Leon Styles was born and raised in New Zealand, a country known for its love of motor sports. At the age of 14, Leon left home to work and during the following year he purchased his first car, a 1955 Morris Minor which he used to compete in local rally crosses, hill climbs and rally sprints. His first dedicated rally car was an Mazda RX-2 and his best finish was 4th overall in a field of over 60 cars, which included rallying greats like Rod Millen and Possum Bourne. 

In 1989, Leon moved to Australia and began working in the gold mining industry where he excelled at driving massive mining equipment. Leon moved to the U.S. in 1995 to open a paintball facility. Tombstone Paintball Park opened in 1998 and as a matter of course; Leon built a race track throughout the park which he used to test his new RX-7 rally car. Until its closing in 2006, Leon and Tombstone hosted countless rally cross and rally sprint events for groups like the California Rally Series and the Gravel Crew.

In 2000, Leon competed in his first American rally, Rim of the World. That year he finished the season in third place overall in the 2WD category and also won the rally cross series. 2001 was not a good season for Leon whose Mitsubishi Galant suffered endless mechanical problems. 2002 saw success for Leon and he won the Western States Rally Championship, the SOPAC championship and the California Rally Series championship in an Audi Quattro which also enjoyed two overall wins. 

In 2003, Leon moved up into a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5 and took a shot at the SCCA ProRally championship with mixed results. In 2004, Leon took a serious run at the ProRally championship in a new Evo 7. Leon won two significant rallies that year- the Colorado Cog Rally and the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and Rally. Leon’s wins and consistent finishes earned him the ProRally Championship, but his most meaningful accomplishment was winning the Lovell Freeman Cup at Pikes Peak, an honor given to the highest placing rally car in the event in memory of Mark Lovell and Roger Freeman. 

Career Highlights


• 2007 California Rally Series overall and open class champion.
• 2004 SCCA ProRally champion and winner of Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.
• 2002 WSRC, SOPAC, and CRS champion.
• 2000 CRS Rally Cross champion.
• Finished in the top five in 25 out of 31 starts.
• 11 first overall finishes and 9 second overall finishes.