Well – what a fabulous week that was. If you were unable to participate in the Andorran FIVA World Rally in early July you missed a real treat; it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Lluis Dejuan and his team from the Andorran Association of Old Vehicles (AAVA) and the Automobile Club of Andorra (ACA) created a varied programme that satisfied all tastes. We experienced great driving roads that were virtually traffic-free and scenery that was truly wonderful.During the week we enjoyed a series of entertaining and exciting adventures including the Trobotronc (a 5Km. downhill railed toboggan track), horse riding and white-water rafting.
Our cultural experiences and evenings ranged from Guillem Tudó’s vocal and saxophone recital at the ONCA (National Classical Orchestra of Andorra) auditorium, motorcycle and motor museums and the Cirque de Soleil where music from the Bobs Marley and Dylan, Louis Armstrong and George Michael accompanied the wide variety of acrobatics and amazing motor-cycle feats for which the Cirque de Soleil is famous.
The many gastronomic pleasures at daily lunches and evening dinners were well supported by the weather playing its part with sunshine, blue skies and daytime temperatures in the 30 – 36oC range.
At Chantilly Arts & Elegance, Patrick Rollet and Gautam Sen, FIVA President and Communication Vice-president, presented the prewar best preserved trophy to the owner of the historic 1928 Bentley 4.5 litre Sports Tourer which boasts fastest lap at Le Mans on that year (127.604 km/h) and finished 5th overall; driven by Tim Birkin, one of the famous "Bentley Boys". The car is in an amazing original condition.Photo credit Serge CordeyFIVA Logo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG The above material can be used free of royalties within the scope of this press release.FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is the worldwide organisation dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture, as well as their safe use. Since April 2017, FIVA has been a non-governmental partner of UNESCO, and continues to pursue its successful FIVA World Motoring [...]
The renewed FIA-FIVA agreement was signed on June 26th in Paris at the FIA Head Office. This document updates and clarifies the nature and scope of the relationship between the two organisations and sets the framework for a fruitful and friendly cooperation.
Jean Todt and Patrick Rollet signed the attached document. Mario Theissen attended the meeting, representing the FIVA side of the FIA-FIVA Relations Committee, also including David Whale and Tony Davies. All three have been instrumental in drawing up this agreement and we thank them for this successful achievement.Click here to download the document in French and English:FIVA Logo: FIVA Logo 3081x1866px PNG The above material can be used free of royalties within the scope of this press release.FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véh [...]
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 [...]
Many years already Rudi Mueller represents the Swiss ANF SHVF in FIVA. At national level he is also very active. Already Since 1999 Rudi is the main organizor of the event Oldtimer-in-Obwalden (O-iO). Obwalden is one of the 26 Swiss cantons, with the small town of Sarnen as its capital city. Thanks to Rudi’s hard work the Sarnen city center last Pentecost weekend was full again with historic vehicles, attracting thousands of spectators to admire them.Because of his extraodinary contribution to the city’s life and fame and his outstanding engagement the city of Sarnen granted Rudi Mueller the town’s first culture promotion award. The certificate was handed over by the mayor of Sarnen at the opening ceremony of the event, in the presence of other high-ranking local and cantonal authorities.This award very well supports FIVA’s message: the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles is Culture. Each well preserved historic vehicle is a link with the technique and style of the past. The award not only is a sign of recognition of Rudi’s work, but also rewards the efforts of all the individuals, clubs and businesses taking care to keep these vehicles on the beautiful Swiss roads, and to show them to the public.
On the 1st and 2nd of June 2019, history was made in the Vintage and Classic Motorcycling world of India.
