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New Zealand's famous Silver Fern Rally is still on track for its November date despite complications of COVID-19. The seven-day long rally is a classic, with New Zealand and international competitors all booking the date well in advance. Run every two years, the event spans the entire country of the country on some of the best rallying roads in the world. Managing director, Peter Martin, explained that the restrictions have not halted progress enough to cause panic. The very good news is that we are still planning to run the 2020 NZ Silver Fern Rally in November," he said in a statement. "All the lead work and planning continues across the North Island."

Neil Allport in action in the Silver Fern. Photo: Geoff Ridder

There will, however, need to be a few changes to the running of the event including social distancing measures. "These (changes) include maintaining personal distances along with the introduction of hand sanitisers and personal hygiene measures. The rally will also be "reducing the potential for mass gatherings by written drivers briefings, staggered scrutineering and possibly running cars at 2-minute intervals," Martin added. It is believed that none of these measures are insurmountable to a point where the event is in jeopardy. The country's most high profile rally, Rally New Zealand, is still set to run two months prior in September and welcome the crews and teams from the World Rally Championship.  
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