It’s not Monaco, the Nurburgring or even Oran Park – this racetrack is NSW’s best-kept secret. Thanks to Formula One Fanz for posting this on Facebook. I don’t normally post about F1, but it is a secret passion of mine. I just had to share this because, well, it’s just too cool!
The privately owned road in Kulnura, on the Central Coast, is a 5.1km Formula One-style track with 22 turns, described by one motorsport champion as the second-best track in the world.
The track, which is said to have cost $10 million, was built by car enthusiast and former Coca-Cola Amatil boss Dean Wills after he lost his licence for speeding on the old Pacific Highway in 1996.
Mr Wills wanted to enjoy his growing fleet of exotic cars – which included the only McLaren racing car ever sold privately – without having to worry about oncoming traffic.
Mr Wills would not reveal how much the family had ploughed into the road but a conservative estimate of about $60sq m for the bitumen alone puts the 40,000sq m of circuit at $2.4 million.Getting to race on the track is akin to joining the mafia – someone has to vouch for you.
“It’s all friends of friends,” he said. “We know the people who are inviting (other people) here and we trust their judgment.”
Those who have done a few laps include motorcycle champion Casey Stoner, the “Flying Scot” Sir Jackie Stewart and Formula One great Jack Brabham.
Mr Wills said Wayne Gardner described the road as his second favourite circuit in the world behind Suzuka in Japan.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a property like this and a spare $10+ million to build a track like this? Imagine the house guests you would get?!
Thanks Formula One Fanz for this awesome post. If you love F1, then you will love their Facebook page.