Wednesday | 31 May 2017

Must see: Paddon's Playground

Hayden Paddon's playground is, of course, New Zealand, and in the first part of a new series of videos the proud Kiwi shows us around his homeland by tearing through it in a Hyundai rally car.

The first part of 'Paddon's Playground' is out now, and is based in the stunning scenery of Minaret Station in New Zealand's South Island. A second part will be released in November.

Inspired by Ken Block's Gymkhana series, Hayden says his films will have more in common with the sport of rallying.

"Instead of focusing on stunts and driving, our films will be focused around the purity of rallying – taking a rally car into breathtaking scenery and tackling each corner only one or two times, as we would in a rally," he says.

The five-minute film starts with a disturbing bedroom scene, in which we discover that rally-obsessed Hayden sleeps in his overalls and keeps a balaclava and crash helmet on his bedside table.

But we're soon into the wheel-spinning action, as Hayden takes the wheel of his AP4+ spec i20 in scenes that also feature a boat, plane, helicopter, and - as this is New Zealand - a huge flock of sheep.

Keen WRC fans should look out for Paddon's recreation of the bizarre incident from the 2013 Rally Guanajuato Mexico that stopped Sébastien Ogier in his tracks. Did you spot it?

Watch Paddon's Playground Part One below.

More News