Culture & Youth Commission

Looking for FIVA‘s Charter of Turin?

The FIVA Culture & Youth Commission


Charter of Turin – In January 2013 FIVA enacted the Charter of Turin, a policy paper designated to preserve and safeguard the history of vehicles including their engineering, form, functions, and documented histories, and their many diverse relationships with society and social environments.

The Charter of Turin Handbook – It is a booklet published by FIVA which outlines a new way of looking at historic vehicles. It suggests they should not merely be seen as a hobby or toys for grown-up boys but rather as part of our cultural heritage. The Handbook also gives information on the restoration and preservation of historic vehicles. The Handbook was already distributed to attendees at the FIVA General Assembly in Bucharest on November 17, 2017 and to the media around the world.

The motor vehicle perhaps epitomizes what may be the largest amount of historical, technological, socialistic, stylistic, iconographic and aesthetic information and messages, all of which are fundamental to the understanding of the state and evolution of engineering and technology at a given moment, in time and space.

The Culture Commission’s aims are to retain the messages encapsulated in the statement above, as the key to assessing the importance of preserving a vehicle and that of establishing its heritage status.

The Culture Commission (CC) is constantly looking at ways of protecting mobile cultural heritage as well as ways of spreading the importance of keeping these vehicles in our everyday lives and on the roads. Which is why the CC is focused on enhancing the dialogue with other institutions, non-governmental organisations (such as the UNESCO, TICCIH, ICOM, ICOMOS, and others), as well as governmental organisations on an international and national level (through FIVA members), automobile manufacturers, designers, engineers, collectors, museums, et al.

Through articles, seminars, forums, symposiums and publications, and the popularisation of the FIVA Turin Charter, the CC is focused on the education of the general public, specifically the younger generations, giving them the possibility to understand the necessity of protecting historic vehicles, for the future.

Moreover, the CC deals with in-depth studies about the history and the technology of the vehicles, as well as about those who designed and built them and the background in which they were conceived. The Culture Commission meets at least four times a year and its members are in constant contact through emails. Open discussion and debate among its members make the work of the commission constructive and effective, with immediate results.

Click here to download the Frequently Asked Questions concerning the FIVA Turin Charter and Handbook.

The members of the Commission


Email: here

Vice President
    • Keith Gibbins (UK)
    • Mario de Rosa (D)
    • Peadar ward (IR)
    • Jochen Thoma (D)
    • Rony Karam (L)
    • Balibey Yeliz (T)
    • Aleksandar Vidojković (Sr)
FIA Representative
    • Franz Graf zu Ortenburg (DE)
Associate Member:
    • Angelos Trakadas (Gr)
    • Gabriele Fabbri (I)

FIVA‘s Charter of Turin

The Charter of Turin Handbook is a guide providing practical advice on the delicate subject of restoration and maintenance of historic vehicles. It aims to preserve and safeguard the history of vehicles including their engineering, their form, functions and documented histories as well as their many diverse relationships with society and social environments. This Charter follows from the Venice, Barcelona and Riga charters, which set forth standards for the maintenance and preservation of historically significant buildings, watercraft and rail vehicles. This Handbook is available, for your perusal and knowledge, at the FIVA Office!

The Handbook was already distributed to attendees at the FIVA General Assembly in Bucharest on November 17, 2017 and to the media around the world.

Where and how to get the handbook for free?

English and French downloadable PDFs are available for free on the FIVA webpage. Free downloads of the pdf’s, including a Greek version, are downloadable through FIVA Website here 

How to order a hard copy of the handbook:

Please write to FIVA!

  • Individuals with pre-payment via Paypal for € 15
  • National FIVA members with payment of the shipping costs + € 5 per handbook
  • Global Partners: 20 copies for free, every additional one shipping costs + € 5 per handbook.
  • Professional members: 1 for free, for every additional one shipping costs + € 5 per handbook.

For additional translations of the Handbook: national FIVA members are more than welcome to provide a translation of the text in their respective national language(s). For further information and conditions please contact FIVA’s office and/or the Culture Commission.


On this occasion, the FIVA Culture Commission would like to sincerely thank the authors for their contributions to the Handbook: Rodolphe Rapetti, Richard Keller, Thomas Kohler, Alfredo Zanellato Vignale, Lorenzo Morello, Roberto Loi and Gian Mario Mollar for coordinating the production.

