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Town-award for event organizing family

Same family organises event for 35 years!
What started in 1984 with 24 cars has now become the most popular historic vehicle event of The Netherlands, with nearly 500 classic cars, trucks and buses: the National Oldtimer Day in the town of Lelystad. It is always held on the third Sunday of June. And very remarkable, the organization is in hands of one and the same family since the very beginning: Mr. William van der Meulen, his wife Tineke and their son Mike. This made the town government decide to award, at the occasion of the opening of the 35th. edition of the event, a <Town Compliment> to this family. The corresponding certificate was handed over by the town mayor Ms. Ida Anema.The event always has a big share of vintage and other pre-war cars and attracts also lots of exclusive post-war vehicles. Mr van der Meulen senior presents every single car to the public himself. Another interesting aspect of the event is that most participating cars are older than the town of Lelystad itself, which received city rights only in 1980. The town is the capital of the Province of Flevoland, that completely is situated on land that was reclaimed from the sea, the former Zuiderzee, and still constitutes the biggest man-made <new land> of the world.The event is com [...]

40th Anniversary of the Montevideo Classic Car Club

An important celebration for the FIVA Anf in Uruguay
Last May, the Montevideo Classic Car Club celebrated their 40 th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner. The MCCC has been the FIVA ANF for over 33 years, driving the Classic & Historic Vehicle movement in Uruguay with great enthusiasm and drive. This has and continues being done within the FIVA Guidelines in all fronts, under Carlos Scoseria's direction, now strongly supported by their current Board presided by Mr Jean Paul Martinet.During the celebration, FIVA was very present, first when our President's, Mr Patrick Rollet congratulatory letter was shared with all the guests, followed by the speech given on behalf of FIVA by our South American Ambassador, Mr Alec E Daly, who also handed a special plaque recalling this important milestone.Finally, Mr Carlos Scosería received a spontaneous  ovation from all present, when he was invited to the stand to receive a well deserved  recognition for his dedication to the MCCC development during these first 40 yearsFIVA Logo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG 

The big question:

Will we still be able to drive in 20, 30, 50 years?
FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) poses the biggest question facing the historic vehicle community today:In 20, 30, 50 years’ time, will we be allowed to drive historic vehicles at all?“We can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to our future motoring freedom,” says FIVA President Patrick Rollet. “Congestion, pollution and road safety issues – all legitimate concerns – are contributing to the potential demise of motorists at the wheel of their own vehicles. Yet it’s the historic vehicle that is most at risk, despite their almost negligible effect on pollution and congestion, and our excellent safety statistics – while generating significant economic, social and tourist benefits.”…and will there be people to drive them?“But it’s not just a question of whether we’ll be allowed to drive. Perhaps the even bigger question is whether there will be drivers to use them; or, with the advent of autonomous vehicles, are drivers becoming ever more ‘historic’ themselves?”Why does it matter?“For the enthusiast, the answer is obvious,” continues Rollet. “The pleasure we get from owning, maintaining and using our classics is beyond description, b [...]

Howard Danino, 73

Passed away on the 2nd of April 2019
It is with the greatest sorrow, and a very heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we have to let you all know that FIVA’s Vice President Memberships Howard Danino peacefully passed away yesterday at his home in Gibraltar, surrounded by his family. Howard Danino succumbed to a short but devastating cancer.Howard was a stalwart of the Gibraltar Classic Car Club and he leaves behind a legacy of a thriving historic vehicle movement in Gibraltar. Not satisfied with his achievements in the local classic vehicle scene, Howard, in 2013 spearheaded the move to get the GCVA (Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association) accepted as a full member of FIVA. At the 2014 General Assembly of FIVA the GCVA was accepted as a full member.Howard was not one to rest on his laurels and he was soon lobbying to join FIVA’s General Committee. He was soon elected Vice President (Membership) with characteristic modesty. However, he was still not satisfied and lobbied within FIVA and the government in Gibraltar to host the annual [...]

