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SOUTHERN AFRICAN VETERAN and VINTAGE ASSOCIATION
Formed in 1968
The Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA) is the Association of Veteran and Vintage Clubs in Southern Africa of which there are forty. SAVVA is affiliated to Motorsport South Africa (MSA) the National controlling body for all motorsport in South Africa. MSA in turn is affiliated to the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) the world motorsport controlling body (FIM). SAVVA is the South African representative of the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens (FIVA) the International Historic Vehicle Organisation. (IHVO)
Thus, SAVVA when dealing with Government Departments, Councils and other official bodies, speaks with the combined voice of all our clubs and all their members, with their authority. It operates through a Council that is elected annually consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman and a Councillor with an alternative representing each club. Portfolio Holders are elected to look after the business requirements of the SAVVA. These are Treasurer, Dating of Vehicles and Motorcycles, Sponsorship, Motorsport, Insurance and Trophies.
OBJECTS OF THE ASSOCIATION:
The objects of the Association are to promote and improve co-operation between the various clubs and organisations in Southern Africa concerned with the preservation, restoration and use of all vehicles built before 1980. Also to stimulate an interest in all aspects of the activities of the clubs and to publish, print and circulate literature in furtherance of these activities. Vehicles are categorised into the following groups:
Ancestor - Built prior to December 31, 1904
Veteran - Built between January 1905 & December 31, 1918
Generally the above classes are rallied together under the banner of Veteran
Vintage - Built between January 1919 & December 31, 1930
Post Vintage - Built between January 1931 & December 31, 1945
Post War - Built between January 1946 & December 31, 1960
Post 60 Built between January 1961 & December 31, 1970
Post 70 Built between January 1971 & the SAVVA age Limit as defined in the Constituition
DATING OF VEHICLES:
A uniform system of Dating vehicles and motorcycles is followed which ensures a true record of the authenticity of the vehicle. A standard Application Form, Certificate and Plaque is used by all clubs. Once dated all clubs will accept the date of the vehicle without question. Should information come to hand subsequently that makes the dating more accurate the Certificate and Plaque will be corrected. Owners of old vehicles are encouraged to have their vehicles dated as this proves the authenticity and can be used for licensing and insurance purposes.
All clubs have reciprocity with each other. Members are encouraged to visit other clubs when in the area and are welcome to participate in events organised by them.
Club membership is open to any person who shares an interest in the Objects of the Association and should contact the Club nearest to them. A full list of Clubs and contacts appear herein.
SAVVA Clubs throughout the country organise and run very successful competitive Time and Reliability Trials where only members may enter and drive. These vary from a morning run for Veterans to a full week for a National Event. The Motorcycle Clubs also organise specialist events for their members along similar lines. SAVVA has produced, with the endorsement of Motorsport South Africa a standard set of regulations for competitive events. The Standing Supplementary Regulations (VSRs) are available from the club Secretary again at a small charge.
A Collector's Vehicle Scheme is in place to enable members to insure their vehicles at extremely competitive rates. Covers available are full Comprehensive or Balance of Third party Fire and Theft, whilst in use or laid-up. Substantial reductions are in place for vehicles that are not used for daily transport. Information and a quotation form are available on this Web Site. The Club Secretary can also provide an Application and information.
Every person who takes part in an event organised by a SAVVA Club whether as a participant, official or passenger must have signed an Indemnity Form before the commencement of the event. This is permanent once issued. Club membership is not a pre-requisite. At the start of any event involving the use of a vehicle the card issued has to be available for presentation to the organisers. Generally organisers make provision for the issue of Indemnities at Registration for an event.
At the request of Motorsport South Africa, SAVVA has in place a Disciplinary Committee that meets following a complaint against a club member who in the course of an event does not abide by the "Rules of the Road", infringes traffic regulations or whose driving behaviour could bring the reputation of the Club and SAVVA into disrepute. As motoring enthusiasts SAVVA encourages members, whether on an event or otherwise, to refrain from bad and aggressive driving, speeding, failing to stop completely at Stop signs or any actions that may jeopardise the hobby and sport. The long-term use of old cars on the roads is already at risk overseas. SAVVA is desirous that it does not happen here so encourages exemplary behaviour of members.
NATIONAL COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE:
With the support and guidance of Motorsport South Africa, SAVVA has in place a National Competitions Committee which is responsible for the vetting of the Regulations for the running of competitive vintage and other vehicle events, issuing of permits and other relative details pertaining to the competitive side of the ownership and use of old vehicles.