Special thanks go to Keith Gibbins for editing the work and President of FIVA, Patrick Rollet, for all the support given to this initiative, as well as FIVA Official partners Motul, Pirelli and Glasurit. Courtesy Jürgen Book, Glasurit (, the Handbook contains an in-depth chapter on paint and paint processes.


Media copies of the Charter of Turin Handbook are still available from Gautam Sen (please see contact details below).

For more press information, or to speak to a FIVA representative for a specific country, please contact Gautam Sen, FIVA’s Vice President Communications on, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

The youth has the future

In 2015, during the General Assembly in Krakow, it was decided to add ‘Youth’ to the scope of the commission. At first glance maybe an odd combination but since the youth can also be offered an opportunity in learning trades and skill and, by doing so, can create a unique career. Therefore group works together with professionals, both within the FIVA Colleges and non-affiliated companies, to find opportunities for schooling and passing on the valuable experience of the older generation. Educational institutes are another target to combine ‘youth’ and ‘trade & skills’.

Apart from the above, the group also introduces the younger generation to the joys of Historic Vehicle ownership since this encompasses much more than just driving in or on and old vehicle. Ownership broadens the view on technical and commercial aspects, creates a whole new circle of friends and acquaintances and can bring loads of fun to others that appreciate Youngtimers and historic vehicles.

The new FIVA Culture Award

In early 2018  the FIVA Culture Commission (CC) invited classic vehicle enthusiasts to nominate entrants for a new series of awards to celebrate our cultural and technical mobile heritage.

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) announced that the Culture Awards would comprise the following three categories:

  • EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS

At the 2018 annual FIVA General Assembly in Gibraltar, the CC had the honour of revealing the winners of the three categories. The selection proved to be difficult due to the quality of the submissions, and the CC needed to study all the applications in great detail, with consideration given to a range of factors that included media coverage, involvement of the general public and the participation of younger enthusiasts.

Nataša G. Jerina, CC President, commented, “It was very satisfying and a surprise to receive so many applications in the first year of the award presentation, and the quality of the responses made selecting a winner even more of a challenge.”

The FIVA Culture Commission is now pleased to announce that the 2018 winners by category are:


Winner: The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs with its National Historic Vehicle Survey
The CC noted not just the comprehensive quality of the Survey but how the findings indicated a wider appreciation of historic vehicles by the British population; the association of historic vehicles with other heritage organisations; plus a set of figures, such as the £5.5 billion value of the movement to the UK economy, all of which help to influence the UK government and politicians to ensure we can continue to use our historic vehicles on the road. In particular, we were impressed by the understanding of employment trends and the need to ensure that skilled resources are developed in this sector, leading to the creation of the Heritage Skills Academy.

Dedicated Service

Winner: The ‘Motorcycle Republic Symposium’, an event organised by the Hellenic Motorcycle Museum
The CC noted that the 3-day event, part of the annual FIVA motorcycle week, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors who were able to see some 50 motorcycles and attend a comprehensive range of presentations, ranging from a video presentation on the ‘Charter of Turin’ to a talk on ‘Education in Riding Safely’.

Education, Training and the raising of Awarness

Winner: Federación Mexicana de Automoviles Antiguos y de Colección, A.C. with the Diploma syllabus
The project is very comprehensive, with a strong practical component and – having been in operation for nine years – it can boast approximately 300 graduates.

Special Culture Award 2017

Finally, the FIVA Culture Commission would like to thank Motorhistorisk Samraad and Mr Henning Thomsen for an application originally sent in 2017, nominating Mr Ole Sommer for a Culture Award for Dedicated Service. We’re pleased to confirm that the Commission has agreed to present a Special Culture Award in recognition of the wide-ranging and passionate commitment to historic vehicles, and Jaguars in particular, demonstrated throughout Mr Sommer’s life.

“It’s fantastic to realise how many projects are being undertaken worldwide, many of which we are as yet unaware of, that we believe we should endeavour to promote whenever possible. We hope to receive many more applications in 2019 and we look forward to receiving them with great enthusiasm!” confirms Nataša Jerina.

How to make a nomination

Further details, guidelines and entry forms:

Anyone is free to make a nomination (not just FIVA members), as long as the entry is submitted no later than 31st August 2019.

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