Mad Mike confirmed for South Africa in September

You’d have to be living under a rock if you hadn’t yet heard the news that popular Red Bull drifter, “Mad Mike” Whiddett, will soon be visiting South Africa.

Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you – but consider yourself informed.

It has been confirmed that the Kiwi drifter, known for his insane rotary builds and outlandish style, will be gracing South Africa with his presence. He will be in attendance at two events, one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg.

Mad Mike Whiddett

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Thanks to the efforts by Noer Asmodien and XS Promotions, Mad Mike will be attending the Wheels of Fury event in Cape Town, to be hosted at the Grand West Casino on 17 September 2016.

The second event will be the sixth round of the national SupaDrift Series which will be held at Carnival City Casino in Brakpan on 23 and 24 September 2016.

Information on these events will be released closer to the time, but save the dates in the mean time.

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While Mad Mike’s participation in the events is yet to be confirmed, we can report that he will have his BADBUL Mazda RX-8 20B-turbo drift machine with him to do some exhibition and demo runs. I’m pretty sure that once he sees the local drivers in action he will want to get in on the action.

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Mad mike Whiddett performs during the Red Bull Drift Shifters in Auckland, New Zealand on December 6th 2014

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Official Release:

Cape Town (South Africa) – ‘Mad’ Mike’ Whiddett has drifted a car up a mountain range in his native New Zealand and powerslid across a frozen lake in Japan and now he’s set to excite South Africa’s drifting enthusiasts, as he heads to our shores in September.

“I’ve heard so much about the South African fans and I can’t wait to get out there. I’ve seen the local SA drift scene in clips and it looks like a whole lot of fun,” said Whiddett from Japan where he was participating in Formula Drift. “I’m pumped to showcase what the Mazda RX8 is capable of and meet the fans first hand.”

Whiddett’s car, a 2004 MAZDA RX8 dubbed the ‘BADBUL,’ is being shipped directly from his appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“The BADBUL is our three-rotor turbo machine, equipped with the best products on the market. It has just finished wowing the crowds in the UK for Goodwood Festival of Speed where we took home the coveted ‘Driver of the Event’ award,” Whiddett said. ”High horsepower, killer sound – I know it will be well received in South Africa. “

The ‘Mad Mike’ moniker hails from early on in his motorsport career – something he was called whilst participating in a freestyle motocross event. Although he hated being called ‘Mad Mike’ in the beginning and thought it was pretty cheesy, it stuck. He thinks it’s rather cool now.

Whiddett will be in South Africa to appear at two events – Wheels of Fury on the 17th of September at Grand West in Cape Town and then the SupaDrift Series at Carnival City on the 24th of September. He’ll also be filming an episode of his reality series ‘My Mad Mike Life’ while in the country.

It’s a maiden trip to Africa for Whiddett. “I’m stoked to head over to get amongst the local drivers and drive scene,” he said. “For me this trip is an exploration of both South Africa and its culture as much as it’s a motorsports trip.”

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