The Antique, Classic and Historic Automobile world Fellowship of Rotarians (ACHAFR) is an international association of Rotarians dedicated to promoting the preservation and utilisation of antique, classic and historic automobiles as an opportunity for fellowship and service.
The ACHAFR embraces national chapters and has individual members (see Membership). It has been approved for recognition by the Board of Rotary International.
Please visit our website at http://www.achafr.eu/
The Fellowship was founded in 1988 and gradually spread its wings over continents and now counts twelve national chapters in Europe and North America as well as contact representatives in Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay (see National Chapters at http://www.achafr.eu )
There are hundreds of events being organized by various Rotary Clubs throughout the world and via its national chapters. ACHAFR will provide information of those local and national events and introduce interested potential participants from other domestic and foreign Rotary Clubs to the respective organizing Club (see Rotary Club Events at www.achafr.eu).
Highlights of the RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany
It is the 31st year of existence of our Fellowship and thus we are among the oldest international Fellowships of Rotary and we really are “international”.
Starting in Waku Waku in Australia in 1988, our Fellowship gradually spread its wings over continents and now counts national chapters in Europe and North America and representatives in many countries all over the world.
Over the years we, petrol heads (Australian expression for ‘car nuts’), have grown to become a magnificent group of friends meeting each other on various occasions. Rallies in Italy, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and in particular our yearly Europe Tours have become ‘family festivals’. At those joint events and adjacent social gatherings, the close-knit car-family attitudes prevail over nationalities and languages and that adds to Rotary’s philosophy of close cooperation and communication at home and across borders, which is extremely important and valuable in nowadays’ changing environments and tendencies.
In addition to the social aspects we should not forget the financial/granting aspects of these gatherings. Jointly, ACHAFR and its national chapters have supported activities like End Polio Now and specific projects in member countries with substantial funds.
With the great support of ARACI as well as from local Rotary Clubs in Italy and abroad, our Fellowship has contributed to the construction of the multifunctional center in the heavily damaged earthquake-shaken area of Arquata. In this area, housing facilities need to be built and in order to motivate young professionals to remain or to move to the region, the center will be at their disposal with work rooms, studios, etc. and internet connections.
In late April. no less than 54 vintage cars (tried to) find their way from Orbetello to Fiesole (via the world famous Museo Piaggio in Pontederra) where I received the honorable “Accademia ad Honorem della l’Accademia della Fiorentina”. I am very grateful to the Accademia for being honored with this high order, which I also regard as a distinction to the fine work we have exercised in our Fellowships!! From Fiesole we went via Bagna di Romagna downhill to the historic and cultural highlight Ravenna .
Again this ARACI’s 10th Coast-to-Coast Tour brought us to magnificent country sides, winery and cucina, we otherwise would not have discovered and highly appreciated. Vincent Mazzone, Rodolfo Torri, and Luigi Olivieri and their team many many thanks for this great event, which creates high expectations for next year !!
On May 5 we had the honor to be present at the opening of the said Rotary Multifunctional Centre in Arquata. The President of Rotary International. Mr. Barry Rassin, and his spouse came over from Evanston to open (with the ACHAFR cap!!) the Centre, which also documented that our Fellowship adapts the “’Leitmotiv ’of Rotary ‘Service above Self’. With substantial financial means our Fellowships supported the financing of this splendid activity for Young Professionals in the badly hidden and devastated area of Arquata.
At the end of May, with 5 cars. our friends from ARACI made their way with no less than via 3,000 miles to and from the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg . The world famous ‘Mille Miglia’ has thus been greatly beaten by them at length!! Initially they joined us in the Netherlands and from there with 17 vintage cars we toured to Adendorf and integrated into the ROFD/ACHAFR Europe Tour 2019, which started there. With 38 vintage cars from various European countries, we puzzled the Lueneburger Heide and visited the magnificent Museum of Prototype Cars in Hamburg before throwing an eye on the Convention and its House of Friendship.
