East or West
Vintage cars at its best
Your rally car only has to meet one requirement for the most wicked road trip across South-Eastern Europe: It must be at least 10 years old or purely electric.
Friends of the Eastern European automobile tradition choose Wartburg 311, Škoda Felicia, Tatra 700, Dacia 1300 or Eastern Bloc all-purpose vehicles like Lada Niva and Trabant for the gravel roads and rugged coastlines on the Adriatic Sea.
Those who like it robust from the west will grab old school dream cars like: BMW 735i, Citroën DS, Audi 100, VW Golf I or northern lights like Volvo 240 and Saab 900 for the winding passes in the Carpathians and the High Tatras.
Modifying, attaching, pimping, lowering, lifting, you are of course also welcome to do all this additionally. So if you want to convert your car to a Batmobil for a lot of money, you are allowed to do so.
Modern classic or vintage cars: 10 years and older (incl. date of manufacture 12/2013)
Modern classic or vintage motorcycles: 10 years and older (incl. date of manufacture 12/2013) – a motorcycle team can consist of no more than 2 bikes
Vans & Trucks
Modern classic or vintage vans & trucks: 10 years and older (incl. date of manufacture 12/2013). Whether VW Bulli, Magirus Deutz fire truck or A-Team Bus GMC Vandura - at the rally also everything is allowed that is big and loud.
Motorhomes and caravans are not allowed. Vehicles built exclusively as motorhomes, e.g. with alcoves, etc., are not allowed.
No age restriction, pure electric drive. Plug-in hybrid vehicles are not permitted.
There is no designated maximum value for your rally vehicle.
You can still sign up even if you haven’t gotten your vehicle yet. You have until the start of the rally to find your perfect set of wheels.
Sneak a peek into great-uncle Nikolai’s garage! If you aren’t lucky enough to find a dusty but road-ready Dacia calling your name in there, then it may be time to get online. On the internet, you’ll find a wide variety of stylin’ old-school cars, motorcycles, and trucks, any of which might be perfect for your road trip and also conform to the rules and regs of the Balkan Express rally.
In all SAC Rallyes, resources are conserved and cultural assets are protected by the preservation and use of modern classic or vintage cars. It is a sign against the throwaway society and against the general consumer behaviour. To purchase a new, "fuel-efficient" leasing vehicle every 2 years causes as much CO2 during the production of the vehicle as driving a modern classic or vintage car for 10 years through the countryside.
In the context of the Balkan Express Orient Edition rally the participants travel in 3 weeks 15 countries in Southeast Europe and cause thereby per person not even a quarter of the CO2 emission of a flight to Mallorca for a long weekend.
Also, the long-lasting impression of this adventure and the experience of the different cultures remains for years. In contrast to an air trip, here the way is still the goal.
- Vehicles at least 10 years old OR purely electric
- Cars, two-wheelers, vans and commercial vehicles allowed
- No designated maximum value for your rally vehicle