A letter from India

from the host of the GC meeting in Bangalore
March 26, 2019Dear Mr. President and Members of the GC,Thank you very much for all your support, appreciation and kind words.It was our pleasure to host you all here in Bangalore. Our three days with everyone was very memorable.  We all appreciated the kindness and the warmth of all the GC members present and really missed Howard, Jos and Paul.It was a great union of like-minded people who share the same passion.  Interacting with each one of you individually, we came to appreciate the kind of devotion and commitment you all and FIVA have to the cause of the historic vehicle movement.As you all must have realized that the Indian HV movement is not a young one, even if many of the enthusiasts you met were quite young.  It’s just that despite the so-called representation of India in FIVA was for more than two decades, we were allowed to meet and interact with FIVA only since 2014.  All thanks to the momentous meeting we had with you Patrick, at Retromobile 2014.  When we participated in the exhibition of Cars of the Maharajas in Paris.Since then, you may have also noticed that we have been regularly present at the FIVA General Assembly in significant numbers, also we participated wholeheartedly in FIVA’s 50th [...]
For the first time since FIVA’s founding in 1966 that the General Council (GC) had its meeting in Bangalore, India’s fast growing tech city. Seven members of the GC – Patrick Rollet, Mario Theissen, Peter Edqvist, Tiddo Brester, Tony Davies, Gautam Sen and Natasa Jerina Grom – along with Gian Mario Mollar, FIVA’s Secretary General, discussed the many issues and concerns regarding the historic vehicle movement across the Globe.With a full day that lasted until 6pm of Friday and a half day session to complete the rest of the discussion and deliberations on Saturday the 16th of March, FIVA’s GC had a very fruitful one-and-a-half day session at the Oakwood Residency, a charming apartment hotel complex in Bangalore’s exclusive UB City mall. To celebrate the occasion, the hosting organisation Federation of Historical Vehicles of India (FHVI) went to elaborate lengths to put up an excellent exhibition of 42 exquisite historic vehicles – ranging from a tiny, but enthusiastic Austin Seven to a giant of a Mercedes-Benz Nurburg – on the forecourt of the mall, whereby thousands of enthusiasts and spectators enjoyed looking at and photographing these rare beauties.In the afternoon of the 16th of February, the Delhi-based Osianama Learn [...]

The 2019 FIVA Stewards Learning Forum delegates.

Liechtenstein hosted this important meeting
During the weekend of February the 23rd, a large number of FIVA Stewards visited Liechtenstein to be updated on the latest rules, regulations and other important issues around FIVA Events.

FIVA invites…

nominations for 2019 Culture Awards
FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) invites nominations for its 2019 series of Culture Awards – designed to celebrate our cultural and technical mobile heritage.Last year, the first-ever series of FIVA’s Culture Awards saw the following winners in each category:RESEARCH – The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs with its National Historic Vehicle Survey DEDICATED SERVICE – The ‘Motorcycle Republic Symposium’, an event organised by the Hellenic Motorcycle Museum EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS – Federación Mexicana de Automoviles Antiguos y de Colección, A.C. with the Diploma syllabus (a short film can be seen at www.fiva.org) “This year, we’re looking forward to new projects winning awards,” comments Nataša Grom Jerina, chairwoman of FIVA’s Culture Commission. “We’re eager to see innovative new approaches, especially linked to skills and youth, alongside stunning but more traditional work.“These awards are open to everyone, to any classic vehicle enthusiast – they are not limited to FIVA members. Our aim is to find the best project in each category (listed in the award guidelines), whether it’s within a [...]

Glasurit’s Jürgen Book

to be awarded the “Golden Piston 2019”
In 2019, the Forum für Fahrzeuggeschichte F-kubik (Vehicle History Forum) is once again awarding the “Golden Piston” for special achievements in promoting authenticity in vehicle history.The Forum für Fahrzeuggeschichte (Vehicle History Forum), also known as F-kubik or F3, has presented this award at the Bremen Classic Motorshow since 2006. Each year, it goes to a person who stands out for his or her exceptional achievement in promoting authenticity in the documentation of automotive history. Jürgen Book, Classic Cars Manager at BASF Coatings GmbH, will receive the “Golden Piston 2019” award.In early February 2019, Jürgen Book will be presented with the “Golden Piston 2019” award at a ceremony at the Bremen Exhibition Centre. Selected guests and media representatives will be present for the awarding of the certificate and a polished piston.Having initiated the Glasurit Classic Car Colors program in 2007, Book’s contributions to preserving vintage cars include the establishment of the world’s largest color database. The archive of Münster-based paint manufacturer BASF and its Glasurit brand contains thousands of historic sample panels that can be used to reproduce the authentic colors with state-of-the-art, legislation- [...]

