After his simply epic debut at last year’s Festival of Speed, Mad Mike Whiddett’s inclusion at this year’s event was a shoo-in. The popular Kiwi was so pleased to be invited back to Goodwood that he even posted a video of himself announcing his invitation and excitement at the prospect of driving his Madbull Mazda RX7 at all sorts of lurid angles up the hill.
He wasn’t joking, either. A couple of days before FoS was due to start GRR got word that Mad Mike had factored in an extra day into his trip, and that he wanted to spend it at the Goodwood circuit. Naturally, we asked if he’d be bringing Madbull with him. He said that he wouldn’t be turning up without it!
It turns out that Mad Mike was somewhat taken with his first visit to FoS and what’s more harboured intentions of drifting his famous, screaming Mazda around our famous, fast circuit. How could we possibly refuse the man?
Okay. Volume right up for this one. It’s going to get a bit smokey, too …
Photography by Tom Shaxson