Matt Adams - 1964 Brabham BT9

Aged 12 Matt had a go in autocrosses and hill climbs. Motorsport took a side- line until 2013 when he went along to a local rally to watch with Rod Millen compete. Here the family genes kicked in and he knew he needed a rally car. Since then he has become three-time New Zealand Group A Rally Challenge winner and he now drives a front-running Evo 9 in the Cat 5 Gull Rally Challenge.

1964 Brabham BT9:

This car had a Ford 4-cylinder, 1097cc engine and a Hewland gear box. Its history stems back to May 1964, when a group of British drivers left with their Formula Junior cars for the Japanese Grand Prix, which was a two-heat race round the 6km Suzuka circuit. One of the drivers was Mike Knight and he won the second heat and was the overall winner of the Japanese Grand Prix with this car. This BT9 also ran at Macau.

Paul Adams - 1970 BMW 2002 Ti

Paul began his motorsport career in the 1960s driving a Morris 1100 and competed in the first ever hill climb run at Cosseys’ Farm in Drury run by the Northern Sports Car Club. It belonged to a salesman working for his father, who had no idea it was being used to race on. From this small beginning, Paul went on to win three separate New Zealand championships; the NZ Rally Championship, the NZ Hill Climb Championship and the NZ Rallycross Championship. Paul was also a factory driver in New Zealand for both General Motors (Vauxhall Chevette) and Toyota NZ (Toyota Starlet and Corolla AE86). He has also competed overseas doing a number of the Southern Cross rallies in Australia.

1970 BMW 2002 Ti:

This car won New Zealand’s first international rally, the four-day 1970 Shell Silver Fern outright. It is competing with all the same livery that it had during that event 47 years ago. It was also used very competitively around the North Island race circuits, in the standard production class, thrilling the crowds especially at the Bay Park circuit in Tauranga with its very tail-out approach to Baypark’s unique turns. About 22 years ago Paul purchased this current car and began the restoration process (with tremendous help from Don Fenwick, Peter Davidson, Earle McFarlane, Peter Jordan and numerous others about six years ago. It runs a two-litre engine of around 200hp with a ZF five-speed gearbox and a limited slip differential.

Kurt Aikman - 1987 Holden Commodore VL

Kurt is from Te Puke, loves all things motorsport and has been racing and rallying since he was at school. Kurt has also been involved with the running of the Waimate 50 for years.

1987 Holden Commodore VL:

The VL is a 3-litre turbo, running the popular Nissan RB30 engine. Kurt has owned the Holden since 2007 and has built the car up. It is currently in the 1987 Bathurst-winning Mobil Brock graphics. It has done many hill climbs, street sprints, track days and racing across New Zealand, with class wins, plus other great results. This Commodore is the only car that has competed at every Waimate 50 since the revival in 2010.

Daniel Alexander - 1987 Holden Commodore VL

Daniel Alexander has over 20 years rally experience and is current class leader in the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) Rally Challenge 2WD class. Daniel has rallied many cars over the years, starting in an early 1980’s Turbo DX Corolla and progressing to a Group-A Impreza. He has now settled back into a classic RWD Toyota and is in his ‘happy place’ going sideways. Daniel will be competing in the Silver Fern rally in 2020, like Leadfoot, this is something he has always dreamed of doing and has worked hard towards.

1987 Holden Commodore VL:

Originally built in the 1990s, this Starlet has many years of rally completion under its belt, from rally sprints, hill climbs and dual sprints to rallies throughout New Zealand in the NZRC. In 2014, it was overhauled and only the best components have gone back in. A 7-speed sequential feeds the 230bhp engine and its 1800cc twin cam produces to the rear wheels, making it one of the country’s fastest 2WD classic rally cars. The car is a real crowd pleaser on NZRC’s rally stages – always living up to its famous ‘SDWAYS’ number plate.

Cole Armstrong - 1999 Nissan Skyline R34

The 2016, 2017 and 2018 New Zealand Drift Champion with the D1NZ Championship, Cole drives the 2001 V Energy drink 250GT Skyline, which is powered by an 800+hp rb30/26 straight 6. He has been involved in competitive drifting for the last ten years in New Zealand and worldwide, including competing in the Chinese World Drift Series, where he placed in the top five. Cole also competed throughout Australia with the ADGP.

1999 Nissan Skyline R34:

The Nissan G35 Skyline has a 5-speed sequential gearbox, Holset turbo, and over 800hp at the wheels.

Stephen Armstrong - 1972 Mazda RX3 Coupe Savanna

Stephen has been involved in motorsport since the 1980s, predominantly campaigning Mazda rotary cars at club and national level. He competed in the Production Supercar Series in a giant-killing RX3, before being part of the team that started and ran the North Island RX7 Class (now Pro7). He was also part of the Adams Rally Team building cars and navigating for Paul Adams. This is Stephen’s fourth time competing at Leadfoot.

1972 Mazda RX3 Coupe Savanna:

This RX3 Coupe has been racing on New Zealand circuits since the early 1990s. Over the last 15 years it has been developed into the specification that was raced in 1972 in the Japanese Touring Car Championship. It has some very rare MFR (Mazda Factory Racing) and Mazdaspeed components, including a 12aPP motor, 48IDA Weber, MFR close ratio gearbox, Mazdaspeed racing body kit and 13″ race wheels.

Alan Austin - 1992 Mazda RX7 Series 6 V8

Alan has been racing this car for over a dozen years and has competed in over 140 events. He holds several hill climb records, loves the challenge of a new event and gives it everything he has to try and beat the turbo and 4WD boys. He won the 2017-2018 Duncan MacKenzie Wellington region Hill Climb series.

1992 Mazda RX7 Series 6 V8:

This RX7 was imported to turn into a race car. A 1UZFE was chosen as the power-plant along with a Toyota W58 gearbox. The engine was run stock standard with a link ECU and a custom-made exhaust system. BC suspension was fitted and Ferrodo pads thrown into the calipers. The gearbox lasted a year then was upgraded to a R154. Four years later the engine got pistons, cams and head work, plus individual throttle bodies and the front brakes were up graded to Wilwood.

