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We need your old tires to enable us to apply a layer of rubber to our new track surface in preparation for drag racing! Any unneeded or worn out 'racing' compound tyres will be gratefully accepted, including drag slicks, speedway tyres etc. Contact Bob email or 0274 494 995.


Please support our sponsors….

Auto Electrical

Barracuda Design & Photography

Burger King

Caltex Solway & Chappel Street

Cheers Autos

Cornwall Park Motel

Dan’s Mufflers

David Pope Transport

East Taratahi Building Supplies

Fairview Windows

Farmers Transport

Gasoline Heaven


Hire Shop

Jaz Construction

Juken NZ Ltd

Kiwi Race Cars

Kruzin Kustoms

Lions Club Carterton

Magoo’s Street Rods

Mainfreight Air & Ocean Wellington

Master Blasters

Master Roads &Services

Masterton District Council

Masterton Pet Shop

Maungaraki Lime

Mitre10 Mega

Mount Shop

NZ Petrolhead Magazine


Progressive Engineering



Rowden Automotive (2005) Ltd

R & R Performance Engineering

Smith Hare

South Wairarapa Tow & Salvage

Supreme Automotive Refinishers

The Lott

Tomlinson & Carruthers

Trust House Charitable Trust

Upper Hutt Glass

van Baarle Construction

Wairarapa News

WBS Masterton

Western Auto Mart

Wilton’s Radiators

Ziggy’s Masterton Glass

Thanks also to the many contractors who have helped out in kind.

Please support our sponsors….






Coming soon!


  • 5th and 6th December 2015
  • Gate entry $20 per person per day, kids 14 & under free
  • For more details, go to the Event Dates page.
  • For Entry forms (incl pre-entry), go to the Entry Forms page.
  • For a printable PDF listing of local drag-racer friendly accomodation, click here.


The dates for race meetings are as follows:

  • 5th and 6th December - Central Nationals Entry Form
  • 2nd and 3rd January - FEDS Challenge & DRAGSTALGIA
  • 13th and 14th February - Auckland Invasion - IHRA Round
  • 9th and 10th April - Top Alcohol Challenge

For more details, go to the Event Dates page.

For Entry forms, go to the Entry Forms page.

For a printable PDF listing of local drag-racer friendly accomodation, click here.


We now have a brand new Facebook page which will provide all future updates relating to the new Masterton Drag Strip!

Please click below to be transported magically to our Facebook page!


The new track Grand Opening took place on the 15th & 16th February 2014, and went off without a hitch! The new venue proved to be a hit with racers and spectators alike, with glowing reviews from all corners. There's plentry more to come, with this being only the first of three stages in total, so watch out for more good things to come! Please enjoy this selection of photographs from the opening meeting from track Photographer Justin Hansen.


The Pre-stage area is now completed, ahead of the test-and-tune meeting!

The pre-stage was finished yesterday. It's 4 lanes, 20 metres wide by 70 meters long!


The Masterton Motorplex crew are pleased to announce that the main track seal and concreting is now complete, with 165mtrs of concrete in the start-line/launch area!

The track is 20 metres wide, and 900 metres long. Following the finish-line, the track transitions to a 1% up-hill gradient, to help slow vehicles.

The pits have now all been leveled, rolled and grassed, as has the spectator area.

There's still plenty left to do before the Test & Tune meeting; placing the blocks, laying the cables, and sealing the pre-stage area. This final work is on-target for the Test & Tune meeting

Pre-stage will consist of a sealed area of 20 metres by 70 metres, which will allow 4 lanes of pre-stage vehicles.

The 1.2km access road has now been started. This will be gravel initially, primarily to keep costs down.

We hope to see you all at the track soon - check out our event dates!


Construction of the new Drag Strip is well underway, with the first section of concrete being poured, and preparation for further work progressing well. We'll have more details and pictures soon, so please stay tuned, and check out our event dates for early 2014 here!

Meeting Dates Released for NEW DRAG STRIP

We've released the dates for the upcoming season - please click here to visit the Race dates page.


