SAVVA Handbook
Section 6



6.1.      These guidelines were compiled in 1985 based on suggestions from member clubs of  SAVVA and updated in 1996 to take into account current practice. The events that carry National Status are ;    

Vintage / Post Vintage National ( Name of Sponsor to be included)

                                    Post ’45 National ( Name of Sponsor to be included)

                                    Veteran National ( Name of Sponsor to be included)

                                    Motorcycle National ( Name of Sponsor to be included)


6.2.           ROUTES :  A total distance of between 800 and 900 kilometers  is suggested as an ideal length of which 500 to 600 kilometers is within regularity sections for vehicles post-vintage and up  to the 20 year old limit.  Many vintage vehicles are capable of these distances but organizers who wish to attract the older vehicle should consider their limitations when opening events for a large cross section of vehicles.  Veteran and vintage events should be much shorter .


6.3.      DURATION:  As entrants tend to take a week of annual leave, events should start on a Monday with navigational exercises for up to four or five days allowing entrants from afar time to get to the event and home again within a total of 8 days.  


6.4.      SPEEDS:  Caution must be exercised by organizers  to ensure speeds set are realistic for the type and year of vehicle to be attracted to the event.  Cognizance should be taken of the figures quoted on the entry form by the entrant.   Speeds set for the highest speed group should never be more than 90% of the speed limit set by the traffic authorities for the road being used. Also consider the lack of braking capabilities of older vehicles when setting speeds in built up areas.


6.5.      NAVIGATIONAL COMPETITION:  Events  organized by SAVVA clubs are always Tours, Trials, Reliability Runs or a plain Run so as not to be seen to be part of the high speed rally scene.  The length of non-regularity/ decontrolled sections are at the discretion of the organizers.  Suggested time for serious rallying depends on the type of vehicle being catered for but should not exceed three to four hours per day.  To conform to International Regulations check points / marshals should not be placed within towns.  However, the security of marshals must be considered at all times particularly in some areas of the country.  As an alternative a Self Timed Control should be considered.  All marshal points must be clear of the road.  Daily schedules of departure and arrival times, morning and afternoon, should be included with the Final Instructions or given to entrants at documentation.  Organizers to consider whether daily results are given out but it may be a way of circumventing problems on the final day if entrants feel they can query or discuss the results daily  with organizers if necessary.


6.6.             ROUTE SCHEDULES :  The time that these are handed out before the start each day is left to the discretion of organizers.  Bear in mind that motorcyclists need extra time to prepare the paperwork.  Also consider the fairness as strangers to an area have a distinct disadvantage to locals who may know the area well.




6.7.           ACCOMMODATION:  This should be provided from the night before the start until the morning after the prize-giving, wherever possible and/or if required.


6.8.           CONCOURS:  After initial elimination all finalists to be judged by the same team of judges in all classes.  Winners to be determined from the average of all judging sheets, to ensure fairness and uniformity in standards.  When the event is promoted organizers should state whether concours to be ‘Elegance’ or ‘Condition’. If restricted to ‘Elegance’ no detailed examination  of all parts of the vehicle is carried out.  At organizers discretion  whether concours is held at the beginning or end  of the event.


6.9.           SUNDOWN :  Calculations must make provision for all vehicles to be at destination  by dusk at the end of the day’s run.


6.10.       PARKING: Organizers to provide secure parking at all places of group stop over and if possible covered parking at night and/or provide / employ a security service.


6.11.    ORGANISING PERMIT:  An Organizing Permit must be obtained from SAVVA Motorsport. Application on the prescribed form (see Section 3) must be made eight weeks prior to the event or the closing date for entries.  Organizers must be familiar with the GCR’s of MSA and the VSR’s of SAVVA printed in booklet form in 1991 and amended January 2009.


6.12.       COMPETITION LICENSES : See Section 4


6.13.       PROVINCIAL and LOCAL AUTHORITIES :  Written permission must be obtained from the Provincial Traffic Authority and all Local Authorities, Provincial, Municipal, Village Councils and the S.A.P.S., through whose area of jurisdiction the event will pass.  At all times during the event the Chief Marshal and Clerk of the Course should be in possession of copies of all permissions including the SAVVA Permit.


6.14.       TROPHIES :  All trophies are the property of SAVVA.  Organizers are responsible for obtaining the signatures and addresses of the winners of trophies when presented at the prize giving.  The list of holders is to be sent to the SAVVA Trophy Officer as soon after the event as possible together with a list of the results and awards so that these may be recorded in the register.

