Leadfoot Festival

Subaru Pace Cars WRX and Levorg at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: GEOFF RIDDER

Subaru is a proud supporter of the Leadfoot Festival, a unique motorsport event held each year on Leadfoot Ranch in Hahei, Coromandel.

Leadfoot Festival pays respect to the most significant and outstanding drivers, whom property owner and motorsport legend Rod Millen has personally hand selected from around the world along with their distinguished racing machines to participate in the event.

In addition to displaying cars at the event, Subaru provides the official pace vehicles – the iconic Subaru WRX, which celebrates it’s 25 year anniversary in 2017 at Leadfoot, and the Subaru Levorg, sport performance wagon, which is our latest model to join the Subaru stable. 

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Subaru WRX, 25 of the best WRXs in New Zealand (as voted by the public and our panel of judges) were on display at the 2017 Leadfoot Festival. There was a fantastic variety of of the different generations through the years and 5 lucky drivers per day were able to experience the Millen driveway with a parade in honour of the anniversary model. 

The event is held over Waitangi weekend in February, and both Subaru Brand Ambassador and 2015 National Rally Champion Ben Hunt competing in a Subaru WRX STi Coupe, as well as Scottish rally driver Alister McRae racing in the 1998 Vantage MotorSport Subaru take part in the race to be the King of Millen Mountain. In 2017, Alister McRae took out the top title, with a time of 49.43sec, making it the first time the winner’s trophy has gone to anybody other than a Millen family member. For more information about the festival see: http://www.leadfootfestival.com

Subaru of New Zealand’s Managing Director Wallis Dumper says Leadfoot Festival is a great platform to display the brand. 

“We see it as a perfect dual fit having our performance cars doing what they do best out on track, while also allowing people to peruse our latest model cars at their leisure at the Subaru tent, in the ambience of the Coromandel summer.”

 

Subaru WRX 25th Anniversary at Leadfoot:

 

To see the highlights from the Leadfoot Festival, watch the video below.

 

For more information about the festival see: http://www.leadfootfestival.com/ or click here to read about the fastest times in 2017.

 

 

 

  • Subaru Pace Cars WRX and Levorg at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: GEOFF RIDDER
    WRX and Levorg at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: GEOFF RIDDER
  • Scottish rally star Alister McRae gives the thumbs up after winning the 2017 Leadfoot Festival in the Vantage Motorsport Subaru WRX today. PHOTO: DAVID PEARCE.
    Scottish rally star Alister McRae gives the thumbs up after winning the 2017 Leadfoot Festival in the Vantage Motorsport Subaru WRX today. PHOTO: DAVID PEARCE.
  • Subaru driver Alister McRae on his way to the fastest time of the first day at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
    Subaru driver Alister McRae on his way to the fastest time of the first day at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
  • Subaru Brand Ambassador Ben Hunt with the 1999 Subaru WRX Coupe he is driving at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER
    Subaru Brand Ambassador Ben Hunt with the 1999 Subaru WRX Coupe he is driving at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER
  • The 25 best WRX competition winners line-up in front of the Subaru tent at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER
    The 25 best WRX competition winners line-up in front of the Subaru tent at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER
  • The 25 best WRX competition winners line-up in front of the Subaru tent at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER
    The 25 best WRX competition winners line-up in front of the Subaru tent at the Leadfoot Festival. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER