Picture: 1927 Hispano-Suiza T49 ‘Weymann’ Sport Saloon by H.J. Mulliner, winner of the FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award at Villa d’Este 2017,

When FIVA launched World Motoring Heritage Year 2016 under the patronage of UNESCO, one of its first initiatives was a series of awards for Best Preserved Vehicle at top concours events around the world. Now, however, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is keen to support events that are more aligned to the worldwide FIVA membership.

As FIVA President Patrick Rollet explains, “There are a great many international concours, touring events and rallies that are not as widely known as the likes of Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, but are every bit as interesting and worthwhile. In 2018, we are keen to help promote not just the very ‘top-end’ occasions, but also to recognise the passionate individuals who take part in events that are less well-known – hoping to encourage a wider spectrum of FIVA members to enjoy these valuable celebrations of historic vehicles.

“We have therefore put together a list of 10 events around the world in 2018, at which FIVA will be presenting its prestigious Best Preserved Vehicle award – recognising vehicles that, in FIVA’s opinion, retain such a high degree of their original components, materials and finishes that they can be seen as important cultural artefacts. While we retain two events from earlier years – the world-renowned Villa d’Este Concours d’Elégance and the spectacular Ibbenbürener Motorrad-Veteranen-Rallye for motorcycles – the other eight are events new to FIVA’s Best Preserved Vehicle awards. We look forward hugely to attending these events, and getting to know the organisers, the participants and the historic vehicles that make these gatherings not only highly enjoyable, but also vitally important in protecting, preserving and promoting world motoring heritage.”

FIVA will be presenting its Best Preserved Vehicle awards at the following 10 events in 2018:

Event Country Dates
Transappenninica Italy 6-12 May 2018
Ibbenbürener Motorrad-Veteranen-Rallye Germany 18-21 May 2018
Rally Maya México Mexico 23 May – 1 June 2018
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Italy 25-27 May 2018
Rallye International du Pays de Fougères France 25-28 May 2018
FIVA World Motorcycle Rally Hungary 21-24 June 2018
Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial UK 8-13 July 2018
ADAC Heidelberg Historic Germany 12-14 July 2018
FIVA World Rally UK 28 Aug – 1 Sept 2018
La Festa Mille Miglia Japan 19-23 October 2018

FIVA is the only global organisation of its kind aiming to encourage the safe use of historic, mechanically propelled road vehicles, while remaining equally focused on preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. Since April 2017, FIVA has been a non-governmental partner of UNESCO, and continues to pursue its successful FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme.

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