Fred Bailey - 1963 Ford Consul Classic

Fred, who is now in his 72nd year, is a retired mechanical engineer and has been involved in New Zealand motorsport since the mid-1960s.
Fred joined the Triumph Car Club in the early 1970s with Allan Woolf and his team and he raced his Falcon ute at Baypark and other club events.
Fred then joined the Auckland Car Club in the mid-1970s where he is still a member – competing in club and national race meetings with a Mini Cooper S, Ford GTHO Falcon, Ford RS2000 and Anglia twin cam.
Fred enjoys restoring classic 1960’s cars and bikes and the 1963 Consul Classic he is racing at Leadfoot with it’s original non-crossflow engine that he built, is testament to that.

1963 Ford Consul Classic:

This 1963 Ford Consul Classic Two Door Saloon is a very rare original 116E 1500cc two-door model. It was assembled in England and is possibly one of only two left in New Zealand.
Fred rebuilt this car some years ago for motorsport events, making a fibreglass bonnet, boot, front guards and bumpers to help reduce it’s weight. The engine is still the original non-cross flow design and is fitted with twin side draft weber carbs.
Fred says it is still fun to drive and a great challenge for an “”old boy and an old classic””.

Andy Booth - 1977 Ford Works Escort RS1800 Rally Car

A familiar name to New Zealand motorsport fans, Andy was part of the ‘establishment’ of NZV8 racing for over a decade. The first driver to win back-to-back championships (2004/2005), his honours’ list also includes New Zealand Grand Prix and Tasman series titles. Andy’s entertaining and aggressive driving style was developed early on in European single seater racing, before returning to New Zealand to be put to good use in the local V8 racing scene.

1977 Ford Works Escort RS1800 Rally Car:

This car was built by Ford at Boreham, England. During the 1978 season it was driven by Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen and Bjorn Waldegard. Hannu won the 1979 Motogard Rally of New Zealand driving this rally car. Following this event, the car was sold to New Caledonia, with Jean-Louis Leyraud returning to New Zealand to compete in it and place 7th in the 1982 Rally of New of New Zealand. The car returned to New Zealand in 2002 for a full restoration by Peter Davidson and Blair Woodhead. With its original body shell, engine, running gear and interior, it is regarded worldwide as being one of the most original Ford Works Escort rally cars in existence today.

Jase Brown - 1990 Nissan S13 Silvia

Jase Brown currently competes in New Zealand’s D1NZ Pro Drifting series. Jase has been doing competitive drifting for over 4 years. He received the awards for smoke machine and best presented car at the 2018 D1NZ awards. Jase’s success has gained international recognition and allowed him to compete at 2018 World Time Attack International Drift Challenge.

1990 Nissan S13 Silvia:

Known as #07FRANKENSTEIN, the car started as a S13 Nissan Silvia shell. Jase custom fit a Rocket Bunny V2 BOSS body kit designed for a latter model Silvia. The engine that was fit to #07FRANKENSTEIN started as a speedway super-stock Toyota/Lexus 1UZFE and then a massive Detroit supercharger was added. A Nascar 4 speed gearbox sends over 650hp to the rear wheels.

Anton Bryant - 1991 Mazda MX5 Turbo

Anton from Taupo is an avid Mazda MX5 fan. He has owned this MX5 since 2001 as a road car. Anton started racing his MX5 in 2010 with the Taupo Car Club in dual sprints. He has also competed in the inaugural one and only 2011 Ohakune Giant 1000 Tarmac Hill Climb and the 2015 Taihape District Car Club Papakai Road Hill Climb. During this time, he was also driving in the Taupo Car Club Winter Series. Since 2015, Anton has been competing in the IRC Summer Series KSports/SS2000 events held at Manfeild and Taupo. He has been dominant in this class winning group 3 and the overall title in the 2015/2016 series.

1991 Mazda MX5 Turbo:

The Mazda MX5 has been developed from a 1600 road car over the years – first turbocharging the 1600 in 2012, then repowering it with an 1800 GTX engine in 2014. In 2017 the engine was rebuilt to become a fully forged BP1800 race engine. The MX5 has a new custom-built hybrid WAGS 6 speed MX5 gearbox, which has eliminated previous gearbox issues caused by the higher horsepower. This season Anton has added a new aero package to make the MX5 even more competitive and one of the best-looking MX5s around.

Tim Charman - 1986 Toyota AE86

Tim is the owner of TTT (Triple T) Auto. He has built a few of the cars racing at Leadfoot like Darren Kelly’s and Cole Armstrong’s drift Nissans. Tim has always had a soft spot for the cars of the 1980s and likes to think of himself as a crowd favorite by losing time to going sideways. Tim usually competes in local hill climbs and finds himself at the top end of the field, despite low power and an aged platform.

1986 Toyota AE86:

The cult classic Toyota AE86 has always done exceptionally well in all forms of motorsport. This car features period correct livery inspired by race AE86s from Japan in the mid-1980s and completed by another competitor Darren Kelly. Weighing in at less than a ton, this Toyota runs the legendary 4AGE engine in naturally aspirated form. These chassis are renowned for having near perfect weight balance and providing the ultimate driving experience.

Ross Clarke - 1983 TA64 Celica Turbo Group B

Ross entered rallying in the 80’s with a Mk1 Escort Mexico, then proceeded to a RX3 Mazda Coupe until late 1984, He then started a business and family which slowed the rallying until 1988 when he purchased a Mazda 323BMFR 1600 turbo 4WD to compete in the New Zealand Rally Championship and Rally New Zealand. In 2011 he built a Toyota RA20 Celica to compete in the Targa rallies, before eventually selling the car to a United Kingdom-based collector.