6.14.1. In addition the organizer of the completed National Event shall send the SAVVA delegate for the organizing club of the next National Event a full list of trophies, winners with addresses and telephone numbers and a copy of the results which shall show details of the vehicle (Year and make).

6.14.2. The trophy officer of the club organizing the next national shall send out letters six months before the event to all trophy holders reminding them to have the trophy engraved and returned by a certain date.

6.14.3. It is recommended that the SR’s for the event include a clause that winners of trophies are responsible for the return of the engraved trophy in good condition.


6.15.       SPONSORED EVENTS:  Within two months of the completion of a National Event a detailed statement of income and expenditure shall be submitted to the SAVVA Chairman, Treasurer and the Sponsor.


6.16.    GENERAL:  Organizers shall have in their possession the following publications for guidance and reference purposes :

§   General   Competition Rules of Motorsport South Africa   (Published in January 2009)        

§   International Code of FIVA (Held by SAVVA Councillors)

§   Standing Supplementary Regulations of SAVVA  (Published January 2009)

6.16.1. Organizers are urged to stress to competitors the need to obey the rules of the road and speed limits at all times. The consumption of alcohol should be discouraged in public and organizers should take cognizance of the need to avoid vehicles being driven by competitors who may be over the legal limit.





6.17          In the interests of safety it was resolved at the Annual Meeting of the SAVVA in 1999 and reaffirmed in 2000 that organizers must take cognizance of the ever-increasing levels of traffic particularly in the larger metropolitan areas of the country. Added to the general disregard for traffic regulations and the deterioration in many roads it is highly advisable for the following points to be taken into account when routes are being set.  Setting a route is not a competition between the organizers and the competitors as competitors generally do quite well at messing up on their own.

6.17.1    All clues and control signs to be on the left of the road unless specified otherwise in the route schedule.  Where possible signs should be within about 15 meters of the road and letters no smaller than 60 millimeters. Bigger objects like windmills and buildings should ideally be no more than 50 meters from the road.

6.17.2    If a signboard has to be used the entire wording should be quoted exactly. Try not to pick out a small sign among many as a pointer. The alternative should a large board be used that includes all sorts of advertising it could be shown in the route schedule as “Sign Board for Piet’s Place B & B giving names rates and details”.

6.17.3    Where there is no time or distance alongside a point on the route schedule, the first point on the route that matches will be taken as the correct point (See VSR 20).  Extra caution is required when using gates and obscure objects alongside the road that in fact there are not more than one and the organizer selects and identifies the actual point desired.

6.17.4    Be careful when giving clues too close together.  If an organizer has to stop to write down clues they will generally be in a busy road, which is dangerous for a competitor so try and have a minimum of 100 meters between clues.

6.17.5    The Start and Finish of Regularity Sections should be totally clear and if it is necessary for competitors to stop it is essential that sufficient safe off road parking is available.  At the same time sufficient space must be provided for competitors to start without endangering other road users or the competitor whose focus at that point is starting on time.

6.17.6    If it is necessary to pass through a built up area whilst in Regularity allow plenty of time for safe passage, for traffic disruption and any Stops. Also provide a time/point check before the placement of a marshal point the other side.  Also be aware that there may be limitations on overtaking.

6.17.7    Be aware of the speed limits along the whole route and ensure that speeds set are not higher than 90% of the legal limit.  Further the maximum speed on any event should not exceed 90 kph.  Example on a 60 kph limitation max speed cannot exceed 54 kph but a slightly lower speed may be preferable.

6.17.8    It is inadvisable to place a control within 200 meters of a point where a competitor has to stop or where there is a possibility of congestion that results in a line of vehicles building up. Further a control should not be placed within a kilometer after such a point. Refer VSR 21.

6.17.9    When placing controls it is not advisable to have these where there is no overtaking or within 500 meters of the end of the barrier line. Placing a control at the top of a hill will also frowned upon.


6.18          VSR’s and SR’s. It is important to be familiar with these.  Whilst the above points could, and in the view of many be incorporated within the Regulations, it is the view of the National Council that over regulation can be detrimental to the organizers and competitors alike. It is therefore incumbent upon organizers to take these recommendations seriously and be aware of potential dangers for competitors and other road users.


6.19          WARNING OF SLOW MOVING VEHICLES. Organizers are asked to consider measures that they can put in place where slow moving vehicles may create a traffic hazard. See section 17 of the VSR’s


Document updated 28 October 2010

Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association