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FIVA art contest shows that all ages love classic cars

Entries came from those 7 to 72 and from around the world


“While the world struggles to overcome the coronavirus pandemic,” said Natasa Grom, president of the culture commission of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, “the younger at heart membersof the international federation of historic vehicles came up with an initiative to keep spirits high – and optimism glowing bright – in the large family of passionate historic vehicle enthusiasts around the globe.”

With that, Grom unveiled the winning entries in FIVA’s creative competition, themed “Historic Vehicle and Industrial Heritage.”

“We received a spectacular response from participants across all age groups, from 7 years old right up to 72,” she continued, “hailing from Morocco, Switzerland, Brazil, Romania, France, Turkey, Germany and a dozen other countries. There was a flood of drawings, paintings, photographs and beautiful personal stories, narrating generations of love and affection for historic vehicles.”

The winners of the 3 categories of the competition were decided by a jury of the FIVA culture and youth commissions:

Category 1: Photography of industrial buildings, fuel stations, garages, etc., in some way connected to historic vehicles

Winner: Klaus Hadeler from Rosenheim, Germany, with a dramatically posed photograph of a 1983 Opel Monza 3.0 E owned by the winner since 2003. The car has never been restored, but has been driven 265,000 kilometers by Hadeler.

Category 2: Paintings/drawings of industrial buildings, fuel stations, garages, etc., in some way connected to historic vehicles

Winner, Adults’ Category: Tünde Szénási, a Hungarian-born student living in Belgium, Tünde, 17, is interesting biology and art. “This latter skill is clear from this atmospheric artwork,” FIVA noted.

Winner Children’s Category: Alícia Bianca Fernandes Silva, a 14-year-old student at Colégio de Aplicação in Brazil, who drew an illustration of a 1929 Ford pick-up truck that belonged to former Brazilian President Washington Luís and the city of São Paulo. 

Category 3: Photography showing an owner with his/her historic vehicle

Winner: Ohiane Adriana Gil Mateos, a photographer and graphic designer from Spain who “declares herself in love with classic cars.”

“Though only four outright winners could be chosen, it’s important to applaud every individual who joined hands with FIVA and helped spread a splash of color and positivity in these most trying of times,” Grom said. 

“The initiative has shown that passion for historic vehicles has truly united young and old, proving that love for these vehicles is not limited by age. 

“More importantly, witnessing the rise in youth participation reveals a promising future for the preservation, protection and promotion of these magnificent, timeless vehicles.”

For more information, visit the FIVA website.

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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