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FIVA moves from Belgium to Italy, welcomes Moldova into membership


After a decade in Brussels, Belgium, the Federation Interantionale des Vehicules Anciens has moved to a new office at Villa Rey in the center of Turin, Italy. It also has added Moldova to the 68 countries already involved in FIVA membership. 

“RetroMobile (no connection to the famous Rétromobile show in Paris) was created in 2010 when a group of Moldovan friends formed an association of historic vehicle enthusiasts,” FIVA said in its news release. “In that same year, they held their first international exhibition – with vehicles from Ukraine, Romania and Moldova taking part.

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Vintage vehicles in Modova gather in Chisinau for photo ops | RetroMobile photo by Suren Haceaturean,

“Since then, RetroMobile has organised a great many more international events and exhibitions, with the originally modest number of members growing to 125, owning a varied and fascinating selection of both European vehicles and those from former Soviet Republics. The vehicles range in production year from a 1936 BMW 326 through to cars from 1980.”

“We are always thrilled to see a new nation represented among our members, and the addition of Moldovan enthusiasts will add a rich new perspective to FIVA,” said FIVA president Patrick Rollet.

FIVA also has hired Gian Mario Mollar, 36, as general secretary. Mollar joins the global protector of classic vehicles from Automotoclub Storico Italiano.

“The current team is delighted that he will be bringing his combination of youth, vitality and experience to FIVA, ingredients that are necessary to improve the efficiency of this ever-growing federation of clubs, professionals, institutions, corporates, global partners – and likeminded automotive enthusiasts – from around the world,” FIVA said in its announcement.

“Gian Mario is a highly enthusiastic young colleague who will contribute markedly to the streamlining of systems and the workings of FIVA, and help us improve the professionalism and efficiency of this international body over the coming years,” FIVA president Patrick Rollet was quoted in a news release.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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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