Gearing Up For Leadfoot Festival 2016
Leadfoot Festival is the brain child of kiwi racing legend Rod Millen, who is most well known for his success at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where he held the record of fastest ascent for six years.
The event started out in 2011 as a private celebration for Rod’s 60th Birthday. After a roaring success and much consideration, he and his wife Shelley decided to open the event to the public.
Held at the Millen’s 150 acre ocean-front ranch in Hahei, Leadfoot is a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles, performance vehicles and motorsport legends. All attempting to clock the fastest time up the one mile long driveway specifically designed to be a perfect hill climb course. Drivers are handpicked by Rod from all over the globe, including an array of famous NZ drivers.
At the official launch of the 2016 Leadfoot Festival held in Auckland on August 13, Rod Millen announced American actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey will attend the 2016 Leadfoot Festival.Best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, Dempsey owns Dempsey Racing and has competed in prestigious pro-am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Dempsey Racing is presently racing two Porsche 911 GT America’s in the Tudor United Sports Car Series.
“Coming off a podium finish at the 2015 24 hours of Le Man, we are delighted to have Patrick as our guest at the 2016 Leadfoot Festival” says Rod Millen. Scottish Rally driver Alister McRae has been confirmed, with more announcements to be made.
YHI is looking forward to attending in 2016 with Nitto onboard as an official Pit Paddock sponsor, and Pirelli to display a number of prestigious vehicles & range of tyres.
Spectators will be treated to a one of a kind experience, with unparalleled access to the drivers, pits and race cars, including Nitto partnered drivers ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett and Kat Benson.
The Leadfoot Festival is scheduled for Waitangi weekend 2016 (6th and 7th February) and is expected to attract over 15,000 spectators.
Tickets are available to purchase at: www.leadfootfesitval.com