1983 TA64 Celica Turbo Group B:

Of the original 35 Toyota Group B cars built only eight still exist. This was the only true attempt to replicate the original cars. The motor is a genuine TTE Group B built in 1985 for the Juha Kankkunen car to compete in the Thousand Lakes Event.
In July 2019 the car and driver were invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom to compete on the forest rally stage. Later that month Ross and the Celica competed in the Eifel Rally in Germany.

Colin Cole - 1979 Ford Escort RS 1800

Colin has been competing in rallies and club events from the age of about 17. Serving his apprenticeship at Masport he grew up watching the Masport rally team and got hooked on Ford Escorts. He has built his own RS1800 and brings it to Leadfoot for a second time after experiencing this great event for the first time in 2018.

1979 Ford Escort RS 1800:

This Ford Escort started life as a rusted-out 1600 Sport. Over eight years Colin built it up to be a modern version of a historic Ford Escort RS1800. Owning an engineering business, Colin made and machined about 90% of the parts in the car. Instead of a classic BDG engine it has a dry-sumped Honda S2000 motor putting out about 250hp and a new for this year 6-speed sequential gearbox.

Bruce Commerer - 1969 Ford Escort Mk1

Bruce hails from South Taranaki and purchased his first race car – a Ford Escort Mk1 in 1994. His love of Mk1s has continued and now he is racing his fourth Mk1 since those early days. He belongs to the South Taranaki Car Club, Taranaki Car Club and the Egmont Classic Car Register. Bruce has competed in hill climbs, bent sprints and street sprints throughout Taranaki, Whanganui and Hawke’s Bay as well as the Taranaki Tarmac and Hamilton Rallies.

1969 Ford Escort Mk1:

This Escort was purchased from Christchurch, without an engine and gearbox. It was built in Timaru and mainly used for endurance races at Teretonga, Ruapuna and Timaru. Eighteen months later it now runs a dry-sumped 1800cc Zetec engine with twin webbers, Quaife 6-speed sequential gearbox, adjustable front platforms, 5-linked with coilovers in rear and Quaife LSD. It has 300mm front discs with Wilwood callipers, 235 rear discs with Toyota callipers and a Wilwood floor-mounted pedal box.

Sloan Cox - 2001 Mitsubishi Evo

Team LSM run one of New Zealand’s fastest Evolution time attack cars with 10 years of podium finishes and they are the 2016 overall and pro class Super-lap Championship title holders and own the pro open class championship-winning car driven by Leon Scott of Auckland. They have competed in time attack racing and super-lap racing in New Zealand now for over 10 years and have run the same car through various stages. Leon and the team have stayed true to the roots of the sport and competed from the start with semi slick tyres (not full slicks) and the fastest semi slick lap Team LSM laid down in the super-lap series, was an official 1.07 at Hampton Downs.

2001 Mitsubishi Evo:

The LSM Evo pushes out 700hp on E85 fuel. It has a 2.3 Stroker race engine, Holset race pro series turbo, Quaife sequential gearbox, ATB and Cusco RS diffs and runs a Haltech elite ECU. It also features an Endless brake package, Wedsport ultralight wheels and Hankook 295 semi slick tyres along with Intrax suspension. The Evo was the 2015/ 2016 New Zealand Time Attack/Super-lap series pro championship winner and the 2016 New Zealand Time Attack/Superlap overall championship winner. At the 2017 Leadfoot Festival it achieved a top 15 placing (first attempt) and achieved a 53.6secs time. At the 2017 NZ Time Attack Outlaws, LSM placed third overall. With ample show awards and race awards as well as 30,000 social media followers, the newly built Team LSM Evo is set to make a statement in the 2020 season.

Steve Cox - 984 Toyota Starlet

With over 30 years of racing, Steve has competed in and been involved in all sorts. He began at club events like hill climbs, sprints and motokanas. Then he progressed to the Wellington Street Race back in the 1980s and numerous national and international rallying events, plus karting at both a local and national level. Steve has also competed in circuit racing throughout New Zealand. This is Steve’s sixth visit to Leadfoot, and the second time in something other than his F40 replica. He has a wide range of experience in circuit and rally cars and also spent a few years in karts. He is looking forward to showing off the new addition to the fleet, his reincarnation of a 1984 Toyota Starlet Group A rally car.

984 Toyota Starlet:

Newly built for 2018, the Starlet is as it was when it ran in the 1980s but with modern safety equipment and seats. It has a 4K 1300cc engine and revs to 8500; a dog gearbox and great suspension to help it cope with the rigours of rallying. It was built for the Silver Fern Rally last year and Steve intends to run it in the New Zealand Rally Championship in the Historic 2WD class.

Barry Cutelli - 2009 Radical sr3 RS

Barry’s interest in anything fast started in his very early 20s when he raced speedway. Moving on to jet boat marathon racing and winning the North Island twin rivers title, he held the Wanganui river record, and it is still the fastest New Zealand boat time to this day. Later in life he purchased a 1992 Fraser Clubman followed by a Radical sr3 when the racing bug got the better of him. Hill climbs and street sprints became favourite events and he competed in over 30 of them, achieving 20-plus class wins. This led to the purchase of Barry’s current car – a Radical sr3 RS.

2009 Radical sr3 RS:

This car was imported from the United Kingdom by Derick Neil, of Christchurch, three years ago after he purchased it from Mecktec Motorsport. The Radical had a major rebuild in 2012 by Radical Performance, bringing it up to full FIA-spec. The car runs an RPE 1475 Hayabusa engine with a 6-speed sequential gear box and a paddle shift with flat shift auto blip. Barry purchased the Radical earlier this year to run in street sprints and hill climbs. His first event was the Stratford Street Sprint, where the car was first overall.

Justin Davies - 2008 Cougar Class 1 Off-Roader

Justin has been competing in off road racing for the past five years. He grew up around the sport, watching his father race at the top level. He is one of the youngest drivers in the unlimited buggy class and already has some class wins and series wins under his belt. His next goal is the New Zealand Championship.

