• Oct 20, 2010
Paddock Hacks – Click above to view teaser after the jump

So there are a lot of farm animals in New Zealand – last we checked there were at least six sheep for every one human. And they graze in paddocks, essentially giant sweeps of countryside. And when the sheep aren't around, or, it appears, sometimes even when they are, the average New Zealander likes to engage in a sport called "paddock hacking." That is when you take a clapped out junker and fly that sucker over and through and into anything else occupying the paddock. Think of it as 24 Hours of Lemons meets Home on the Range. With sheep.

Now, since we can't find any official information on Paddock Hacking, we've pieced this together from what's in the video above. That video was sent to us by a New Zealander who's working on a pilot for a television show on the subject. We have no idea what kind of season-long dramatic arc you can get from Death Race cars and trucks rampaging over green antipodean hills, but it's fun enough for now. Follow the jump for the action.

[Source: White Balance Pictures]






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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well - if memory serves me correctly - what you get is dukes of hazard, no?

      Now, as dukes of hazard goes, I have not reason to speak low of it.
      It is good to have an example of what can happen if you make shows based upon such things.
      But surely with this one example, the world does not need a second as proof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm surprised autoblog hasn't mentioned Bush Mechanics yet

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WopdIgBG1dA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not to be a negative Nancy, but these videos make me more excited than the Top Gear USA promos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stripped down cars, rolling hills and no helmet.

      This has WIN written all over the damn place!!!@!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing!!! These guys have a death wish, without a doubt!


        This reminds me of my best friends grandparents farm. 300 acres in WVA, five of us would all chip in $50 (about $250 total) to buy some running beater car at a local junkyard to race it around the farm for the weekend. Old Crown Vics were indestructible! Time trials around the farm were insane, at least we wore helmets, seatbelts and disabled airbags if the vehicle was so equipped.

        It really makes me wish that Flip HD camcorders existed back in the late 1990's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, this is gonna be very interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a blast but definitely no top gear america
      • 4 Years Ago
      pirate bay search in my future
      • 4 Years Ago
      "last we checked there were at least six sheep for every one human"

      How about an update, 15 and that's not counting the dairy cows, cattle and deer which also farmed by the millions.

      As kids we rode bikes, horses and motorcycles, drove tractors trucks and cars through numerous paddocks up hills down gullies and trough mud

      Drivers like Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon and Rod Millen

      More motorcyclists per capita than any other country

      Its no wonder such a film has been made

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/4895743471/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely going to watch this if it airs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets not generalise. TO be honest, city folks (not rural folks) such as myself hardly see any sheep around (or cows... and chicken). Never heard of paddock hack. Never, until i came here.

      Oh, I'm a new zealander.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So New Zealanders call field hopping paddock hacking, good to know.