Yesterday´s Vehicles on Tomorrow´s Roads
Motorhistoriska Riksförbundet, the federation of Swedish historic vehicle clubs, promotes the use, restoration and preservation of old vehicles that are interesting in the history of motoring. Our old vehicles are not just a picturesque and appreciated element of the traffic scene, but a great living museum run totally without any official support, neither national or local. Technical competence and practical skills needed to repair or restore these old objects have to be maintained and passed on to future generations. Motorhistoriska Riksförbundet, MHRF, has a vital function in this work.
Motorhistoriska Riksförbundet (MHRF)
MHRF was founded the 1st of February 1969 by 13 clubs having 1.860 members in all. Today MHRF consists of 175 clubs with about 96 000 members.
Some are national clubs with a general aim and direction to the history of motoring, e.g. Automobilhistoriska Klubben (AHK) and Motorhistoriska Sällskapet i Sverige (MHS). Some others are local clubs like Motorhistoriska Klubben i Skåne (MHK) and Dalarnas Automobilklubb (DAK) and some are devoted to a special make of car or motorcycle., e.g the Austin-Healey Club of Sweden and Vokswagenhistoriska Klubben to mention some of them. But MHRF has also many more special vehicle clubs caring for trucks, mopeds, off-road vehicles, buses, tractors and old caravans. In short, all the kinds of motor-driven vehicles that has ever been run on our roads.
MHRF has an extensive international cooperation through FIVA, Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens. At present FIVA can boast over 85 member organisations in more than 62 countries throughout the world, which in turn represent more than 1.500.000 historic vehicle enthusiasts. New legislations that could have prohibited our use of the historic vehicles are introduced all the time and it is of great importance to have a good cooperation with the authorities. MHRF is a body to which a proposed measure is referred for consideration and it has a continous contact with the authorities and the organisations working for the environment.
MHRF has in this work contributed to the exception to pay tax for vehicles more than 30 years and also that they only have to be tested every second year. Within MHRF it is also evident that the impact on the environment from the use of old vehicles shall be as small as possible.
MHRF distributes every year a calendar covering hundreds of meetings and events in the Nordic countries.
The MHRF insurance
MHRF cooperates with Folksam in offering an insurance for collector vehicles of different categories (cars, lorries, motorcycles, mopeds, buses, tractors and caravans).
The MHRF insurance (MHRF-försäkringen) is specialized for collector vehicles and is based upon the fact that the insureds vehicles are not used in daily traffic. Today there are more than 35 000 insurances signed and the number of them is rapidly growing. There is a full coverage insurance for use in traffic and other kinds intended for storage and renovations. The vehicles shall be at least 20 years old and the vehicles used in good condition to original specification, either restored or well kept.
The owner must be a member of a club connected to MHRF. An inspector of the club must do a survey of the vehicle following a protocol signing yes/no for different functions and conditions. A specified photo coverage shall be enclosed to the application form which is then sent to the insurance manager at MHRF.
The requirements for a vehicle to be approved are high. The idea behind is that the yearly mileage shall be low and that the vehicle is not used so often. There are however no decided limit of the mileage, but the owner is expected to see the connection between a limited use and the low rates of the insurance that follows a low frequency of damage.
Motorhistoriska Riksförbundet MHRF
Non-profit cultural federation of clubs for historic road vehicles.