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Jean-Francois Ruchaud, FIA, Oleg Karpov, GPR writer
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Inside the archive that keeps motorsport’s most closely-guarded secrets

Episodes of fire and flood have destroyed much of motor racing’s historic records. The FIA is now archiving them safely in one of its French HQs. As OLEG KARPOV discovered, many of the documents – including letters from Enzo Ferrari – remain confidential to this day…

A short grey-haired man wearing glasses and a jacket over a crimson jumper grabs a notebook with a hard, cracked cover from a rack. “Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus – Procès-Verbaux des Assemblées Générales – 1904-1923” says the hand-written note pasted on top.

This is a collection of (also hand-written) reports from the very first general meetings of the International Association of Recognised Automobile Clubs, which is now known as Federation Internationale de l’Automobile – or, simply,
the FIA. There’s a note on the first page, dated 20 June
1904, with a list of its founding members – a dozen clubs
from various European countries. Over the past 120 years
the members’ list has grown by a couple of hundred clubs
and national federations.

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