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Little Forest Raceway started life as a large rubbish pile at TBS Coatings.  One day while out in the yard measuring some work, LFR club president Scott Kendall noticed that there was a small clearing in the forest.  In the clearing was a rather large rubbish pile that got Scott thinking "if that was moved, there would be enough space in here to build a small EP Offroad track".  So out came the measuring tape and after battling through the scrub it turned out to be a bit bigger than first thought.  So thinking on this, he proceeded to ask his boss if it would be ok to clear that space and build a small track to practice 1/10th Offroad racing on - and perhaps, some of his mates might be interested in coming along and have some casual racing.  His boss was on-board provided it costed him nothing and Scott did all the work outside of normal work hours.  

LFR Beginning

Things happened pretty quick over the next few weeks.  The first mission was to clear the huge pile in the middle.  This would take something bigger than a normal tractor and as it would turn out, one of the TBS workers knew a neighbour to the property who owned a Huff.  2 days later, the Huff was onsite and within 2 hours the site was completely cleared. 

Huff

Full of excitement, Scott & Amber set about laying out a track in the now clear space.  With 200m of builders string, cans of dazzle and some pegs, they set about laying out the first track design.  It was massive!  Then the first jumps started to take shape but something was not right.  The soil was now drying out and seemed to be very sandy.  When wet it was fine, but as it got dryer, it was apparent the soil would be no good for jumps and in fact not even very good to race on.  Scott & Amber had also decided that the layout was perhaps a little oversized for a practice track given that at the time, it was only going to be for their use.  While one raced, the other would be the marshal and on the size track they had put down, this was going to be a potential nightmare for the person marshalling. 

It was then decided that the best step forward would be to get some new clay delivered and make a smaller track.  So off they went again and set about boxing out an area to fill with some clay.  The area decided on was 22m long x 16m wide at one end and 12m wide at the other end.  Once again Scotts workmates came to the rescue with clay and 2 days later, 8 truckloads of some of the cleanest clay we had seen was delivered.  Hirepool donated a digger to help spread the new clay and then a roller to compact it.  After another weekend we now had a perfect clay canvas to start building the new track on.  Shipping ropes were donated by Port Taranaki to mark out the track.

Clay

Scott designed the layout on paper before they set about laying the ropes into place.  Within 1 hour, the track layout was complete, and the formation of jumps began.

Layout

One last thing to sort before any real practice or racing could take place was a drivers stand.  Scotts boss showed him a old steel frame that had been left by a customer some 15 years ago and said we could have it if we wanted it.  This was great but Scott could see that this stand would take some time to get finished to a useable standard.  Next to the frame was a truck trailer that he been in the yard for over 10 years unmoved.  Again, we were told feel free to use it but be aware it had been listed for sale about 6 months ago.  So we used the crane and move the trailer next to the main straight.  This was perfect and everything looked set.  About 5 days later after work, Scott got a phone call to say im really sorry, but the truck trailer has just sold.  While this was a little frustrating, it also meant it was time to actually put to use the original steel frame that was offered.  After 2 weekends of hard work by Scott and Richard Adams, the stand was ready for some decking.  Once the decking was on, we craned the stand into place and again this is the same stand used now by LFR. 

Drivers Stand 

It was at about this time (July 2014) that other people started to see what had been build from photos shown on Facebook etc, and asked to come and take a look.  It was not long until there was a group of people all showing a lot of interest and some race meetings were being discussed.  In August, we made plans to hold a fun race day - no lap counting, no rules, just fun.  We had 9 cars turn up from memory.  After that, it was decided that perhaps we should try run more regular racing and with that, LFR was fully formed.  We joined forces with Kaipara RC Car Club who were a club without a track, and we had a track, but no club.  A full committee was formed and we have not looked back since.  Since 2014, the track has been extended twice by our great friends at Denis Wheeler Earthmoving, and is now almost double its original size.  In October 2016, LFR will host the NZRCA North Island EP Off-Road Champs.