New Drag Strip - Stage One Funding Completed!

It is with great pride that the Masterton Motorplex Board announces that the level of funding required to complete the new drag strip to ‘Stage One’ has been reached.

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The expectation is that the earthmoving and roading contractors will commence with the final earthworks in the coming weeks, followed by the sealing of the drag strip, and final preparation in time for a tentative Grand Opening date of January 2014.

Stay tuned for a new website with progress reports and updates in the lead-up to this exciting event!

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Special thanks to the following organisations for their significant contributions:

  • Trust House Community Enterprise
  • Eastern & Central Community Trust
  • Masterton District Council
  • Trustlands Trust
  • Oldfields – a division of Higgins Contractors Ltd
  • South Wairarapa District Council
  • All competitors, spectators, supporters, and race-­-day sponsors.

Updated July 10 2013 (7:30pm).

MMP Supporters Club Rules

The Masterton Motorplex committee have developed a clear set of rules, following recent challenges.

If any Supporter Club member is not happy with these rules or if you no longer wish to be a part of the club, please contact the MMP Secretary for a full refund of your membership fee.

For those 30 people who joined before the AGM to show their support to MMP, the committee thanks you.

We now have a supporters club with a total of 50 members. For those who wish to join, click here for more information.



  • To provide a group where people can show their support for MMP
  • To get first hand information before the general public
  • To volunteer to assist MMP to help run meetings and manage the facilities during the off season
  • To make constructive suggestions to the Board/Committee, as and when requested.

Our supporters are incredibly important to us, which is a recognition of the contribution that they make, to MMP and Drag Racing generally.


  1. The Supporters Club runs at a level below the constitution, and members of the Supporters Club are not members of the MMP Board/Committee, and cannot vote at any MMP meetings. The rules of operation of the Supporters Club are made by the Board / Committee, and may be updated from time to time
  2. Applications to be in writing to the secretary.
  3. Intending members need to pay the annual subscription with their application
  4. Term of membership shall be from the AGM to the end of the following AGM
  5. Members must pay their annual subscription each year within 4 weeks of the end of the AGM to remain a member for the year.
  6. Members can meet with the Board/Committee by writing to the secretary to voice their opinions and suggestions.
  7. Supporters are bound by the rules and by the regulations, by laws, policies, and procedures of MMP.


Masterton Motorplex Committee

Updated September 4 2012 (8:05pm)

Trust House grant approved - $200,000 towards the new strip, and more!

This week, the Masterton Motorplex team has had some great news!

Trust House, a Wairarapa based licensing trust, has awarded Masterton Motorplex a whopping $200,000 towards the construction of the already underway new drag strip. This is fantastic news for the MMP team, and also for a large number of keen racers, all eager to have the new venue up and running as soon as possible.

In another huge show of support for this exciting new venue, local earthworks company Oldfields Higgins has agreed to reduce the cost of the 'stage 1' build of the track by a whopping $100,000.

Masterton Motorplex would like to thank both Trust House, and Oldfields Higgins for their continued and generous support of the new Masterton Motorplex Drag Strip.

Posted July 12 2012 (8:50 pm)


More photos have been released showing the progress of the earthworks for the new drag strip. The machines are currently digging down to the desired level, and crushing what they take out ready to put back in in January.
At that stage it will look like a drag strip, just without the tar-seal!

Don't forget - if you want to help with the construction of the new drag strip you can - and there are several options available depending on your budget;

  • Join the MMP Supporters Club - click here for details
  • Make a donation to the construction fund - click here for details
  • Get your next WOF check at your local VTNZ - click here for details
  • Lease your own sealed pit space - click here for details
  • Attend one of the exiting event coming up - keep an eye on this page!
  • Buy one of our 2010 Nationals T-shirts - click here for an order form
  • And also - if you or someone you know can see the value in their business being associated with this countries newest and highest quality drag racing venue, and you are interested in being a corporate or naming rights sponsor, or if you have any other proposal, please contact Bob Wilton directly.

