Car-mad father spends £8,000 turning his back garden into race track

Car-mad father spends £8,000 turning his back garden into a race track so he can perform drifting stunts

  • Takeshi Teruya, 37, spent £8,000 in order to build a racetrack around his house
  • The father-of-two said that he loved drifting ever since he learned how to drive
  • The car mechanic is originally from Japan but moved to New Zealand in 2007  

A motorsports-mad dad has spent £8,000 turning his home into a racetrack – by building one around his house.

Drifting enthusiasts often drive many miles to hit the track, but for racing enthusiast Takeshi Teruya he simply has to step out the front door.

The 37-year-old mechanic, who is originally from Saitama, Japan, moved to New Zealand in 2007 and always knew what his dream home would look like – he just had to build it.

Takeshi Teruya (above), 37, has spent £8,000 turning his home into a racetrack – by building one around his house. The drifting enthusiast who is originally from Saitama, Japan, moved to New Zealand in 2007

Pictured: Taskeshi Teruya (right) with wife Yoshie Teruya (left)  and daughters Anna Teruya, three, and Sara Teruya, one

The 37-year-old mechanic, who is originally from Saitama, Japan, moved to New Zealand in 2007 and always knew he that his dream home would have a race track

So when he bought his first home in Hamilton, he wasted no time in turning his fantasy into reality and putting a 130 metre drifting track around the house – making him ‘the happiest man in New Zealand’.

And while wife Yoshie initially wasn’t keen, she now loves that the couple’s daughters can also ride their bikes on the track.


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The father-of-two said: ‘I loved drifting ever since I learned how to drive.

‘It is more than just a hobby, it is my life.

The dad-of-two Takeshi said: ‘I loved drifting ever since I learned how to drive. It is more than just a hobby, it is my life’

‘But land is scarce and very expensive in Japan, and it is an almost impossible dream to even own a small plot.

‘A few years ago, I attended the Leadfoot Festival in Hahei where the races took place at Kiwi motorsports legend Rod Mirren’s driveway.

The motorsports enthusiast has competed in drifting competitions in Japan and New Zealand and now practices in his Nissan Skyline 370GT

‘That inspired me a lot, so when I came back I started planning how I could have my own drifting track at my house.’

Mr Teruya has competed in drifting competitions in Japan and New Zealand and gets plenty of practice now in his Nissan Skyline 370GT.

He chanced upon the property after being invited to a house warming, and bought the house and land package for $370,000 NZD (£180,000) in 2013.

When he bought his first home in Hamilton, he wasted no time in turning his fantasy into reality and putting a 130 metre drifting track around the house

But he was quoted over $40,000 NZD (£20,000) more to have the track – meaning he had to think outside the box.

Mr Teruya found a recycled asphalt supplier and doing most of the work himself, managed to complete the project for just over $16,000 NZD (£8,000).

He said: ‘When I saw the plot I thought it was a good size to have a drifting track that goes around the house and then my thoughts went wild.

‘There are many petrol heads around the world owning cool looking super car, racing car, drift car or whatever, but how many own a circuit around their own house?

‘That cost too much, so I had to start thinking about how I can do it with my small budget.’

Mr Teruya added: ‘When I saw the plot I thought it was a good size to have a drifting track that goes around the house and then my thoughts went wild’. Pictured: Drifting track around Mr Takeshi’s home in Horotiu

Mr Teruya was lucky that the cul-de-sac was home to five other motoring enthusiasts, including Mitchell, a racing car fabricator.

So his friends were able to help him build the drift driveway and said they don’t mind the noise.

Mitchell said: ‘In a way, I was the one who encouraged him to go with his dream.

‘He really doesn’t drift very often at home, and we really don’t mind the noise.’

Wife Yoshie however is not a motorsports fan, and said she thought her husband’s plans were crazy when she was first told.

But Mrs Teruya says she has now warmed to having the track and admits that she and her two daughters, Anna, three, and Sara, one, use it more than her husband does.

Mrs Teruya said: ‘Who in the right mind builds a race track around your own house?

‘He’s a dad, but it seems like he hasn’t grown up.

‘It is really good for the kids scootering and push bikes, so now we don’t even have to go to the parks.’ 

 

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