The International Historical Commission (CHI) meets twice a year and provides a forum to discuss concerns and exchange information between FIA member club representatives with a view to furthering the preservation and enjoyment of historic vehicles. The President of the CHI, Michel de THOMASSON, chairs the meetings which are also attended by a high-level representative of the Fédération Internationale de Véhicules Anciens (FIVA). This collaboration offers the FIA and the FIVA the possibility to work together to pool resources and expertise, and to speak with a single voice on matters of joint concern.
Legislative issues impacting the use and enjoyment of historic vehicles are monitored by the two organisations; they provide the CHI with regular joint reports on developments as well as advice to the respective national FIA and FIVA Clubs concerned by specific problems facing historic vehicle enthusiasts and the historic vehicle movement in general.
After the drafting of a joint FIA-FIVA definition of an historic car and after completion of an analysis of how historic cars should be handled and maintained, the “Turin Charter” was ratified by both the FIVA (2012) and the FIA (2013) General Assemblies. Based upon and inspired by other charters, notably UNESCO’s Venice Charter (1964) for historic monuments and sites, the Barcelona Charter (2003) for historic sailing ships, and the Riga Charter (2005) for historic railways, the Turin Charter carries a strong message to legislators concerning historic vehicles, their use, and their protection, particularly in countries which have signed agreements with UNESCO regarding cultural matters.
The CHI’s Museums Working Party worked closely with the FIA Mobility Administration to develop a microsite for historic vehicle museums around the world. The microsite showcases museums housing historic cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses, as well as military vehicles in many countries. The website may be viewed at: www.fiaheritagemuseums.com. With an easy procedure for updating or adding new museums, the microsite is growing rapidly and the CHI’s Museums Working Party will begin exploring ways of showcasing specific museums on a monthly basis.