the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens has announced the first 14 entries to its new FIVA Heritage Hall of Fame, which “celebrates both world-famous personalities and unsung heroes in the history of the automobile”.
“Not every hero in the car world is a term,” FIVA President Tiddo Bresters is quoted in the announcement. “To be inducted into the FIVA Heritage Hall of Fame pays homage to a person’s real life’s work, but it is a very personal choice.
“It reflects the opinions of FIVA clubs around the world who have nominated their own favorite national characters. Some of these heroes are world famous, others are names you may not know – but each has left a lasting and lasting mark on automotive history. “
The inaugural candidates for the Hall of Fame are (with descriptions from FIVA):
From Belgium: Roland D‘Older (1942-2020), enthusiast, defender and patron of the classic car world, who developed the D’Ieteren Group from a local family business to an international player with more than 30,000 employees.
From Brazil: Og Pozzoli (1930-2017), exceptional car collector whose 200+ cars become a museum in the city of Campos do Jordão, including two Fiats from 1912 and 1914 that he refused to sell to Gianni Agnelli for $ 1 million.
From Chile: Rodrigo Velasco, an all-round writer hero with a history of classic motorsport, car collecting, an active member (and founder) of auto clubs, and a highly respected auto historian and journalist.
From Germany: Carl Hahnwhich, among other things, built a solid market for VW in the USA and played a pioneering role in introducing the brand to the People’s Republic of China.
From India: Nazir Hoosein (1940-2019), racing driver and rally driver who enthusiastically got into every form of motorsport available in India from 1969 and was later founding president of the Indian Automotive Racing Club (1971) and the Motorsports Association of India.
From Italy: Mauro Forghieri, Marcello Gandini and Giorgetto Giugiaro, three heroes that require very little introduction. Forghieri – an engineering legend at Ferrari, followed by influential roles at Lamborghini and Bugatti. Gandini – designer of many of the most beautiful cars in the world, from the Lamborghini Miura and Espada to the Alfa Romeo Montreal. Giugiaro – one of the greatest car designers in the world who is responsible for more cars on the roads today than anyone else in history.
From Japan: Shotaro Kobayashi (1929-2013) and Osamu Suzuki, Shotaro Kobayashi founded and was a leading Japanese monthly auto magazine
active automotive journalist, automotive historian and chairman of the Classic Car Club of Japan. Osamu Suzuki is now one of the longest-serving market leaders in the automotive industry, having headed Suzuki for more than three decades, and has made Suzuki a global giant by selling small, affordable cars and desirable motorcycles.
From Lithuania: Saulius Karosas (1958-2019), renowned mechanic, engineer and businessman, Karosas was a phenomenally active collector and restorer, especially of rare pre-war cars, and a philanthropist who founded a foundation to promote young artists, musicians and historical and cultural projects.
From Poland: Sobieslaw Zasada, who overcame restrictions, bureaucracy and prejudice to become one of the greatest rally drivers of all time, largely unknown and unsung except in Poland, where he is a true national hero.
From Serbia: Bratislav Petkovic (1948-2021), former minister of culture, trained pastry chef, connoisseur of art, literature, Serbian history, auto mechanics, restoration and passionate collector of historic vehicles, founder of the Belgrade Auto Museum.
From Spain: Damian Mateu Bisa (1863-1935), who together with Marc Birkigt founded Hispano-Suiza in Barcelona in 1904, a brand that stands for elegance, luxury, sportiness and extremely innovative technology.
The jurors selected the newcomers: Nick Mason, Shiro Nakamura, Gaby von Oppenheim, Patrick Rollet, Navaz Bhathena Sandhu and Bresters.