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Af­ter hit­ting a full cal­en­dar of in­ter­na­tional engagements, in­clud­ing win­ning the 2018 For­mula Drift (FD) Ja­pan Cham­pi­onship, lo­cal drift­ing am­bas­sador and badass wheel­man ‘Mad Mike’ Whid­dett, will cap off the year with his third an­nual Sum­mer Bash event at Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tor­sport Park on Satur­day, 8 De­cem­ber.

Bring­ing the noise to the grass-roots com­mu­nity, this time around it won’t just be Mad Mike’s col­lec­tion of world-fa­mous ro­tary-pow­ered machin­ery head­lin­ing the event — we’ve got the in­side word that an ex–Le Mans Mazdaspeed 767B pro­to­type four-ro­tor screamer is mak­ing its way over from Ja­pan for the oc­ca­sion! “The in­spi­ra­tion for my first four-ro­tor came from Mazda’s Le Mans–win­ning 787B, so it’s a real hon­our to have Hoshino-san bring­ing this ear­lier ver­sion car down for the event,” said Mike.

Owner Senji Hoshino will show­case the 767B’s abil­i­ties with laps of the full-hit In­ter­na­tional cir­cuit through­out the day and will also lead a spe­cial ro­tary-only pa­rade.

Mike told us: “We’re hop­ing to have a huge num­ber of ro­tary-pow­ered cars at the event, and get­ting them all on the track at the same time is go­ing to be crazy for both the driv­ers and the spec­ta­tors.”

Re­turn­ing for 2018 are all the reg­u­lar Sum­mer Bash main events, in­clud­ing three judged drift events — Top 16 Su­per Class, the In­sane En­try com­pe­ti­tion, and the Triple Threat Team Drift. Time At­tack Out­laws will pitch some of the coun­try’s fastest grip rac­ers against the clock with­out the tyre re­stric­tions. Add in some in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal heroes, show cars, hot rods, lowrid­ers, and a dyno shoot-out, and you’ve got a solid day out.

“I’m re­ally pumped to bring the Sum­mer Bash back,” said Mike. “I’ve had a crazy sched­ule this year, so I can’t wait to pull all of the BULs out of the sta­ble.”

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