Long time passionate motorsport mechanic, Shannon has been involved initially with cars in speedway, drag racing and gravel sprints for 20 plus years. With Motorbikes it was circuit racing, hill sprints, bike rallies.
In 2011 he attended a few fund raisers for Masterton Motorplex on the old airstrip and decided in 2013/14 to start racing competitively achieving 2NZ in this first season behind Alan Thoresen from the Black Thunder race team. The following year, 2014/15 securing the 1NZ from Alan then 2NZ runner up in 2015/16. 2016/17 was testing as the old girl was showing her age, with a clutch that let go, and not placing that yr. 2017/18 both were back on form again and managed to win the summer nationals at Taupo (his bogus track), the point series came down to the last meeting at Masterton, alas being knocked out of the first eliminations opened the door for Alan to secure 1NZ and Shannon runner up again.
Shannon’s best run is 11.45 seconds at 124mph. Not bad for an old bus that’s got over 100,000ks on the clock … she may earn her retirement one day. The old bus is a 1996 Suzuki GSXR100WT.
Shannon formed Manawatu Bush Estate Racing – formed in 2016 and now truck the bike to events rather than riding. Shannon has been given the nickname ‘Mr Consistency’ by other competitors and friends as he is keeping others honest on their more modern bikes.
Racing may not have been possible without the continued support from Mum, Ron, partner Sandra, daughter Isobel and Levin Motorcycles ... See MoreSee Less
You don't HAVE to be crazy to go drag racing, but it sure helps!
If you're not busy spannering your ride in preparation for the upcoming season of racing, settle in and check out this interesting documentary on Drag Racing in New Zealand. Filmed back in the 1970's when CRC Thunder Park Hastings (RIP) and Champion Dragway (now Meremere Dragway) put the sport well and truly on the map in New Zealand.
There are some familiar cars and racers in here - how many can you spot?A TV Special about the sport of Drag racing in New Zealand, Brilliant look back at the sport. Brett Wilson and Mike Garing and others ... See MoreSee Less
Brett wilson there are many many stories about this man .lol
I remember those days.
Gary Howat Shame it was about Brett Wilson ripped off his friends big time hope someone broke his knee caps
Ive still got home video footage at Thunder Park in the many months leading up to its closure & around the time the Shadwick Bros released their mighty Doorslammer Camaro that Mark Bardsley now owns, some of its recorded from the spectators stand on the right hand side of the track & then i finish it off with some close up action on the burnout pad before staging right beside the pad, i just have to get it converted into digital format before i can put it online
It's that time of the year, when all drag racers have the opportunity to put forward the name of the person they'd most like to represent them on the Masterton Motorplex Board. The successful nominee will hold a key role, being the voice of the racers to the MMP Board, and via the Board, to the governing body.
If you're a racer, and you wish to nominate a Drivers Representative for the 2018-2019 season, please download the form, and follow the instructions provided.
OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #10-JANE IMRIE-SOUTHEE- PALMERSTON NORTH
Jane followed drag racing for a number of years, a big fan of John Shepherd running the Dub in the good old days of Thunderpark.
After the big 50, Jane decided to give drag racing ago, purchased a 68 Camaro running methanol and with John's assistance got some track time under her belt.The Camaro needed a rebuild. A 383 running on avgas was installed. While the rebuild was happening, Jane ran her SS ute to practice.
The Camaro was named The Reaper with Jane running in the 12sec range and learning all the time.
Last season saw Jane and The Reaper run 10.6sec @ 125mph.
Jane is supported by Hubby Brad, son Thomas and good mates come along to lend a hand. ... See MoreSee Less
Reminder - Masterton Motorplex (inc) will hold it's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton, on Sunday 29th July, starting at 3pm. You can also register your interest by heading over to our event page, which also gives you an automatic reminder!
Dean Hinton is the owner operator of Hinton Turf Services based on the Kapiti Coast.
Dean has been running his 1964 XM Ford Falcon Coupe down the drag strip for the past six years, completing 240 quarter mile passes! All this from a car Dean drives to and from events towing his camper...as Deans likes to say, "it's no trailer queen"
A 302 Windsor with original crank and rods, with aluminum heads powers the XM Coupe via a C4 transmission and Borg Warner LSD running 3:45 ratio.
Dean has run 13.2sec @ 102mph.
Dean and the XM Coupe have won the NZ Superstreet Nationals at Tokoroa and the Southern Nationals at Motueka, and have come 2nd and 3rd in the NZ Points Series on consecutive years.
When not driving, Dean can often be found assisting other competitors on the start line, being a BUG or driving a tow car. ... See MoreSee Less
Yea keep your foot in there Dean, your one of those I'll miss leaving Subby n I on the start line larf larf
Great competitor and a really great friendly guy! I really appreciate the help and the friendliness that Dean extended at my first race meet last year (Port Rd) where I was clearly the lost newbie. Run hard and fast mate!
54 year old Ross Whelan has been drag racing street cars forever.
Ross purchased the Y 15 years ago and spent the next five years building it. After a big engine blow at Hood Aerodrome, Ross built the 427 Dart small block that currently powers the Y. The engine features 13.5:1 compression, runs Jessel shaft mount rockers & cam drive, scat/ eagle crank & 6" rods,AFR heads, 950 Holley HP, MSD ignition wiith Burns Stainless designed headers.
Ross gets down the strip in 9.58sec @140mph, currently, the fastest N/A street car in New Zealand (source NZV8)
Ross "loves drag racing and our racing family of so many cool people" ... See MoreSee Less
We're sure that most of you die-hards will have been glued to your screens during last weekends 51st Willowbank Winternationals coverage thanks to the fantastic OVO live stream. If you didn't get the chance to check it out for yourself, we recommend that you head over to Dragnews.com.au for the latest news and updates. In particular we'd like to make mention of Team Bray Racing success over the weekend - following team Principle Victor Bray's life-threatening cancer scare almost exactly a year ago, he took to the butterflies once again in the Pro-Slammer class, and son Ben managed to take out 1st place in the Factory Extreme class. Congratulations Ben, and it's great to see Victor out there once again. Check it out along with loads more at Dragnews.com.au! ... See MoreSee Less