01 December 2018
NZ Performance Car, New Zealand
The 2018 Formula Drift (FD) , 'Mad Mike' Whiddett, will cap off the year with his third annual Summer Bash event at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park on Saturday, 8 December.
Bringing the noise to the grass-roots community, this time around it won't just be Mad Mike's collection of world-famous rotary-powered machinery headlining the event - we've got the inside word that an ex-Le Mans Mazdaspeed 767B prototype four-rotor screamer is making its way over from Japan for the occasion! "The inspiration for my first four-rotor came from Mazda's Le Mans-winning 787B, so it's a real honour to have Hoshino-san bringing this earlier version car down for the event," said Mike.
Owner Senji Hoshino will showcase the 767B's abilities with laps of the full-hit International circuit throughout the day and will also lead a special rotary-only parade.
Mike told us: "We're hoping to have a huge number of rotary-powered cars at the event, and getting them all on the track at the same time is going to be crazy for both the drivers and the spectators."
Returning for 2018 are all the regular Summer Bash main events, including three judged drift events - Top 16 Super Class, the Insane Entry competition, and the Triple Threat Team Drift. Time Attack Outlaws will pitch some of the country's fastest grip racers against the clock without the tyre restrictions.
Add in some international and local heroes, show cars, hot rods, lowriders, and a dyno shoot-out, and you've got a solid day out.
"I'm really pumped to bring the Summer Bash back," said Mike. "I've had a crazy schedule this year, so I can't wait to pull all of the BULs out of the stable."