FIVA, also known as the Federation Internationale de Vehicules Anciens, was founded in 1966 in response to an idea formulated by a handful of organizations representing the interests of historic vehicle enthusiasts in a number of countries. The founders felt that the time had come for an international body to promote and guide the interests of the historic vehicle movement throughout the world. At present FIVA has over 85 member organizations in more than 62 countries representing more than 1.500.000 historic vehicle enthusiasts.
FIVA recently enacted the Turin Charter, an effort to get the world’s governments to recognize historic automobiles as cultural artifacts. The Turin Charter aims to “support and encourage the preservation and responsible use of historic vehicles as an important part of our technical and cultural heritage.” It is Similar to the nonbinding but widely accepted Venice, Barcelona and Riga charters, which set forth standards for the maintenance and preservation of historically significant buildings, watercraft and rail vehicles.
The charter is meant to be used as a model for international policy related to historic automobiles as well as a guide for owners on how to best preserve their historic automobiles and to protect both the tangible and intangible evidence of the history of vehicles in order to pass it on.
For more information, visit www.FIVA.org.