Mad Mike Whiddett

Wrecked Magazine Issue 29 – A Ten Year Tribute of Formula Drift

Issue 29  is a tribute piece to the first 10 seasons of Formula Drift. Using the number 10 as a benchmark, we look at the Top 10 Unique Car Builds, Top 10 Reasons I’m A Fan, and a look at the Victories by OEM. The cover spread is the Top 10 Moments of Formula Drift which covers wrecks, thousands in cash, and even some international travel.

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Up and Comer: A Sit Down with Erich Hagen [INTERVIEW]

A while ago I ran into a picture on the Internet of this stupid awesome looking green car. At first I thought it was just another D1 Street Legal car but then I saw it had a “ProAM” banner on it. The car happened to belong to Erich Hagen, a 27 year old from Olympia, WA. I got a chance to sit down and talk to Erich and find out a bit more about him and his green mystery machine.

Edgar Sarmiento: Sup dude! So what’s your deal? How long have you been driving?

Erich Hagen: About 7 years all together and about 3 years competitively

ES: Drifting? Why in the hell did you ever start?

Erich H: I got into drifting after a few friends exposed me to it back when I was 19. The Northwest drifting family was in its very early stages and I was fortunate enough to start with some of the original guys from my area. I picked up an E30 shortly after finding out what the sport was and it has all progressed from there.

As a kid I always wanted to be some kind of racecar driver and loved cars from the very beginning thanks to my dad. He had a rad Jeep when I was growing up and it’s really what started my love of cars.

Once I realized how realistic drifting was to get into I couldn’t say no. Drifting has created some really awesome opportunities for me and I have met some of my closest friends today because of it.

ES: That’s awesome dude! Yea there are some pretty cool people involved in drifting and a ton of nerds but at the end of the day it’s about the fun had on the track. Honestly, your 240 caught my eye one day browsing on Facebook, what’s all done to it?

Erich H: My car has had many lives and forms but this year will be its best by far. I will be switching to an iron block LS setup with a dog box trans and possibly some extra power adders to help get us what I need. The rest of the car is pretty standard as far as an FD spec setup car goes. One thing I like to make sure is that the car still looks good. In my mind, drifting is pointless if we don’t make the cars look right. This year my car will have a little different look but the colors and styling will be close to its 2013 form.

ES: That’s pretty solid! I also noticed your Evergreen ProAm banner on your car and realized you were one of the top finishers in the series. Do you have any big plans for the 2014 season?

Erich H: I will be doing as much as I can with the budget I come up with. The plan at is to at least run the FD West Coast events as well as Texas. I have always wanted to drive Long Beach. It’s been a dream of mine that is finally coming true. I will also be doing as many local NW events as possible. The NASA organization is running drifting at some of our local road courses and I’m really looking forward to that as well.

ES: So who’s your favorite Pro Driver?

Erich H: My favorite Pro would have to be Mad Mike. I always liked that he puts as much effort into making his cars look good as he does driving them. Keeping true to the styling and ideas that got us all interested in this sport in the first place. He juggles his own business, family, runs his program with multiple cars in various places, and is always behind the wheel. I hope to make it to that level someday.

ES: You really surprised me with that answer; I was expecting some D1 driver or someone I’ve never heard of.

Now, if you could drive any track in the world which would it be and why?

Erich H: It would definitely be The Rudskogen Motorsenter the home of the Gatebil. I watched videos from these events in high school not even knowing what the events were. The chaos on track at the events they host there just looks like an absolute blast.

ES: Again, I’m excited to see dudes with such passion doing what they love. I’m sure I’ll run into you soon and we can grab a brew. Any shout outs you would like to send out?

Erich H: I would like to thank my parents, Matt and Diane Hagen, for always pushing me to keep after this dream. I’d also like to thank my crew chief, Rich Farler, for always helping me with setup and maintenance, my teammate and best bro, Dio Ortiz, for always being there, and as well as Ash O’Connell, Russell Moore, and Ian Dillon.

Also my sponsors:
Richies garage/RDE Autosport
BC Racing Suspension
Chase bays
Godspeed Fabrication
Radium engineering
Fusion Graphix
Ct Specialties Powdercoating
Fiend Performance
Factory 83
Portland Speed Industries
425 Motorsports
Grip Royal
NS performance
Extreme Turbo Systems
SPL suspension

Make sure you check out Erich Hagen as his car preps for a full tear down and rebuilds for the upcoming 2014 Formula D season. Some of the plans include adding a Radium Engineering fuel cell, fire system, and new fuel system for his engine setup. He’ll also be adding updating some tube work from God Speed Fab for the FD tech requirements. Switching to an LSx setup from the current JZ setup should also keep him busy this off-season.

