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Todd Pelham

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Stuart Roddick
 

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Alexandra Whitley

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Matt Lockwood

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Michael Bristow

         

 

  Phil Blythe 
   NZV8 Race Experience Manager & NZV8 Hot Lap Pilot

   phil.blythe@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 2813385
 

Phil is domiciled in the Auckland Region and travels nationwide with NZ Advanced Driver Training as one of our specialist instructors.  
He has also conducted
tyre testing programs for Bridgestone New Zealand & is our principal NZV8 Hot Lap pilot.
His original
background was in the motor vehicle industry and his extensive motorsport pedigree includes having previously raced speedway saloons, rally cars, karts, and a variety of circuit race cars.
Phil is a three time FMG Classic New Zealand National Champion, multiple Pro7 champion and in 2012 competed in selected rounds of
New Zealand's premier racing Championship... the BNT NZV8 Touring Car Championship.
He has most recently been competing in a Porsche GT in the 2018 & 2019 NZ Endurance Racing Series.
Phil recently finished 3rd overall in the 2019 North Island Endurance Racing Championship.
For the last 18 years Phil has concentrated on circuit racing and over the last 10 years has developed and run his own successful Phil Blythe Motorsport team competing in National circuit racing series within New Zealand.
His passion and enthusiasium for motorsport is infectious and he is also dedicated to providing the NZV8 Race Drive  Experience option to the public.
NZV8 Race Experience is your opportunity to drive our extensively modified race prepared 400kw 6000cc NZV8 Holden race car at either Pukekohe Park Raceway or Manfeild - Circuit Chris Amon, whilst receiving expert tuition in car control and racecraft.    NZV8 Race Experience
Phil also conducts one on one personal race driving tuition to existing and newer race drivers, which can either be undertaken in their own race vehicles, or a supplied race vehicle.
He is vastly experienced and has provided extreme Holden NZV8 Hot Lap rides to literally thousands of previous passengers and celebrities professionally for the last 13 years.
Phil
is eminently qualified and is the principal pilot of our race prepared 400kw 6000cc Holden NZV8 Hot Lap vehicles. 

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  Scott Harrison
   NZV8 Race Experience Instructor & NZV8 Hot Lap Pilot

   scott.harrison@holden-driving.co.nz
   


Scott is domiciled in the North Auckland area and is another member of our NZV8 Hot Lap team
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He has an extensive previous motorsport pedigree, having competed competitively in a number of categories including Porsche GT Cup & NZ Supertourers.
Scott has competed very succussfully for a number of years in various Pro7 classes thru Phil Blythe Motorsport at a National level.
He is a two time Pro7 Plus New Zealand National Champion.
Scott is a talented racing driver and a personable individual.
He is eminently qualified and an experienced pilot of our 400kw 6000cc Holden NZV8 Hot Lap vehicles. 

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  Todd Pelham
   NZV8 Race Experience Instructor & NZV8 Hot Lap Pilot

   todd.pelham@holden-driving.co.nz
   


Todd is domiciled in the Mount Maunganui area and is another member of our NZV8 Hot Lap team
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He has an extensive previous motorsport pedigree, having competed competitively in karts from an early age and winning many high profile events.
Todd then went on to race BMW's and Peugeots at a National level, culminating in him winning the BMW Series National title in 2008.
In 2014, he was racing BMW's in the Open class series and also the North Island endurance racing series, which he was crowned his class series Champion. 
He also competed in selected rounds of the BNT NZV8 Championship.
Todd understands the importance of car finesse, vehicle set up and of looking after your vehicle so as to achieve the best performance.
Todd is eminently qualified and experienced to pilot of our 400kw 6000cc Holden NZV8 Hot Lap vehicles. 

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  Stuart Roddick   
   NZV8 Race Experience Director & NZV8 Hot Lap Pilot 

   
  
stuart.roddick@holden-driving.co.nz

   (027) 2813383
 

Stuart is domiciled in the Papamoa Beach area and is the Managing Director of Advanced Driving Systems Limited, which is the organisation that provides and delivers our NZV8 Hot Lap rides nationwide.
He travels extensively throughout New Zealand conducting NZ Advanced Driving Courses, NZV8 Race Experiences and NZV8 Hot Lap rides.
Stuart was formally a member of the New Zealand Police, where he served as a member of the New Zealand Diplomatic Protection Squad for 3 years and also served as a Specialist Advanced Driving Instructor based at the Royal New Zealand Police College for the final 5 years of his 15-year career.
These roles involved the study, design and implementation of all facets of advanced and high speed driving techniques.  
Stuart was the original content design consultant for the highly acclaimed and successful ACC / Peter Brock TV commercial series.
He was certified as an Advanced Driving Instructor by the LTNZ  and has been actively involved in advanced driving techniques for over the last 25 years.
He is internationally recognised and regarded as an expert in the field of advanced, specialist and high speed driving techniques.
Due to Stuart's expertise and background, NZ Advanced Driver Training is exclusively contracted by the NZ Defence Force and other Government agencies to provide their specialist evasive and anti-terrorist training. 
Stuart has also been directly involved for numerous years with Bridgestone New Zealand in the specialist area of tyre testing & handling comparisons. 
He has also been utilised as the professional driver in TV commercials, vehicle evaluations, stunt driving and has undertaken numerous practical comparative handling and performance demonstrations for Bridgestone.
He is vastly experienced at providing extreme NZV8 Hot Lap rides to previous passengers and celebrities.

Stuart's extensive previous training, qualifications and expertise in a very diverse range of advanced driving roles qualifies him to be one of the selected drivers of our 400kw 6000cc Holden NZV8 Hot Lap vehicles.
He has had over 10 years previous experience in piloting one of our NZV8 Hot Lap race cars professionally.

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  Alexandra Whitley
   Former NZV8 Hot Lap Pilot

   In the 2018 racing season, Alex
competed in the NZV8 Ute racing Championship in the NZV8 Hot Laps supported Holden V8 Race Ute.. where she finished 5th and was awarded the rookie of the year award.

NZV8 Hot Laps now no longer has any ongoing direct association with Alex.


Alex's NZV8 Hot Laps sponsored NZV8 Racing Ute

  Matt Lockwood 
   Former Holden Hot Lap Pilot

   In the 2008 season, Matt
competed in the NZV8 Ute racing Championship in his then Holden Hot Laps supported Holden Commodore V8 Race Ute.. where he won the 2008 NZV8 Ute Championship.

NZV8 Hot Laps now no longer has any ongoing direct association with Matt.


Holden Hot Laps supported 2008 NZV8 Ute Championship
winning Race Ute at a corporate Holden NZV8 Hot Laps event... 
 

  Michael Bristow    
   Former Holden Hot Lap Pilot

   During the 2007/2008 racing season, Michael competed in the NZV8 (Tier 2) Series in his then Holden Hot Laps supported Holden Commodore V8... where he won the NZV8 (Tier 2) National Championship.
Michael also competed in the various rounds of the BNT NZV8 Championship.

NZV8 Hot Laps now no longer has any ongoing direct association with Michael.


Holden Hot Laps supported 2008 NZV8
Championship winning NZV8 racecar
 

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NZV8 Hot Laps and NZV8 Race Experiences are proudly conducted nationwide by Advanced Driving Systems Limited