FAQ's - European Rally

FAQ's - Frequently Adventured Questions


  • What do I need for the rally?
  • Do I need a visa?
  • What kind of vehicle can I make my rally car?
  • Where do I get my hands on such a wondrous vehicle?
  • Charity and donations
  • What charities do we support?
  • How do I raise donation money?
  • betterplace.org—collecting donations online
  • The press is your friend
  • Getting sponsors
  • Rally vehicle branding
  • The starting event in Munich
  • Party time in good ol’ Europe
  • Where do we sleep?
  • What will happen to our beloved rally vehicle after we cross the Finish Line?
  • What happens if we have a break-down on the way?


What do I need for the rally?

A thirst for adventure, a suitable vehicle, and 12 days time

What visas do I need, and where do I get them?

EU citizens do not need any visas for this rally.
We request that rally participants who do not possess EU citizenship make themselves aware of entry requirements for every relevant country.

What kind of vehicle can I make my rally car?

Modern Classics & Vintage Rides 

20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/1999)  

20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/1999) – a two-wheeler team can consist of no more than 2 bikes
Commercial vehicles

20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/1999) – RVs are not permitted

There is no designated maximum value for your rally vehicle. 

Where do I get my hands on such a wondrous vehicle?

Take a look online or in the classified ads in your local paper. There are a number of affordable, quality cars available on used-car websites such as mobile.de and autoscout24.de that have cheap-enough cars that also conform to the rules and regs of The European 5000 Rally.
Either that or ask your grandmother if she’ll lend you her ancient Mercedes for a quick spin!

Charity and donations

Collect €500 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

What charities do we support?

The official charity partners of the Superlative Adventure Club are Movember Foundation, Deepwave e.V., Autonome Jugendwerkstätten Hamburg e.V., Moebius Syndrom Deutschland e.V., Sage Hospital e.V., Deutsche Lebensbrücke e.V. and Die Arche e.V.. More

How do I collect donations?

Use your imagination! Tell your friends, family and coworkers about your unique plans. Use an online collection service. Have a garage sale. Hold a raffle. Get the local media involved. Host a fundraising dinner! There are many, many ways to get it done. Raising your donation is an adventure in itself! More

betterplace.org - Collect donations online

Set up your own personal donation-collecting website at betterplace.org. Betterplace.org makes donating transparent and allows you to complete transactions online. 100% of all donations collected via betterplace.org will go directly to the S.A.C’s charity projects and aid organizations and to each team’s selected charities. When your charity partner is listed at betterplace.org, please create your own fundraising campaign at betterplace.org. 

You can find clear instructions on how to collect donations through betterplace.org. More

The Press Is Your Friend

If you need some help collecting donations, why not get the media involved? Tell your local newspaper, radio or television station about the charity rally. Who knows, you might even get more donations than you need, and perhaps find additional sponsors, too!

Getting sponsors

Ask your local body shop if they’d be willing to fix up your rally vehicle. See if the folks at the little tailor shop on the corner have an extra-warm holiday sweater for you that’ll protect you against those unpredictable nights in the mountains. You and your team could get an all-new rally ’do at your local salon or barbershop. In return, you could agree to immortalize your sponsors in some way on your rally vehicle, or to mention them whenever you talk to the media, or to post their business info on your team’s website.

Branding your rally vehicle

You have the vehicle. You have the sponsors. Now you feel a desperate desire to pimp your ride. Let the creative juices flow! Just remember that each car will get stickers with the official rally logo to put onto the driver-side door, passenger-side door and the hood. Each rally vehicle will also get two official starting numbers which should be attached prominently visible at the vehicle.

Size of the stickers:

  • The official rally logo stickers are squared with a side length of 50 x 30 cm
  • The starting number stickers are round with a diameter of 40 cm

The starting event in Munich

The rally starting event kicks off on September 7th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Cars will start rolling out between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. We’ll provide the exact address of the starting point on August 7th, 2019.

Party time in good ol’ Europe

You can find all the info on meet & greet points and on the official S.A.C. rally parties on the road in the Roadbook. Your team will get the Roadbook at the Starting Line.

In Amsterdam we’ll celebrate the successful conclusion of the European 5000 Rally with a big send-off party and, of course, we’ll crown the winners!


Where do we sleep?

Accommodations are chosen and organized by each team.

From wild camping on a glacier, to catching z’s in a log cabin, to treating yourself to a luxury hotel and a bottle of bubbly—anything goes! Choose your own lodgings depending on your budget and your notion of “adventure.” Even playing it by ear and deciding as you go has worked out for teams in the past and generally isn’t a problem in the time period the rally takes place.

At the official S.A.C. party stops along the way, all the teams set up camp together.


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?!


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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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….

  3. 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.