In celebration of FIVA Motorcycle Week, FHVI hosted the FIVA International Historic Motorcycle Show, 2019 in Bangalore. For the first time, 200 of the most rare and exclusive motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from the early 1900s to the 1980s, assembled in front of the iconic UB City. For the first time, these two wheeled heroes came out from behind the shadows and took center stage.As thousands of spectators walked through the gates, their eyes glistened with excitement; they were amazed at the spectacle. Neatly arranged according to the brands were some of the most precious jewels tucked away in different parts of India. Most were from companies that no longer exist, but whose legacy after this event, will continue for generations.On entering the venue, what unfolded was a history lesson like no other. The eyes first went to a giant screen that articulated the meaning of ‘Historic Vehicles’ and the Federation’s role to Preserve, Protect and Promote them. Then clippings portraying the stories and legacies of brands like Royal Enfield, TVS Racing and Harley Davidson played. Moving along, the display began with the ‘Modern Classics’ (Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki) then Rajdoot, Sunbeam and Royal Enfield.Right in the [...]
The chosen vehicle was an amazing 1922 Lancia Lambda
The FIVA Best Preserved Award 2019 was presented in Villa d’Este to a 1928 LANCIA LAMBDA SERIE VIII, with a V4 Engine, 2569cc, 69 hp at 3500 rom Coachwork: Four-Seater Torpedo, owned by Anthony MacLean, from Switzerland. Compared with the technical benchmarks of its era, the Lancia Lambda presented in 1922 was one of the most advanced automobiles of all times. There is simply no room to enu- merate all its innovations here. Let’s just say that the Lambda had the first unitary body ever built and defined the layout that only became established gradually as the standard three decades later. Around 11 000 units were created up to 1931 in nine model series. This car is one of six that Lancia prepared as works cars for entry in the Mille Miglia in 1928 — and probably the only one that survives to this day. Three years after the murderous competition it came into the hands of a British owner. He kept the Torpedo for more than 40 years, using it as a tourer between England and Switzerland up until 1939. His travels put nearly 300 000 kilometres on the clock. Before Villa d’Este, this 91 years old lady had just finished the Mille Miglia!FIVA Logo:
On Wednesday, May 1, an important event was held reserved for Utility Vehicles in Bratislava, organized by the Slovak ANF Federation of FIVA, in collaboration with the local Veteran Club TATRA 141, which was attended by the Director of the Utilitarian Commission Fiva Roberto Sarzani and the members of the Commission Mr. Timo Vuortio, Frantisek Cecil, Petja Grom, and of course Mikulas Ivansko, organizer of the event and also a member of the Commission.The event, titled Veteran Tatra Rely, Fiva 2019 calendar, saw the participation of many Tatra vehicles, a Slovak manufacturer, both for transport and cars; Tatra also built trams and buses, which were also present at the event.In the morning, the local authorities, together with the members of the FIVA Utilitarian Commission, started the event which, from the central Piazza dell'Opera House, led through the streets of the city to continue towards Austria; on the return, in the afternoon, in the pleasant area of the Forest Koliba, just outside Bratislava, a large audience awaited the return of the many vehicles, trucks, buses, military vehicles and much more.On the gala evening, held in the nearby Slovak Television Tower, Director Roberto Sarzani awarded the organizers of [...]
CAMILLO CASTIGLIONI THE ‘TRIESTINO’ WHO HELPED TO CREATE BMW
The FIVA World Motorcycle Rally is held each year in a different location around the world. Run under the direction of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), it allows 130 collectors and owners from all over the globe to spend up to four days on the most beautiful roads and fascinating places, riding their historic motorcycles.This year's rally will be particularly special, as it’s taking place across three countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. From 27th June till 29th June, the participants will be riding the roads of a different country each day.This year’s organiser of the annual FIVA World Motorcycle Rally is the Croatian HROS (www.hros.hr). Technical support for the rally is provided by the Slovenian SVAMZ (www.svamz.com), Italian MotoClub Trieste (www.motoclubtrieste.com) and ASI, the Italian association for classic vehicles. MotoClub Trieste is probably the oldest club in Italy and among the oldest in the world, as well as being the organiser of the Trieste part of this year’s event in collaboration with the Municipality of Trieste.On the first day of the rally, the participants will ride from Umag to Poreč, as far as Baradin, where they will se [...]
