A farm for the speed­sters

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook -

MOST PEO­PLE turn their blocks into a peace­ful haven of live­stock, trees, gar­dens and veg­etable beds. But race driver Rod Millen wanted some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

So he cre­ated a wind­ing drive­way up the hill to the fam­ily home on his 60ha, ocean-front es­tate in Ha­hei on the Coro­man­del Penin­sula, and then started the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val, where the drive­way be­comes a hill climb race track.

The Lead­foot Fes­ti­val brings to­gether a spec­tac­u­lar ar­ray of some the world’s finest com­pe­ti­tion cars and mo­tor­cy­cles, from clas­sic for­mula and road race cars to off-road ma­chines and vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cles. Vis­i­tors get a one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing un­par­al­leled ac­cess to the com­peti­tors, pits and race ve­hi­cles. Rod Millen per­son­ally hand selects cham­pi­onship rac­ers from around the world to re­ceive the cov­eted in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val. There are also col­lec­tions of cel­e­brated vin­tage cars and bikes on dis­play through­out the week­end.

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