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The New Zealand Silver Fern Rally will take place in New Zealand’s scenic South Island from
October 7th to 14th 2006, with the intention to bringing back the “days of old” in motor-sport
in New Zealand, when rallying was an adventure, with the emphasis on endurance and
reliability, but with a fun social side attached as well.

Being promoted by the Marathon Rally Car Club Inc., the event will run to both Motorsport
New Zealand National, and FIA International Status.

Cars eligible for the event will be All-comers and Modern 2 wheel drives, Classics as per the
Motorsport New Zealand Schedule OS, and 4wd vehicles manufactured prior to 31/12/1991
(pre-92) that comply with their original FIA homologation papers. Organisers also invite vehicles
with significant motorsport history. Please refer over page and to the website for full details.

Rally Highlights
• Up to 1500km of special stages
• 6-1/2 days of competitive rallying
• special stages up to 90kms in length
• all special stages on gravel roads
• time for socializing and reminiscing
• reduced early entry fee & incentives

Come join us in 2006
we want YOU to be a part of this
Marathon Rallying adventure.

New Zealand Silver Fern Rally

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February 2006

FOUR PAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AMONG EARLY- BIRD ENTRIES FOR NZ SILVER FERN MARATHON RALLY EVENT.

With the NZ Silver Fern Rally’s 1500km October event, still eight months away, organisers have received a welcome confidence boost, with more than 50 teams having lodged their early-bird entry reservations, by the January 31st deadline.

A pleased event chairman, Hamilton’s Gary Smith said, “Our early-bird entry reservation incentives, of reduced fees, longer payment options and better starting positions have obviously appealed to these teams”. Smith expects many more to enter “now that they can see who the competition is”. Regular entires for the event don’t close until September.

Among those early bird entry reservations received, are four past New Zealand National Rally Champions in Paul Adams, Blair Robson, Joe McAndrew, and Brian Stokes.

35 years ago, the winner of the 1970 Silver Fern Rally, then driving a BMW 2002, was Albany’s Paul Adams. Adams went on to win the NZ Rally Championship series in 1979 driving a MKII Ford Escort RS 1800. Adams says he is looking forward to the rally, but has yet to nominate the vehicle he will use for the October 7th – 14th event.

During the late 1970’s Aucklander Blair Robson was part of the highly successful Masport Escort Team, winning two National Championship crowns, firstly in 1974 (in the inaugural series) in a MKI Ford Escort RS1600 then in 1978 in a MKII Ford Escort RS1800.

Wellington’s Joe McAndrew is a triple NZ Champion, with wins in 1993, 1994 and 1996, all in Subaru Legacy 4 wheel drives. Lately McAndrew successes are in International Marathon Rallies, winning the 2004 London to Sydney event outright, driving a Honda Integra Type R. In May McAndrew is off to South America to compete in another Marathon Rally. McAndrew says “he has chosen the same 2 litre front wheel drive car to use in the NZ Silver Fern Rally here in October, because of its proven endurance and reliability on some of the worlds longest Marathon Rallies“.

Kaiapoi’s Brian Stokes used Ford’s to win his two National Championship’s, firstly a MKII Escort RS1800 in 1985, and then a Sierra XR 4x4 in 1988, Stokes says he is “undecided at this time what type of car to choose in an attempt to win the event”, but is looking forward to renewing some old rally rivalry.

Interestingly most of the early-bird competitors have chosen older style “classic” type vehicles in keeping with the event’s theme of “bringing back the days of old when rallying was an adventure, with a fun social side attached “. These vehicles include 12 Ford Escort’s, a Capri, and various Toyota’s, Mazda’s, Datsun’s, and Vauxhall’s.

Full details of the Early Bird Entry Reservations, event details and regular updates, are available on the Marathon Rally Car Club’s website www.silverfernrally.co.nz

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Paul Smith
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AUSTRALIANS AMONG THE EARLY ENTRIES FOR NZ SILVER FERN RALLY

Early in the planning for the NZ Silver Fern Rally, organisers were confident of attracting a number of international teams to compete in their 6-1/2 day 1500km, South Island based, Marathon Car Rally event.

When the early bird entry reservations for the October 7th – 14th event closed on January 31st, there were five teams from Australia among the over 50 entered. Rally chairman, Hamilton’s Gary Smith said “these guys are making the most of the early bird incentives, of reduced fees, longer payment options and better starting positions”.

Amongst those Australian early birds, are some of the more exotic vehicles entered. Christchurch born, Cairns based driver, Jim Wallace will be using his ex-tarmac BMW M3, while Melbourne’s Graham Alexander will compete in the Datsun 260Z, in which he placed 5th overall in last years 2005 Classic East African Safari Rally. Jim’s business takes him to Christchurch for two month’s each year and he is looking forward to competing “back home” on some of the most scenic rally roads in the South Island.

Husband and wife team Steve and Rachael Coad (Melbourne) are bringing their Holden Torana XU1, which will, as Steve puts it “be in pristine condition for the New Zealand event, but not by choice”. They competed in the 2005 Classic East African Safari, late last year, but were forced to withdraw when Rachael took ill. Their next event in the bright orange Torana was to have been in South America, but the car is currently held up on a ship somewhere between Africa and Australia, and it is unlikely to make the forward shipping for that event. That events loss will be the NZ Silver Fern Rally’s gain.

Also from Melbourne, Peter Riseborough and Kaye Kilsby will be bringing their Nissan Sunny while Robert Elliott and Neville Barton have yet to nominate their vehicle.

A number of other Australian teams are currently working on logistics and budgets, in the hope that they are able to compete here. NZ Silver Fern Rally organisers are also hopeful of attracting several European based teams down-under to the event.
Regular entires for the event are open now and do not close until September.

Details of the Early Bird Entry Reservations, event information and regular updates, are available on the Marathon Rally Car Club’s website www.silverfernrally.co.nz

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Paul Smith
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