2008 Cougar Class 1 Off-Roader:

This off-roader was built in 2008 by Neville Smith at Cougar Racecars. Neville campaigned the Cougar for a few years and even shared the drive with national rally champion Andrew Hawkeswood before selling it to Lotto-winning millionaire Trevor Cooper. Justin purchased it three years ago.
It has a unique powerplant in the world of off-road racing and is made up of a full chrome moly chassis, powered by a 500hp 2-litre turbo reverse rotation Honda with an Albins AGB dog box transaxle and eight-times Fox shocks.

Andy Duffin - 1996 Mazda RX7

Andy has been competing in New Zealand motorsport for 20 years mostly in the Mazda brand. Winning two New Zealand titles in Pro7 Plus and one in Pro7 was a great stepping stone into more modified and faster machinery. After building a new car and moving into SS2000, he won that class as well. The GT2 class was next and after winning that in 2014/15, he has been invited to the World Time Attack in Sydney for the last three years.

1996 Mazda RX7:

This 3 Rotor Racing 1996 FD RX7 has a unique 3 rotor 20b engine built by Green Brothers Racing. It is naturally aspirated, peripheral ported and makes over 500hp at the wheels. When running in Time Attack trim, Andy uses a 200hp shot of nitrous. It is backed by a TTi industries 6-speed sequential gearbox. The suspension package by Fortune Auto uses three-way adjustable shocks and Endless Brakes provides the stopping power. This car has won SS2000 and GT2 titles and competed in Time Attack.

Lee England - 1997 Mitsubishi Evo 4 RS

Lee’s motorsport career started at age 12 with karting. At 15 he started racing cars and quickly moved into rallying – competing in numerous rally events. In 1986 he took part in the Rally of NZ and the New Zealand Rally Championship in a self-built Nissan Bluebird Turbo finishing third in Group A. After a 30-year break, in 2016 he returned and became the 2017 and 2018 Motorsport Bay of Plenty tarmac sprint champion.

1997 Mitsubishi Evo 4 RS:

This 1997 Mitsubishi Evolution 4 is a genuine RS version, which was a limited production run specifically for the World Rally Championship. It features lightweight body panels, thinner glass, a close ratio gearbox, quick steering and factory limited slip diffs. Originally built in Japan as a tarmac rally car, Lee has built up the Mitsubishi’s parts required to switch between tarmac and gravel spec depending on the event.

Ray Evernham - The Ghost

United States-based Ray was a former auto racing crew chief for Bill Davis Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, and ran his own team Evernham Motorsports from 2001–2010. A three-time Winston Cup Series Champion with driver Jeff Gordon, Ray won the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated ‘Person of the Year’. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. Ray has also dipped into television several times as an analyst.

The Ghost:

The Ghost is a custom-built race car housed in a 1936 Chevrolet Sedan body to look like one of the modifieds that Ray grew up watching race in the 1960s at short tracks in New Jersey but underneath it features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. It also has the aero performance of an Indy car and is powered by an 850 horsepower Chevrolet SB2 engine. Ray’s Ghost is the culmination of his 40-plus years of experience in auto racing. Along with his team, Ray wanted to design and build the car from the ground up the way they did in the 1970s and 1980s. No computers, no lasers, just using the knowledge they accumulated through the years. It’s called The Ghost due to the pearl white paint scheme.

Ray Ferner - 1931 Ralph Watson BSA FW32

Ray was brought up in a motoring family with a plethora of vintage and veteran cars including Alvis, Lea Francis, Minerva and Riley. A keen interest in cars developed and Ray spent much of his youth touring in an old Singer and Triumph TR6.
Ray’s more interesting vehicles include a rather pedestrian London Routemaster double decker bus and an Aston Martin DB2/4 MKII. The Aston had an early racing history and was class winner of the 1958 Tulip Rally and completed the Monte Carlo rally in 1958.
Ray recently restored the car from barn-find condition and it was a big job that took ten years. He has also become the keeper of the Ralph Watson BSA special and will campaign the car in various historic races and hill climbs.

1931 Ralph Watson BSA FW32:

The BSA was developed into a racing special by Ralph Watson in early 1950s. The car was modified with a lowered chassis, a lightweight body and doubled horsepower from the original. Ralph raced the car until 1954 when he sold it to develop the Lycoming Special.
Thirty years later the car returned to Ralph and he restored it back to its 1950’s form but with a new lighter body, new gears, a higher final drive ratio and a lighter real axle. Ralph raced the car around New Zealand and further developed it in the late 1980s to include rotary valves. They were a real engineering challenge and sealing the combustion chambers and the oil system took much experimentation. The result was more horsepower and more torque across the rev range. Ralph machined a new crank case from an aluminum billet. The BSA has been extremely reliab

Ian Ffitch - 2002 BRM 1000 Superquad LT500R/GSXR1000

Ian has accumulated close to 40 national titles over nearly 30 years of racing. He has enjoyed success overseas and was the only non-American rider to win a United States national title achieving this back in 1996. Ian took 3rd in the prestigious 12 hours of Pont De Vaux in France in 1999 however some of his most special moments have being achieved at home competing on his Superquad at not only Race to the Sky but here at the Leadfoot Festival. At Race to the Sky Ian regularly placed in the top ten overall taking out top position in the quads all but once when he had a DNF. But bigger than all this was when he became the inaugural winner of the Possum Bourne Memorial trophy for his 3rd overall and 1st resident Kiwi home in 2004 – a feat he repeated at the last edition of the race in 2015.

2002 BRM 1000 Superquad LT500R/GSXR1000:

This Superquad was hand-crafted by 2 Way Industries with pure speed and handling in mind to conquer Race to the Sky and although it’s definitely not designed for tarmac and it’s a handful, it’s still fun to ride at Leadfoot. It started as an early 1990’s Suzuki LT500R 2 stroke quad before being replaced with a 2001 GSXR1000R in 2002. The original frame was modified to take the larger engine and only 20% of the frame is original and only 10% of the whole bike is original, with the rest custom-built. The engine package putting out around 140 rear wheel horsepower was sorted by Auckland’s BRM Dyno tune while the rest was built by 2 Way Industries’ owner Jason Way in Auckland. The suspension is custom-built by PEP suspension, in America, and handles the extra weight and power and maximises the many tuning features. The BRM1000 has a more than 230kmh top speed.

