The New England Forest Rally (NEFR) is an annual two-day stage rally race taking place on the back roads and logging roads of Western Maine and Northern New Hampshire on July 21-22, 2017.
Competitors come from across the US, Canada, and beyond to drive street legal vehicles on high-speed competitive stages held on temporarily closed roads. Residents and visitors to the region may also see these cars traveling on public roads, observing posted speed limits to reach their next competitive stage.
The New England Forest Rally is a favorite among competitors due to the challenging and technical demands of local roads. Competitors travel hundreds of miles over two days, with speeds over 100mph. Several world-renowned drivers are entered along with notable action sports and automotive personalities. The Subaru USA Rally Team has two cars entered with action sports legend Travis Pastrana and multiple championship winner David Higgins competing.
Based out of the Sunday River Ski Area in Bethel, ME, fans can enjoy free spectating and festivities right at the resort base area. “Parc Exposé” is held each morning where teams parade their cars into an open area, fans can gather, mingle with the competitors, get autographs, and see the cars up close. There is also a service area where spectators can watch cars return from the day’s stages. The teams then work on their cars, allowing fans to see the teams at work from only a few feet away. Music, food, and fun are also part of the rally. A Rally Village features vendors, exhibitors, food, 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! As the event gets closer, a free spectator’s guide will be produced and available at www.newenglandforestrally.com. The guide provides details on designated spectator locations and an updated schedule of events. Due to the nature of the sport, attendees should check this guide in advance to ensure an enjoyable and safe spectating experience.
For those new to rally or seeking a more tailored rally experience, there are VIP buses that bring spectators to exclusive spectator spots via coach bus. The bus includes catered food, drinks and beer and wine. To learn more about the VIP Bus Experience visit www.newenglandforestrally.com.