NAME: Mike Whiddett


HOMETOWN: Waikato, Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park

TEAM: Red Bull, Mazda







Mad Mike has always had a passion for all things extreme and fast, right from his first 3wheeled trike as a toddler he was never content with riding on the flat his mother Sue says he had to race down steep hills and over ramps!!

Mike raced motocross from the age of 6 and preadolescence he also competed in BMX. Eventually Mike transitioned into the extreme sport of Freestyle Motocross to compete pro for 3yrs.  

The 3 year stint had mixed results and his many broken bones and concussions earned him the nick name 'Mad Mike'. It was after one too many injuries that he made the switch to another form of motorsport, which gave him the same rush of adrenaline but with the safety of a roll-cage and thus his DRIFTING career was born in 2007. 

Now backed by some of the worlds biggest brands Red Bull, Mazda, Rotiform, ilabb, Haltech Engine Management, Holinger Engineering, KW Suspension, Turbo by Garrett, PWR Performance, Takata, KW Suspensions, Wilwood Engineering, NGK Sparkplugs & Rocket Bunny to name a few.

Pushing the boundaries as an ambassador of the sport Mike has taken drifting around the world. From his home in New Zealand to Australia, United States of America, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, South Africa & Canada.



Official Features in Gaming 

2011 - Need For Speed Shift – Unleashed, which features Mad Mike along with his 2010 competition Mazda RX8  

2016 - Mikes RADBUL MX5 was released in Project CARS a racing simulator game.

2014 - Red Bull Drift Shifters - mobile app

2018 - Drift Torque - mobile app



Feature Films

Over 24 million views on you tube alone amongst the following clips and Conquer the Crown (Crown Range, Queenstown NZ) Conquers Highlands (Cromwell, Highlands Motorsport Park, NZ) Conquer the Cape (Franschhoek Pass in South Africa) and Mad Mike Drifts Denmark .  Bio / Doco The Mad Life.  Japan Car Culture ‘Nihon Nights'. Catch our Drift / Melbourne Daniel Ricciardo meets Mad Mike. Mad Mike Whiddetts Misguided Tour of Goodwood. Stay tuned for the latest Russian project releasing soon.



Signature Events

2012 - Mike created and brought to life Red Bull Drift Shifters in downtown Auckland, New Zealand.  The event is a world first with an electronically scored run, based from triggers and sensors on the track scoring drivers on proximity and successive triggering of sensors. Making what is known as High Octane Pin Ball.  The event was a hit and returned again to Auckland in 2014 seeing drivers from USA, JAPAN and Australia with Mike taking home top bragging rights.  Most recently in August 2018 the High Octane Pin Ball set the bench mark once again on the streets of Liverpool with the cars rocketing up out of the Mersey Tunnel and painting the streets in front of the majestic Royal Liver building.

2017 -  the Mad Mike Summer Bash event was created setting a new precedent for drifting & it's fans in NZ and bringing the biggest crowd for drifting ever recorded at Hampton Downs

Mike debuted Mad Mike Drift FORCE, open drift days held at Hampton Downs for all levels of drifting.  Now a monthly re-occurring event - making drifting and top level circuits more accessible to up and coming drift stars of NZ.

2018 -  the Mad Mike Summer Bash event returns for the 3rd installment.




2017 - Mikes Mazda REPU truck was replicated by HotWheels and was released to the public, along with Gen 1 of his RADBUL MX5

2018 - Hotwheels released RADBUL Gen 2 - and HUMBUL the FD Japan RX7. 


Mikes Greatest Achievements In and outside of the Drift arena

2018 Formula Drift Japan Champion

2018 1st class 1 Offroad Championship in RUMBUL (13B N/A at the time)

2017 Finalist for ‘New Zealander Of The Year' in recognition of achievement for Motorsport and Charity. 

2014 & 2016 Revelation of Goodwood Festival of Speed

First NZ Drift driver to receive an award from Motorsport New Zealand for Outstanding Achievement.



Giving Back

Mike is a proud ambassador for Southern Stars Charitable Trust, Helping Kids to be kids. Dedicated to providing better lives for children affected by illness, disability or social circumstances.

Mike is also a supporter of RACE 4 LIFE Trust, Race4Life Trust is an Auckland based Not for Profit organization, which aims to fulfill the wish lists of people living with life-limiting illness.  You can find out more about this amazing trust here: www.race4life.co.nz

Mike is honored to work with CANTEEN and Make a Wish Foundation.



As a dedicated father of two, when Mike is home in NZ he can be found working on Lincolns race truck or GoKart and also at dance and pony lessons with Jett.

Feeding his creative desires Mad Mike also owns and operates a sign writing & graphic design shop located at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.



What's up and Coming? -   

Mad Mike Drift FORCE - Check Hampton Downs website for details

Mad Mike Summer Bash December 8th – Hampton Downs


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