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 placed 2nd at the New Zealand 1997 Pro junior 85cc motocross champs. Preadolescence he also competed in BMX.
Mike eventually transitioned into the extreme sport of Freestyle Motocross to compete pro for 3yrs.
His 3 year stint had mixed results and after many broken bones and concussions earning his 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, Mobil1, Nitto, Rotiform, Holinger, KW suspension, Turbo by Garrett, PWR Performance, Speedhunters & Wilwood to name a few. Mike competes in four pro drift spec Mazda rotary powered cars – all over the globe & every time he is behind the wheel and initiates his high speed drift he still experiences that same rush of adrenaline that keeps him hooked.
In early 2011 EA Games released – Need For Speed Shift Unleashed which features MadMike & his 2010 competition Mazda RX8.
Mike was also 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 Formula Drift USA.
NAME – Mad Mike Whiddett
AGE – 34
HEIGHT – 5'8
WEIGHT – 154
EYE COLOR – Green
HAIR COLOR – Brown
NATIONALITY – New-Zealand
NICKNAME – Mad Mike
HOMETOWN – Auckland, New Zealand
RESIDENCE – Auckland, New Zealand
LANGUAGES – English
OCCUPATION – Pro Driver and business owner