Most people want a swimming pool in their backyard, but Alan Wilzig isn’t most people. Some 15 years ago, the American entrepreneur and philanthropist had the wild idea to build a $ 8 million racetrack in the backyard of his 150-year-old Dutch Colonial-style Columbia County home.
Wilzig’s 275-acre estate has a 1.15-mile private racetrack, 40 feet wide and with 80 feet of elevation change. It has nine turns and, from above, looks a bit like a lobster claw. Building it costs Wilzig $ 7.5 million – plus another $ 500,000 in legal fees. According to him, it is just the fourth privately owned personal racetrack built to professional specifications in the world.