The team focus on establishing historic vehicles as cultural items and in turn demonstrating the cultural and economic impact of the historic vehicle on society.
Aligned with this objective are various activities aimed at raising public awareness of historic vehicles such as the Federation’s Drive It Day, our growing support of Heritage Open Days and the opportunity for enthusiasts to visit the many vehicle museums who are members of the Federation.
We work closely with the English Heritage Alliance team and they published an article of ours in a recent newsletter, see here and scroll down to Historic Vehicles - good for heritage and the economy.
The link to the full article is here its a large file so may take time to load.
An exciting book, Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England written by English Heritage experts Kathryn A. Morrison and John Minnis, is also published for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press and reviewed here.
The FBHVC are members of the “Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens” (FIVA) which was founded to represent the interests of historic vehicle enthusiasts globally. Currently FIVA has over 85 member organisations in more than 62 countries throughout the world, which represents more than 1,500,000 historic vehicle enthusiasts. The FIVA website is here.
FIVA are working with UNESCO and the International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) to formally establish FIVA as the NGO for historic vehicles. The aim being to achieve global recognition of historic vehicles as an important part of world heritage.
This is based on the the FIVA Charter of Turin. The FIVA Culture Commission have produced a glossary to assist with defining the terms used. They are also working on a handbook which will show examples of restorations that have been undertaken in sympathy with the charter.