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    Sammy Hagar once had an incredibly dangerous three-car night race with Eddie Van Halen and Mick Jones while working on Van Halen’s 5150 album in the mid-'80s.

    Already known for his 1984 hit “I Can’t Drive 55,” Hagar says the 2 a.m. adventure happened as they traveled from the recording studio to their Malibu homes.

    He admitted that the stunt could have led to their arrest, emphasizing that it should never have happened. He did, however, say it was as memorable as the first time he’d had sex in a car – although that was “a whole 'nother story.”

    They all were driving flashy sports cars.

    "On 5150, Eddie Van Halen had a Lamborghini Countach, I had my 512 Ferrari Boxer," Hagar says in the video below. “Mick Jones, our producer, from Foreigner, he had a Corvette he rented.”

    The trio left the studio “at about two o’clock in the morning, after we finished recording – I think it was ‘Best of Both Worlds,’ to be honest.

    We drove back, the three of us, up Mulholland Drive, all through the backroads to Highway 1, racing three cars – because there was no traffic, there was nobody, nothing. We should have been in jail.”

    Sammy Hagar Would Never Repeat Dangerous Race

    Current models of Van Halen’s Lamborghini LP500 S twin turbo Countach back then had a top speed of 208mph (335km), Hagar’s 1984 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer could reach 173mph (278km) and Jones’ rented 1983 Chevrolet Corvette C4 was capable of 179mph (288km).

    The distance between 5150 Studios in Studio City and Malibu is around 30 miles, and recording took place between November 1985 and February 1986.




    “It was unbelievable – we just raced the whole time,” Hagar said.

    “Whee-ow, you get somebody on a turn, three abreast on a two-lane road – so friggin’ dangerous!

    But we did it; we survived it.”

    He then quickly added: “I’d never do it again and I don’t recommend it.”
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    I've done that drive many times and i definitely would NOT attempt to race on those roads at night. That's pretty crazy stuff.
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    Iíve done stupid things on Mulholland. Very stupid. Sometimes youíre just lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I’ve done stupid things on Mulholland. Very stupid. Sometimes you’re just lucky.
    It's not Mulholland I was thinking about. Lots of turns on Mulholland, but at least it's flat. I'm thinking more the Las Virgenes Canyon road, the one that ends up along Pepperdine, and then you make a right on PCH and you're in Malibu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    It's not Mulholland I was thinking about. Lots of turns on Mulholland, but at least it's flat. I'm thinking more the Las Virgenes Canyon road, the one that ends up along Pepperdine, and then you make a right on PCH and you're in Malibu.
    Yeah, technically itís Malibu Canyon. It switches names. But yes. That is a very dangerous road to drive crazy on.

    Iím assuming they took Mulholland from Edís to Malibu Canyon and then obviously on to PCH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Yeah, technically it’s Malibu Canyon. It switches names. But yes. That is a very dangerous road to drive crazy on.

    I’m assuming they took Mulholland from Ed’s to Malibu Canyon and then obviously on to PCH.
    Those Canyon roads, if something happens to you at 2AM, you're on your own. No one lives there. Plus it was pre-cell phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Those Canyon roads, if something happens to you at 2AM, you're on your own. No one lives there. Plus it was pre-cell phone.
    Yeah, Iím not really thrilled when my daughter and her friends go down to Malibu at night. But they donít take Malibu Canyon, theyíll use Kanan Road which is a little better, and closer to us.
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    I love the canyon roads in socal. I love my cars and those roads are awesome. Up north among the redwoods around Guerneville are also a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrin Stephens View Post
    I love the canyon roads in socal. I love my cars and those roads are awesome. Up north among the redwoods around Guerneville are also a blast.

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    During the day, theyíre fun to drive. If you have a car that handles and itís fast. yeah itís really fun. I do enjoy taking my car up on them once in a while. But at night, when you have kids driving themselves, yeah not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    e. But at night, when you have kids driving themselves, yeah not so much.
    Having kids is God's payback cause I remember the stupid shit we used to do at 19 thinking you were an expert driver
    Dealing with it.

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