SAVVA Handbook
Section 1




1.1       SAVVA (Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association)  is the Association to which clubs are affiliated that encourage the preservation, restoration and rallying of motor vehicles and motorcycles over 20 years old in the Republic of South Africa. SAVVA in turn, through the “Historic and Classic Car Commission”, is affiliated to Motorsport South Africa (previously known as A.A. Motorsport) the controlling body for all motorsport in South Africa who in turn is affiliated to the FIA (Federation Internationale de I'Automobile) and the FIM (Federation Internationale Motocycliste). SAVVA is the South African representative of the  FIVA  (Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) who in turn is also affiliated to the FIA and the FIM


1.2       Thus, SAVVA when dealing with Central and/or Provincial Government, City and Town Councils and other Official Bodies represents the combined interests of all the affiliated clubs and their members with their authority.  It operates through a Council consisting of a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman plus a councillor and an alternate appointed by each club. The Annual Meeting is held in September. The Chairman may hold meetings more often but the work of the Association is handled by elected portfolio holders by correspondence, telephone or fax on an as and when basis.


1.3       This manual sets out the procedures that have been put in place over the years and includes the Constitution and samples of all forms used by the Association for the benefit of affiliated clubs and their members.  Copies of the manual should be in the possession of all SAVVA officials and the Chairman, Secretary, Events Secretary and SAVVA Delegate/Councillor of all affiliated clubs. It should also be available for the perusal of members from time to time. At all times club members should be encouraged to refer any queries or points of concern in the first instance to a member of their club committee who in turn should communicate with the responsible SAVVA official. (See section 16 hereof).


1.4       RECIPROCITY :  All member clubs have reciprocity with one another.  Thus any member in good standing visiting the area of another club will be welcome to participate in their activities and enter their events. (See separate directory for list of clubs)


1.5       INTERCLUB COMMUNICATION :  Clubs are encouraged to exchange Newsletters  and to make these available to their members. Clubs are requested to advise the SAVVA Chairman immediately after their Annual General Meeting the names of their office bearers on the prescribed basis herein and in particular the names of the Chairman and Event Secretary. (See directory of officials and clubs  in sections 15 and 16 hereof).


1.6       DATING : A standard form for the dating of vehicles, certificate and plaque are used by all clubs and issued by the SAVVA Dating Portfolio Holder. Every care is taken to correctly date the vehicle based on the details submitted by the club of whom the applicant is a member and such clubs agree to accept the date given by SAVVA.  At all times the onus of proof rests upon the owner and his  club and should it be proven that SAVVA has erred the certificate and plaque will be reissued.  (See Sections 7 herein for details). The SAVVA caters for the following classifications of vehicles ;


Class A     Ancestor                Built prior to December 31st 1904


Class B     Veteran                  Built between January 1st 1905& December 31st 1918


Class C     Vintage                  Built between January 1st 1919& December 31st 1930


Class D     Post Vintage          Built between January 1st 1931& December 31st 1945


Class E     Post War                Built between January 1st 1946& December 31st 1960


Class F    Post 60                   Built between January 1st 1961 & December 31st 1970


Class G     Post 70                   Built between January 1st 1971 and the SAVVA age


                                                limit as defined in the Constitution.


1.7       LICENSING OF VEHICLES : At all times it is the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle that it is registered and licensed in terms of the Government Regulations in force for the vehicle concerned at the time of use and that the required licence disc is displayed on the vehicle with appropriate number plates. It is not in the interests of SAVVA or the old car movement to use or rally vehicles that do not conform to the regulations. Clubs are urged to ensure that all vehicles on events are legal.


1.8       RESTRICTED COMPETITION LICENCE :  Through the co-operation of MSA (Motorsport South Africa) SAVVA is authorized to issue it’s own Competition Licences to members of clubs who wish to rally competitively. These are valid for any event organised by a club affiliated to SAVVA provided all competing vehicles are 20years and older calculated per calendar year in terms of the Savva sliding scale. No later vehicles are allowed.  (See section 4 herein).Competition Licences are now automatically included with Club membership, the club membership card serves as a restrictive competition licence.


1.9       SAVVA INDEMNITY CARD :   Every single person involved with a SAVVA competitive event where a Permit has been issued shall have in their possession an Indemnity Card issued by a Club on behalf of SAVVA. Unlike the licence this card is permanent.  Those required to hold a card include the Entrant, Driver, Rider(Motorcycle), Navigator, Passengers, Marshals, Officials, Breakdown Team, Members of  the Press and  persons representing the Sponsors on an event. In the case of minor children a parent or guardian must sign the application on their behalf.  (See section 5 herein)


1.10     COMPREHENSIVE MOTOR INSURANCE :  SAVVA has an Insurance Scheme in place with the Mutual and Federal Insurance through the Branch in Port Elizabeth for  vehicles that are over 20 years old and belonging to members in good standing of clubs affiliated to SAVVA.  Vehicles built before December 31st 1960 have preferential rates.  The policy charge is shared between SAVVA and the member's club. (See section 9 herein). All enquiries must be directed to the Insurance Broker.


1.11     PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE :  SAVVA has in place a General Public Liability Policy covering the activities of clubs but specifically does not cover anything to do with motor vehicles  rallying or the ownership of Property. When rallies and competitive events are organised we make use of the specific Liability Cover arranged by SAVVA covering the activities of clubs. (see section 9/4 herein)


1.12     SAVVA MOTORSPORT :  Rallies and competitive activities of clubs are controlled by  the Portfolio Holder of SAVVA Motorsport in terms of the authority from Motorsport South Africa (formally AA Motorsport).  Before any competitive event can be organised, approval needs to be obtained by the club submitting an Application and other documents in writing plus the required fee to SAVVA Motorsport. On approval an Organising Permit will issued to the club concerned. (See section 3 and 6 herein)


1.13     STANDING SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS :  All competitive events are run  in terms of the Standing Supplementary Regulations (VSR's) of SAVVA. These are in booklet form printed and effective from 1 January 1991 plus an amendment in June 1994, further changed in July 1996 by the change of name of A.A.Motorsport (AAMS) to Motorsport South Africa (MSA) as amended January 2009. A full set is included in Section 17 hereof. The VSR's are read as an appendix to the General Competition Rules of Motorsport South Africa. Each event will have a set of Supplementary Regulations (SR's) prepared by the organisers. (See section 3 herein)


1.14     DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE :  Motorsport South Africa requires that the SAVVA Council have in place a Disciplinary Committee.  This Committee is charged with ensuring that members of clubs and competitors on SAVVA Club events uphold traffic regulations and generally uphold the rule of the road. Poor behaviour and driving, speeding, failing to completely stop at stop streets and endangering the lives and property of other road users can and will jeopardise our using older vehicles on the road. It may also cause embarrassment to Sponsors of events due to bad publicity and their subsequent withdrawal of support.


1.15     OVERVIEW :  This is an overview of this manual only and the appropriate section should be read for full descriptions and regulations of the various subjects to be fully understood.




Document updated 28 October 2010



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