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!!
Mike raced motocross from the age of 6 and preadolescence competed in BMX. Eventually Mike transitioned into the extreme sport of Freestyle Motocross to compete pro for 3yrs.
The 3 year stint had mixed results and his many broken bones and concussions earned him the 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, Nitto Tire, Rotiform, ilabb, Haltech Engine Management, Holinger Engineering, KW Suspension, Turbo by Garrett, PWR Performance, Takata, KW Suspensions, Wilwood Engineering, NGK Sparkplugs, Rocket Bunny and Etnies to name a few.
In 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 taken drifting around the world. From his home in New Zealand to Australia, 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 through Speedhunters.com
With over 4 million views on you tube alone his Conquer the Crown drift project was a huge success for both Nz and drifting at large.
In 2012 Mike created and brought to life Red Bull Drift Shifters in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. The event is a world first with an electronically scored run, based from triggers and sensors on the track scoring drivers on proximity and successive triggering of sensors. Making what is known as High Octane Pin Ball.
The event was a hit and returned again to Auckland in 2014 seeing drivers from USA, JAPAN and Australia with Mike taking home top bragging rights.
Mike was the first Nz Drift driver to receive an award from Motorsport New Zealand for Outstanding Achievement.
2015 also saw the completion of the Mazda MX5 aptly dubbed RADBUL which made it's debut outing in the Formula Drift USA series. With Mike closing the season Voted as the ‘Fan Favorite’. RADBUL Mazda MX5 took the 2015 Top Feature car honors on Speedhunters.com
In 2016 Mikes RADBUL MX5 was released in Project CARS a racing simulator game.
Mike is a proud ambassador for Southern Stars Charitable Trust, Helping Kids to be kids. Dedicated to providing better lives for children affected by illness, disability or social circumstances.
Feeding his creative desires MadMike also owns and operates a sign writing & graphic design company located in Auckland, NZ called CRE8GRAFX.
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Residence: Auckland, New Zealand
Team Name: Red Bull, Nitto Tire, Mazda
Car Number: 123
Car Manufacturer: Mazda