FIVA, the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (International Federation of Historic Vehicles), recently unveiled the remarkable individuals who will be joining its prestigious Heritage Hall of Fame. These nine extraordinary car designers, engineers, drivers, and collectors have left an unforgettable mark on the world of motoring.

Now in its third year, FIVA‘s initiative aims to recognize and honor those who have made historically significant contributions to the realm of automobiles. Among this year’s inductees is the brilliant mind behind the iconic Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2, as well as a fearless woman who not only competed against but triumphed over the world’s best rally drivers.

Countless nominations poured in from FIVA clubs across the globe, but the esteemed international judging panel meticulously narrowed down the list to just nine individuals.

Tiddo Bresters, the President of FIVA, emphasizes the importance of the Heritage Hall of Fame in celebrating the visionary trailblazers who have propelled the advancement and popularity of motoring in all its facets. He also extends his heartfelt gratitude to those who tirelessly work to preserve and safeguard our remarkable automotive heritage for generations to come. Each inductee unquestionably deserves this distinguished recognition, and we extend our deepest appreciation for their profound contributions to the world of motoring.

From the USA:
Jay Leno (born 1950) is not just a popular television talk-show host and comedian; he’s also known for his incredible collection of historic vehicles. Often regarded as America’s greatest ambassador for classic cars and motorcycles, Jay Leno has captured the hearts of millions with his internationally popular television motoring show, Jay Leno’s Garage.

From Switzerland:
Robert Lutz (born 1932) is a Swiss American who has had a significant impact on the automotive industry. Throughout his career, he held influential positions at General Motors, BMW, Ford, and Chrysler. Robert Lutz played a crucial role in the creation and development of some of the most iconic cars of the past half-century, including the Ford Sierra, Dodge Viper, and Cadillac CTS.

From France:
Michèle Mouton (born 1951) dominated the rally driving scene for over a decade in the 1970s and 80s. A fierce competitor, she achieved numerous victories against the best in the world. In 1982, she secured an impressive second place in the World Rally Championship. For 12 years, Michèle Mouton chaired the Women in Motorsport Commission at the FIA, leaving a lasting impact on the sport.

From Italy:
Ercole Spada (born 1938) is one of Italy’s most renowned car designers. Working as the chief stylist at the Zagato design studio in the 1960s, he left his creative mark on high-performance vehicles for brands like Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo. Ercole Spada’s influence extended into the 1980s, contributing to the iconic BMW look. Throughout his career, he collaborated with numerous manufacturers, including Ferrari.

From Italy:
Giampaolo Dallara (born 1936), an engineer and the founder of the world’s largest manufacturer of racing cars, has made significant contributions to the world of motorsports. Working closely with major car manufacturers, Giampaolo Dallara has played a key role in achieving sporting success across all categories. Committed to both performance and safety, he also dedicates his time to training courses in schools and universities, nurturing future generations of motorsport enthusiasts.

From Mexico:
Carlos L. Dorantes del Rosal (born 1945) is not only a successful businessman but also a passionate advocate for preserving automotive history. In addition to founding several educational institutes and a hospital, Carlos L. Dorantes del Rosal established two remarkable motor museums. The Brownsville Car Collection in Texas houses 56 classic cars, while the Museo del Automóvil y el Transporte de Tampico in Mexico showcases 114 historic vehicles. His mission is to pass on knowledge about the importance of these vehicles to new generations.

Bertone with Carabo, Timeless Classic from FIVA
Nuccio Bertone. Photo courtesy of FIVA

From Italy:
Nuccio Bertone (1914 to 1997) is a name synonymous with groundbreaking coachbuilding. Widely recognized as one of the most important figures in the industry, Bertone’s design house collaborated with prestigious brands like Lamborghini, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat. Known for his daring experimentation, freedom of expression, and remarkable sense of beauty, Nuccio Bertone mentored and inspired a new generation of budding automotive designers.

Pranlal Bhogilal, Timeless Classic from FIVA
Pranlal Bhogilal. Photo courtesy of FIVA

From India:
Pranlal Bhogilal (1937-2011), the visionary who not only established the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India but also curated one of the most remarkable collections of historic vehicles in his homeland. Step into the Auto World Vintage Car Museum, nestled near Ahmedabad, and you’ll be transported to India’s prestigious car haven, still lovingly maintained by his family.

From Sweden:
Per Gillbrand (1934-2016), an acclaimed innovator, inventor, and influential engineer. With his exceptional expertise, he left an indelible mark on both Volvo and Saab, shaping the power plants of some of their most iconic cars. Affectionately known as “The Man Who Tamed the Turbo,” he spearheaded groundbreaking advancements as head of the Saab-Scania engine laboratory. Witness how he revolutionized petrol engines by pioneering the use of small turbochargers.