Buckle up because we’re heading out on an adventure! This week we’re taking a ride into the world of rally car driving. Now, before you say you can’t do it because you have no idea how to drive a rally car, neither did I. Here’s the scoop: you don’t need to be a professional driver to do this. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn. So sit back, strap yourself in and let’s put the pedal to the medal.
Team O’Neil Rally School,located just north of Littleton in the town of Dalton, offers courses in rally driving, winter safe driving, OHRV safety and security courses. Courses range from one to five days.
Depending on what course you take will determine which car you drive. All drivers begin with the front wheel drive Ford Fiestas. (I loved the color and the fact that my jacket matched was just a bonus!). Students in courses that are 2 days drive all-wheel-drive cars, on day 3 drivers will try rear-wheel-drive and the cars get more powerful each day after that.
If you’re interested in seeing rally racing in action, spectators are welcome at next weekend’s New England Forest Rally which takes place on the back roads and logging tracks of Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine. And in August, Team O’Neil is hosting their Second Annual Rally Fest; general admission is $20 and includes access to the property and workshops.
Don’t forget if you’re in the area make a stop in Littleton and walk along the Main Street and be sure to check out the World’s Longest Candy Counter at Chutters; grab a bite to eat at Baileywicks or stop and see what’s on tap at Schilling!