The International Society for VEHICLE Preservation (ISVP) was formed around the nucleus of a Board of Advisors, which included automotive industry executives, educators, professional restorers, historians, and journalists from around the world.
"ISVP was organized as an international society, fully recognizing the global character of vehicle preservation.“
Walter R. Haessner, Founder, Executive Director 1983-2006.
This 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization was created in 1983, its purpose to collect, preserve, and share information related to the origin, development and progress of self-propelled vehicles worldwide, as well as to encourage preservation and restoration of vehicles and related artifacts.The importance of these vehicles to our freedom of movement and lifestyle, and the influence of the industry on jobs from manufacturing to sales to fuel stations, cannot be understated.
As today's news is tomorrow's history, excellence in media is paramount to recording accurate information for the future. Additionally, reporting on new vehicles is relied upon by many people when making a choice to purchase a vehicle, as this is one of the two most expensive things most people will ever buy.
From 1996 through 2014, ISVP was the sponsor and organizing body for the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), which annually presents the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA). In 2015, organization of the IAMC was transferred to the International Automotive Media Registry (IAMR). The purpose of the IAMC is to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media; thus it has become the current focal point of IAMR's activities.
Looking forward, IAMR plans to expand the emphasis on providing a forum for current and new members of the automotive media community through seminars in conjunction with the IAMC, and a community on the IAMR website where members can exchange tips, ideas, and otherwise provide information to help each other grow in the craft.