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FIM EUROPE CONGRESS IN KAVALA: ALL THE PHOTOS ROAD SAFETY CONFERENCE FOCUS ON: VINTAGE COMMISSION


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FIM Europe MAG #4 July- August 2016 The articles published in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the official position of FIM Europe. The content of this publication is based on the best knowledge and information available at the time the articles were written. The copying of articles and photos even partially is forbidden unless permission has been requested from FIM Europe in advance and reference is made to the source (ŠFIM Europe)


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FIM Europe Congress at Kavala Greece hosted the 2016 FIM Europe Congress and Road Safety Conference, which were held from Friday June 30th to Saturday July 2nd in Kavala, at the Lucy Hotel. The meeting was to host FIMEurope delegates from European Federations to discuss and approve decisions regarding FIM Europe management and 360° issues in the field of Motorcycling: from Sport to Safety, to Touring. The program of the Congress foresaw the meeting of the Sporting Council and of the Non-Sporting Council on Thursday, of the Manage-

ment Council and of the Secretaries General on Friday, and again the Sporting and Non-Sporting Council meet ing on Saturday, followed by the Management Council and by the General Assembly, with the Official Dinner to conclude the Congress. For the first time the General Assembly has been broadcasted in live-streaming, so that it has been possible to watch it all over the world from FIM Europe official website, www.fim-euro pe.com. The live-streaming begun on Saturday 2nd July at 14.00 local time and the

video of the General Assembly is still available free on demand on the website. As for the topics the Congress dealt with, during the General Assembly there was the report of Mr Martin de Graaff, chairman of the Working Group on Minimum Age for International Motorsport. On the same topic, the scientific report of Prof Fabio Pigozzi followed, Rector of University of Rome “Foro Italico” and President of the International Sports Medicine Federation.

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FIM Europe Congress Day 1

Above, from the left, Jean-Paul Gombeaud, FIM Acting Sports Director, Martin de Graaff, FIM Europe 1st Deputy President and Chairman of Sporting Council, Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM Europe President, and Michal Sikora, FIM Europe Treasurer. On the left, Silvia D’Amico, FIM Europe staff, with the official hat of the Congress.


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The FIM Europe Congress kicked off in Kavala, Greece, with the scheduled meetings of the Sporting and Non-Sporting Commissions. In the Sporting Commission relevant issues were discussed with the Chairmen of the various Commissions. The reports of the latest activities of all disciplines were analysed at the presence of FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb, of FIM Europe 1st Deputy President and Chairman of Sporting Council Martin de Graaff, of Michal Sikora, FIM Europe Treasurer and of FIM Europe

Honorary President Dieter Junge. During the meeting Jean-Paul Gombeaud, FIM Acting Sports Director was present and underlined the full cooperation and communication with FIM Europe and the common efforts of FIM and FIM Europe for the growth of all disciplines. A meeting with the Non Sporting Commission was held, to analyse the activities of the latest period in order to share the same level of knowledge of the various issues. It was a good occasion to arouse a brainstorming, so that every chairman could bring his

knowhow and enrich the discussion with his point of view. Some of the issues discussed would be further analysed during the next day’s Commissions meeting. The whole day the delegates continued to arrive at the Lucy Hotel of Kavala, where the Congress has been held, with the organization of the Greek Federation, AMOTOE. On the next day, the program foresaw the Meetings of the Management Council, Commissions and Panels, the Road Safety Conference and the Meeting with the Secretaries General.


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In the other page, from the top, some paintings of the Greek artist Irini Apostolopoulou. Above, the Non Sporting Commission, with the FIM Europe Second Deputy President Silvio Manicardi. Below, the Sporting Commission.


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Above, the Management Council. Below, FIM Europe President, Dr Wolfgang Srb, and Mr Vito Ippolito, FIM President

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As scheduled, during the second day of the FIM Europe Congress at Kavala, the Management Council was held, so as the Meetings of the Commissions and Panels. In the afternoon, the Road Safety Conference took place, which was very successful, with big attendance of delegates and media. The day ended with the traditional meeting of the Secretaries General, where various issues were discussed, like insurance and licences. FIM Europe Secre-

l s sandro Sambuco infortary General A e med about the next tour of FIM Europe Club in the area of Stockholm, in Sweden. The next day the Congress would live its third day and the program would start with the Sporting and Non-Sporting Council Meetings, followed by the Management Council. In the afternoon the General Assembly would take place and it was broadcast in live streaming in FIM Europe website.


