What a rush, and what a buzz. The Leadfoot hill climb is something every driver should try to do once. Its separate course for off- road racers is jam packed with jumps and tricky corners – a reminder that Rod Millen has been around the sport longer than many of the recent converts have been alive. We certainly did rip up his lawn a tad, though. Sitting in i ts marquee with other offroad race trucks – the Millen, Whiddett, Carlyle and other beasts – the newlook GT Radial Chev Pro- Lite had a lot of people stopping by to ask questions about the truck and the sport. I always look for events like this that sit alongside the sport because I think i t ’s important to be an ambassador for offroad racing – we recruit spectators and drivers at events like this. And for all those who go ‘pfff, that doesn’t look very hard’, I can tell you that wily old fox Millen has created a course with some wicked hooks for the unwary. Most of the trucks fell afoul of the double- jump that got me – so it wasn’t just me, I simply did a better job of i t . The big jump before was okay but the double? Nah. After practicing and treating the double as t wo singles I decided the only thing to do was raise the speed and try to clear the second hillock altogether. Sounds like a plan. Didn’t work. Instead our sleek new body panels got shoved rudely into the massive hay bales that line the course, at which point I was just a passenger. Result? A few flesh wounds to the new paint, nothing major. We even got the truck delivered back to our pit area. A bit of midnight oil burned and she was good as new next day. So: nearly 14 hours to get there, an event unlike any other in New Zealand and nearly 14 hours to go home – and like all you other rockstar VIP racer celebs out there, back to work to pay for i t all! Can’t wait to bring the new Chev out at a real championship round, though!