Ian Ffitch - 2008 HONDA TRX450R

Ian has accumulated close to 40 national titles over nearly 30 years of racing. He has enjoyed success overseas and was the only non-American rider to win a United States national title achieving this back in 1996. Ian took 3rd in the prestigious 12 hours of Pont De Vaux in France in 1999 however some of his most special moments have being achieved at home competing on his Superquad at not only Race to the Sky but here at the Leadfoot Festival. At Race to the Sky Ian regularly placed in the top ten overall taking out top position in the quads all but once when he had a DNF. But bigger than all this was when he became the inaugural winner of the Possum Bourne Memorial trophy for his 3rd overall and 1st resident Kiwi home in 2004 – a feat he repeated at the last edition of the race in 2015.

2008 HONDA TRX450R:

This 2008 HONDA TRX450R has a highly modified engine from Sparks Engine Racing USA, but runs the standard bore and stroke making it 450ccs. It runs a standard frame with mostly aftermarket chassis components. The suspension is by United States’ company PEP and its A-arms and steering components are made by Laeger custom fabricators. Its top speed is 120kmh but it is light, so you can be freely aggressive on the tarmac.

Jason Gibbs - 1990 Honda Civic

Jason is mad about Hondas and racing, He has successfully competed in two seasons of the Honda Cup, finishing an impressive second in class and 10th overall in his rookie season. Jason has done numerous race car liveries for others in the racing community and hopes to build on this involvement in the coming years. Growing up around cars and itching to learn to drive and then drive fast has been a focus point as long as he can remember. So, when the opportunity came up for Jason to pursue his passions on the track, he jumped at the chance to get into the thick of it.

1990 Honda Civic:

After being rescued from death’s door, this genuine EF9 Honda Civic has been transformed into a track weapon. It is fully equipped with a forged 1800cc Vtec engine producing 160kW, quad throttle bodies, upgraded suspension, brakes and drivetrain. Weighing in at just 900kgs, this makes for one seriously quick package. Its period-based livery was inspired by the mid-1980s Motul Honda Civic based in Japan. The ef9 is a cult classic and is becoming rarer all the time. All the work on the car has been done locally in Hamilton courtesy of Andrew at Waikato Honda and Mark at Motivation. The engine was built by Ivan Udy at Udy Automotive and tuned by Linn at CDM.

Peter Goodwin - 2008 Suzuki K8 1000cc

‘Pete the Pirate’ Goodwin, with ‘Ken-Doll’ Dunlop are current NZSBK National Sidecar Champions. Competing as Team Pirate, they are looking to retain the Championship in the 2019 racing year. However, Ken-Doll is taking a year out, and the new team passenger is Louise Blythe. Pirate Pete raced in sidecars for five years in the United Kingdom, before moving to New Zealand. Before that he raced in the Grass-Track Sidecar class for seven years. Team Pirate has close ties with Carl Cox Motorsport.

2008 Suzuki K8 1000cc:

The LCR chassis is made in Switzerland by Louis Christian and holds a 2008 Suzuki engine 1000c GSXR. The rear slick tyre is 10 inches wide by 14 inches in diameter. If the track is wet, then they switch to a patterned, treated tyre. The front tyre is an 8 inches wide by 13 inches in diameter slick. The sidecar tyre is 10 inches wide by 13 inches in diameter. The fuel used is 98 octane and the gear change is a semi-automatic button change. The Suzuki offers an integrated brake-system operated by the left foot only and a conventional wrist-operated throttle.

Antonio Green - 1993 Subaru Prodrive Impreza 555

Antonio Green traveled to Europe in 1999 as a newly qualified master builder. He returned home a dad, and a professional rally and drift driver, a motorsport driver coach, team manager, consultant and Chinese Rally Champion together with the Prodrive World Rally Team.
Antonio has competed in the World, Chinese and British Rally Championship rounds.
He also has competition experience in D1 Great Britain and the European Drift Championship before been crowned the Chinese Rally Champion after 14 rallies.
Antonio is following in the footsteps of the late great Peter ‘Possum’ Bourne.

1993 Subaru Prodrive Impreza 555:

In 1993 at the 1000 Lakes Rally Finland, Prodrive debuted the new Subaru Impreza 555 Group A chassis PRO/STi 93.004, which was driven by the ‘Flying Finn’ Ari Vatanen. He drove the new Impreza 555 to second place – missing out on winning by just 2 seconds. He claimed 15 fastest stage times, which was described as one of Ari’s best-ever drives. Ari described the all new Impreza 555 as a “compact super toy.”
The 2001 WRC Champions Richard Burns and Robert Reid used it in the 1994 Asia Pacific Rally Championship, until Prodrive sold the shell to Possum Bourne and then on to ‘Smokin’ Joe McAndrew.

Chris Green - 1974 Mazda RX3 GT Savanna

Chris makes up one half of Green Brothers Racing in Tauranga – specialists in Mazda rotary-powered competition vehicles. Chris participates in autocross, motorkhana, hill climbs, and drag racing – owning and driving New Zealand’s quickest street-legal import drag car. Chris would like to thank Andy Duffin for the loan of his GT Savanna RX3 for the Leadfoot Festival.

1974 Mazda RX3 GT Savanna:

This car was built in the ‘Yanky’ style in the 1980s – a large fender/spoiler style popular in Japan at that time. It’s basically a standard RX3 with bolt on ‘race-looking’ parts. Aside from a mildly-modified engine and some decent brake pads it’s essentially the same as it was in Japan in the 1980s. It was imported into New Zealand by Warwick Mortimer then sold to Justin Hicks. It is now owned by Andy Duffin.