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In the photo above, the Marketing Commission, chaired by Mr Stijn Rentmeesters Below, the meeting of the Public Affairs Commission, chaired by Mr John Chatterton-Ross.


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In the big photo,the meeting of the Road Racing Commission, chaired by Mr Ejgil Solkaer. Aside, the Enduro and Rally Commission, chaired by Mr Marco Bolzonello. Above, the meeting of the Vintage Commission, chaired by Mr José Artur Campos Costa.

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In the big photo, the meeting of the Motocross and Snowcross Commission, chaired by Mr Eddie Herd. Aside, the Drag Racing Commission, chaired by Mr Palle Lind. Above, Trial Commission, chaired by Mr Anders Minken.


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In the big photo, the meeting of the the Track Racing Commission, chaired by Mr Piotr Szymanski. Aside, the Motoball Commission, chaired by Mrs Pascale Rescho Jacquot.


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From the top, the Supermoto Commission, chaired by Mr Ivo Tzvetanov and the Touring Commission, chaired by Mr Nils Freivalds. On the left, Panagiotis Kalaitzis, member of the FIM Europe Touring Commission and Touring Commissioner in AMOTOE. On the page aside, the meeting of the Environment Commission, chaired by Mr Adamo Leonzio and, below, the arrival of the FIM President Vito Ippolito at the Lucy Hotel in Kavala, welcomed by AMOTOE President Stelios Korelis.

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Above and in the page aside, delegates at the FIM Europe Congress in Kavala. Below, delegates at the MyLaps stand.


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The 22nd FIM Europe Congress in Kavala hosted the 10th edition of Road Safety Conference, which traditionally deals with the most important and updated topics of the matter.


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In the latest years, the Road Safety Conference dealt with road accidents, industry responses and initiatives, the systems to improve Road Safety, traumatic injuries and first aid, 2 wheeler behaviour and safety, roadside barriers and crash tests, and devices derived from track, such as airbag for motorcyclists. Last year, the Road Safety Conference dealt with themes related with the development of elec-

tronics to increase usability and safety both on track and on road. All these issues can be seen on FIM-Europe website h t t p : / / w w w. f i m europe.com/index.php/social/public-affairs/road-safety The main focus at this year’s conference dealt with the development of electronics and technology. The conference was held

under the auspices of Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe vicepresident, and of Jean-Pierre Moreau, Chairman of Public Affairs Commission, who opened the event with a welcome speech. The agenda of the conference foresaw as first speech the intervention of a representative of the hosting Country - Mr Konstantinos Boulmetis, Director of Deputy Minister of Transports Marina Chrysoveloni,


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who focused on "Powered Two Wheelers Safety in Greece". From the report it stood out that according to the statistics related to the performance of the EU Member States, Greece holds one of the highest positions in deaths by collision among the Countries in the EE. The poor performance of drivers in Greece, has mostly to do by a big percentage with speed violations and the lack of safety features. The Mini-

stry's first priority, is to form a Strategic Plan for Road Safety and the reform of an Interministerial Committee for Road Safety. The aim is to reduce deaths by road accidents in 2020 to 50% compared with 2010. The report from the Director of Public Affairs - Mr John Chatterton Ross, FIM Europe Director of Public Affaires, followed: "Current issues facing motorcycling from Brussels". In

the report, he focused on the most important issues for FIM Europe at this time: The European Court of Justice and the case of Mr Vnuk (insurance problems in our sporting events); PPE – Personal Protective Equipment standards – gloves, boots, jackets, clothing and one piece suits (not helmets – they are dealt with by UN regulations); Relations between FIM, FIM Europe, and the Federation of European


