World Motoring Heritage

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.

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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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First Camaro Built Joins National Historic Vehicle Register

First Camaro Built Joins National Historic Vehicle Register

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), the official FIVA representative in the USA and Canada, illuminated glass showcase containing the very first Camaro built in 1966 will light up Woodward Dream Cruise from Wednesday, August 17th through Saturday, August 20th.  The special exhibition celebrates Camaro’s 50th anniversary and introduction of the Camaro model that took place in Detroit in August 1966. The first Camaro built is also being recognized as No. 15 on the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register program in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be archived in Library of Congress.

The exhibition is part of an HVA public heritage program launched on the National Mall in Washington, DC in April where President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car and President Reagan’s 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6 were similarly displayed and honored.

“This first Chevrolet Camaro launched one of the greatest rivalries in automotive history with the Ford Mustang,” said Mark Gessler, President of the HVA. “That rivalry is still alive and well fifty years later and we are here at the Woodward Dream Cruise with a public exhibition to celebrate where it all began.”

The first Camaro built is owned by 18 year-old Logan Lawson of Hutchinson, Kansas.  Logan found the car online in Oklahoma when he was in the seventh grade.  Logan’s father inspected the car and completed the purchase.  Over the next five years Logan and his father completed extensive research on this and the 52 other pilot prototypes and returned the Camaro to its launch day debut specifications.

From 1966 to 2011, the car passed through several owners and dealerships with the distinction of being a very early Camaro, possibly even the first. It was built up as a drag racer before Logan Lawson purchased the car.  Author Phillip Borris helped confirm the Norwood, Ohio pilot production build records and researcher Jamie Schwartz contacted the families of the prior owners to fill in the history.

Read the full story here

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UN Secretary-General received FIVA 50-years book

Following the very successful ‘Paris Week’ during which the FIVA held a number of festivities in Paris, a reception was held at the UNESCO headquarter. On Friday the 18th, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon received a book specially written by Mr. Thomas Kohler, FIVA’s historian, for the 50th anniversary of FIVA. The book was presented by H.E. Dr Khalil Karam in the presence of UNESCO DG Mrs Irina Bokova at the Unesco Head Office in Paris.

This underlines the importance of the mobile heritage that FIVA has been supporting during the last 50 years. UNESCO also hosted a special exhibition with a number of unique vehicles and a reception for the FIVA members that visited Paris for the annual General Assembly.

Pictures of the events can be found here

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FERRARI 195 INTER triumphs in Argentina

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FERRARI 195 INTER triumphs in Argentina

…scooping FIVA’s final preservation award of 2016

Autoclásica 2016, held in Argentina from 7-10 October, was the venue for the presentation of FIVA’s final preservation award before the year’s award-winning cars are invited to assemble in Paris for a celebration of World Motoring Heritage Year. The celebration, ‘Paris Week’, is organised by FIVA and runs from 16th to 20th November 2016.

World Motoring Heritage Year enjoys the formal patronage of UNESCO and the FIVA preservation awards recognise vehicles that are important cultural artefacts – retaining much of their original components, materials and finishes. Since Argentina’s Autoclásica, organised by the Club de Automóviles Clásicos (CAC) in Buenos Aires, is said to be the number one classic and historic vehicle concours in South America, the team of judges had a tough challenge in picking just one winner.

Honoured by the presence of UNESCO’s Regional Director, Lidia Brito, and the Cultural Representative for Argentina, Gloria Silva, the judging team led by FIVA President Patrick Rollet finally selected the Ferrari 195 Inter, s/n 181 EC.

This remarkable Ferrari, first registered in 1952, features a Vignale body and is powered by the 2,341cc Colombo-designed V12 engine with a 5-speed gearbox. Its first owner was the renowned Italian actress Anna Magnani, who enjoyed the Ferrari for some six years. After a further short period in Europe, the car was shipped to the USA in 1959 to become part of the William F Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada. It was 36 years later that the car was purchased by its current owner, Daniel Sielecki, who ran it in the 1996 Mille Miglia and subsequently preserved the car’s original condition in Argentina, where he shares it with local enthusiasts at such key events as Autoclásica.

Commented FIVA President Patrick Rollet, “October’s Autoclásica in Argentina was the final event of 2016 at which FIVA will present a preservation award, and choosing the winner from a selection of such beautifully preserved, important motor cars was hugely enjoyable – but not easy.”

In February 2017, the FIVA team will resume its judging duties at the Cartier Travel & Style Concours d’Elégance in India.

Left to right: Jeanlou Ranwez (President of CAC), Patrick Rollet (FIVA President), Lidia Brito ( UNESCO Regional Director), Valentina and Matias Sielecki, Alec E Daly (FIVA Ambassador South America) – photograph by Miguel Tillous, free to use for editorial purposes, please credit where possible
Pictured left to right: Alec E Daly, Lidia Brito, Daniel Sielecki, Patrick Rollet, Jeanlou Ranwez – photograph by P.H. Rodriguez Wilkinson, free to use for editorial purposes, please credit where possible

FIVA is the only global organisation of its kind aiming to encourage the safe use on the roads of historic, self-propelled, mechanical vehicles, while remaining equally focused on preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. In 2016, FIVA celebrates 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).

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