Mazda 767B is coming!
Mad Mike Summerbash 2018 Annoucement
On Saturday December 8, Mad Mike Whiddett will be bringing the noise back to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park for his third annual Summer Bash.
After a full calendar of international engagements, 2018 will go down as one of the Kiwi driver's busiest years yet, and the Summer Bash is a great way to cap it off before the Christmas and New Year break. The event will once again provide Whiddett with the opportunity to give back to local fans, supporters and New Zealand's drifting community as a whole with a relaxed yet action-packed event the whole family can enjoy.
But this time around it won't just be Mad Mike's collection of world-famous rotary-powered machinery headlining the event. Making its way from Japan is an ex-Le Mans Mazdaspeed 767B prototype race car powered by a 630hp four-rotor 13J engine.
“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 to for the event,” says Whiddett. “This 767B has run demos at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the World Time Attack Challenge, so I'm stoked to be able to add Summer Bash to that list.”
Shenji Hoshino will showcase the 767B's abilities with demo laps on Hampton Down's International Circuit throughout the day, and also lead a special rotary-only parade. On the latter, Whiddett says: “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 of the Summer Bash's main attractions. There's the Top 16 Super Class Showcase where 16 qualifying drivers will compete in a battle format for the top spot and the Triple Threat Team Drift where three drivers aim to put on the best show through synchronised door-to-door drifting as a team.
“There really isn't any other event where grassroots drifters can bang doors with pros, and this can be an invaluable experience for up and coming drivers looking to improve their skills and learn from some of the best in the country,” says Whiddett.
Other events include Time Attack Outlaws which will pitch some of the country's fastest grip racers against the clock without the tyre restrictions they're normally limited by, and the Mazda MX-5 Gymkhana where spectators can pay a small fee to get behind the wheel of a new MX-5 and attempt to set a course record on the skid pan. There'll also be an opportunity for spectators to get out on Hampton Down's International Circuit in their road cars and complete a few laps at restricted speed.
Add to this show cars, hot rods, lowriders and modified imports on display, plus a dyno shootout, the all NEW Summer Bash Skid King, RC drifting on an indoor course, hot laps around the circuit in Mad Mike's cars, autograph opportunities and a kids fun zone, and Summer Bash 2018 is shaping up to be an unmissable event.
“I'm really pumped to bring the Summer Bash back,” says Whiddett. “I've had a crazy schedule this year, so I can't wait to pull all of the BULs out of the stable for this fun day. Under 15s are free, so we're really hoping to see lots of families down at Hampton Downs for what's going to be an epic day of motorsport.”