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Motorcyclists Associations - FEMA; understanding the effect on FIM Europe work of the current political situation. Mr Nicolas Goubert, Deputy Director and Technical Director of the Michelin Racing Group talked of the "Technology transfer from Racing to commercial products". In particular, the racing disciplines are a fertile ground to develop technologies. «The question is now to make sure that what is useful for Valentino Rossi is useful for you when you ride your bike», said Mr Goubert. «So the radial tyre passed from competition to the road: Michel Pilot Sport tyres were the first production tyres to use 100% silica-reinforced rubber compounds and benefit from improved performance both in the wet and in cold weather without compromising tread life. Summarising, transfers from racing to road can happen also in the measurement procedures and in the industrial tools domain: the racing department is the laboratory of the laboratory in the innovation strategy». The keynote presented during the Road Safety Conference at the 2016 FIM Europe Congress concerned on possible new technologies to be spent in motorcycling to increase the safety during riding. Mr Daniele Bibbo PhD, Biolab3-Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, University Roma Tre focused his in-

tervention on "A window on future technology: from science fiction to reality". Some recent tools have been described outlining how, among those, little attention has been dedicated to the rider in terms of performance, risk perception and his/her interaction with the bike and the environment. To monitor the riders’ performance and to use the outcomes as a feedback for the bike, man-machine interfaces are a viable solution. These devices contain sensors for the measurement of some physiological signs that can be considered as predictors of the risk perception and as control signals to be sent to the bike for a safe riding. The implementation of such interfaces strictly needs to respect constraints such as easiness of use, minimal invasiveness, comfort in order to increase the safety without affecting the natural ri-

ding behaviour. Following this line, a pilot project carried on in the Biolab3 – Biomedical Engineering Laboratory – Roma Tre University, has been presented: the project regards an innovative helmet used to monitor the brain activity during riding, in order to activate some voluntary commands (i.e. turn indicators) or pre-activate safety device in emergency condition (brakes on perceived risk conditions). The researches presented can be interpreted as an example of how the technology from science fiction is moving to the reality. The full presentations of the Conference are published on FIM Europe website in “Social” section at the following link: http://www.fimeurope.com/index.php/social/public-affairs/road-safety

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The second day of the FIM Europe Congress hosted the Secretaries General Meeting. In the photo, from the left, Paola Bianchetti of FIM Europe, Niels Freivald, Chairman of the FIM Europe Touring Commission, Silvia Monatti of FIM Europe and Alessandro Sambuco, FIM Europe Secretary General. At the microphone, Ignacio Verneda, FIM CEO.


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The General Assembly, during the speech of FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb. Above, from the left, Alessandro Sambuco, Dr Wolfgang Srb and Martin de Graaff.


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The speech of FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb. Above, the speech of FIM President Vito Ippolito

The 22nd FIM Europe Congress in Kavala (Greece) finished successfully with the Meetings of the Sporting and Non-Sporting Councils, the Management Council as well as the General Assembly in the afternoon. There were 36 National Federations present and

over 220 delegates. Important decisions were taken, among them the approval of the 2015 Balance-sheet, of the 2016 Budget. Comprehensive reports have been presented about the Sporting as well the Non-Sporting activities.

The General Assembly approved the bid of the French Motorcycling Federation to organise the 2018 FIM Europe Congress in the city of Nantes. During the General Assembly there was the report of Mr Martin de Graaff, chairman of the Working Group on Mini-


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mum Age for International Motorsport. The highly anticipated scientific reports were presented by Prof Fabio Pigozzi, Rector of University of Rome “Foro Italico” and President of the International Sports Medicine Federation and by Prof Marjan Olfers, phd, Professor in Sportslaw at the VU University of Amsterdam. «I am very pleased with the results of the Congress in Kavala, where important decisions have been taken», Dr Wolfgang

Srb stated. «The cooperation during all these days was excellent and there was a pleasant atmosphere for all the delegates. Kavala was a most beautiful venue and I am sure that we will return one day». The 23rd edition of the FIM Europe Congress will take place from 29th June to 1st July 2017 in Luxembourg. In the photo above, the table of the FIM Europe Management Council. Aside, the audience. 39


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From the left, Dr Wolfgang Srb with Prof. Marjan Olfers, phd, Professor in Sportslaw at the VU University of Amsterdam and with Susanne Huettinger, Vice President of Track Racing Commission and representative of Osterreichischer Automobil Motorrad und Touring Club, for their 120th anniversary.

Above, Dr Wolfgang Srb with Roy Wetterstad, Secretary General of Norges Motorsportforbund for their centenary and with Prof. Fabio Pigozzi, Rector of University of Rome “Foro Italico” and President of the International Sports Medicine Federation. Below, with Sebastien Poirier, representative of Moto Club de Monaco for their 70th anniversary and with Alexandros Adamidis, Consultant of the Greek Sports and Culture Ministry.

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From the left, Dr Wolfgang Srb with Vasileios Perdikidis, representative of Maria Kollia, Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace and with Greek Motorcycle Federation President Stelios Korelis.

