Some of the most iconic vehicles in history could be lost to the future unless new blood is introduced to the restoration industry.
That was the main conclusion reached at a FIVA-supported international symposium in Bucharest, titled ‘Restoration – Art or Science?’
The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, or international federation of historic vehicles, warned that specialist training is urgently needed to avoid vital restoration skills dying out.
FIVA president Tiddo Bresters describes it as an “existential challenge” for the future of classic motoring.
“This is one of FIVA’s primary objectives – to foster the preservation of historic vehicles and pass them on in working condition to future generations,” he said, adding, ” To this end, a mature restoration industry is as important as it is for other areas of cultural heritage, such as paintings and historic buildings.
“Retromobil Club Romania has done a truly excellent job of bringing global experts together, to raise vehicle restoration to the level where it belongs.”