This very special Europe Tour has been greatly organized by our German friends who provided unforgettable days to the participants. Johannes Zilkens, Joachim Wendel, Hans-Peter Wagner and Friedrich Lang we owe you sincere thanks for all the work you had to exercise!!!
In the House of Friendship, our Fellowship run its booth and gratefully welcomed dozens of Rotarians from all over the world. Remarkably, our Fellowship proved still to be unknown to too many visitors! We and our national chapters have approached many, many national and local Rotary organizations, but our information obviously has not always reached the addressees. Also, remarkably, we had to notice that some local organizations have not been quite supportive in passing on our information. Although we support the activities of Rotary with financial means and other efforts, the adverse of the mentioned Leitmotiv seems to be practiced here and there.
Our presence at the Convention has thus resulted in some ‘missionary work’ with more than one hundred brochures finding their way to Rotarians from all over the world. With great pleasure we were able to welcome new members to our Fellowship and gathered dozens of visiting/business cards, which of course will be followed up by us. Overall, we can be very satisfied with our booth at the Convention: the results justified our joint efforts.
While in Adendorf, we held our Annual General Meeting. The delegates gave approval to the financial statements of 2018 and the proposed budget for 2019, which hopefully will show a small surplus. Our financial means largely depend on the contributions of only three national chapters from Italy, Netherlands and United Kingdom. This is an unpleasant small platform. Therefore, the Board has suggested to levy at the Europe Tours € 25 per car as a contribution to ACHAFR. Also, commercial ads of non-members on our website will henceforth need to be paid. Both proposals have been approved by the General Meeting.
The General Meeting finally challenged the delegates (and spouses) to positively consider their participation at next year’s ARACI/ACHAFR Europe Tour in Italy.
Vincent Mazzone held an impressive presentation of the tour, which will start with a pre-tour in Ascoli and the beautiful surrounding area, with of course a tasting at a private vinery on June 14-15 and will then bring us from June 16-20 from Ascoli via the fantastic lentil flower fields in Casteluccio di Norcia to Assisi and from there to Montalcino … for the fine wines and finally on a day cruise to the island of Giglio and Giannutri before saying ‘Arrivederci’ after the Gala Dinner in Argentario Osa Village . Since this very special tour will be limited to 50 vintage cars only and many members of ARACI have already expressed their interest in joining the tour, members of ACHAFR and national chapters are called to decide and register on short notice and take all necessary information via www.rotarycoast-to-coast.it
In the course of this year there will again be a wide variety of tours in member countries to which all Fellowship(s) members are kindly invited.
For details of these tours and all other messages of our Fellowship, you may look at our website www.achafr.eu
While looking to these informations /invitations you may agree that also this year will be a successful year and thus jointly
WE KEEP ROTARY ROLLING.
With finest personal regards,
Matthijs van den Adel
Celebrating ACHAFR's 30-Year Anniversary
Now that cold temperatures are fading away in the Northern Hemisphere we can throw eyes on the new Rallye Season.
Again ACHAFR and National Chapters are ready in preparing and organizing various exciting tours, which will bring many of us to yet unknown cities, villages and landscape. This is a major asset and advantage of our Fellowship.
Last year it has been the 30th Anniversary of our Fellowship and we have attached much interest to this great occasion … and for good reason! We are among the oldest international Fellowships of Rotary and we really are “international” and remain energetic!
Since its start in Waku Waku in Australia in 1988, our Fellowship gradually spread its wings over continents and now counts national chapters in Europe and North America with representatives in many countries all over the world.
Over the years, we petrol heads (Australian expression for ‘car nuts’) have grown to become a magnificent group of friends meeting each other on various occasions. Rallies in Italy, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and in particular our Europe Tours have become ‘family festivals’. At those joint events and adjacent social gatherings the close knit car-family attitudes prevail over nationalities and languages and that adds to Rotary’s philosophy of close cooperation and communication at home and across borders, which is extremely important and valuable in nowadays’ changing environments and tendencies.
