A traditional noon cannon shot in honour of the FIA General Assembly
opening and the 120th anniversary of Russian motor sport was made in
the Peter and Paul Fortress on 4 December at 12:00. The honour to fire the shot
was granted to the President of the International Automobile Federation Jean
Todt and the President of the Russian Automobile Federation Viktor Kiryanov.
The midday cannon shot is not only the trademark of St Petersburg, but also a
tribute to outstanding people.
2018 is the anniversary year for Russian motor sport. The first motor race
took place in St Petersburg in October 1898. Five years later, the Imperial
Automobile Society opened in Russias northern capital. The Russian Automobile
Federation (member of the FIA) was established on 30 November 1991. Since 2005,
the Federation is headed by Viktor Kiryanov, Colonel-General of Police, member
of the FIA Commission for Road Safety, member of the FIA World Council for
Sport, winner of numerous international awards and Honoured Employee of the
Russian Federations transport.
Viktor Kiryanov, President of RAF, says: «It is a great responsibility to fire
the noon cannon shot at the Peter and Paul Fortress in honour of the world
motor racing champions in St Petersburg! Jean and I, we are old friends, but
this was very exciting! Thanks to the city for such an opportunity!»
Jean Todt has been President of the International Automobile Federation
since 2009. He was awarded numerous titles and international accolades for his
work, including Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and Chevalier of the Order of
Friendship of the Russian Federation.
The St Petersburg tradition of celebrating midday with an artillery shot
has existed since 1703, when the cannon announced termination of work. The shot
was fired in Sevastopol, Vladivostok, Mykolaiv and St Petersburg. Since the
autumn of 1872, shots have been fired from the Naryshkin bastion of the Peter
and Paul Fortress, where both presidents of automobile federations successfully
fired a cannon at exactly 12:00.
The FIA General Assembly is held with the consulting support of the