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:
|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|