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….
Barracuda Design & Photography
Caltex Solway & Chappel Street
Cornwall Park Motel
David Pope Transport
East Taratahi Building Supplies
Juken NZ Ltd
Kiwi Race Cars
Lions Club Carterton
Magoo’s Street Rods
Mainfreight Air & Ocean Wellington
Master Roads &Services
Masterton District Council
Masterton Pet Shop
NZ Petrolhead Magazine
Rowden Automotive (2005) Ltd
R & R Performance Engineering
South Wairarapa Tow & Salvage
Supreme Automotive Refinishers
Tomlinson & Carruthers
Trust House Charitable Trust
Upper Hutt Glass
van Baarle Construction
Western Auto Mart
Ziggy’s Masterton Glass
Thanks also to the many contractors who have helped out in kind.
Please support our sponsors….
Nostalgia Racing & Competition Meet
- Nitro Nostalgia Funny car
- Jet-powered Funny car
- 3rd & 4th January 2015
- $20 gate entry per day
- $5000 prize pool
- Pre-entry closes on 24th December
Pre-entry OPEN NOW!
Classes for the MMP Nostalgia Racing, 3/4 January 2015
Hot Rod challenge
- Pre 49 Hot Rods
- 50-72 Street Rods
The Hot Rod challenge is for registered and warranted hot rods and street rods only. You will run handicap racing (DYO, fastest allowable Elapsed Time is 11.00 seconds). This is a one day race meeting and you will have your complete competition finished on Saturday. If you want to get some seat time on Sunday as well, we will run grudge racing for you. If we get a big range of vehicles, on the day we will split these into brackets based on your times. The normal NZDRA rules for sportsman racing apply (http://www.nzdra.co.nz/images/downloads/nzdra_rule_book.pdf). Entries close 9.00am Saturday 3 January 2015 at the track
- FED challenge, DYO
- Nostalgia Comp Cars, DYO, Altered, Funny Car or RE dragster
- Nostalgia Sedan, DYO, pre 72 body style
Qualifying Saturday, eliminations Sunday. If we get a big range of vehicles, on the day we will split these into brackets based on your times. The normal NZDRA rules for your class apply. Entries close 9.00am Saturday 3 January 2015 at the track
Plus, for those vehicles that aren’t nostalgia, the full range of NZDRA competition will also be run (minimum of 4 vehicles to run the class). Entries close 9.00am Saturday 3 January 2015 at the track
- Top Alcohol
- Top Doorslammer
- Top Comp, (altered/dragster/funny car)
- Top Street, (super stock, sport compact)
- Super Sedan
- Super Street
- Import Street (DYO same as super street but must be of Asian origin)
- Junior Dragster / Junior Bike
- Comp Bike
- Modified Bike
Pre-entry OPEN NOW!
IMPORT INSANITY & Test & Tune Meeting
Clicxk here for results.
2014-2015 SEASON DATES CONFIRMED!
The dates for race meetings are as follows:
- 6th and 7th December - Test and Tune / IMPORT INSANITY
- 3rd and 4th January - Nostalgia Racing & Hot Rod classes, full comp meet
- 14th and 15th February - IHRA round & NZDRA full comp meet
- 7th and 8th March - Super Sedan Champs & Full Comp Meeting
- 11th and 12th April - NZ Nationals
For a printable PDF listing of local drag-racer friendly accomodation, click here.
2014 Masterton Motorplex AGM - Meeting Minutes
The minutes of the 2014 AGM are available now. Click here to download (PDF)
TRUST HOUSE CENTRAL NATIONALS
Results available here.
The first running of the annual Trust House Central Nationals at the new track saw a lot of close racing, plenty of personal bests, and there were three National records re-set as well! The weather held out for the most part, and the crowds enjoyed some excellent racing, thrills, and spills. We were also thrilled to see not one, but TWO 5 second passes on the new surface - congratulations John Neilan (5.913 @220.47mph) and Shane Lodge (5.937 @ 215.8mph)both running Top Alcohol Dragsters
- we're sure there's more to come!
If you came along to join us at the Central Nationals, thanks - we hope you had a great time. If you still haven't made it along to a meeting at the new track, there's one more event coming up soon, that promises to be a stand-back-jack COOL WEEKEND! See you at the track!
GRAND OPENING MEETING RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE!
For the latest Masterton Motorplex Newsletter, click HERE.
LATEST NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE!
For the latest Masterton Motorplex Newsletter, click HERE.
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE TO KEEP YOU INFORMED
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!
GRAND OPENING MEETING A HUGE SUCCESS!
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.
PRE-STAGE NOW COMPLETE!
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!
DRAG STRIP ALMOST COMPLETED, READY FOR TEST & TUNE!
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!
NEW DRAG STRIP CONSTRUCTION ON TARGET
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.
CLICK TO READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE:
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.
SUPPORTERS CLUB RULES
- 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.
- 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
- Applications to be in writing to the secretary.
- Intending members need to pay the annual subscription with their application
- Term of membership shall be from the AGM to the end of the following AGM
- Members must pay their annual subscription each year within 4 weeks of the end of the AGM to remain a member for the year.
- Members can meet with the Board/Committee by writing to the secretary to voice their opinions and suggestions.
- 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 PROGRESS AS STRIP TAKES SHAPE
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.
Above: Looking towards the start line - click for larger image.
Above: The return road begins to take shape - click for larger image.
Above: Approximately mid-way along the new track - click for larger image.
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.
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.
EARTHWORKS BEGINS FOR NEW DRAG STRIP
MEDIA RELEASE FOR MOTORPLEX FACILITY
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):
Your name could be HERE!
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