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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 20 years old.

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.

Balkan Rally Vehicle Checklist:

Old School Cars: 20 years and older (incl. year of construction 12/2003)

Old School Bikes: 20 years and older (incl. year of construction 12/2003); a biker team can consist out of max. 2 bikes

Van & commercial vehicles
Old School Trucks: 20 years and older (incl. year of construction 12/2003); mobile homes, RVs and trailer are not permitted. Buses, such as VW Bulli, GMC Vandura or Ford Transit are not considered as mobile homes/RVs.
Vehicles that were built solely as a camper or mobile home, e.g. with alcoves, are not permitted.

There is no designated maximum value for your rally vehicle.

The vehicle must not have been determined with application. Until start of the rally you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.

Car Challenge


  • Oldtimer (30 years and older): 30+ additional points*
  • Very Old-timer (40 years and older): 40+ additional points*
  • Slow Rider (less than 70 horsepower): 30 additional points*
  • Best Pimped Car - rewarded by the rally jury: 30 additional points*
    *In the Roadbook Competition

How do I get my hands on an old-school rally vehicle?

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.

What will happen to our beloved rally vehicle after we cross the Finish Line?

That’s up to you! How about just happily driving it home, you full of adventure and the car full of luggage, and rolling up in it again next year for the next rally?!

Sustainability concept

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 rally the participants travel in 13 days 14 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.

The environment thanks!

Since vehicles, no matter if electric vehicle or classic car, always emit CO2, we ask each team for an ECO compensation for the chosen rally vehicle and the driven distance.
The CO2 emissions caused by each rally team can thus be offset elsewhere by supporting climate protection projects.

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  • Vehicles at least 20 years old
  • Cars, two-wheelers, vans and commercial vehicles allowed
  • No designated maximum value for your rally vehicle