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
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)
Its main activities are:
acting as prime contact with Rotary International
holding an Annual General Meeting providing full details of the previous years’activities and presenting the Financial Statements and the Financial Budget
coordinating at least one International Touring Rally per annum (see National Chapters, ACHAFR Tours)
providing support to new fellowships/national chapters in helping them to get established
giving support to national chapters organising rallies themselves and/or assisting local Rotary Clubs with the organisation and promotion of Vintage and Classic Car Rallies and Shows
providing and maintaining a website (www.achafr.eu) for general information and specifics of national chapters and events
assisting national chapters in acquiring new members through booths at Rotary (District and International) Conventions and providing marketing and PR support via (social)media, newsletters and materials such as car badges, caps, pins , shirts etc.
There are hundreds of events being organised 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)
Presidents Letter 2017
President’s Newsletter Vol 13, Nr.2, September 2017
Antique Classic & Historic Automobile world
Fellowship of Rotarians
Now that the summer is turning to an end- at least in the northern hemisphere-we can keep many a rally in good memory and throw an eye on the activities in 2018
At the invitation of the Chairman of RRAF UK & Ireland this year’s Europe Tour took us from June 6-8, 2017 to Northern Yorkshire.
The 48 cars/teams from the UK, Netherlands and Germany mastered Moors, visited Harewood House and Bolton Abbey and found their way to Kilnsey Park & Trout Farm.
Although we missed support from the weather gods we gained a great impression of ancient towns and villages, the coastal towns and rolling countryside at the heart of Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The participants and the Board express sincere thanks to RRAF for the hospitality and to Pete Wilson ,David Spencer and their team for the splendid work in preparing and organizing this year’s Tour .
In April I joined the Rotary Coast-to-Coast tour from Elba to Urbino in Italy. As a consequence of the devastating (4) earthquakes in 2016/17 in the Aquila/ Amatrice area- destroying houses, roads and tunnels in a 3000 km2 region the organizers had to take a more northern course through and around the Apennines. Following a one day tour around the Isle of Elba we found our way from Piombino via the Siena and Arezzo area to the historic town of Urbino, thereby passing many impressive historic and cultural towns and villages through a marvelous landscape with some challenging (mountain)roads.
Vincent Mazzone- Secretary of the Board of ARACI- and his team again organized an eye-opening tour.
Members of national chapters and ACHAFR are heartedly invited next year’s Coast-to-Coast tour from Ancona to Orbetello during the period April 20-22,2018.
I can only support the invitation – the tour brings us to less known areas (at least for us foreign visitors) and (sizable) net-receipts of the tour will again be routed to projects of Rotary Clubs in the earthquake area !!
This year we again presented ACHAFR with a booth at the RI World Convention in Atlanta and with specific thanks to Bob Reynolds- our Chairman of the Northern America chapter- for his outstanding organization and presentation we have raised additional attention to our Fellowship with participants at the Convention, which has already been reflected by some new memberships.
The success of an own booth at the World Conventions will induce us to continue doing so at the Convention in Toronto in 2018 and in Hamburg in 2019. At the Convention in Hamburg we will (try to) line up our classic cars in front of the premise, since it will be the final destination of the specific “Europe Tour”.
In 2018 we will have the 30th Anniversary of ACHAFR. During this long period ACHAFR and its national chapters have organized many, many antique cars’ tours and brought together Rotarians dedicated to promoting the preservation and utilization of antique, classic and historic automobiles -on national and international levels.
There are hundreds of events being organized by various Rotary Clubs throughout the world and via its national chapters ACHAFR 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.
In addition, ACHAFR organizes through one of its national chapters every year an “Europe Tour”, at which Rotarians and their cars from various European countries participate.
By organizing these (inter) national tours the Fellowships invite Rotarians, their partners and friends from all over the world to participate with their classic cars or to join as co-drivers / navigators with other participating fellow- Rotarians.
Thus, we serve jointly serve the identity of our Fellowship: international /cross border cooperation and communication among (past)Rotarians
Being supported by this success , ACHAFR spread its wings over continents and now counts national chapters in Europe ( Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom) and North America (Canada,Mexico, USA) as well as contact representatives in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines , Uruguay, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
From 8-10 June 2018 the Dutch Chapter RRAF Holland will organize the 30th ACHAFR Anniversary Tour. During three days participants will be shown historic places and royal palaces as well as Dutch art collections and will also embark on an antique sailing vessel. Participants arriving in the Netherlands on June 7, 2018 are invited to join the Amsterdam by Night pre-tour event – including a dinner on one of the characteristic Amsterdam Canal boats.
You are wholeheartedly invited and to fill in the reservation form on our www.achafr.eu website.
Also in 2018, the RRAF (UK/Ireland) Classic Car Tour will take place from September 11-13,2018 among the hills, valleys and chateaux of Normandy. Apart from driving great but largely unknown (to foreigners) roads, we will enjoy ‘bonne cuisine’, visit a Calvados distillery and being guests to an afternoon tea hosted by the owners of the magnificent Chateau Le Kinnor. Thus, fill in the entry form on the ACHAFR website !!
Our website has undergone a complete overhaul with great support of members of ACHAFR and national chapters as well as the webmaster…. and at considerable expense !! It is now up-to-date. Against this background the awareness of our website should be fortified. Bearing in mind that the website of our Fellowship is to be a communication and contact channel to members of national chapters and to outsiders, we still see quite a limited number of visitors. The Secretary – Michael Rye- provides you on a regular basis with statistics of views on our website. The latest statistics – sent on September 18- provide some remarkable information. Visitors from countries, which do not yet have a national chapter of our fellowship consulted our website in quite a remarkable frequency. This appearance may induce us to look for possibilities of establishing new national chapters and to widen our International Fellowship.
By doing so, we may add an extra dimension to our Leitmotiv