Keith Hamnett - 1979 Vauxhall Chevette

Self-confessed petrol-head, Keith has a life-long love of all things cars, but high on the bucket list for many years has been the Leadfoot Festival.
Starting out in the United Kingdom, Keith’s passion was for stock car racing and rallying, both behind the wheel and as part of a service crew. He moved to New Zealand in 2007 and re-kindled his love of motorsport, so retirement has never really been a consideration, because the lure of a V8 has proved too much.
The Chevette was Keith’s last rally car in the United Kingdom, and when this particular car was seen at Hampton Downs with Tony Lynch, he just had to own it – especially because it was in the exact colour of the rally car. A dream come true.

1979 Vauxhall Chevette:

Re-engineered from the suspension upwards, this 1979 Chevette is a dream to drive. It was built for Targa and circuit racing. A wolf in sheep’s clothing, the Chevette has a 4-litre Lexus V8 engine which has been completely reworked, producing 327hp and 288 ft. pounds of torque. With a top speed of 260kph (plus) and a rev limit of 8500rpm it makes for an exciting ride. The gearbox is a Toyota W55 Supra 5-speed with a custom gear set and the rear axle is a modified Hilux LSD 4.5:1. All the brakes and both front and rear suspension have been custom-engineered for the car.

Scott Harland - 1978 Leyland Mini

Scott started racing in 2010, buying a road-going 1978 Mini and building it himself at home. He then went on to race it for the next five years in car club events with the Taranaki Car Club and South Taranaki Car Club, plus other lower North Island events. He picked a Mini to race because he likes them, and they are classic. In early 2016 he gave the Mini a freshen-up and a retro look. Over the last six years he has been A class points champion six times for Taranaki and two times for South Taranaki.
After 120-plus sealed hill climbs and sprints, Scott has made the change to gravel. He competed in the 2019 engine room automotive gravel sprint series, coming away with 1st in class, 1st rookie and 3rd overall in the series.
He raced at the 2019 Ashley Forest Rallysprint and offered a drive to Mini-loving WRC driver Hayden Paddon and they went on a demo run. It brought back some great memories for Hayden and created some for Scott.

1978 Leyland Mini:

This 1978 Leyland Mini started off as a stock road-going car that Scott bought in 2010. He then striped it out and sent it off to get a cage. Everything else has been done at home in the shed with some help from his brother and dad. The current setup is nothing special, but it gets Scott out there doing what he loves. The motor is 1293cc, running a 40mm side draft weber carb. The gearbox is bone stock with only an upgraded clutch fitted. It has adjustable suspension and shocks all the way round and 10 inch rose petal wheels for the classic look. Scott has never had it on a dyno and tunes it the best he can at home and if it goes well, he is happy. He has competed in close to 70 events over the last six years and it has only let him down once.

Andrew Hawkeswood - 2017 Mazda 2 AP4

Andrew started racing dirt track cars at Meremere Dirt Track Club aged 15 and competed in his first hill climb at age 17. He has been involved in national championship rallying since 1995, but only committed to full seasons four times in the last 20 years. He has finished on the podium three times. Andrew was a National Hill Climb Champion in 2002; has competed in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship and has been to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb twice – narrowly missing victory there in 2005 due to a puncture. He has also raced off-roaders, off-shore power boats, speedway, endurance racing and the Hump 100 Camel Race. After finishing runner-up three times over the years, Andrew won his first New Zealand Rally Championship in November 2017.

2017 Mazda 2 AP4:

This is the latest version of the new generation AP4 rally cars being built by Force Motorsport for the New Zealand Rally Championship. They are now being exported to Australia and China. This car runs a larger 2.2-litre engine, which puts out about 500hp and it will be sporting carbon-fibre panels to keep its weight down.

Leigh Hopper - 2004 Subaru STI C Spec RA Targa

Leigh is a regular competitor in Targa events. His first Targa was in 2007, driving a standard WRX STI and he progressively built modified versions over the years. Competing in the unrestricted 4WD category with six wins under the belt often leads to crashes and there have been many, including shaving some bark off one of the substantial pine trees here at the Leadfoot Festival.

2004 Subaru STI C Spec RA Targa:

This Subaru has many of the mechanical components of Leigh’s previous Targa cars. The last car experienced an unceremonious encounter with a power pole during the prologue for the October 2015 Targa Rally. Built by Leigh’s nephew Ricky Gray of Mach1 Engineering, the car has a healthy 400kW output and is coupled to a 6-speed Modena sequential gearbox. Extracting reliability has been a progressive exercise over the years and Leigh has made incremental improvements and adjustments to keep up with and on occasions ahead of other competitors with far more modern, computer-assisted technology.

Jeremy Hosking - 1969 McLaren M8B

Jeremy is a 44-year-old civil engineer from Auckland and a long-time motorsport fan. Jeremy raced Yamaha and Rotax karts around the North Island for a number of seasons in the early 2000s. After several years away from the sport, Jeremy purchased the McLaren M8B replica and has campaigned and presented the car at various events and shows around the country.

1969 McLaren M8B:

The car is a visual replica of Denny Hulme’s 1969 McLaren M8B Can-Am car. The McLaren team (of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme) swept the 1969 Can-Am season, winning every single race, driving McLaren M8B cars. This car was built in New Zealand in 2009. It weighs in at 650kg and features a modified all-aluminum GM V8 with four Dell’Orto carburetors, mated to an Audi 5-speed transaxle.

