With the lack of rain Maine has experienced this summer, a cloud of dust rose above Flat Road.

The loud hum of dirt bike, four-wheeler and three-wheeler engines accompanied said dust, almost as if a giant bee hive sprouted from the ground, but, instead, Drew's Hard Knox ATV Track was the culprit.

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The track, owned by Frank Drew Jr. and operated by Drew and Kenneth Larrabee, provides an opportunity not found nearby, namely, a place to tear up the earth, catch air and let the good times roll.

"It’s local and we don’t really have a place to ride here," said Drew. "We have trails, but they only go so far. I wanted a place to ride, and now I can come out my door and [do that]."

The course is the second one Drew has built, after the first one was shut down nearby for safety and liability concerns, since Drew did not own the land the track sat on.

"[The owner] was afraid something was going to happen, and it wasn’t my property so we did what they say," said Drew. "When it got shut down it was a bummer, and I was sad."

A disappointed Drew had his previous course ready for the bright lights and cameras of ESPN, as "it would have been in the mini-motocross series," and "people were going to come in and fix the whole thing up, just like you see on TV."

After his initial project closed, the 54-year-old Drew wasted no time finding another spot to build, and what better place than his own backyard, in the fall of 2017.

"We started fresh," said Drew. "It wasn’t a field or anything like that, it was a lot of trees, and I wanted another track. We busted it out pretty quick. I actually did a trade with a guy that has an excavator that doesn’t live too far away. I gave him some of the wood [from the trees] and he wanted some of the big rocks, so we did a trade."

"The estimation to have someone come in and build the track was around $27,000, which would have been for the dirt and labor," said the 27-year-old Larrabee, also a resident of Knox."

"All the 'by-hand' work took the longest," said Drew. "We had to move dirt without a tractor. We’d get dirt when they were ditching the road, which is what got all the jumps started, and we had to smooth them out with just a rake and a shovel when we first started, so we were dedicated. We made corners out of the banks in the hills [around the property]. Most of the tools we had run on air, so If you’re not breathing you’re not working."

"Frank started a lot of the ground work before I got here," said Larrabee. "After he started I had to go get a bike and be here every other day, because I fell in love with it all. It’s what I aim to have my future to be. Me and my dad helped with Frank’s first track, and when Frank started building this one I had to help."

Two years, and hours of manual labor later, the track opened to its first guests in 2019, and to date, has seen riders come from New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont.

""The first day it was open, we had at least 13 or 14 people riding, with 50 to 60 people watching," said Drew. "We just ask people to come ride and have fun. I love seeing people ride, especially the little kids. Once they take their helmet off you can see them smiling from ear to ear."

With the power of the internet at their hands, the online exposure has brought a wider audience to enjoy their creation.

"I never had Facebook up until three or four weeks ago, and [Larrabee] put it out there and then people started coming," said Drew.

"Tons of people like the videos we post on Facebook and YouTube," said Larrabee. "One of our videos got over 600 views, and most of our riders started showing up because of that video.

"I started posting in [the group] 207 Braaap L!fe on Facebook, and the woman that runs the page helps us get the word out to people across the state. If we only had people coming from around town it would be pretty boring for us all, and no competition."

Despite a finished project on hand, Drew and Larrabee already are looking towards the future, with an expansion of the existing track, lights, and, down the line, a second track.

"We are hoping to get two more lanes in once some of the other rocks are gone to make the track bigger," said Drew. "My neighbor has three acres for sale, and I talked to a guy who would buy it and then donate it to the track, but we have to get my neighbor down on his price. Then, I can have a little kid track and a big people track. The little kids can do their thing and not worry about someone coming over a jump and hitting them. We are going to try and put lights in so we can ride up until curfew [as well]."

"[With lights] we could let people ride until 9:30 p.m. and then do the maintenance until 11," said Larrabee. "That way the people in town are happy and the riders are happy. During the summer it’s too hot midday to around 3 p.m. for the older people that want to ride, but that time is perfect for kids."

Larrabee also wants to start a riding school once more of the future plans become reality.

"Once we have more of the track completed, I will start up a riding school for children," said Larrabee. "I’m probably going to start from ages 17 and under. Anyone that’s 18 and older can pay for someone to teach them, and I don’t really want to charge parents. I’d like to be able to provide that service for parents who can’t afford it."

For now though, the riders keep coming and the dirt keeps flying.

"My favorite part is seeing people want to come back and keep riding," said Drew. "It would have stunk to have built this and nobody show up."