Plans for rally taking shape

Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013

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Entries are open and the venues for the overnight stops on the Silver Fern Rally have been announced for the 2014 event.

The event returns to the South Island next year where it will traverse some of the world's most magnificent scenery after starting from Picton on November 8. That night competitors will stay at Blenheim before crossing the island the following day to overnight in Westport on Sunday.

Competitors will then head back across the South Island on Monday to spend the following evening in Christchurch. Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill are the destinations for the following three nights before the rally travels into the southern lakes area with a Friday night stopover at Wanaka.

The rally ends on November 15 in Queenstown.

With entries open following completion of part one of the event regulations and the route taking shape, organisers have confirmed that the rally will remain a blind event in 2014, in keeping with the philosophy to recreate the events of old and how things used to be.

Silver Fern Rally 2014 consists of the New Zealand Silver Fern Historic Trophy for 2-wheel-drive cars that comply with various historic criteria as listed in the event regulations and the New Zealand Silver Fern Challenge which caters for 2-wheel-drive cars that comply with the Motorsport New Zealand Schedule A safety requirements.

Within each of those sections there are various classes.

The rally will cover 1250 kilometres of competitive special stages over eight days and organisers are promising some new stages and new locations along with some roads that have been used previously but in differing configurations.

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