Above, from the left, Dr Wolfgang Srb with a representative of Bosnia-Erzegovina Automobile Club for their 70th anniversary, and with Zoran Bakrac, Motorcycle Federation of Montenegro President, for their 10th anniversary. Below, with Dr. Konstantinos Natsis, president of Sports Medicine Association of Greece, and with a representative of Hungarian Motorcycle Sport Federation for its 110th anniversary.


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In the page aside, from the the top, FIM Europe Second Deputy President Silvio Manicardi, and, on the right, AMOTOE President Stelios Korelis. In the middle, the speech of Fabio Pigozzi, Rector of University of Rome “Foro Italico” and President of the International Sports Medicine Federation and of Prof. Marjan Olfers, phd, Professor in Sportslaw at the VU University of Amsterdam. Below FIM Europe Treasurer Michal Sikora and Jean-Pier Mougin, FIM Europe Honorary President. In this page, from the top the speech of FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb and of FIM Europe 1st Deputy President Martin de Graaff. In the middle Vasileios Perdikidis, representative of Maria Kollia, Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace and Alexandros Adamidis - Consultant of the Greek Sports and Culture Ministry, Aside, Sebastien Poirier, voting delegate of MCM.

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In the page aside, from the left, Ignacio Verneda, FIM Ceo, Vito Ippolito, FIM President, Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM Europe President and Pedro Mas, RFME representative. Below Dr Wolfgang Srb with Jorgen Bitsch and with Jos Driessen, both of FIM. Above, from the left FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb with Mirko Botulija, AMSS President and with Maksym Sytnytskyi, of FMU. Below, Dr Wolfgang Srb with a group of delegates of the Congress.

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In the page aside, the audience of the FIM Europe Congress. On the left Dr Wolfgang Srb with AMOTOE President Stelios Korelis. Below, from the left, Jean-Marc Desnues, Laurent Delbroek, Juhani Halme, Nina Birjukova, Michal Sikora, Martin de Graaff, Dr Wolfgang Srb, Silvio Manicardi, Michel Turk, Alessandro Sambuco and Jan Stovicek

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Some moments of the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening in Kavala. On the top, from the left, the tradition cake cutting, above Martin de Graaff, Dr Wolfgang Srb and Alessandro Sambuco. Below, in the opposite page, Dr Wolfgang Srb receives the diploma of honorary member of Motoclub Roma. Below, the same aknowlegment is reserved to Stelios Korelis, President of the Greek Federation.


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THE FIM EUROPE V I N TA G E C O M M I S S I O N


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Motorcycles are along with the automobiles the main responsible inventions for the great development of the world since the beginning of the 19th century. The Vintage Commission of the FIM Europe

has as its main task to implement in Europe the culture of the classic motorcycle in sports and in the preservation of the machines. This is a particularly difficult job as it incorporates not only

all kinds of sport activities in only one commission, but also with an enormous amount of different motorcycles made along these last 100 years. Classic bikes have their peculiarities, but that’s are what


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attracts us to them. Let’s analyse 3 important differences to the modern motorcycles. • First, and the most obvious one, are the technical differences between the machines. It doesn’t need to be explained here, as everybody knows how different even a only 20 or 30 years old bike is from a modern one, although, except for the electronics, most of the actual technical innovations have been used or tested sometime and somewhere in the past. Our task is to create rules that allow them to compete against each other. • The second difference is about their owners. Modern bikes are used for transport, for leisure or racing, maintained by a workshop and sold after a while, when a new and nicer model comes to the market. A classic bike owner fulfils a lot of tasks: before buying he searches the market for the exact model that he wants, inspects it for origi-

nality and value. Then he becomes the investor, the owner, the restorer, the mechanic and in many cases, the transporter to the track for the racing pilot, who is obviously also himself. Owning a classic bike is a hard job, but a very fun and nice one too. • The third difference is probably the most important one. Owning a classic bike is mainly: o Culture: studying the history of the motorcycle industry o Technical knowledge: learn the different steps of mechanical development o Friendship: meeting new friends with the same interests all over the world o Tourism: visiting classic events everywhere o Racing: enjoying the sound and the character of these great engines of the past All in all, classic motorcycling is a virus that infects very easily and has no cure. Classic

racing, the main purpose of the Vintage Commission, is perhaps the worst kind of this “disease”.

