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To take part in the ultimate road trip across Europe, your rally vehicle only needs to fill one requirement: It has to be at least 20 years old.

If you’re a connoisseur of French or Italian cars, consider touring the scenic country roads of the Côte d’Azur and Provence in a stylish Citroën DS or 2CV, Lancia Delta Integrale, Renault R 4 or Fiat 500.

If you’re looking for some solid wheels to snake along coastlines and bump down mysterious dirt roads, how about snagging a Mercedes/8, Saab 900, VW Käfer, Audi 100 or Ford Granada? Or, why not go Eastern Bloc retro with the all-purpose Lada Niva or the miracle in plastic, the Trabant?

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.

European Rally 5000 Vehicle Checklist:

Modern classic or vintage cars: 20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/2002)

Modern classic or vintage motorcycles: 20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/2002) – a motorcycle team can consist of no more than 2 bikes

Vans & commercial vehicles
Modern classic or vintage trucks: 20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/2002). RVs (camper vans/motorhomes) are not permitted. Buses – e.g. Volkswagen Bulli, GMC Vandura, Ford Transit – are not considered to be RVs. Vehicles built exclusively to function as RVs (e.g. with sleeping niches, etc.) 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.

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 uncle Peter’s garage! If you aren’t lucky enough to find a dusty but road-ready Porsche 924 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 European 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 European 5000 rally the participants travel 10 countries in 13 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.

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  • Vehicles at least 20 years old
  • Cars, motorcycles, vans and trucks allowed
  • No value limit for the rally car