Progress photos


Above: Looking towards the start line - click for larger image.

return road

Above: The return road begins to take shape - click for larger image.

mid point

Above: Approximately mid-way along the new track - click for larger image.

mid point 2

Above: Another view from mid track - click for larger image.


Above: This shows the extent of some of the cut and fill - click for larger image.

down strip

Above: Looking down the length of the track - click for larger image.


Above: A panorama of the track from the start-line - click for larger image.

Posted January 8, 2012.




After many months of planning and fundraising, the earthworks for the new Masterton based drag racing facility has begun. "We feel this is the biggest thing that has happened for drag racing in many years - this is the first time a purpose built drag strip has been built in NZ for 35 years, the last one being Thunder Park Hawkes Bay" said MMP's head Bob Wilton.

Masterton Motorplex International Drag Racing track was started on Thursday by Oldfields, one of the main contractors involved in the construction.

The project has been split into three stages; stage one is the race track itself, while stage two will include a sealed pit area, with stage 3 adding all other necessary amenities.

The total land area is 33 hectares, which will be leased by Masterton Motorplex from the Masterton District Council.

It is expected that stage one will be completed by April 2012 dependant upon funding, which will allow racing to commence on the new track.

Photos: Above: The proud MMP committee with one of the Oldfields earthmoving machines at the location of the new drag strip. Below: The MMP committee and helpers at the first working bee held at the new location.

Posted September 18, 2011.

Masterton Motorplex Supporters Club

Masterton Motorplex Supporters Club yearly membership subscriptions are available at an annual cost of $40. This is a great way to stay informed with the latest updates, and is a great way to support the new track!

If you would like to join the Supporters Club, please download and return the application form.

Click here to view the Supporters Club Rules.

Member updates will be sent via email only, so if you want to receive the updates, you must have an email address.

Payment can be made by by cheque or direct debit (details in file above).

For more information please contact Bob Wilton on 06 377 3803

Posted August 17 2011 (10:00 pm)

Masterton Motorplex Track Records (New Track):

Best Elapsed Time (Piston Engine) 5.59 seconds Anthony Marsh A/Fuel Feb 2015

Best MPH (piston engine) 249.5 mph (401.53km/h) Anthony Marsh A/Fuel Feb 2015

Masterton Motorplex Track Records (Hood Aerodrome):

Best Elapsed Time (Piston Engine) 6.18 seconds Mark Vincent AA/D Feb. 2008

Best MPH (piston engine) 228.35mph (367.49 km/h) John Neilan AA/D Feb. 2008

Best 60 ft (overall) 0.942 seconds Mark Vincent AA/D Feb. 2008

Best Elapsed Time (Overall - Jet Car) 5.90 seconds Richard Smith (USA) March 2005

Best MPH (Overall - Jet Car) 267 mph (429.69 km/h) Richard Smith (USA) March 2005





MMP would like to acknowledge the continued support of Trust House Charitable Trust.

Thanks also to all of our sponsors for their ongoing support.

Auto Electrical, Barracuda Design & Photography, Burger King, Caltex Solway & Chappel Street, Cheers Autos, Cornwall Park Motel, Dan’s Mufflers, David Pope Transport, East Taratahi Building Supplies, Fairview Windows, Farmers Transport, Gasoline Heaven, Headquarters, Hire Shop, Juken NZ Ltd, Kiwi Race Cars, Magoo’s Street Rods, Master Blasters, Master Roads & Services, Masterton Pet Shop, Masterton Towing, NZ Petrolhead Magazine, Oldfields, Progressive Engineering, Printcraft, Proparts, Rowden Automotive (2005) Ltd, South Wairarapa Tow & Salvage, Supreme Automotive Refinishers, Superior Car Valet, The Lott, Trust House Charitable Trust, Waggs Holden, Wairarapa News, Watermart Wairarapa, WBS Masterton, Western Auto Mart, Wilton’s Radiators, Ziggy’s Masterton Glass


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