Lobby group wants more na­tions to pre­serve clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

édéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale des Véhicules An­ciens (FIVA) pres­i­dent, Patrick Rol­let, urged more coun­tries to join the his­toric ve­hi­cle move­ment dur­ing its Gen­eral As­sem­bly, which was held in Gi­bral­tar on 17 Novem­ber.

Hav­ing wel­comed for­mer Soviet bloc mem­ber, Moldova, into the fold back in June, Rol­let has now turned his at­ten­tion to the Pa­cific Rim coun­tries that are cur­rently still out of the loop.

He said: ‘FIVA mem­bers cur­rently com­prise 86 his­toric ve­hi­cle clubs and fed­er­a­tions from 66 coun­tries, rep­re­sent­ing more than one and a half mil­lion en­thu­si­asts around the world. 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 [ given the sharp rise of its car in­dus­try], In­done­sia and the Philip­pines – na­tions that have so much to of­fer our com­mu­nity of fel­low en­thu­si­asts.’

The Gen­eral As­sem­bly also gave FIVA the chance to re­flect on a busy 2018. Among the changes made, it moved its head­quar­ters to Turin, home of Ital­ian mass car pro­duc­tion, strength­ened its links with the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UN­ESCO), pro­duced a Re­spon­si­ble Guide for his­toric ve­hi­cle mo­torists, and be­gan its Hall of Fame se­ries, in­ter­view­ing rally cham­pion, Wal­ter Röhrl, and de­signer, Chris Ban­gle.

Hav­ing re­cently added Moldova (pic­tured) and Nepal to its ros­ter of mem­ber coun­tries, FIVA is look­ing to bol­ster its ranks.

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