This year has been turbulent for the classic car world, recent changes like the introduction of E10 petrol and the increasing ULEZ restrictions have left classic owners and enthusiasts wondering what the future holds for their vehicles. In October the FBHVC announced its partnership with Motul with the aim of preserving the future of historic vehicles through product innovation, and this commitment is shared by the FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). Last month, at their annual General Assembly representatives of FIVA announced a ‘powerful new strategy’ in the interests of preservation of heritage in the vehicle world.

FIVA president Tiddo Bresters claimed that the federation was in full support of the commitments made at the Glasgow climate summit towards sustainability, but also stated that the preservation of heritage would remain at the forefront of all decisions and agreements.

As many countries in Europe have pledged to work towards a ‘net zero’ policy in the coming years, FIVA urged that the historic vehicle movement not be undermined or forgotten. As a result, it was pledged that:

  • “We remember the importance of our cultural heritage – both the historic vehicles themselves and the global network of enthusiasts’ clubs and social groups that pass our mobile heritage on to future generations;
  • We work to stimulate interest among the younger generation by looking at the best youth-oriented projects around the world;
  • We educate younger people about the eco-friendly nature of historic vehicles, not least because of the sustainable use of materials and resources;
  • We lobby – at all levels – to ensure historic vehicles can keep moving on public roads;
  • Organisations that champion cultural heritage, such as FIVA, UNESCO and many others, work together to promote the value of the living preservation of historic vehicles;
  • We communicate our aims and explain their importance not only to historic vehicle enthusiasts, but to anyone who believes in the importance of history, culture and the human factor behind it all – and how this can help us to contribute to a sustainable future.”

This new strategy represents an exciting time for classic car owners. It reassures that the global push for cleaner and more sustainable living does not mean the removal of classic cars from our roads and shows a commitment from heritage organisations to preserve the historic vehicle community.

President Tiddo Bresters summed up the opinion of the board, and many classic enthusiasts everywhere, with the statement: “Even in a net-zero future, the cultural importance of our mobile heritage must be protected. Yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads will help us to enrich and enjoy the future.”

To find out more about FIVA’s new strategy and the work they do in the interest of preserving and protecting historic vehicles, click here.

Find out more about ULEZ here. Find out more about the E10 petrol standard here.

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