

More than 60 remarkable historic cars and 30 equally interesting motorbikes and scooters gathered in the grounds of one of the world’s most beautiful venues: the Falaknuma Palace, Royal residence of Nizam VI, who realised his dream of building a scorpion-shaped home in 1894. The many stately guests and dignitaries who have visited the Palace during its history include King George V, Queen Mary, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and King Edward VIII. Today, the Palace is home to Qhabl Begum Sahiba Esra Birgen, better known as ‘Princess Esra of Hyderabad’, who graced the award presentation with her presence.

Manvendra Singh, of the former princely family of Barwani, has been the driving force of this world-class concours, initiated over 10 years ago by the late Mark Shand. The international panel of distinguished judges included HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Mrs Sandra Button, Lord March, Professor Gordon Murray, FIA President Jean Todt, former F1 driver Ricardo Patrese, World Champion Giacomo Agostini and renowned collector Chip Connor, to name but a few, while Simon Kidston demonstrated his skills and knowledge as Chief Judge.

FIVA selected the Hyderabad Cartier Concours to be the last of the eight venues for the presentation of its UNESCO-patroned World Motor Heritage Year preservation programme. The preservation class jury comprised Patrick Rollet, President of FIVA, Mr Nitin Dossa, President of the VCCCI and Dr Ravi Prakash, General Secretary of KVCC (both the VCCCI and KVCC are vintage and classic car clubs from the Indian subcontinent – and FIVA members).

The award eventually went to the incredibly well-preserved Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost delivered new in 1921 to the Maharaja of Wankaner. The car, originally a tourer by Maythorn of London, was rebodied in 1935 by James & Co. of Bombay into a more contemporary automobile. In Hyderabad, the Rolls-Royce with its untouched mechanical components was accompanied by substantial documentation. Today, this unique automobile is still in the possession of the descendants of the former Wankaner Royal family.

Mr and Mrs Yuvrav Kesri Sinhji of Wankaner, both heavily involved in the painstaking preservation of this magnificent motor car, took delivery of the FIVA-UNESCO numbered and engraved cast aluminium plaque. As Patrick Rollet, President of FIVA, concludes, “This extremely stylish concours in a stunning setting was the perfect end to the highly successful 2016 World Motoring Heritage programme, which FIVA has decided to renew for 2017 and beyond.”

More 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 2016, FIVA celebrated its 50th anniversary with the FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme under the formal patronage of UNESCO.

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

Photo captions (please credit photographer Rupani Prakash, where possible)

Alain de Cadenet, moderator of the concours awards presentation, HH Rana Manvendra Singh of Barwani, organiser of the event and Patrick Rollet, FIVA President, on the platform, in front of the winning Rolls-Royce
Patrick Rollet congratulates Yuvraj Kesri Sinhji of Wankaner and his wife, the happy custodians of this exceptionally well preserved motorcar
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UNESCO joins battle against cities banning classics

European car clubs have joined forces with UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to help battle classic bans in cities.

FIVA (the organisation representing European classic car clubs) has persuaded UNESCO to give its patronage to more than 40 classic events across the world in recognition of classics being a key part of the world’s modern history. The collaboration is part of the World Motoring Heritage Year (WMHY).

Full article here

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