Ever since its very first edition, Rétromobile has embodied the preservation and transmission of motorised vehicle heritage by shining a light on the stakeholders in the sector during the course of the show. In association with the Institut National des Métiers d'Art (INMA), and with the support of the Fédération française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE), the 48th edition of the show is to showcase French savoir-faire through a brand new feature dedicated to living heritage companies (entreprises du patrimoine vivant in French).
All over the country, a multitude of organisations take action to preserve two- and four-wheeler heritage. For example, the Fondation du Patrimoine, through its corporate patronage programme with Motul, supports restoration projects in all regions of France. Thanks to this initiative, 75 vehicles have been saved since 2008. In another field, Mobilians and the FFVE also play their part in safeguarding this heritage through the "Vintage and historic vehicle repair mechanic" and "Vintage and historic vehicles bodyworker" CQP diplomas (Certificats de Qualification Professionnelle), which today train around forty young people a year. This programme of knowledge transmission is essential to ensure that our automotive heritage does not become obsolete in the future. Finally, none of this would be possible without the several hundred companies in France making up the sector, headed by the firms bearing the Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label.