FAQ's - Balkan Express

FAQs - Frequently Adventured Questions


  • What do I need for the rally?
  • Do I need a visa?
  • Is there an age limit for participation?
  • What kind of vehicle are we allowed to drive?
  • Where can I get my hands on a good rally vehicle?
  • Charity and Donations
  • What charities does the Balkan Express support?
  • How do I collect donations?
  • betterplace.org—Collect donations online
  • Public Relations
  • Getting Sponsors
  • Branding your rally vehicle
  • The Starting Line Event in Dresden
  • Party time in Southeast 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 10 days time


Do I need a visa?

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.


Is there an age limit for participation?

There is no ceiling on fun! You do have to be at least 18 years old, though, to take part. Additionally, we advise that you be in good health—after all, this adventure rally ain’t no Sunday stroll down the promenade!


What kind of vehicle are we allowed to drive?

Modern Classics & Vintage Rides 

20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/1998)  

20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/1998) – a two-wheeler team can consist of no more than 2 bikes
Commercial vehicles

20+ years old (incl. date of manufacture 12/1998) – RVs are not permitted

There is no designated maximum value for your rally vehicle. 


Where can I get my hands on a good rally vehicle?

Check out the Internet or peruse the classifieds in your local newspaper. You can find a wide range of suitable and cost-effective cars on websites like mobile.de or autoscout24.de.

Or ask your granny if she’ll let you take her beloved old Mercedes out for a “short spin around the block”!

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.


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 does the Balkan Express 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


Public Relations

In order to gain more support for your trip and to be better able to collect donations, try getting the media involved. Tell your local newspaper or radio or television station about the charity rally. Who knows, you might even get more donations than you need, and maybe even 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. The possibilities are endless.


Branding your rally vehicle

You’ve found the perfect ride. You’ve got the sponsors backing you. Now it’s time to go crazy creative and trick out that dream machine any way you like. Just keep in mind that each vehicle will get stickers with the official Baltic Sea Circle Winter Edition rally logo that should be placed on the driver-side door, the passenger-side door and the hood. You’ll also get two official starting numbers, which should be stuck on prominent, visible spots on the vehicle.

Size of the stickers:

  • The official rally logo stickers are squared with a side length of 50 cm (>19 inches) to 30 cm (>13 in.)
  • The starting number stickers are circular, with a diameter of 40 cm (>15 in.)


The Starting Line Event in Dresden

The rally gets going on August 25th, 2018, right in the heart of Dresden. The Starting Line Event kicks off at 10 a.m. and the official Rally Start will take place between 11 a.m. and noon. We’ll let you know the exact address of all this action on July 25th, 2018.


Party Time in Southeast 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 Salzburg, Austria, we’ll celebrate the successful conclusion of the Balkan Express 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 rustic Balkan-style camping, to post-communist motels, to posh beach hotels—anything goes! You’re free to choose your own lodgings at every stage of the trip 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. Of course, you can spend the night in your own rally van/truck/bus.


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 honor 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.