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This is clearly not your typical everyday driveway. If you mix a rich race car driver with a lot of land and the passion for racing, you get a driveway-racetrack!! Sadly enough this "driveway" is better than some race tracks I've seen/been to. If I ever had the amount of money and land as this guy I'd probably end up doing the same thing!

Just watch the video to see for yourself......



Kiwi racing champion Rod Millen does everything better than you. Your old Toyota has 130 horsepower. His old Toyota has 800. Your driveway's a cracked asphalt mess. His driveway's a mile-long, race-paved dream that mimics the best race tracks in the world.

When Millen visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2002 he saw the event's famous hill-climb track and decided he'd do the same thing… in his front yard. It's the kind of thing that seems logical when your job involves sending insane vehicles up the sides of guard-less cliffs.

Conveniently, Millen owns a large ranch in Hahei, New Zealand with enough room to fit a mile-long racing stage, albeit one not much wider than your average driveway. After years of planning, brush-clearing, and paving the track was finally finished earlier this year.

The track borrows here-and-there from places where Millen's raced, including the infamous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb circuit,

where he set a time 40 seconds faster than anyone else who'd tackled it before in his AWD Celica. His record held for for 13 years.

The Peak's famous swtichbacks — the Ws— are recreated on the driveway for Millen to enjoy has he drives up to his house. The track also includes a bridge, hairpins, straights, and a complete mix of the kinds of challenging corners that made Millen a racing star. In typical style, he named it the "Leadfoot Ranch."

But what's the point of having a race track in your front yard if you can't enjoy it? Rather than keep the private track to himself, the famous racer opened it up this weekend in celebration of his 60th birthday to a few invited guests like motorsports icons Jeff Zwart, Rhys Millen, and others. He called it the "Leadfoot Festival" and welcomed cars like Millen's 800-hp Toyota Celica racer, an Audi Quattro B Rally replica, a V8-powered Escort, and the family's Toyota Tundra race truck.

Millen called his birthday the "best ever."

First-hand video shot from the Celica shows just how ridiculous a way this is to get your car home every day. If I had this in front of my house I'd only leave home to come right back. I'd also have some seriously annoyed neighbors.

from... Jalopnik - Drive Free or Die
 

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Makes me feel homesick; I know the area well. It is near my home base in New Zealand.

There are some great rides to be had on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula (Google it, or the NZ Pacific Coast Highway).

There are some great rides to be had in many parts of NZ, with most of the country being more suited to a mid sized bike, such as the CBR 250 R, than a heavyweight. There are a lot of hills, and most roads are simply two lanes, not your fancy high speed dual carriageways. If you visit NZ for a motorcycle tour you will not be disappointed.

Do be careful though. Surfaces are variable, and NZ traffic is not all that motorcycle friendly. Despite an increased number of vehicles, NZ road fatalities have gone down from a peak of over 800 a year in the 1970's to less than 400 now. However motorcycle deaths seem to be on the increase of late.

Folks, wherever you are, do be a bit careful on the road. Do the crazy stuff off public highways... you can learn a lot and it is great fun, on racetracks, private roads, and off road. There it is just you and your bike, and maybe some others going the same direction. On the road you have to deal with traffic, which requires a whole different set of skills.
 

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That dude driveway is just impressive and amazing. I would love to have a house like that and a drive way like that. Make us feel that the roads on the American side are no where near close to Roads in, Dubai, Japan, NZ, Sweeden. !
 
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