Our main task is to increase the vintage sport in all its disciplines between European riders. We are focused in: - Road Racing - Endurance Racing - Regularity Racing - Enduro - Motocross - Trials - Hill climbing

Therefore, we are working to improve our existing cups and championships, and we look forward to create new ones. In every European country there are lots of vintage events every week, with thousands of great bikes and enthusiastic riders. We have today more vintage motorcycling activities on the weekends than with modern bikes. Organizing this races is not an


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easy task. The Vintage Commission has one of the most difficult jobs: to create rules that can be used in all European countries and that are able to accept all different kinds of machines. In these last two years the activity of the Commission has focused mainly on writing rules for all these disciplines. Each Country has its specificities regarding the most used brands of motorcycles and also different national rules. To combine all these different racing rules is normally very complicated and sometimes even impossible, so that the Commission has to find a way to have the most possible number of motorcycles included. But this is also one of the main interests of Classic Racing: the diversity of machines and technologies on the track. We always work hard in order to offer to the riders

and organizers a set of rules in each sport that we think are able to capture a large number of motorcycle brands. But these rules have to be tested permanently and changed whenever needed, to attract more and more teams to the tracks. This work can only be done with the collaboration of all FNMs that are members of the FIM Europe. A study conducted by the VC some time ago, showed that most of these European FNMs have vintage activities in their calendars and vintage commissions in their structure. We at the VC of the FIM Europe ask all these colleagues to participate in our meetings, to give us ideas and to encourage their clubs to organize races within the European cups or championships. Most of our competitors are not only the riders but also the owners and the mecha-

nics of their own bikes. But some of them are only collectors and although they want to ride they don’t want to race these valuable machines. Therefore, the Commission is very committed to promote parades and exhibitions, alongside the races. The main purpose is to bring these bikes again to life and to show them, not only to the people that remember them, but also - and this is very important for us - to the young fans that can appreciate the evolution of mechanics of these twowheeled vehicles. These are extraordinary opportunities for the fans to see and even touch the bikes, speak with the owners and many times even meet former champions of the world. This is the spirit of Vintage Motorcycling!


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ROAD RACING Road racing is one of the oldest activities of FIM Europe Vintage Commission and it takes place regularly every year in three or four circuits. This year the riders went first to France to the circuit of Carole, following then to Anderstorp, in Sweden, to Donington in the UK and finalising the championship in Rijeka, in Croatia. This last circuit is going to be renewed so that this is the last opportunity for riders to use the same track as the great champions of the past have raced on. The Commission tries to organise races in circuits that are connected to the past, to World or European Championships, as these are the places where riders want to go and to compete. Although the main purpose is to exhibit the bikes, there are always big fights between the riders as even in Vintage nobody likes to lose! But we speak here about good fights, between friends and after the race the atmosphere in the paddock is a very relaxed one and riders love sharing their experiences. It is impressive to see the knowledge that most of these riders have and how well they tune their machines. The classes admitted are: Class 2 Solo Motorcycles up to 200cc Class 2b Solo Motorcycles up to 50cc Class 3 Solo Motorcycles 201 - 250cc Class 4 Solo Motorcycles 251 - 350cc Class 5 Solo Motorcycles 351 - 500cc

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Class 6 Solo Motorcycles 501 – 750cc All four stroke machines must have been raced or sold commercially in Europe prior to 31/12/1972. Forgotten Era Classes Class 7a Solo motorcycles 351cc – 1000cc (Pre 31/12/1979) Class 7b Solo motorcycles up to 350cc (Pre 31/12/1981) All two stroke machines must have been raced or sold commercially in Europe prior to 31/12/1967. ENDURANCE RACING The European Classic Series is one of the most challenging sports in motorcycling. Not only the pilot or the mechanic have to work hard but the whole team has to be perfectly trained to allow the competitors to fully engage in a 4-hour race. It is also very interesting to see the motorcycles racing during the night and it is very impressive to watch how the lights "dance" on the track. The circuits that host these races are also important or famous circuits as Paul Ricard, Spa and Motorland Aragon. The races are included in festivals of Vintage Motoring, which brings always a big crowd to the circuit and increases the interest of the events. This sport is very appreciated also by teams that have raced - and still race - in the World Championship, which brings a lot of technical knowledge to our events. It also attracts

some former champions, or well known riders from the endurance world. This European Classic Series is run together with the promoter DG Sport. Classes: Maxi Classic These motorcycles have to be built before December 31st 1982 and have a minimum of two cylinders. Displacement is free but must be superior to 340 cc. Classic 1000 These motorcycles have to be built before December 31st 1981 and have a minimum of two cylinders. Maximum displacement of 1000 cc. A maximum displacement of 750 cc for motorcycles with 4 cylinders and 4 valves. 750 TT Only for motorcycles built in series up until December 31st 1985, 4 stroke engines up to 750cc, 2 valves per cylinder or 2 stoke engines, maximum 2 cylinders with a displacement between 340 and 500 cc.

