June 3, 2022 update:
NEFR is a go for 2022! Obviously there are many things left to finalize, but mark your calendars. COMPETITOR ENTRY is now open. Keep checking the website and our Facebook page for up-to-date information.
We are happy to WELCOME SPECTATORS back to our event. Please refer to the Spectator Guide that will be available in the coming weeks.
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION is open currently and is the safest way to be sure you see the action, along with helping to make the rally a reality. Please visit the volunteer page on our site for more information.
Please keep checking back. We just want to assure you we look forward to continuing the legacy of this very special event!
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. 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 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.
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 party with Volunteer Appreciation BBQ Saturday night.
Spectating a rally is fun and free! For more info on how to go about spectating please click here.