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
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.”