REGULARITY RACING Regularity is an old activity of the Commission, its main boost comes from Peter Balaz, long-time member of the Commission, and a legend of motorcycling. For classic racing Regularity is a wonderful activity as any bike can win and there is no need of separating the machines by its age or by its engine capacity. It all comes to the accuracy of the pilot, doing his lap times as equal as possible. Till now these races have been run mostly in Slovakia and Alpe Adria but the Commission wants to im-

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prove this sport also in all other parts of Europe. Interest has already been shown from various organisers and the calendar for next year has to include at least three races run in different Countries.

ENDURO Enduro has been renewed in the Commission with a complete new set of rules. These rules have been tested during a wonderful race in 2015, the ITDE (International Three Days Enduro) at the Isola d'Elba, in Italy. But this activity benefits from the excellent experience of Massimo Sironi, another long time member of the Commission, and one of the main organisers of the Valli Bergamasche Enduro Race. We hope to have a great success with this discipline as it is one of the most attracting ones and it always has a very large number of participants. In 2016 the ITDE will be again raced at Isola d'Elba, but we are preparing a Cup for 2017. The Valli Bergamasche will be run again in this year, too.

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MOTOCROSS Motocross is a long desired discipline by this Commission, but unfortunately due to various reasons it has not been possible yet to organise a Cup. We have now finalised the rules so that nothing stands in the way to promote races in 2017. We are looking for interested organisers and hope to get a minimum of three races in three different Countries. Classes: Vintage: Manufactured to model year 1976 with 2 different classes: pre-70 and pre-76 Classic: Manufactured from model year 1977 with air cooled engines, twin shock absorbers or cantilever suspension and drum brakes front and rear. TRIALS & HILL CLIMBING As for these 2 disciplines we are hoping to find organizers that want to collaborate with us in organizing these 2 cups.

THE VINTAGE COMMISSION Today the Vintage Commission is composed by 8 members. During the 16th FIM Europe Congress in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2012 JosĂŠ Artur Campos Costa from Portugal became new chairman of the Vintage Commission. The other members are: From the UK: John Davidson (ACU) Vice-Chairman From Slovakia: Peter Balaz (SMF) From Croatia: Igor Boskovic (HMS) From Italy: Massimo Sironi (FMI/Italy) From France: Patrick Thollas (FFM) From Germany: Hermes Wuenscher (DMSB) From Spain: Jordi Villalba (RFME) In order to help the members with their good advice and knowledge, two wellknown persons in the motorcycling world have helped the Vintage Commission a lot. They are: Massimo Mita as a Consultant and Luigi Favarato as an Observer, both from Italy.


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J O S É A R T U R C A M P O S C O S TA In fact, I should never have been elected to a FIM Europe commission because, although I am biker since I was 15, my relationship with the 2-wheels has always been that of a collector and restorer. I never devoted myself to the sport. But now it’s too late to go back, because being on the track, watching the riders and listening to the machines, has made me understand that Vintage Motorcycling Sport is a fabulous activity. And when you like something you want to give something good to it, you want to collaborate and to reach new frontiers. In the beginning as a member, then as vice-chairman and now as chairman I have been astonished with the great knowledge of all past and present members, with their dedication to the cause and with their willingness to work as volunteers when and wherever needed. This has made my task as chairman quite easy. In addition to encouraging the various sports, we have a function that is perhaps the most important: to pass our testimony to the young people, who will be the future enthusiasts and preservers of these beautiful classic 2-wheeled machines.


