You could say 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 - 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. Preadolescence he also competed in BMX.
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 earning his nick name 'MadMike' 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, Mazda, Speedhunters, Nitto, Mobil 1, Holinger, PWR Performance, Etnies and Metal Mulisha. Mike competes in two(soon to be 3) 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 MadMike along with his 2010 competition Mazda RX8.
Pushing the boundaries as an ambassador of the sport Mike has been privileged to take drifting around the world and be the first to drift at prestigious tracks and events. The list of countries is forever growing here are some to date: New Zealand, Australia, right across United States of America, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Sweden & Norway
Always a crowd favorite Mikes Mazda RX7 and RX8 have both been voted best looking drift cars worldwide, these are awards he is very proud of as the liveries are creations of his own.
With over 3 and a half million views on you tube alone his Conquer the Crown drift project was a huge success for both Nz and drifting at large.
In 2014 Mike was also the first Nz Drift driver to receive an award from Motorsport New Zealand for Outstanding Achievement.
2014 also sees the build of the Mazda MX5 aptly dubbed RADBUL.
Feeding his creative desires MadMike also owns and operates a sign writing & graphic design company located in Auckland, NZ called CRE8GRAFX.