Our friends in Italy will again take the lead in organizing a major rally: the Rotary Coast-to-Coast Tour, which will bring some 50 antique and classic cars to the start in Orbetello on April 26. After various preceding tours under various logos, it is this year the Thermal Tour. During the five days until May 1, the participants will visit Montecatini Terme, will cross the Apennines, will experience magnificent Bagno di Romagna, and will finish in Ravenna and throw eyes on the Adriatic Sea. On the long course there will not only be challenges of driving along hidden and steep roads but also competitive “time-speeding”. During these days the teams will ‘fight’ in 3 rounds for the Trofeo Amato Olivieri – in memory of a great inspirator of rallies, such as the Coast-to-Coast Tour. For further information and reservation, see www.rotarycoast-top-coast.it
After taking some rest in early May, in particular the Italian members will head for a long and challenging tour to the Rotary World Convention in Hamburg. They will cover no less than 1,300 km vice versa, a thankworthy initiative - also reflecting the spirit of our Fellowship!
They will join participants to the ROFD/Europe Tour, initially on May 27 in the Netherlands, where ACHAFR Board Members organize a pre-tour under the logo “On the Way to Hamburg”. PP Maarten Kaptein and myself will show participants from England, the Netherlands, and Italy; some beauties of the Netherlands, such as the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory, the former Airborne Headquarters, from where the operation ‘a Bridge too far’ started in 1944; and the large collection of 250 antique and classic cars at Louwman Museum, Giethoorn-Venice of the North - before joining all participants at the ROFD/Europe Tour in Reinstorf Germany.
Thanks to the initiative of the Treasurer of our Fellowship, Johannes Zilkens, this year’s Europe Tour is organized by our German Chapter Rotary OldtimerFreunde Deutschland (ROFD).
On May 30 we will ‘rally’ through the Lueneburger Heide and visit the “Museum zurLuftbruecke”, memorializing the airlift by the Royal Airforce, US Airforce, and the French Airforce during the period August to September 1949. During this period, in total 277,569 flights brought 2.2 million tons of goods (coal -1.5. million tons and food – 0.7 million tons) to the population of West Berlin, which suffered from the Soviet blockade.
On this day we will also have our yearly Annual General Meeting, during which all members reflect on the activities of the fellowship, hopefully in positive terms.
On June 1 the 40 teams of antique and classic cars will drive to Hamburg in order to see fascinating prototypes of car construction at the Prototypen Museum, before hopefully parking in front of the World Convention in Hamburg, where the (co)drivers will be welcomed at the ACHAFR booth in the House of Friends.
As in the preceding 15 years we will again show in our booth at the Convention the visiting Rotarians from all over the world the features of ACHAFR and induce some of them to join our Fellowship and/or establish a new National Chapter elsewhere.
By doing so, we may add impetus to the objectives of ACHAFR.
In addition to the social aspects, there are the financial/granting aspects of these gatherings. Jointly, ACHAFR and its National Chapters have supported activities like End Polio Now and specific projects in member countries with substantial amounts of funds. In Italy, for instance we have contributed to the construction of the multifunctional center in the heavily earth quake shaken area of Amatrice. In this area housing/working facilities need to be built and in order to motivate young professionals to remain in the region, the center will be at their disposal with work rooms, studios, etc.
By supporting these various activities and projects we jointly demonstrate, that vintage car owners do not only enjoy the events (and their cars), but in particular live up to the ‘Leitmotiv’ of Rotary “Service above Self”.
For details of these tours and all other tours organized by ACHAFR and its National Chapters, you are kindly invited to look at our website www achafr.eu and to register your participation at one or more of the tours in 2019.
This website has grown to become an important information and ‘marketing’ channel of our Fellowship - not only to members of the fellowships, but also to ‘petrol heads’ in many other countries. Statistics and flow charts provide some evidence that the activities of our Fellowship are seen as interesting and supportive to the communicative and cooperative ideals of Rotary.
Thus, jointly, WE KEEP ROTARY ROLLING!
With finest personal regards,
Matthijs van den Adel