Photo Credit: Ryan Benoit / Andrew Hawkins

Mad Mike Drifting Recreated with LEGOS [VIDEO]

A very creative video shot in LEGOS showing Mad Mike in the pits with his Mazda Rx-7, revving his engine, and even sliding around the whole course which is also made of LEGOS. I think drift car LEGO kits are a long time out but this is quite an enjoyable recreation video.

D1NZ Round 2 at Whangarei [RESULTS]

Mad Mike Whiddett dominated the competition at D1NZ Round 2 taking home a victory in his home country. Mad Mike made an impressive run of the event advancing through the weekend at some points with only 3rd gear. Mike qualified 3rd and managed to see through a huge victory. The win also put Mad Mike in first place in the overall championship by 2 points over Gary Whiter. Here is how they finished up:

1st- Mad Mike Whiddett
2nd- Gary “Gaz” Whiter
3nd- Cole Armstrong



Championship Points After Round 2:
1. Mad Mike Whiddett 204
2. Gary ‘Gaz’ Whiter 202
3. Shane Van Gisbergen 145
4. Curt Whittaker 140
5. Cole Armstrong 137
6. Troy Forsythe 130
7. Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse 121
8. Kyle Jackways 118.5
9. Darren Kelly 116
10. Nico Reid 112.5

D1NZ Clipping Point – A Recap of Round 1 at Hampton Downs [VIDEO]

The D1NZ series wrapped up with Gaz Whiter qualifying first in the pro category and also taking home first place in the round beating Mad Mike Whiddett in the finals. Watch the highlights of the good tandem battles and all the fun that was Round 1 at Hampton Downs.

Ryan Tuerck in Norway to Drift an E46 BMW at Gatebil [VIDEO]

Ryan Tuerck hits Norway with the help of Maxxis Tires to enjoy the Gatebil event weekend in Norway. Watch as Tuerck bumps into fellow Formula Drift drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Fredric Aasbo who also came out for the big racing festival going on over three days. Follow along as Tuerck takes a tour around the track and paddock for the big Gatebil festival.

Enjoy This Walk Through Gatebil 2013 [VIDEO]

One awesome video that shows just how much fun the Gatebil weekend is for a drift driver or enthusiast. This crazy weekend almost rivals Matsuri with chaos, excitement, and entertainment it would appear. Formula Drift drivers Fredrci Aasbo, Ryan Tuerck, Kenneth Moen and Vaughn Gittin Jr. all came out to compete and have fun.

Big Names in Drifting Head to Gatebil This Weekend

Gatebil has become quite a big name in the worldwide automotive spectrum thanks to big media coverage from the likes of Speedhunters and other various sites from the last few seasons. Well the event this weekend is packed with drifting stars including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Fredric Aasbo, Ryan Tuerck, Kenneth Moen, and Mad Mike (picture from his car). We except to see some great coverage from the festival in the next coming week or two.

Photo Credit: madmike_drift instagram

Daniel Woolhouse Locks Second D1NZ Championship at Taupo [RESULTS]

The 2013 D1NZ season has come to a close after the final round at Taupo Motorsport Park. Daniel Woolhouse took his Holden Commodore V8 to a second championship in his career. He outqualified Mad Mike Whiddett by a half point during the final round weekend and he barely kept his car together over the weekend to take home a win. The car was rebuilt overnight and barely made it out to compete. Here is how the series championship finished up:

1. Daniel Woodhouse (538 points)
2. Mad Mike Whiddett (461.5 points)
3. Curt Whittaker (450.5 points)

Qualifying from Gatebil event in Sweden [RESULTS]

Mad Mike and Kenny Moen tied for the top qualifying spot at the Gatebil drifting event in Mantorp, Sweden this weekend, both earning 96 points, even more incredible as Moen is driving a 2JZ-powered S13 coupe he recently finished building instead of the Supra he typically competes with. Mad Mike’s Speedhunters teammate Fredric Aasbo earned third place with a score of 94 points in his Toyota GT86, proving that he has the car pretty dialed in. The top 16 event is tomorrow, and we’ll have the results for you shortly after.

1. Mad Mike Whiddet – Mazda RX8 (96)
1. Kenny Moen – Nissan S13(96)
3. Fredric Aasbo – Toyota GT86 (94)
4. Teemu Peltola -  Mercedes Benz C-class Wagon (91)
5. Johan Halvarsson – Nissan S15 (89)
6. Fredrik Myhre – Toyota Supra (88)
7. Jim Olofsson – BMW E30 (87)
8. Martin Emmar – BMW E36 (84)
8. Roger Naerum – BMW E30 (84)
10. Dennis Martinsson – Toyota Supra (83)
11. Lars Jorgen Skogdalen – Toyota Soarer (82)
12. Dennis Johansson – Nissan S13 (81)
13. Stian Lovdal – Toyota Supra (80)
13. Robin Alasker – Toyota Supra (80)
15. Olie Olsson – BMW E46 (79)
16. Kristian Erlandsson – Volvo (78)