DirtFish History

How it all started.

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In 1917, the Snoqualmie Lumber Company (SFLC) established a lumber site across the river from the current city of Snoqualmie, Washington. At the height of production, the site employed over 1,700 people and was effectively its own city with stores, a school, hotels, a hospital and even a police station providing all essential support for the SFLC employees and their families. SFLC was later renamed to Weyerhaeuser and was a huge beneficiary of the need for lumber during both World Wars and the construction boom that followed. The Old Mill site remained active until the early 1990’s when technology and other advancements overtook the industry which lead to Weyerhaeuser ceasing its logging operations on the property. However, they retained a presence at the site using the offices housing the HQ for regional operations until the early 2000’s. The property still boasts some of the “historic” structures, which made the mill such a key element of the economic growth of the Seattle area. It also provides the perfect backdrop for a wide variety of interests and opportunities.

In June 2010, Snoqualmie Mill Ventures purchased the property and created DirtFish with the vision of becoming the premier rally school in the United States, it quickly evolved into the most prestigious professional rally school in North America, earning the reputation for performance driving, specialized training, education and all-out commitment to rally. Beyond rally, DirtFish is a frontier for speed, agility and skill, with a profound enthusiasm for the dirt foundation on which it plays. DirtFish is eager to remind the world that there is still a sand box out there with their name on it.

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  • DirtFish is an advanced driving school located in Snoqualmie, Washington, USA only 30 minutes from Seattle. We offer driver instruction, training and coaching programs and experiences for advanced car control, driver development, road and circuit racing, motorsports, SCCA rallycross, stage rally, EVOC and tactical, stunt driving, teen drivers, new drivers, track days, track racing, off-road truck racing, winter snow and ice driving, formula and open-wheel car racing, high performance driving, autocross, desert racing, overland and defensive driving, providing confidence and safety techniques behind the wheel.

    Being one of the top rally schools in the USA, we teach advanced car control techniques used in racing series and circuits, such as World Rally Championship, WRC, Rally America, Canadian Rally Championship, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Cascadia International Rally Championship and FIA World Rallycross. DirtFish utilizes courses on multiple loose surfaces conditions; dirt, mud, gravel, tarmac, pavement, and other sealed surfaces using the all-wheel AWD drive Subaru WRX STI and the rear-wheel drive RWD Subaru BRZ.

    Our high adrenaline programs, courses, and property boast the perfect location for your next event, activity or adventure, whether it’s corporate team building, sales incentive programs, arrive and drive programs, vehicle testing (Mudfest), property rentals, bachelor and birthday parties- we are capable of it all.

    Our property, facilities, and location have been used for many different film productions, most notably Top Gear, Twin Peaks and Roadkill. It is perfect for movies, commercials, promotional videos, stunt videos, viral videos and is a great scouting location. DirtFish has been featured in productions with Ken Block, Bucky Lasek, Launch Control, The Smoking Tire with Matt Farah, Forza, T-Mobile, Travis Pastrana, Toyota, Barnacles Nerdgasm and more.

    DirtFish has been compared but rated highest among other driving and car control schools, such as Team O’Neil, Bondurant, Bridgestone Winter Driving School, Florida International Rally & Motorsports Park FIRM, Proformance at Pacific Raceways, Skip Barber, Rally Ready and The Ridge Motorsports park.

    If you’re making travel plans and have some time to kill during your vacation, or are looking for a last minute deal, check out our DirtFish Signature Thrill Rides or our DirtFish Driving Simulator, equipped with XBOX, PC, Playseat, Logitec and Fanatec products that is primed and ready with Forza, Project Cars and Dirt Rally.