Tiddo Bresters will succeed Patrick Rollet as FIVA president

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Tiddo Bresters will serve as FIVA's next president | FIVA photo

Tiddo Bresters, a 65-year-old Dutch national with a background in law and international relations, was elected by general assembly of the 

Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens as the new president of FIVA.

Bresters succeeds Patrick Rollet, who retires after six years and who was praised for making FIVA a more-professional and forward-thinking organization championing the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and the culture surrounding them.

In electing Bresters as his successor, “FIVA members endorsed this professional approach, ensuring that the good work of Rollet and his team will be continued,” the organization said in its news release.

Bresters has been FIVA vice president for nine years, during which he steered FIVA negotiations with the EU to protect the rights of historic vehicle owners across Europe.

“I am deeply honored to be taking on the role of president of FIVA at a time of enormous change in the world of mobility,” Bresters is quoted in the news release. In the new era of C.A.S.E. (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric), it is more vital than ever to work closely with the various governments, encouraging them to recognize that historic vehicles are as much a part of our cultural heritage as any other element of our past. 

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“I also look forward to working with FIVA to extend the reach and influence of the organization across all continents, and to welcoming increasing numbers of young people and women to our organization that now represents 69 countries worldwide.”

At its meetings, the general assembly also elected Malcolm Grubb of the UK as vice president for events, John Alcantara of Gibraltar as vice president of membership and Lars Genild of Denmark as vice president for legislation.

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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