Father versus son at Leadfoot 2016
Rhys Millen and Global Rallycross Hyundai announced for Leadfoot
The 2016 Leadfoot Festival is shaping up to be a corker, with yet another big announcement unveiled today — organizers confirming that Rhys Millen, son of Rod, will be taking on his dad at next year’s event.
“With over 20 years racing experience, Rhys has carved out a solid career and reputation becoming one of the most sought after performance drivers in the gigantic US automotive scene,” says Rod.
Over those 20 years, Rhys has become a force to be reckoned with across several motorsport disciplines, including Formula Drift — America’s premier drifting championship — and Red Bull Global Rallycross. He has even carved out a career in stunt driving for films, with his antics visible in movies like The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Got tape? Photo / Alison Padron, Global Rallycross
Rhys will be accompanied by his four-wheel drive Global Rallycross Hyundai Veloster Turbo. A normal Veloster it isn’t, with 585hp, 610ft of torque, and a 45mm turbo restrictor among its comprehensive list of modifications.
The Veloster, a star in its own right, is just the latest in a long list of quick cars confirmed for the meeting. These include a 550hp Group B Audi Quattro S1 from Finland, ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett and his ‘MADBUL’ Mazda RX-7, and a 1906 Darracq Grand Prix peddled by current IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
Staged on the mile-long driveway to Rod and Shelly Millen’s own 150 acre Leadfoot Ranch in Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, the event will take place on Waitangi Weekend on the 6–7 February.
For more information on this exciting motorsport event and to buy tickets go to www.leadfootfestival.com.