Preserving Classic Cars under the World Heritage Status
Protecting Classic Cars from Destruction
There is no denying that cars have shaped history as we know it today. Since their invention over 130 years ago, they continue to hold social and historic value.
Unfortunately not everyone sees it that way, as some classic cars are still ending up in junkyards, or rusting away into oblivion.
Which is why prominent automotive groups are advocating UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to include cars under the World Heritage Status.
Both FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) and FBHVC (British Historic Vehicles) want the same status that protects historic buildings and monuments to cover all cars 30 years or older. This will officially define classic cars as having cultural or historic value, making it illegal to destroy them.
Certain cars would also be able to access the World Heritage Fund to finance their maintenance and restoration.
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The calls to implement the status date back to 2012, when FIVA drafted what's called the Turin Charter. The aim was to preserve the knowledge of operating and restoring such vehicles. With it came a set of guidelines. It detailed everything from their upkeep, to the presentation and use. But while it allows driving for pleasure, it would bar classic cars from entering historic racing events.
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