Feature Flick: Rod Millen’s Driveway Doubles as a Hillclimb Racetrack

We've seen amazing garages and unique car collections, but how many people can say their driveway can double as a hill-climb racetrack? At least one can, and his name is Rod Millen.

Off hand, we can think of several stretches of public roads that serve double duty as race tracks, with the Nurbrgring, the Tail of the Dragon, Mt. Washington, and Pikes Peak coming to mind. Accomplished race driver Rod Millen recently completed work on his steeply graded driveway in New Zealand that features several sections closely resembling some of his favorite tracks he's competed throughout the years.

Measuring one mile in length, the driveway took roughly three years to complete. Recently coated in asphalt, it's one of the smoothest stretches we've ever seen, which gives drivers the ability to attack each corner with confidence. Featuring a significant grade and several hairpin turns, only well versed drivers should consider attempting the driveway at full speed.

The video shows Millen behind the wheel of his Pike's Peak Toyota Celica, which held the Colorado hill climb course record for no less than 12 years. Typical of the legend, Millen attacks the mile-long stretch as if here were in the midst of a sanctioned event.

In celebrating his 60th birthday, Millen invited several friends to his estate, where they were each given some quality time on the unique track. Guests were asked to not only arrive in classic cars, but also dress in period clothing from the 1950s and 1960s. Millen used the occasion and track unveiling as a dry run for what may later become the "Leadfoot Festival."

Source: The New Zealand Herald

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