Most Frequently Asked Questions:
Rally is the sport of driving production-based vehicles as quickly as possible on closed sections of public and/or private roads. These races are held across the world, on all surfaces, and often total distances over 300 miles.
No racing experience is required, and we’ll train anyone who isn’t proficient with a manual transmission. There are no licenses needed to take a course at Team O’Neil, and our only driver restrictions are that you need to be able to comfortably see over the steering wheel and reach the pedals. We have no age restrictions, though a parent or guardian must sign the waiver for any minors taking part in a course.
Our rally courses start everyone out in front wheel drive Ford Fiestas for the first day and a half to best learn the fundamentals of car control and left foot braking. Students in the 2 Day Course and longer will drive all wheel drive cars if they choose to, we add rear wheel drive cars on Day 3, then more powerful and turbocharged cars on Day 4 and Day 5 depending on student’s progress. See more about the car you can drive
After signing up for a course, you’ll receive an email detailing when and where to meet, what airports and hotels are most convenient, what local restaurants are best, what gear to bring, etc. Most of this information can also be found under the “Why Team O’Neil” tab on our website. Lunch will be provided here on-site when you come take your course, and no special equipment is needed (helmets, driving suits, footwear, etc). Just remember to bring season-appropriate clothing and an open mind!
Team O’Neil is located in the beautiful White Mountains, just outside the quaint New England village of Littleton NH. Our somewhat remote location allowed us to build and operate the rally school in challenging mountainous environment best suited to the types of driving that we teach and enjoy. We operate year-round, and there are plenty of other activities nearby to enjoy including ski areas, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, shooting, golf, shopping, restaurants, breweries, and much more.
A typical day here starts at 9am with a brief classroom session, followed by driving exercises until lunch. Lunch is provided for you on-site, then driving exercises continue until around 3:30pm. There are a few short (10-15min) classroom sessions throughout the day as new exercises or skills are introduced. We have a two-to-one student instructor ratio, and you are welcome to either ride along or watch from the outside any time you are not actually behind the wheel. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to watch or take photos. It’s also important to know any damage you may do to one of our cars is covered in the price of the course. There is usually an optional class at the end of each day that you are welcome to attend, whether it’s a mechanical class, Rally America Licensing School, or a rally navigation class.
The easiest way to book a course is right here on our website, but if there are any issues or questions not answered here, please call us during business hours (603-444-4488) 8:30-5:00pm EST or send us an email any time ([email protected]).
The online calendar only shows one day even if you’re booking a multi-day course because that is the start date for the course, and you can sign up for one day, five days, or anything in between, but they all start on that date. If you’re unable to settle on a date, it’s also possible to purchase a course voucher, and if you’re giving a course as a gift, there are gift certificates available as well.