INTO THE WILD.
WITH YOUR OLD SCHOOL DREAM CAR.
Berlin, December 1989. The wall has finally come down after more than 28 years, and no doubt a lot of changes are afoot. But what about all the beautiful and properly engineered cars on the streets? They’re not just gonna get scrapped, are they??
The Baltic Sea Circle says NO WAY! The Audi 100, the 1978 VW Beetle, and of course the old stalwart, the Lada Niva, are going to be among your first choices for a stylish and rally-suitable car.
It’s all about finding your dream car. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commandeer a cool, old limo (20 years and older) and drive it through the mysterious, gray Eastern Bloc, just like they did in the good old days.
If you’re iffy about traveling on four wheels, hop on a 1966 BMW R60/2 with a sidecar instead!
Baltic Sea Circle Vehicle Checklist:
Old School Cars: 20 years and older (incl. year of construction 12/2002)
Old School Bikes: 20 years and older (incl. year of construction 12/2002); a biker team can consist out of max. 2 bikes
Van & commercial vehicles
Old School Trucks: 20 years and older (incl. year of construction 12/2002); 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.
How do I get my hands on a vehicle for the rally?
Your great aunt got herself a brand spankin’ new SUV and you got her old ride – that ol’ lemon of a jalopy of a junker that’s currently rusting away in the driveway, right? Maybe you should consider searching the Internet to find your dream machine. You might be surprised at the number of affordable, quality cars that are offered on some used-car websites that’ll be perfect for your roadtrip and will also comply with the rules of the Baltic Sea Circle.
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?!
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 Baltic Sea Circle the participants travel 10 countries in 16 days and cause thereby per person not even the half 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.
- Vehicles at least 20 years old
- Cars, two-wheelers, vans and commercial vehicles allowed
- No designated maximum value for your rally vehicle