Its aim is to obtain the recognition of the cultural significance of historic vehicles by legal and political authorities and the other stakeholders. This recognition should reinforce FIVA’s statement of the cultural importance of historic vehicles along with those of its federations and other member organisations if any law (Parliament) or regulation (Ministry) risks penalising the conservation or use of the historic vehicles. Politicians know it is unwise to work against the maxim that ‘we shouldn’t touch culture’!
The possibilities of this recognition are various: in official texts of different states, through “clubs of parliamentarians” and massive, popular participation at “Vehicle Heritage Days”.
Aims and objectives of the Commission
The Culture Commission is the memory of FIVA. Theoretically it should collect all interesting documents concerning historic and collectors cars. No matter if they concern the machinery, the men, the engineers, the designers or the drivers. In real life of course this is impossible because of financial reasons.
This restricts the work to the knowledge of the sources and to look for those who have the necessary information. At the same time the Historic Commission has started to collect their own documentation on subjects on which nothing or only unsufficient information or where only unsufficient sources are available.
So the General Assembly held last October in Geneva approved the following points as the base of the work of the Culture Commission:
- Up to date list of museums. First those in Europe, later those of the rest of the world
- List of designers since the beginning of the motor car
- List of inventors.
- List of the great drivers
The work of the commission is mostly done by mail and only one or two annual meetings are held to update information. The distribution of work and coordination is done by the chairman with the help of the vice-president and the secretary, but anyone who wants to take part in this field of work is very welcome.