Barry Howard - 1947 Bruce McLaren Stanford Special

Barry’s first racing experience was in 1975 in a vintage invitation pre-Grand Prix race at Pukekohe, driving his 1932 Sunbeam Saloon. He has extensive hill climbing experience with different sports cars and motor bikes and competed at club level at Hawkes Bay, Chelsea and Pebblebrook hill climbs. Barry is an enthusiastic motorsport owner/driver. He purchased the Bruce McLaren Stanford Special in 1993 in poor condition and completed the car’s restoration in 2010. Barry has been invited and has attended six previous Leadfoot Festivals in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

1947 Bruce McLaren Stanford Special:

Built as the Stanford Special in 1947 by Bob Crisp, he hill climbed it throughout New Zealand, winning the South Island Championship in 1950/51 and the New Zealand Championship Hill Climb Northern Sports Car Club in 1952. Bob sold the car to Bruce McLaren in 1955 and Bruce fitted an 1172cc Ford engine, then raced it and won a sports car race at Western Springs in May 1956, and an autocross at Kumeu in November 1956. He also raced the car at Muriwai Beach. Barry purchased the car in 1993 and finished restoring it in 2010. The car features a 1937 Standard flying 8 chassis and Ford 100E running gear. It is 1172cc and supercharged, with a hand-built alloy body.

Ben Hunt - 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Ben is very passionate about all forms of motorsport and is the 2019 Gold Star New Zealand Rally Champion. This season he won five out of the six New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) rallies. He has been competing in the NZRC since winning the Rally New Zealand Rising Stars Scholarship in 2009. Along the way he has picked up various titles, including winning the 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship in his 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Ben is now a Subaru of New Zealand Brand Ambassador and competes in the NZRC in a 2015 Subaru WRX STi.

2015 Subaru WRX STI:

This Subaru R4 car has a forged 2-litre Boxer engine with gas ring arc spec and high compression. It runs a 6-speed sequential gearbox, R4 Reiger suspension with AP gravel brakes, a Motec engine management system and has custom carbon work by Speedhub Motorsport, who maintain the Subaru along with Hunt Motorsport.

Tim James - 1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Cup

Tim has competed in Targa, NZRGT, both the North and South Island Endurance Series and the Pirelli Porsche Series. His highlights are winning the 2013-2014 Pirelli Porsche Series and Motorsport New Zealand Porsche Championship and various class placings in Targa.
Tim has support from race engineer Aaron Robinson and Continental Cars mechanic Ricky Urry. He has also had lots of help from Continental Cars, Castrol and Woods. Special mention goes to Viv James who supports his motorsport passion. Tim competed in the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Leadfoot Festivals and is looking forward to running an older Porsche up Rod and Shelly’s driveway in 2020.

1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Cup:

The 1990 Porsche Carrera 2 Cup car is #09 of 20 constructed to race the inaugural German Porsche 911 Carrera Cup in 1990 and again in the same series in 1991. This car raced at Spa, Zolder, Monza and Hokenheim and completed the 1990 Nurburgring 24-hour race.
This car was imported to NZ in 1994 by Maurice O’Reilly from Tauranga, and raced in the NZ Porsche Championship, in addition to, the Wellington Street Race, Bathurst and Indianapolis. Maurice won the Class A Porsche Championship. The car was then passed to Steven Neville who won the NZ Porsche Championship in 2006.

Andrew Johnson - 1972 Datsun 1600

Racing red Datsun 1600s since the early 1970s, Andrew has stayed faithful to the model and colour ever since. While never achieving the success of other drivers of the era, he has been a consistent starter at Whanganui car club events and has been historic racing at Manfeild ever since. His devotion to motorsport is evident in the years he has spent on car club committees and his expansive collection of anything 1600-related.

1972 Datsun 1600:

Spurred by a late offer of sponsorship, the car was hastily assembled for the 1975 Heatway Rally. While the event was a good adventure for the young lads, unfortunately the Datsun was damaged during testing afterwards and tucked away in a corner. Late last year the car was lovingly restored based on the discovery of the original Heatway door cards, which along with other signwriting have been reproduced to return the car to its 1975 livery. While visually the car is the same, it has benefited from the addition of a modern cage, works 180b East African safari suspension and a modified L20b engine.

Kingsley Jones - 2016 Skoda Fabia R5

Kingsley Jones is 50 years old and married to Waverley Jones. He has three kids and started rallying in 1988 in a RX3 which he rolled first time out. A Group B RX7 followed before the shift to Mitsubishis with a VR4, Evo3 then an Evo7. In 2007, he won his first rally in an Evo 6 and in 2009 he won his second in an Evo 8. His first national title came in 2016 when he won the category 5/5a class.
Kingsley has been a volunteer fireman for 19 years.

2016 Skoda Fabia R5:

This 2016 Skoda R5 chassis number 71 was built by Skoda for Esapekka Lappi for WRC2. The car won two rounds and had three seconds (and no DNFs) to win the championship. It was sold to Australia and did a couple of Australian Rally Championship events, until Kingsley bought it in 2017. It has a 1600cc turbo with a 32mm restrictor and WRC boost limiting. It is a permanent 4WD with a Strachey 5-speed sequential gearbox; Sachs WRC shocks; weighs 1230kg; puts out 205Kw at the wheels and runs 98 pump fuel.

Peter Jordan - 1951 Citroen Light 15 V8

Peter is a highly skilled panel beater and fabricator. His driving experience started with hill climbs in the 1970s with Northland Car Club and in the 1980s with Kaikohe Car Club dirt track racing. Followed later by racing in Waihi and Waiuku, Harrisville and Waharoa Speedway. As a member of the Northland Car Club, Peter has competed in events such as the 60th Anniversary of Doctors Hill in 2015, Ruakaka Street Sprint, Springfield Road and Doctors Hill 2017-18, which are all exciting timed events. Peter was invited to bring the Citroen Light 15 to Leadfoot as a competitor in 2016, where he achieved a second place in the Pre-60’s category and a third in 2018.

1951 Citroen Light 15 V8:

The Citroen Light 15 V8 was built by Peter over a 7-year time period. Some donor parts came from wrecking yards, but Peter still used many of the original body parts to fabricate and redesign the Citroen. It went from the original 4-cylinder engine which had no power, to a 351 Windsor V8, with plenty of power. Peter changed it from manual to auto, from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive, with independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes.
He hand-fabricated the floor, mud guards, running boards, bonnet, boot, grill and pretty much everything else.

