FAQs - Frequently Adventured Questions
- What do I need for the rally?
- What visas do I need and where do I get them?
- What is a Carnet de Passages? And do I need a Carnet de Passages?
- What kind of vehicle are we allowed to drive?
- Where can I get a suitable vehicle from?
- What happens to my vehicle at the finish in Vladivostok?
- Charity and Donations
- Which projects do we support?
- How do I get the donations?
- betterplace.org - Collect donations online
- What requirements must my charity project meet?
- Press work
- Your rally vehicle branding
- How does SAC Live Tracking work?
- What happens if we have a break-down on the way?
- The Starting Line Event in Hamburg
- The Good-Bye Europe Rally Party
- Is there an age limit for participation?
- Travel and safety information
- Where can I exchange information with other teams online?
- Can I use SAC logos and Images for my Website, Blog or for my Charity Project?
- How do I register for my rally adventure?
- Can I change my team name?
- Can I book a binding starting place and add the team later?
- What happens if I cannot participate in the rally?
1. What do I need for the rally?
A sense for adventure, an at least 15-year-old classic car, small car, off-road vehicle, two-wheeler or commercial vehicle, a few visas and 5 to 7 weeks time.
2. What visas do I need and where do I get them?
As an EU citizen, you will need visas for the following countries depending on your route: Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. If you also want to make a detour to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan or Pakistan, you also need a visa for these countries. EU citizens do not need a visa for Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine. A valid passport must always be carried. You can get the visas relatively easily at country-specific travel agencies near you (try Google) or at the larger visa service agencies such as Servisum. You can also apply for your visa directly at any consulate or embassy. Please note that your passport must be valid long enough and that issuing visas may take some time. We ask our rally participants who do not come from the European Union to inform themselves about the respective entry regulations of the individual countries.
3. What is a Carnet de Passages? And do I need a Carnet de Passages?
For the temporary duty-free import of vehicles into certain Asian countries (Iran & Pakistan) a border document is required - the Carnet de Passages. It can be used in several countries and is valid for one year. It does not include insurance cover for the vehicle. The Carnet de Passages is issued on the basis of international customs agreements.
Carnets de Passages are issued by the umbrella association:
- AIT - Alliance Internationale de Tourisme
- FIA - Federation Internationale de l'Automobile
The Carnet de Passages (CdP) is a customs security and guarantees the country to which you are entering that the vehicle will be re-exported by the end of your duty-free stay at the latest. If re-export is not possible for certain reasons (total loss, theft, etc.), the customs authority of the country of entry will demand import duty and import VAT. The Carnet de Passages is issued to one person and for one vehicle and is therefore not transferable to other persons or vehicles. The document holder is liable for any consequences resulting from loss or misuse by unauthorized third parties.
Good to know:
Mongolia: No Carnet de Passages required. If you, however, use it you should pay attention to the correct handling by the customs authorities.
Iran: Since the beginning of August 2018, the temporary import of American vehicles (vehicles from American manufacturers) is no longer permitted. Motorcycles over 250 ccm are also no longer allowed to enter Iran.
4. What kind of vehicle are we allowed to drive?
Modern classics and classic classics
Old-school cars: At least 15 years old (incl. 2005 makes)
Old-school bikes: At least 15 years old (incl. 2005 makes); a motorcycle team may consist of no more than two motorcycles
Old-school trucks: At least 15 years old (incl. 2005 makes); campers/RVs/mobile homes are not allowed. Buses and vans such as the T3, T4, GMC Vandura and the Ford Transit are not classified as mobile homes.
Again, vehicles built explicitly as mobile homes/campers/RVs (e.g. with alcoves) are not allowed.
There are no restrictions regarding the value of your rally vehicle.
You don’t have to have nailed down your vehicle to register for the rally. You’ve got until the Rally Start to find your dream machine.
5. Where can I get a suitable vehicle from?
Look on the Internet or in the advertising section of your daily newspaper. On the relevant used car portals, you will find a wide selection of suitable and inexpensive vehicles. Or ask your grandmother if she lends you her old Mercedes for a spin. The vehicle does not have to be fixed at the time of registration. Until the start of the rally, you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.
