"Old Isn't Historic" says FIVA

Protector or Adversary?
You may or may have not yet heard of FIVA. They are the European umbrella organization of historic vehicle clubs (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens). From their website:

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) is the worldwide organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture.
  • We preserve historic vehicles, related artifacts and records through research and cataloguing as well as the development of guidelines, standards, and education which ensure that authentic examples of our automotive past are available for future generations.
  • We protect the responsible use of historic vehicles through legislative monitoring, the development of recommended policies, specific supportive action and effective relations with national and international authorities.
  • We promote historic vehicle culture through communication, development of international events, forums, and seminars. We provide formal recognition and support for activities that are inconsistent with our ideals. 
Never Judge a Book By Its Cover
Sounds like a great organization looking after Classic vehicle owners worldwide, helping to monitor and promote sound legislation beneficial to the hobby of Collector cars, right? Maybe and maybe not.
We came across a recent article entitled, "Old Isn't Historic, says FIVA". It peaked our interest. What exactly what does that mean? After digging deeper and reading the FIVA technical code, it appears FIVA is not interested in the general Classic car market or owner, they are exclusively dedicated to "Historic Vehicles" and those who own them.
"The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA – the European umbrella organization of historic vehicle clubs) has defined what it regards as an ‘historic’ vehicle. But the narrow parameters may exclude many accepted classics, deeming them just ‘old’ rather than ‘historic."

A close review of FIVA's Historic Vehicle Definition revealed the facts. In brief it must be a 30 year old, mechanically propelled vehicle, preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition, not used as a means of daily transport to be included as a part of the technical and cultural automotive heritage.

More specifically, they exclude any "substantially modified" vehicle that has undergone any "material" alteration of the chassis or unibody construction (e.g. shortened, narrowed, wheelbase changed, strengthened, etc). Should any of these changes be made, FIVA reclassifies the production date (age) of the Classic to the year the modifications were made, not the year produced. 
Similar restrictions are placed on other modifications made to the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and body. They don't mention brakes, but we doubt if upgrading to a full blown Wilwood system is allowed.

Then Who's FIVA For?
After "peeling back the onion", we have to presume FIVA is wholly focused on the kinds of cars invited to Amelia Island, Pebble Beach and similar events. While we think excluding the other millions of Classic car owners worldwide is a real shame, it is probably far beyond the capabilities of FIVA.  

But it is exactly why we created Garagistry. Our system provides the ability to create FIVA-like Classic vehicle records for these millions of other owners.

How We Are Different
We welcome all types of Classics. The only stipulation is your car, truck, motorcycle, boat, plane or other type of vehicle be 25 years old or older. 

Our belief is any vehicle which has reached this age requirement is unique and no two are the same. And it is our intention to offer every owner the opportunity to record the known history, each detail, the stories, receipts and photos into a "auto-biography" recognizing these differences and for owner use. 

Lastly we want to provide owners with the ability to leverage these details during the time of ownership while building greater credibility to the condition of their Classic thereby improving interest, rarity and value.  

How We Are The Same
There are some things that both FIVA and Garagistry believe strongly:
  1. Each (historic) Classic vehicle should be properly identified.
  2. Identified vehicles shall have a full and accurate record.
  3.  Owners should endeavor to record a vehicle as accurately as possible (using documentation).
  4. It is the obligation of the owner to carefully preserve and safeguard the identity of (an historic) a Classic vehicle.
  5. It is the obligation of the owner to carefully document modifications to a (historic) Classic vehicle such that future owners will know how the (historic) Classic vehicle differs from its original and previous conditions.
  6. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, important data such as completion date, date shipped, sales agent/dealership, date of first registration, damage due to accidents (along with stories, photographs, receipts, etc.)
  7. At a minimum the owner must include information concerning the prior owner, when known including approximate dates, previous owner name, city, state and country.
  8. Documentation records of restoration work shall include significant maintenance, repairs, preservation, conservation and restoration. 
    • Such information shall, when known, include dates, type of work, entity or person that performed the work along with city, state and country.
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