Best Preserved Vehicle awards add new venues

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1927 Hispano-Suiza T49 took FIVA Best Preserved Vehicle award last year at Villa d'Este concours | BMW Group photo

Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este are among the world’s best-known showcases for collector vehicles, and since 2016 the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens has awarded Best Preserved Vehicle honors at both events.

However, “There are a great many international concours, touring events and rallies that are not as widely known as the likes of Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, but are every bit as interesting and worthwhile,” noted FIVA president Patrick Rollet.

“In 2018, we are keen to help promote not just the very ‘top-end’ occasions, but also to recognize the passionate individuals who take part in events that are less well-known.”

The goal, he added, is to encourage a wide spectrum to enjoy such “valuable celebrations of historic vehicles.”

As a result, the Best Preserved Award will be presented at 11 events in 2018, including the Concorso d’Eleganze Villa d’Este on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the Monterey Peninsula, but also:

May 6-12 at Transappenninica in Italy

May 18-20 at Ibbenburener Motorad Veteranen (Motorcycle) Rally in Germany

May 23-June 1 at the Rally Maya Mexico

May 25-28 at the Rallye International du Pays de Fougeres in France

June 21-24 at the FIA World Motorcycle Rally in Hungary

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July 8-12 at the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trail in England

July 12-14 at the ADAC Heidelberg Historics in Germany

August 28-September 1 at the FIVA World Rally in England

October 19-23 at La Festa Mille Miglia in Japan.

Rollet noted that at those events, FIVA will recognize vehicles which “retain such a high degree of their original components, materials and finishes that they can be seen as important cultural artifacts… vitally important in protecting, preserving and promoting world motoring heritage.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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