JOH N D A VIDSO N I have been involved in road racing all my life with some of my earliest memories those of my father’s road racing friends. I received my first motorcycle at 9 years of age as a birthday present and rode it in the fields nearby home until old enough to have a motorcycle on the road. After spectating at numerous road races with my father it was no surprise that I removed the licence plates from my Honda CB77 and started racing it in 1971. The Honda made way for a Yamaha TR2B in 1971 that I raced until starting a family with my wife Ann in 1975. Ten years and two children later I was spectating at Donington Park when I noticed there was a race that had CB77 Honda’s in it, just like I started racing on in 1971. My enthusiasm re-kindled, I resumed my racing career in 1985 with a CB77 very similar to the one I had in 1971, but now it was called “Classic Racing”. It was not long before the bike was competitive and in 1986 I won my first race on it. I raced the bike for 10 years before switching to a 1972 CB350, the successor to the CB77. I went on to win three club Championships and became UK Classic 350cc Champion in 1996. One of the clubs I race with in the UK is the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club and in 2001 they were in desperate need of a Secretary and so my daughter Nicola took on the job and between us we organised around 100 race meetings for CRMC at a dozen different circuits before handing over the job in 2014. I became involved with the UEM around 10 years ago to represent the Road Racing discipline and soon added a UK round to the Vintage Road Race Cup competition that was largely based in Scandinavia at that time. With the addition of a Croatian round at Rijeka in 2014, the Vintage Cup competition was upgraded to Vintage Championship status, and in 2016 France added a fourth round to the series. Today I am more likely to be found organising race events or acting as Jury President than riding race bikes, but enjoying my involvement just as much.


P ETER BALÁ Ž My sports career on the bike began in 1964 on a Tatran motorcycle. Later on I raced on 350cc Jawa and Jawa 250cc. I bacame champion of the former Czechoslovakia for the first time in 1974 on Yamaha. In 1975 I became MZ factory rider, then I was noted by Jawa factory and in the years 1976-1977 I raced as a works rider for Jawa. Best in my sport career I won 10 times the Czechoslovakia title, and stood 82 times on the podium. The best position I achieved in the GP was in 1979 in the 125cc class, with an 8th place. After a serious accident at GP Brno in 1987 I ended my active career. But the love for motorcycles was too strong and I came back in 1991 as an organizer. Up to now, I’ve organised more than 90 events: International Slowaischen Championship, Alpe Adria Cup and FIM Europe Vintage Regularity Cup. Since 2000 I’ve been organizing only vintage events. But I could not limit myself to organizing. I came back as vintage rider. In 2001 I won the Alpe Adria Cup, in 2006 I was Vice Champion FIM Europe Vintage Regularity, in 2005, 2007 and 2009 I won the FIM Europe Vintage Regularity Cup. In years 1991 - 2001 I was president of the Motosportkjlub Bratislava and since 2002 I’ve been president of Classic Club Hlohovec. In years 1998 -2001 as I’ve been President of the Slovak Motorcycle Federation (SMF) and since 1997 I’m FIM Europe Vintage Commission member.


IGOR BOŠKOVIć

I’m involved with classic racing from 2002, although I’m on two wheels all my life starting with my father DKW 350 when I was four. Through these years of active racing I’ve collected many trophies; among others with my classic Triumph I won two Croatian Championships. I joined FIM Europe Vintage Commission around three years ago. My aim is to promote classic racing and to attract more riders to join us in this beautiful sport. At the moment I’m vice president of Croatian Motorcycle Federation and acting president of Classic Racing Moto Club in Zagreb. I’m still active as rider and I’m preparing my bikes for the track as well.

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MA SSI MO SIR ON I In everyday life I’m entrepreneur and director of CE.B.EX. (Bergamasque Centre of Export). Born in 1950 at the age of 14 I had my first card at the Moto Club Bergamo. In 1967 in memory of a friend I was co-founder of the Scuderia Fulvio Norelli, which at the time was the Student Section of the Moto Club Bergamo, which trained many champions. From 1970 to 1972 I was the sports director of the club, which I left to join the team DKV Playmotor, official team of the German brand, as sports Director, participating in the Italian Senior Championship, in many international competitions and in the International Six Days. In 1972 I was summoned for the Italian expedition to the International Six Days in Czechoslovakia. Since 1972 I’ve been responsible for the Parc Fermé in many editions of Regularity European Championship "Valli Bergamasche". I’ve been working for a season with the Sports Editor of Eco di Bergamo newspaper and in 1980 I was the conductor of the radio program “Fuori Strada” on Radio Beta. After being Assistant Director in some International events, since 1985 I’m a member of the College of Auditors of the Moto Club Bergamo. Since 1986 I’m the creator and organizer of the Valli Bergamasche Revival, one of the most famous competitions of this specialty. Meanwhile I’ve been president of Scuderia Norelli since 2002 to 2007. Since 2005 I’m an instructor appointed by the Italian Federation for motorcyclists and road safety education. Since 2008 I’m a member of the FIM Europe Vintage Commission and since 2009 I’ve been appointed European Head for Vintage Enduro Competitions, with the function to study and organise the series.


