Every year, a number of eEuroparts sponsored teams take a few days off, pack up their tires and fire suits, and head up to Sunday River Resort in Newry, ME to throw the dice at the New England Forest Rally 2017. Being an extremely tight knit community both online and from other related events, the teams have already scoped each other out long before they arrive in front of the Ski Resort lodge with their machines, prepped for battle. Previous NEFR‘s have had their share of drama. With crashed cars, points upsets, and even a car hauler fire, you never know what is going to happen. One thing we do know for sure is that many of our pals are preparing to catapult through the rocky forest stages this weekend July 21 and 22. The following teams will be coming back again: Downey Dirty Racing #142: With Dan Downey behind
Where do I begin? The New England Forest Rally has been a dream of mine since 2010, I was a Freshman in college. Though it was the craziest stuff, never thought I would be able to do it. Rally, a dream from even longer ago…. Just a lad with video games and this weird side section in Grand Turismo 3 called rally. Cut past 3 years of building, 2.5 years of RallyX, 4 years of research. Untold hours of driveway time… And you have July 13th. Me in my driveway trying to do final packing with the truck trailer and car. “I’m not ready” I keep thinking. I am going to go, but I did not prepare enough. Not nearly enough is packed. Car is not perfect (when is it ever?). But I have the stuff, I have provisions for 5 days. I have spares. I have a rally car….
We go to a lot of races. Not just because we sponsor a lot of racing teams so THEY can go to a lot of races, but because we just plain love cars. Especially fast cars. Especially Especially fast cars on race tracks. There’s something about the mellow thrum that lights up an entire racing facility to let you know that the green flag is out, and there’s an entire field of drivers flying spiraling around you on the edge of traction. Then we found ourselves in the forest. There was no race track, there were no grandstands. Just the hot wind blowing down a deserted gravel road, some tindered leaves flickering among the brush, and a handful of people wearing t-shirts that said things like ‘Dab Of Oppo*’. As we climbed off the air conditioned VIP bus into the bright summer air, it was clear that we were in
We didn’t plan on attending Burke 2 when we panned our race season but at the same time we didn’t plan on racing a Mini. The story of Burke II begins in May at Ascutney 1 when I wrecked our Mustang race car. We were planning on Running 6 of the 7 NEHA events and skipping Burke 2 because of scheduling conflicts. After the Mustang was put out of commission in Ascutney 1, we missed Okemo 1 leaving only 5 NEHA events left. We picked up the Mini to try to save our season knowing that it would be in a different class and much slower. Racing regardless of the car is a better than doing almost anything else so we became Mini guys. We had been considering some power mods for the Mini but they would put us in an even tougher class. To qualify for the year end
Who is cooler than you? No one if you’re on the New England Forest Rally VIP bus. Experience rally without the worry of missing the action, parking, finding the best staging areas to view or packing meals and refreshments. Ride along with our own Dean Bergeron, Customer Service Manager, Rally fan and all around nice guy. We are going to treat one lucky customer to a free VIP Day Package including: Travel by coach to and from spectator and service areas (AC!!!!) Access to some of the best, and in some cases private, spectator areas Commentary by knowledgeable guides Gourmet lunch provided by local caterer Gourmet In A Pinch, and a wide selection of beverages, including beer and wine (Saturday passengers are also treated to coffee and breakfast items prior to heading out for the rally.) Winner is responsible for their own transportation to and from the NEFR staging area at