150D Graham Foote & Carol Adams



Graham Foote
Carol Adams


Truck Details

NameWild Willy (Smooth Talker)
Year BuiltRebuilt in 2014, Built in 2008
EngineGM 3.8 V6 Supercharged
Transmission4l60E with Cruiser Transfercase
DiffsToyota Landcrusier 80 Series 8″ Front and Nissan Patrol 9″ Rear
LockersHowat Hydraulic Lockers
SuspensionFox Shocks, 4-Link Front, 4 Link Rear
Wheels35×12-15 Journey Claw MT on 15×10″ OMF Alloys


Previous DriversAccolades
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.

Wild Willy on the left, Optimus Prime on the right