6. What happens to my vehicle at the finish in Vladivostok?
There are several alternatives:
- You can ship it back to Europe.
- The hardcore rally teams just drive back.
- The vehicle can be sold on site.
The latest Russian import regulations must be observed and adhered to. According to the latest regulations, only vehicles that are no more than 5 years old and have a Euro 5 standard may be imported. The import fee is calculated on the basis of the cubic capacity. The import of vehicles is therefore very expensive and is not worthwhile in most cases.
We recommend to all teams the 1st option of the shipment. We will support you with the handling of the shipment to Europe. Each team bears the costs of the shipment itself.
7. Charity and Donations
Collect €750 for some awesome charity projects. The money can go to projects that we have painstakingly vetted and where we’re certain the money is going where it should: to the people who really need it. Or you can donate to charity projects close to your heart. The charity money can be collected from the date of application until the end of the rally. More
8. Which projects do we support?
The official charity partners of the Superlative Adventure Club are Movember Foundation e.V., Deepwave e.V., autonome Jugendwerkstätten Hamburg e.V., Deutsche Lebensbrücke e.V., die Arche e.V., Moebius Syndrom Deutschland e.V. and Sage Hospital e.V. More information
9. How do I get the donations?
Come up with something! Tell your friends, family, business partners, colleagues about your unique project. Collect online. Organize a flea market. Make a tombola. Get into the local press or organize a charity party. There are countless ways. Collecting donations is an adventure in itself. More information
10. betterplace.org - Collect donations online
Create your personal donation collection pages e.g. at betterplace.org or another online donation platform. Betterplace.org gives you the possibility to present your donation collection in a transparent and easy way and to handle it online. All donations collected via betterplace.org directly benefit the S.A.C aid projects and organizations as well as your freely chosen charity projects. If your charity partner is represented on betterplace.org, please also set up a fundraising campaign for your freely chosen charity project. You can find detailed instructions on how to collect donations with betterplace.org here on our website.
11. What requirements must my charity project meet?
In addition to our official charity partners, you can of course also donate to a charitable organization of your choice. The requirement is that it is an organization with a recognized charity and, if not listed on betterplace.org, can issue you with a donation receipt. You can send us the donation receipt issued by the organisation to email@example.com after the rally. It should, in any case, contain your team name and the full donation amount.
12. Press work
In order to get even more support for your project and your fundraising, you are welcome to contact the press. Tell the local newspaper, radio or TV about your charity rally. So you might get even more donations and find additional sponsors.
Ask the workshop of your confidence if your rally car will be ready for you. Ask at the shop on the corner whether he will provide you with the right equipment. Or get a rally haircut from your favourite hairdresser. In return, your sponsors can immortalize themselves on the rally car or you can include them on your website or in your press work. Here, too, there are countless possibilities.
14. Your rally vehicle branding
You have found the right vehicle, you have your sponsors and now you want to visually pimp the car/van/motorbike. We give your creativity absolute freedom. There is only one thing to consider: a sticker with the official UK Rallye logo will appear on the driver and passenger doors as well as on the bonnet. Furthermore, two stickers with your starting number must be placed clearly visible on the vehicle.
Dimensions of the stickers:
Official rally logos: circular, approx. 45 cm diameter
Starting numbers: circular, approx. 45 cm diameter
15. How does SAC Live Tracking work?
The SAC Live Tracking App - SAC Track - is available for free download for all rally teams in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store - for Android and iOS. SAC Live Tracking is as simple as it is intuitive. Simply switch on tracking and be tracked. Furthermore, you have the possibility to attach your most beautiful pictures to the track. All teams receive the log-in data one week before the start.
Offline and still be tracked. Is that possible?
Yes, that works without any problems! Your phone records your route even without an internet connection if a GPS signal is available. As soon as you are online the next time, the SAC Track will automatically move your route to the server and your route will be up-to-date again.
