A very good question. Well, it hardly comes as a surprise, that Events are one of FIVA’s major focus points as we promote and encourage the active use of our historic vehicles. The spirit of yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads lives on within the Events Commission’s work to help to address FIVA’s broader mission of the protection, preservation and promotion of historic vehicles.
It is not just a question of placing events on the FIVA Events Calender, appointing FIVA Stewards to International category events or even attending exciting Events Commission meetings.
Take the recent very successful FIVA World Rally 2018 held in Wales during late August and early September for example. The UK ANF applied to put this event onto the FIVA Events Calendar three years ago. Indeed in the same year other countries also applied as so many countries are now hoping to host FIVA World Rallies for cars and motorcycles that they are appointed several years ahead. So popular are they that we already have applications for FIVA World Rallies as far ahead as 2022.
For the more usual events, both National and International categories, the calendar applications for the following year usually start to come in about 6 months before the New Year. And these days we expect to have about 25 International and 100 National events worldwide on the Events Calendar each year.
For an International Category event the Events Commission needs to be satisfied that the organiser is capable of organising and running such an event according to the FIVA Events Code and the rules and regulations pertaining to motoring events of countries in which the event will take place. The evaluation usually entails visiting the organiser’s national event one year before it becomes an International event.
Moving on, no event organiser is just going to approach FIVA without some promotional work by us to make the organisers aware of the benefits to them, and indeed our FIVA members, of putting their events onto the FIVA Calendar. This promotion work is usually done through meetings with event organisers at exhibitions, events or at organisers’ offices as required. When FIVA’s work to ensure the rights of historic vehicle owners to continue to use their vehicles on public roads is explained, by far the greater majority of event organisers understand the need to support FIVA’s work.
Some organisers may not be aware of what FIVA is and what its mission is; this also needs to be explained. Indeed the FIVA ID Card system also needs to be explained to them to help organisers to select appropriate vehicles by not only looking at the participant’s event entry form, but also to study vehicles FIVA ID cards during the process.
For International category events the event will have a trained FIVA Steward appointed who can help and guide the organisers and, if any disputes arise, help with making any judicual decisions as required. After such events, the Steward submits a report to the Events Commission and the event organiser, where any issues arrising can be raised and dealt with as required.
From an International pool of 40 trained and experienced FIVA Stewards the Events Commission appoints a FIVA Steward for all International category events. And our Stewards must attend a FIVA Stewards’ Seminar, at their own expense, once every two years to maintain their knowledge of event rules and regulations. The FIVA Steward is thereafter given a licence valid for 2 years.
The Events Commission has published a FIVA Events Code with relevant Annexes to help to guide event organisers and also a Stewards’ handbook for our Stewards.
The Events Commission also annually provides a list of ten events from within the annual FIVA Events Calendar at which a FIVA “Best Preserved Vehicle” award will be presented.
And to thank the organisers of International Category events each organiser is presented with a FIVA International Event Award. Both of these awards are highly treasured by the recipients!!
The FIVA Events Commission is also one of the key FIVA links with the world motorsports governing body – the FIA.
Internally the Events Commission has an ongoing cooperation with all the other FIVA Commissions to ensure FIVA’s mission is addressed.
Well I think that is enough to be going on with for now. Hopefully this short insight into the work of the FIVA Events Commission has been of interest and whetted your appetite to maybe come and join us in our work to protect, preserve and promote historic vehicles.
Text written by Tony Davies, FIVA Vice-President Events