You could say 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 - it was then when she realized she had her hands full!!
Mike raced motocross from the age of 6 and placed 2nd at the New Zealand 1997 Pro junior 85cc motocross champs. He competed for many years on a tight budget making the weekend trips with the support of his mother Sue along the way.
Mike eventually got bored of racing and transitioned into the extreme sport of Freestyle Motocross to compete pro for 3yrs. His 3 year stint had mixed results and after many broken bones and concussions he made the switch to another form of motorsport which gave him that 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, Speedhunters, Mobil1, Etnies and Metal Mulisha. Mike competes in two pro drift spec Mazda rotary powered cars - all over the globe & every time he is behind the wheel and initiates his high speed drift he still experiences that same rush of adrenaline that keeps him hooked.
In early 2011 EA Games released - Need For Speed Shift Unleashed which features MadMikes 2010 competition RX8. Always a crowd favorite Mikes RX7 and RX8 have both been voted best looking drift cars worldwide, these are awards he is very proud of as the liveries were both creations of his own.
Feeding his creative desires MadMike also owns and operates a sign writing & graphic design company in Auckland, NZ called CRE8GRAFX.