Pete Gagan

A pioneer of historic motorcycles in Canada
While a keen admirer of the world pioneers in motorcycling history, Pete Gagan’s lifelong trail of accomplishments makes him a current-day pioneer himself. Pete has fostered a legacy of spreading his enthusiasm for historic machines across Canada and around the world.Starting in Ontario, where in 1968 he was the instigator of what grew to become the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, Pete’s working life took him west in steps that included Sudbury, Ont., Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta and finally Vancouver. In each locale his infectious enthusiasm helped raise awareness of the pleasures of old bikes and the camaraderie shared by their owners. Today he’s at the core of a group of vintage riders in the vicinity of the current home of himself and his wife, Mary Jane in Parksville, B.C.Growing up in Port Credit, Ont., in the mid-1950s, Pete found that information about early motorcycles was not easy to find. Knowledge could best be acquired from first-hand experience as well as seeking out old-timers willing to share what they knew. While he’s owned and ridden approximately 150 glamorous machines originating in many countries of the world, his first motorcycle was a 1950 British-ma [...]

Unexpected talent

An off-topic book by Gian Mario Mollar
Gian Mario Mollar, our General Secretary heading the office in Turin, has some unexpected talents next to his skills to manage the FIVA office. Although being very busy with FIVA, he managed to finish his book on the hidden history of the Far West!About the book:The mysteries of the Far West begin where most of the western stories end, made of dust, sun and duels at noon, when darkness falls and the camp fires light up, when you listen to the coyote howls and tell stories.Gian Mario Mollar faces the Western epic from an almost unprecedented point of view in Italy. Facts, figures and episodes generally not well known are combined with the study of native folklore and spirituality, horror literature, esotericism and mystery. Vampires and ghosts, serial killers and werewolves, UFOs and winged monsters, haunted houses and Indian legends. Certainly unusual themes, however, treated in a rigorous way, to provide, when possible, an explanation or the tools to understand them more thoroughly.Topics covered:The vampires of New England A monster with a skeletal body, with large claws and sharp fangs: the wendigo The “shapeshifters” of Navajo folklore Ghost riders [...]

Season Greetings from FIVA

FIVA wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the historic vehicles’ enthusiasts in the world!

We must all work together

FIVA vows to bring more nations into the historic vehicle fellowship
Enthusiasts from every corner of the globe must work together to protect the future of the historic vehicle movement, says FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles).“While more and more countries are joining the international historic vehicle movement, it’s vital that we continue to extend the reach of our shared values and heritage,” said FIVA President Patrick Rollet, who was in Gibraltar for the federation’s annual General Assembly on 17 November 2018.“FIVA members currently comprise 86 historic vehicle clubs and federations from 66 countries, representing more than a million and a half enthusiasts around the world, with nations such as Nepal and Moldova recently joining our ever-growing club of clubs. Yet there are still other areas of the world map that we long to welcome into the fold. Hence we are working hard to link up with countries such as South Korea, In [...]
FIVA and the younger generation, a movie made by Lluis Dejuan of ASSOCIACIO ANDORRANA DE VEHICLES ANTICS

White Model M Steam Car

HVA's "THIS CAR MATTERS" movement
President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car is significant based on three out of four of the Criteria for Historic Significance. First it is associated with important events and important persons in American history as the first Presidential Limousine. The Steam Car was acquired under the Taft administration and was enthusiastically used by the President who actively promoted the adoption of the automobile in America. The White Steam Car is further significant based on its informational value as the only one of the original four vehicles used by the Taft administration that survives today.When you first encounter the massive White Model M Steam Car, you’re immediately struck by its size. As you begin to acclimate to its outsized proportions, you begin taking in the details: the golden presidential seal; the steering wheel within a steering wheel; and the wild assortment of levers. But all of this pales in comparison to the historic significance of the car itself, one which arguably set the stage for much of what was to come with the dawn of the automotive age. Watch the film to learn more about President William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Model M Steam Car, the first presidential limousine.Text, pictures and video:
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