Your personal rally route After the rally, you can download the tracked route so that you can show it to your grandchildren.
16. What happens if we have a break-down on the way?
You’ve got to repair your vehicle!
But don’t worry - even if you have no clue about technical workings, you’ll get your ride up and running again. This is how we know:
It’s part of the rally code of honour that teams help each other whenever necessary. There’s nearly always a fellow rally participant in close proximity who has enough technical know-how and the right tools to help you out.
If you’re really stranded way out in the sticks, don’t hesitate to ask for help from local people. Even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll encounter people more than willing to help out. Sometimes just a friendly smile and a couple of shared vodkas will do - before you know it, your motor will be running again….
If all else fails, your saving grace will be having registered for some kind of abroad insurance protection at one of the big auto associations.
17. The Starting Line Event in Hamburg
The rally will start in Hamburg in July 2020. The event starts at 10:00 am and the official start will take place between 12:00 and 14:00 pm. We will let you know the exact address one month in advance.
18. The Good-Bye Europe Rally Party
All information about the official S.A.C Good-Bye Europe Rallye-Party can be found in the Roadbook. The roadbook will be handed out to you at the start.
19. Is there an age limit for participation?
Everything is open to the top! However, you must be at least 18 years old to be allowed to participate. Further, we point out that you should be in good physical condition. The participation in this adventure rally is not a coffee ride with an electric blanket.
The bad road conditions in some regions, missing road markings and often unforeseeable obstacles on the roadway as well as the bad condition of many vehicles, and the sometimes-aggressive driving style, which deviates from the usual traffic habits in Germany, lead to an increased risk of accidents in road traffic. Night driving outside cities is therefore not recommended.
21. Travel and safety information
- Please always observe the current country-specific travel and safety instructions of the evaluating office.
- Especially in border areas, difficulties in crossing the border cannot be excluded.
- We explicitly warn to drive through conflict regions.
- Border closures and the associated impossibility of crossing borders cannot be precluded.
22. Where can I exchange information with other teams online?
Each rally has its own Facebook group. There you can exchange ideas with other teams before, During and after the rally.
The following topics are gladly discussed there:
- Personal team introduction and presentation of your own charity project
- Tips & tricks for the right equipment
- Progress in pimping the rally car
- Purchase and sale of reinforced rally vehicles
- Search for other team members or a team to ride with
Official Facebook Group is upcoming
23. Can I use SAC logos and Images for my Website, Blog or for my Charity Project?
Yes, you are welcome to do so. You can find a selection of pictures and the Rally logos under the section Media.
If you don't find what you are looking for, you can download the logos directly from the website (right mouse button, save image as).
Please always refer to us for pictures and logos, especially if they are passed on to the press, for example.
Photo Credits: Superlative Adventure Club
24. How do I register for my rally adventure?
You can easily register for your rally adventure in three quick steps.
- Log in under my SAC
- Afterwards, you can create a team under point 2 "My Teams"
- If you have successfully registered your team, you can book the rally with your team
You can change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures even after registration.
25. Can I change my team name?
Yes, you can still change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures after registration.
Simply log in with your team account and go to point 2 "My Teams". Under your team page, you will also find your team members and can edit, delete or add their profiles.
26. Can I book a binding starting place and add the team later?
In order to make a booking, you must first create a team. You can change the team data, the number of members and the name at any time.
27. What happens if I cannot participate in the rally?
The starting fee has to be paid within 2 days so that the starting place is officially booked.
If you cancel within the first 4 weeks after booking, we will refund 100% of the starting fee. If the registration is still open, we will also refund 100% of the starting fee.
If the registration is closed, we try to give the starting place to a successor team, if this does not work, we offer to postpone the starting place to the coming year or another rally of your choice. A reactivation fee of 250 € is Due for this.
Alternatively, you can assign the starting place yourself to friends, relatives or acquaintances and change the data in the team log-in. If you decide to do so, please send us an e-mail via the contact form.
3 months before the start a refund and a partial refund is no longer possible.