PA T R I C K T H O L L A S I’m 61 years old and I retired from the public service (I worked in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine Regional Council). I live in Lacanau Ocean, France. I was a rider of national Road Racing from 1975 to 1980, and also practiced Motocross, Trial and karting. Was President of Aquitaine Moto League from 1996 to 2007 and today I am the 1st Vice President of the Motorcycle Aquitaine League. I’ve been a member of the Directive Committee of FFM since 1996 and Chairman of the Classic & Historique Motorcycles Committee since its creation in 2008. I manage 6 French Classic Motorcycles championships of France with about 3,500 entries each year in these disciplines: • Road Racing • Hill Climbing Road Racing • Rally • Motocross • Enduro • Trial My hobbies are of course motorcycles (I have 95 vintage motorcycles from 1923 to 2002), cars (I have 9 vintage cars from 1923 to 1997), sailing and jet ski and golf.

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HE RMES WÜNSCH ER Grown up in a small village in the Thuringian, I enjoyed my first freedom degree with an old bicycle. When I was 12/13 years old, my longing for motor cycling was satisfied tank to an understanding friend, who lent me for the first time a lightweight motorcycle ("Wanderer" with 98cc Sachs engine, 2 speed manual transmission). At 16, finally I was able to obtain a driving license and a old motorcycle. A German guy had disassembled his DKW 200 KM, built in 1935 to avoid Russians to steal it during the 2nd World War in 1945. I managed to assemble this DKW again and was happy with it. 1954 – 1956: after graduation in mechanics, first enduro rides with Simson 250 and EMW (BMW) R 35. 1956 – 1963: while studying in Berlin, enduro and trial events with English soldiers with Simson 250 and English military motorcycles; 3 "24 Hours" on the Avus (race track in West Berlin). From 1964 enduro rides,

German and European championships on Simson, MZ, Zündapp, Hercules-Sachs, KTM, Jawa, Yamaha XT 550, Honda XR 250, Suzuki 250 and 400, BMW R 80 GS. ISDE 1968 at San Pellegrino (Italy) with Hercules GS 125 (failure due to defective clutch after the 4th day). Road motorcycles: Yamaha RD 125, RD 350, XJ 550, Honda NX 250. Occupational employment with motorcycles: training of young Africans on behalf of the German development assistance in Nigeria, Ghana, Burundi to repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; Studies commissioned by the EU and the German Environmental Office for noise reduction on motorcycles; therefore, trips to the 4 big manufacturers in Japan: Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki. After major knee surgery currently only travelling on the road.


JO RDI VILLA LB A I started very early riding a Montesa Cota 49 at 9, and my passion for bikes was increasing year by year, not only for off road bikes, but also for road bikes with different models of Vespa during my teenager years and then with Japanese and Spanish models. But my real devotion has been for Scrambler bikes, and preferably trial bikes. I engaged in local competitions as “els tres dies dels cingles” for several years, SSDT in 1993 and more recently in trial Arinsal (Andorra), Camprodon and the Spanish and Catalan classic championship, which I fortunately won in 2010 with my precius Bultaco. However my “drug” are classic trial bikes, and I´ve always tried to ride as many competitions as I can, especially the more popular ones such as the 2DT Scotland, 2DT Scarborough, Trial Mont Ventoux , 2DT All or 2DT Costa Brava or 2DT Jersey, 2DT Manx, or 2DT Caglio and others. I´m friend of all the classic championship riders as you can see in the photo with Tarres´s family and I hope we can go forward with a lot of fun bike events in the future.


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The FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta at the MotoGP, Red Bull Ring, Austria on 14 August. Photo: Bill Cumbow


FIM Europe MAG 4/2016  

Official magazine of FIM Europe, the Continental Union recognised by FIM (Federation International de Motocyclisme), that represents 47 Nati...