Leadfoot Festival is one of the country’s most anticipated motorsport events, and it only happens every second year. Hosted at Rod Millen’s iconic ranch in Hahei, the event is like no other. Rod’s driveway was designed with one purpose in mind only — driving as fast as is humanly possible.
It is this driveway that plays the part of racetrack for the event, winding its way through a section of the 60.7-hectare estate. If you’re not in the driver’s seat, it doesn’t particularly matter where you choose to view the racing from, as every spot has its own unique view.
As far as the driving talent is concerned, Rod personally selects each driver for the three-day competition, ensuring only the best get to compete and entertain. Leadfoot 2015 will see the launch of new areas and exciting activities. The newly built open-air amphitheatre will host a live concert on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Leadfoot Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience for all, featuring unparalleled access to the competitors, pits, and race cars. This is one event that we at NZPC look forward to every year, and with some of the most exciting cars and racing action on display, you don’t want to miss out.
Where else in New Zealand can you see this much motorsport history and prestige in one place, over one weekend? Tickets are now on sale, and you can find more info on leadfootfestival.com.
The thrill of speed is something that few other activities on earth can come close to matching. It gets under your skin and in your blood, and once there, it’s notoriously hard to shake. Even someone who has been out of the driving seat for 50 years will still have that twinkle in their eye when recalling those moments behind the wheel with their right foot planted. It’s an addiction plain and simple, and like most other addictions, it’s a hard thing to cure. The faster you go, the faster you’ll strive to go.
We’ve been poring over our previous cover cars, and featured cars, and we’ve selected some wicked ones to showcase in The Makita Motorhood in Hall Six at the upcoming Big Boys Toys, November 7–9. There will also be a range of rides from our sister publications, NZV8 and New Zealand Classic Car, that you can check out. Once you’ve picked your favourite from the bunch, you can get your photo on the cover of the magazine it was featured in. Keep an eye out for the Tui Public House — we’ll be conveniently located in the hall right next to that.
Here’s a sneak peek at the cars we’ve got coming along:
It’s hard to find a silver lining when you burn your freshly finished, uninsured project to the ground on its maiden voyage, but Matamata local Hamish McDonald did exactly that. Only a few days later he had a new Cefiro shell sitting in his shed and over the next few years the project took shape into a car 10 times the quality of the first. Now considered one of the cleanest imports you will find on New Zealand roads, the build is still evolving with Hamish debuting a reworked engine bay at The Makita Motorhood. Uniquely for the Nissan, power comes from a Toyota 2JZ-GTE and Masterpower T61 turbo, making 380kW (509HP) at the rear wheels.
Have you ever thought about importing a vehicle from Japan and have been worried about the associated risks that come with it? Be Forward understand these risks and have made the process so simple and affordable it seems too good to be true! Be Forward specialize in exporting quality used Japanese cars to nearly every country in the world, including New Zealand. The Be Forward website, beforward.jp/beforward_newzealand is where it all happens. They have a section dedicated to New Zealand customers with local support who can help you through the process.
The World Time Attack Challenge is now under way at Sydney Motorsport Park. If you’re not lucky enough to be there in person watching the action unfold, don’t worry the guys at WTAC are live streaming the entire event.