150D Graham Foote & Carol Adams
|Name||Wild Willy (Smooth Talker)|
|Year Built||Rebuilt in 2014, Built in 2008|
|Engine||GM 3.8 V6 Supercharged|
|Transmission||4l60E with Cruiser Transfercase|
|Diffs||Toyota Landcrusier 80 Series 8″ Front and Nissan Patrol 9″ Rear|
|Lockers||Howat Hydraulic Lockers|
|Suspension||Fox Shocks, 4-Link Front, 4 Link Rear|
|Wheels||35×12-15 Journey Claw MT on 15×10″ OMF Alloys|
|Graham Foote (2021-)|
|William Jeffery (2020)|
|Warren Jeffery (2013-2016)||Top 10 (2016)|
|Michael Dodunski (2012-2013)|
|Martin Walton (2008-2012)||Top 10 (2009, 2011)|
Originally built as a copy of the 2005 & 2008 1NZ Howat buggy known as Optimus Prime, then named Smooth Talker achieved its own success with Top 10’s in 2009 & 2011.
In 2014 Warren Jeffery had the buggy rebuilt back at Howat Engineering, transforming the truck into WILD WILLY! Resembling a Willys Jeep with paint job to match. It wasn’t all for show, with the buggy receiving upgraded diffs and suspension.
Warrens son and A Class champ William drove the buggy for a single season, before it was sold to Graham Foote.
Graham Foote previously competed in what is now known as G Class back in the mid 80’s, rejoining the sport some 40 years later! Together with Carol Adams they’re getting to grips with capable buggy in the modern trials scene.