Big name secured for Waimate 50

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Waimate 50 organiser Rob Aikman has confirmed that drift champion Daniel Woolhouse will appear at this year’s Labour Weekend event.

Mr Woolhouse, from Whangarei, otherwise known as Fanga Dan, will put on a series of drift demonstrations during the weekend.

“It’s something a bit different, it’ll be good,” Mr Woolhouse said.

“People see a lot of it on TV, but have never seen us in real life.

“We always get a pretty good turn-out.”

The two-time national champion, who rarely competes in the South Island, is yet to decide whether to drive his 700hp VE Commodore or 600 hp VZ Commodore.

Mr Aikman said the organising committee was “absolutely stoked” to have secured Mr Woolhouse, who has a huge following of fans.

“Daniel is a legend in drifting and a crowd favourite in his new 700hp VE Commodore and the first to win the championship in a V8 powered car,” Mr Aikman said.

“He is just phenomenal.

“We’re not doing the drags this year, for several reasons, and so we wanted to replace these with something better – Daniel will be a huge drawcard.”

Mr Aikman said other D1NZ drivers, who were yet to be named, would also participate in the drift demonstrations.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

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HANGING OUT: Daniel Woolhouse ‘Fanga Dan’ in action during a drift competition.