Preparations for the October Silver Fern Rally step up a gear with a number of aspects in the final stages.
UPDATED ROUTE ITINERARY & STAGE DESCRIPTIONS:-
The Itinerary and Special Stage descriptions have been re-prepared as provisional information. This information is correct as at the 12/13th of August but is subject to final change. Due to the extreme snowstorm damage etc that occurred through the central part of the South Island approximately 20% of the Route has been replaced in the last few weeks, making this a continual work in progress document.
As stated in the event regulations full service route / crew information will be released no later than Sept 15th.
Check it out on the website:- http://www.silverfernrally.co.nz/rally05/timetable.htm
THE EVENT - BLENHEIM / START / FINISH:-
The Park Ferme's while in Blenheim will be at the Blenheim School where Security will be in place overnight.
The Rally Start will take place on High Street Picton overlooking the picturesque Picton Harbour at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, with the Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman flagging away the cars.
Rally HQ (Scenic Circle Hotels Blenheim Country Hotel) will be run by Steve Foster, while Chris Parker's excellent results service along with our own incidents and news reports will be available regularly on the website.
The welcome event, the drivers and teams briefings, and the prize-giving function for the Finish will all be held in Stadium 2000 in Blenheim with room for 800 people. More details on these functions will be released soon.
The event is pleased to be supporting the children's charity Variety and on the rest day in Dunedin and there will be a charity dinner on the Wednesday evening which will now most likely be at Carisbrook. Details and prices along with booking information will be sent out soon in an information flyer, but be assured there are a couple of high profile Kiwi speakers being arranged. The dinner will be limited to 200 people and will be sold on a first come first served basis. This is one part of the week, not to be missed.
CAR CLUBS SPONSORSHIP FUNDRAISER:-
The Rally organisers have offered to participating Car Clubs the opportunity to sell sponsorship for individual Special Stages, and in turn earn themselves some money. A percentage of the money raised will be used by the organisers, but the majority will be returned to the Clubs. If you are a sponsor who wants to get his name on a Special Stage talk to your local Car Club.
Kea Campers (New Zealand) Ltd are offering competitors and supporters of the Silver Fern Rally a 15% discount on the following regular published rates for the duration of the event.
All bookings and enquiries should be made via the secure link on the accommodation page of the NZ Silver Fern Rally website www.silverfernrally.co.nz
Please remember when booking or making enquiries please quote the reference "SILVERFERN" to get the event's discounted rates.
A number of the Classified have been filled or sold.
Chris Alexander is looking to fill a co-drivers seat, Keith Edwards has available his Honda Integra Type R for lease (it will already be in the South Island), Brent Tinney has sold his MKI but has a nice MKII Escort RS2000 for sale, Andy Ruddenklau has for sale the ex Paul Adams, Meekings Corolla AE86, Tony McMahon has for sale his Starlet, and Premier Autos has for lease a Nissan engined MKII Escort.
Check out the Classifieds Section of the web-site for contact details or get in touch with me and we will pass on their details.
RALLY ENTRANTS UPDATED:-
Details are being filled out as we get closer to the event, with many of the TBA's being nominated. A number of updated details for our entries have been made, and all the new entries are now listed with the current total standing at 72.
As the event regulations state the Entry List will be made available on September 4th.
The up-dated entries listing is available on the website in alphabetical order.
ROUTE / PLOTTING:-
With the latest most recent bad weather some further changes have been made to the route, See the new Itinerary and stage descriptions now on the website.
RALLY WEBSITE UP-DATES:-
The website Photo pages and Classifieds sections have also been recently up-dated, and the latest news and media releases are always on the website for your information.
Everything to do with the rally is on. www.silverfernrally.co.nz
TROPHIES / AWARDS
All competitors who have entered, and who arrive to start the event, will receive a "participation" award which will be presented at the Welcome Function
All competitors who complete all special stages without accruing any special stage maximum's will receive a "finishers" award which will be presented at Prize-giving.
These awards will be complementary to each other, and the challenge will be to collect both.
Class and overall place winners will receive awards at the prize-giving function.
PROGRAMME / MAPS
The production of the Rally Programme which will include the Route Maps, is about to take place. They show the entire route in detail. It will also include the entry list and all the details of the event. They will be offered for sale on the website as soon as production details are finalised. Other points of sale are being negotiated but they will be available in the week leading up to the event at Rally HQ, the Start, as well as around the route.