Darren Kelly - 2011 Nissan R35 GTR

Darren is the 28-year-old driver of the 800+hp RB34det Straight 6 Nissan-backed R35 GTR. He has competed in professional competition for eight years and has never gone away from Nissan. Currently he has an R32, R34 (Pro Championship-winning car) and an R35 – all set up for drifting. Starting with an R32 chassis, he competed in many drift events, becoming New Zealand Pro-Am Champion in 2011-2012 and then winning the D1NZ Pro Championship in 2013-2014 in the R34. Darren has also competed in other countries and has returned for the International Drift Challenge in Sydney, Australia. Darren is super pumped to be returning to Leadfoot Festival this year and put on a show for the crowd.

2011 Nissan R35 GTR:

This car started as a bare shell from Dodson’s Motorsport and over the space of two years has been turned it into what we have here today. It was an extremely hard and long build with everything custom made and very few off the shelf parts. TTT Auto Engineering has done an amazing job with the car and helped with developing it to its gen2 version that we will be bringing to Leadfoot Festival 2020. Driveline: This GTR runs an 800+hp dry-sumped RB34det with a TTI sequential 6-speed gearbox, Winters 10.5inch quick-change diff and Driveshaft Shop axles which spin an 18×11 Work wheel coated in a 265 Zestino semi slick. Steering: Ireland-based TDP created a huge lock steering kit to bolt into the R35 chassis. Cooling: This car has a Fenix radiator mounted in the boot. ECU: Link ECU kitted out the R35 with the Link Thunder and their Link Dash 2 Pro.

Alex Kelsey - MC2

Alex started racing at 14 years old in local hillclimbs and always enjoyed building & developing his own race cars. \He became youngest ever winner of a New Zealand national rally in 2012 at age 19. Alex also won the 2013 New Zealand Rallysprint Championship building his MC2 which first competed in 2014 and 2015 achieving a large following online. He is a few years now from racing and really is looking forward to leadfoot 2020.


MC2 (Mad Creation2) is a handmade tubeframe rallycar with a Formula Renault 3.5 V6 engine. Designed from the ground up for rallying, it features a mid mounted engine, 6 speed paddle shift 4wd transmission, carbon & fibreglass bodywork.


Steven Kirk-Burnnand - 1994 BMW 318ti

Steven didn’t really have a choice when it came to becoming involved in Motorsport. His old man Barry took him round all the race tracks as a kid, so he got the bug at an early stage. Steven started riding and racing motorbikes at age 4 and when he was old enough progressed to paddock cars. He learnt a lot in those years. He bought his first rally car (a 1300cc Toyota Corolla KE70) and fell in love with gravel rallying, although he has ended up a Targa tarmac guy because of the amount of Kirk-Burnnands racing in it. Good family fun!

1994 BMW 318ti:

Bought as a shell in 2011, this car went straight to the shed and emerged a couple of years later with a lackluster 180hp, 2.8-litre straight six ready for the 2013 Targa NZ. It ended up finishing in an incredible 4th overall. It’s now currently running a supercharged S54 M3 engine and making approximately 400hp. It has constantly been a top five finisher in all Targa events and won last year’s Targa Rotorua outright. This car punches well above its weight and is a blast to drive.

Michael Lowe - 1964 Fiat Abarth Berlina Corsa 1000

Mike Lowe has been both circuit racing and tarmac rallying for over 40 years on both sides of the ditch. A confirmed Italian car nut, Mike was part-way through a restoration of his 1964 Abarth when Targa NZ was announced. Despite crashing on stage 4, Mike finished the first Targa with an enthusiasm that remains undiminished to this day. In the last 25 years, he has competed in all but one Targa NZ events, plus the Classic Adelaide and Targa Tasmania with great success.

1964 Fiat Abarth Berlina Corsa 1000:

The definition of a true giant-killer, this rare 1964 Abarth 1000 is instantly recognised by most people as the ” ENZED Abarth” Targa car. It is the only car to have started and finished every Targa event for 20 years. It was retired to the National Motorsport Museum in 2014 but brought out to run the 25th anniversary Targa last year. The Porsche badges on the doors get crossed off every time one was over-taken!

Philip Macey - 1977 Ford Falcon

Philip commenced racing in 2004, starting with a 1961 Sunbeam Rapier then progressing to an Evo 2 for Targa racing. He competed in three Targas, winning the Index of Performance class in 2013. Philip competes in vintage speedway events, owing and racing a VW LTC and Holden-powered midgets. He is moving towards classic circuit racing at selected events and has competed at the Leadfoot Festival three times previously. His 2020 goal is to clock a sub 58 seconds up Rod’s driveway.

1977 Ford Falcon:

Leadfoot 2020 is this vehicle’s first event having only recently been completed. The car is a replica of Dick Johnson’s 1977 Falcon and has been built to compete in Historic Muscle Car events. It is powered by a 351 Cleveland block mated to a top loader gearbox and Ford 9-inch diff. The car was purchased as a body shell in 2010.

Craig Marshall - 1915 American LaFrance Speedster

Craig is the owner of a number of American LaFrance Fire engines and speedsters and he has a passion for the preservation of the iconic machines. He recently competed in the Peking to Paris Rally – a 16,000km adventure across the Gobi Desert, with his wife, at the wheel of a 1937 Dodge Coupe. Craig has a collection of other desirable classics, which he houses down the road at Waihi Beach.

1915 American LaFrance Speedster:

This ex-1915 chain-driven American LaFrance fire engine begin life in Missouri. Like many of these mammoth 14.5L T- head machines, at the end of its working life it was converted into a speedster. While its history is relatively unknown, American LaFrance speedsters dominated the Vanderbilt race track and where renowned for having the reliability of a locomotive and reaching speeds of over 160kmh. This reconstructed example is completely period correct, sporting oversized rear sprockets, a transaxle, dual ignition and will pull away from the curb in top gear at 300rpm!

More to come…