During 2006/2007 FIVA decided that Trade and Skills should be included in its policy work and form part of its new Directorate. This decision was based on the belief that such issues would, over time, become more critical to the survival of our historic vehicle movement worldwide. At the September 2007 General Assembly meeting in Copenhagen I was elected as the new Director for Trade and Skills to oversee this new work for FIVA. And more recently, at our 2010 General Assembly in Ljubljana, I was fortunate enough to be re-elected to carry on with this work.
The initial all-embracing strategy introduced in 2009 turned out to be too optimistic and needed to be revised during 2010. At the 2010 General Assembly in Ljubljana we introduced a new, less ambitious, strategy for a limited audience (5 ANFs) based on a simple web-based Questionnaire for Clubs and 1 – 1 consultations with selected professionals. A Pilot project, involving 5 ANFs was started on 1st. January 2011 and continued until 3rd Qtr. 2011. At our General Assemblies in Washington (November 2011) and Munich (2012) I provided feedback on the lessons learnt from the various projects and outlined the way ahead for 2013.
FIVA wishes to progress this work further to increase our knowledge and understanding of National problems and successes in the Trade and Skills arenas. Initially we want to encourage the identification of endangered skills and to what extent they are endangered. Further work will then be required to establish the best ways of preserving these skills for future generations of historic vehicle enthusiasts. In addition FIVA wishes to understand better any specialisms that ANF members need and that National traders and professionals need to provide to meet our restoration requirements. Future work, for political and socioeconomic purposes, will need to focus on the contributions each ANF’s trade professionals and historic vehicle movements make to National prosperity and employment.