The prestigious Spirit of FIVA Award was assigned to the organisers of the Shamrock Vintage Challenge, as the whole event was just what FIVA is all about. A thoroughly enjoyable event throughout with friendship, camaraderie and enjoyment by the bucketful! #fivaclassics#historicvehicles#classiceventsNote to EditorsFIVA Logo:
Text and photos: Vicente Sevillano GuerreroA new edition of the Raid 4L Trophy was celebrated from 22nd of February to the 3rd of March, one which is considered the largest student rally in Europe. This year was the 22nd edition, and it has been held since 1997. In this event students between the age of 18 and 28 years old participate, from different corners of the Globe. And the participants drive only the legendary French classic, the Renault 4L. This iconic car was manufactured for more than 30 years, from 1961 to 1994, in different countries.This wonderful initiative of the Raid 4L Trophy was founded by Jean Jacques Rey, a legendary raid driver, who participated in the Paris-Dakar and the Rally of the Pharaohs, amongst others. Currently, Jean Jacques organizes and directs this event with the collaboration of his daughter Géraldine Rey. In this edition, 1,100 Renault 4L cars participated in its 5-door saloon and 2-door van versions, with a total of 2,200 young people from different countries such as France, England, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, travelling around 6,000 km. In addition there were 270 people amongs the organizers such as doctors, mechanics and people for logistics, etc.Thi [...]
The first of this year’s three FIVA World Rallies takes place in Austria, from 22 to 26 May 2019, and is open to any vehicle built up to 1980 with a valid FIVA ID Card – not just to members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles).“The Austria Classic is intended as a ‘regularity event and/or touristic discovery trip’ to enjoy not only driving your own historic vehicle, but also the architectural, geographical and cultural diversity of Austria,” explains Robert Krickl, president of OMVV (Austrian Motor-Veteran-Federation) and OMVC (Austrian Motor-Veteran-Club), the FIVA clubs organising the Austria Classic.Starting and finishing at the Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel in Vienna, the event is a 650km run round Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland and the Semmering region, with a choice of two classes to enter: one for Regularity (Classic) competitors and one for Touring (Trophy) participants.Wachau, which will be explored on the first full day of the rally, is a part of Austria renowned for its picturesque landscapes: rolling hills that stretch along the Danube river. Other reasons for its popularity with visitors include the region’s high-quality wines.
2018 was dedicated to the cultural heritage of Europe. Variuos cultural events, attracting more then 3500 visitors, were organized all over Europe bearing the title European Year of Cultural Heritage. For us, historic vehicles enthusiasts, associated in Zveza SVS, FIVA ANF in Slovenia, the big questions were: are our historic vehicles and our activities with them also part of the cultural heritage and if they are, how to organize suitable events to celebrate the cultural heritage year.
Very quickly we came to the decision that everything related to our activities with historic vehicles, including the vehicles themselves, represent our technical culture and is, therefore, part of our cultural heritage. Then we decided to start the project called »Štafeta od Pirana do Goričkega – Relay event from Piran to Goričko«.
It was not a relay in the true sense of the word, but it was a journey of ideas and awareness of the value of everything that is past, yet a very important and indispensable part of our present life. Without the creations and achievements of our ancestors, materialized in the form of monuments, galleries, museums, parks, buildings, factories, we would have no basis for our existence and for proving our [...]
Details have been released on the spectacular FIVA World Rally in Andorra this summer (1-7 July 2019), open to anyone with a historic car at least 30 years old, not only to members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles).As FIVA President Patrick Rollet explains, “While Andorra is hosting the event, the World Rally enables participants to visit three countries – Andorra, France and Spain.”The itinerary is bursting with opportunities to enjoy new experiences in company with other historic car enthusiasts, from rafting in Sort, a small Spanish village some 70 km from Andorra to riding Andorra’s Tobotronc (at 5km, it’s the longest Alpine toboggan run in the world – but very safe!). There are museum tours, shopping expeditions and a concours in a pedestrian-only avenue in the centre of the nation’s capital city, Andorra la Vella plus, for those who prefer more sedentary pursuits, there’s a concert at the Ordino Auditorium and spectating at the Cirque du Soleil. Whatever activities are on offer during the day, however, each night will see participants return for an overnight stay at the luxurious Arthotel in the centre of Andorra la Vella, capital of the Pri [...]