July 21 & 22 2017
The New England Forest Rally (NEFR) is an annual two-day stage rally that takes place on the back roads and logging tracks of Western Maine and Northern New Hampshire. As of 2017, NEFR is sanctioned by the American Rally Association. NEFR is Round 5 of 6 in the ARA National Championship series. In addition to the two-day national competition (which draws competitors from all over the US, Canada, and beyond) the event also includes two one-day regional competitions that are held concurrently with the national. Many local and regional enthusiasts compete right alongside the top national competitors.
The New England Forest Rally course is made up of dirt and gravel logging roads that are known as a favorite among competitors due to their challenging and technical demands.
|For the fans, New England provides stunning scenery and wildlife, with winding creeks and one-lane bridges that add beauty to the race. But the real thrill is witnessing the incredible skill of these drivers as they maneuver their cars (twisting, sliding, turning and jumping) through the woods at speeds up to 100 mph!|
|The New England Forest Rally is typically headquartered at Sunday River Ski Resort where the day’s festivities and spectating will usually begin and end. Throughout the duration of the day the competitors will transit from one competitive stage to the next, often traversing many miles on regular roads in between.|
The competitive stages are held at select locations throughout Western Maine and Northern New Hampshire with somewhat differing roads and routes each year.
Spectators will often transit along with the competitors to the official spectator areas, which are set up at strategic view points along the course.
Some spectator areas are known as “Super Specials.” These are stages that are specially designed to bring the action directly to the fans. Fans also attend rallies for festivities such as “Parc Exposé.” This is where all the teams parade their cars into an open area where fans can gather, mingle with the competitors, get autographs, and see the cars up close. Music, food, and fun are also part of the rally, with a Rally Village featuring vendors, exhibitors and food throughout the two days, and awards parties with barbecues both Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday night will include live music as well.
Spectating a rally is fun and free! For more info on how to go about spectating please click here.