In­ter­na­tional stars for 2016 Lead­foot Fes­ti­val

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Mo­tor sport leg­end Rod Millen an­nounced at the event’s of­fi­cial launch for the 2016 Lead­foot Fes­ti­val in Auck­land that Amer­i­can ac­tor and race car driver Pa­trick Dempsey and Scot­tish rally star Alis­ter McRae will take poart in the event.

Best known for his role as Dr Derek Shep­herd on tele­vi­sion se­ries 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 Mans, we are de­lighted to have Pa­trick as our guest at the 2016 Lead­foot Fes­ti­val” says Rod Millen.

“Hav­ing re­cently left his role on Greys Anatomy, Pa­trick, a pas­sion­ate race driver, now has time to fo­cus more on his mo­tor rac­ing ca­reer and is able to at­tend our event.”

Subaru of New Zealand has a part­ner­ship with Lead­foot Fes­ti­val and has been proudly sup­port­ing the unique Ha­hei-based event since 2013. man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Wal­lis Dumper says the com­pany is thrilled that Aus­tralian-based McRae will re­turn to New Zealand to drive the same ex-Pos­sum Bourne Subaru WRX that he drove to vic­tory in April’s Race to the Sky in the Cardrona Val­ley. “Not only is Alis­ter a for­mer Bri­tish Rally Cham­pion and fac­tory WRC driver, he will be driv­ing the Van­tage Motorsport-owned Subaru, which holds a spe­cial place in many rally fans’ hearts af­ter Pos­sum won the 2001 Race to the Sky in it.”

Wal­lis says hav­ing both McRae and Dempsey drive in the Fe­bru­ary event is a real coup for the Lead­foot team, as their in­ter­na­tional pro­files will be a huge draw-card to the al­ready pop­u­lar, an­nual motorsport week­end.

“For rally fol­low­ers, the chance to see Alis­ter com­pete in the mighty Van­tage Subaru is just gold now that the 2016 Race to the Sky is not go­ing ahead – and for those peo­ple who aren’t petrolheads, at least they get to see McDreamy in the flesh,” he says.

Fit­tingly, Subaru’s WRXs were the of­fi­cial pace cars this year and will con­tinue the tra­di­tion again next year. There will also be a dis­play of the latest Subaru mod­els and an area un­der the Subaru tent pro­vid­ing shady respite dur­ing the heat of the day.

Wal­lis sees Subaru of New Zealand’s in­volve­ment with the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val as the ideal part­ner­ship.

“Subaru has a long history of per­for­mance cre­den­tials both in ral­ly­ing and on race tracks, so show­cas­ing the WRX on Rod and Shelly’s mile-long drive­way, wind­ing through their prop­erty, is a great way to dis­play our brand. Given Subaru’s per­for­mance her­itage, Lead­foot is not only a great Kiwi event for motorsport en­thu­si­asts, but it’s also a won­der­ful fam­ily week­end given its pic­turesque lo­ca­tion in Ha­hei, on the Coro­man­del Penin­sula,” he says.

New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onshiplead­ing driver Ben Hunt, of Auck­land, will also be at­tend­ing the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val, as one of the in­vited guests to par­tic­i­pate in the hill­climb, pi­lot­ing his Subaru.

The Lead­foot Fes­ti­val on Fe­bru­ary 6–7 of­fers a mo­tor sport week­end, bring­ing to­gether a mix of clas­sic cars, vintage mo­tor­cy­cles and motorsport le­gends to the Millen’s pri­vate grounds at Lead­foot Ranch. The 150 acre ocean-front es­tate on the beau­ti­ful Coro­man­del Penin­sula fea­tures a drive­way de­signed to be the per­fect hill climb.

Rod Millen has per­son­ally hand se­lected cham­pi­onship rac­ers from around the world to re­ceive the cov­eted in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val. The week­end also of­fers a col­lec­tion of static cel­e­brated vintage cars and mo­tor­bikes to line ar­eas of the pad­docks – mak­ing it like no other motorsport fes­ti­val in New Zealand.”

Lead­foot Fes­ti­val event di­rec­tor Shelly Camp­bell says the two-day event is “de­signed for men and women, boys and girls.”

“Visi­tors are in­vited to dress in pe­riod style cloth­ing, step­ping back in time mak­ing the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val an in­cred­i­ble fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence and a true cel­e­bra­tion of mo­tor­sports and all things automotive. Guests will be given one of a kind ex­pe­ri­ences, fea­tur­ing un­par­al­leled ac­cess to the driv­ers, pits and race cars,” she says.

The 2016 Lead­foot Fes­ti­val sched­uled for Wai­tangi Week­end Fe­bru­ary 6–7 will con­tinue to of­fer evening ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a con­cert fea­tur­ing The War­ratahs on Satur­day night com­plete with a food, wine and beer gar­den.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this ex­cit­ing motorsport event and to buy tick­ets go to www.lead­foot­fes­ti­val.com Tick­ets on sale now. Two-day pass $85 in­cludes two full days of the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val, The War­ratahs Satur­day night con­cert and the Shoot Out.

Satur­day only $50 which in­cludes the Satur­day night con­cert.

Sun­day only $40 in­cludes the Shoot Out.

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