This week has seen the collaboration of two leading global organisations in the interests of protecting heritage and promoting the future of the historic vehicle world- an exciting step towards keeping beloved classic cars on the road!  

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) and TICCIH (the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will lead to them working closely to promote their shared objectives to a wider audience. As part of this collaboration, they will host joint events, promote training courses and freely share information.

Both organisations have been committed to uniting their key aims (FIVA aim to protect and preserve the future of historic vehicles, while TICCIH’s primary effort is to preserve key aspects of the world’s industrial heritage) and worked together for two years to form a strategy of mutual support. The joint Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Rétromobile classic vehicle show in Paris by the presidents of both organisations, Tiddo Bresters of FIVA and Dr Miles Oglethorpe of TICCIH.

FIVA’s Chairwoman of Culture and Youth, Nataša G. Jerina played a key role in bringing the two organisations together.

She said: “this collaboration will now make it easier to exchange information and research. It will also enhance our efforts to raise wider international awareness of the importance and value to society of the living preservation of the world’s industrial and transport heritage.”

For example, one of the primary objectives is to encourage more young people to take an active interest with the work of both organisations. A renewed effort will now be made to find effective ways to make this happen. This is important to ensuring heritage preservation remains a priority for future generations.

FIVA’S Culture and Youth Commission will now prepare a working plan for the coming year to raise awareness of both organisations’ aims.

Both heritage organisations say they are looking forward to working hand in hand to protect what they see as important elements of global technical, economic and social history.

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