Like any new venue, developing and improving the infrastructure to make it a better place to race, takes some time. Everything has to be paid for, and as we all know, nothing comes cheap these days! The Motorplex have plenty of things on the to-do list, and one of those things which has been at the top of the list for some time now is timing boards. Timing boards are large illuminated sign-boards, that help by displaying the elapsed time (ET) and speed of the car is each lane, making it easy for spectators and crews to see who has won the race, and what their performance was like. The new timing boards - from the USA, have now been installed - temporarily at this stage, just in time for the Auckland Invasion meeting this weekend. They're attached to shipping containers, but only until the permanent supports are completed.
We're looking forward to seeing the new timing boards in operation for this meeting!
Originally from Masterton, Nick, who's been residing in Australia since 2009, has made Sydney his home. Nick's dad, Danny, has been one of the main-stays at Masterton Motorplex for 20 years and, and has also put this car together, meaning that Nick can fly over for Masterton meetings when possible. Sounds like a sweet deal to us!
While this is only the third meeting out and the first season in this car for Nick, they've already managed to run some impressive numbers with a best of 8.23 @163mph so far, and Nick is confident they'll see improvements and a new PB this meeting.
The car is pro import full tube chassis, with a Mitsubishi Evolution VIII body.
Getting the power down is a McLeod twin plate clutch with bleed off valve, backed by an air shifted Lenco CS3 5 speed, and a Strange 9inch alloy head with 40 spline axels. 32x14x15 M/T tyres keep the rear end planted to the track.
The race number, 1308 is the engines cubic capacity in 'Cc's; equivalent to just under 80cubic inches.
Racing Pro Import / Super Stock this meeting 👊🏼
Cool chicken cooker that one. Would be nice to see a few more, like CBR, the green brothers etc at MMP. The noise isn’t everyone’s things but you can’t deny they make power and go fast.
*Saturday and Sunday – Full competition meeting *Gate entry: $20 per person per day, under 14’s free *Gates open: 9am Saturday, 8am Sunday *Racing starts: 10am Saturday, 9am Sunday *Weather & schedule updates on the day: Check our Facebook page
We do! And we've heard a little rumour that the Curran's are heading this way with the Castrol Edge Mazda RX2! We can't wait to see this absolute WEAPON of an RX2 back on Masterton soil!
Curran Brothers Racing have raced this car since 2010, and although it's had a number of different combinations, it's currently running a two-rotor single turbo 13b, with a 5 speed Liberty box. The team are working towards a 6 second pass with this combination; will it happen this weekend?
In the past the team have run a 6 with a triple turbo 20b 3 rotor with 5sp lenco trans, and they've also run a 6 @ 210mph with 4 rotor single turbo and 4 turbos with 2 speed glide.
Best overall ET to date is 6.89 203mph!
At the team's last run at Masterton back in 2014 when the new track first opened and they they managed a best of 7.0
Being the New Zealand dealer for Fueltech there's no surprise that this car runs the awesome Fueltech FT600 ecu.
See at the track!Footage of our runs at the Import Insanity Meeting at Masterton Motorplex. ... See MoreSee Less
NEW ZEALANDS QUICKEST STREETERS We've got some pretty exiting cars lined up for this weekend; including a number of impressive 5, 6 and seven second cars from a range of classes. But as well as the full-on quarter-mile monsters we all love to see, there's another breed of racer that are equally as dedicated, that are eagerly lining up for some Masterton Motorplex action. These are the guys and gals that are pushing the absolute boundaries of being street legal - right down to the all-important LVV cert-plate, and WoF and rego labels on the screen. If you think it might be an ideal opportunity to nip off and grab a hot-dog when these 'street cars' come out into the staging lanes, you'd be mistaken. be assured; these cars are seriously fast, and their pilots have to work damn hard to get the power down to the track, and to keep them pointing in the right direction. That makes for some pretty exciting racing, and these guys are all dead-serious about climbing their way to number one spot, so they'll be anything but boring to watch!
#1 Reece Fish - 1956 Chevrolet Belair 540 cube Big Block Chev, twin turbocharged Personal best - 7.40 seconds @ 194.50mph #2 Brendon Shearing - 1971 Holden Monaro HQ 509 cubic inch Big Block Chev, twin turbocharged Personal best - 7.95 seconds @ 173mph #3 Aaron Jenkins - 1977 Holden Torana 540 cubic inch Big Block Chev, twin turbocharged Personal best - 8.28 seconds @ 166.15mph #10 Daniel Southall - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 406 cubic inch Small Block Chev, Procharger supercharged Personal best - 8.83 seconds @ 161.34mph #21 Ross Whelan – 1934 Ford Y 427ci Small Block Chev, naturaly aspirated Personal best – 9.59 seconds @ 139.55mph
There's every chance we'll have others from the list racing on the day - and there are also several other Masterton Motorplex regulars who'll be keen to retain their spots on the list - we hope to see you at the track!
Just days out from the Auckland Invasion and teams are making final preparations - we can’t wait! #KIWITHUNDERAll together ready for the weekend! Bring on kiwi thunder Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip ... See MoreSee Less
As well as the Kiwi Thunder Group One National Series which promises to bring out one of the biggest fields of Group One cars seen at Masterton Motorplex in many years, the other star attraction for this weekend is the much talked about OUTLAW 71 class. These guys are all about putting on a show for the crowd, and with all of the competitors in the field sporting LARGE superchargers and guzzling gallons of Methanol, they really are a spectacle that shouldn't be missed. Being the Fifth round of the competition there have been a few unfortunate scratchings; Wellington's very own Rana Davis is out for the rest of our series after his accident in Christchurch, but the good news is that he's already neck-deep into the job of getting it fixed. Cam Paterson has also advised out, after discovering cracks in the chassis following the hard slog in the South Island. This one is really unfortunate as Cam had been runner up in both meetings, and it's really hauling with the new motor combo. JD Shepherd has also damaged the Hemi in the awesome Back Draft FED; he is really pushing hard to be there, and we hope he makes it! But it's not all doom and gloom - there are still TWELVE TEAMS battling for the points, and with the series winner to be decided at MMP for this final round you can be sure that competition will be fierce. We're looking forward to having Pete Schimanski, Gerald Smith, Mark Gapp, Craig Griffiths, Steve Milliken, Grant Briffault, Neil Morgan, Graham Christen, Dean Blackburn, Murray Hartley, Brent Whittingham, and with a little luck, Kendal Smith along to entertain us!
POINTS ACCUMULATION: Here's how it works for OUTLAW 71 Points:
Attending the meeting = 1 point. 1st qualifier = 3 points, 2nd qualifier = 2 points, 3rd qualifier = 1 point. Each round raced = 1 point. Extra 2 points for a race win even if its in the racer return. Meeting winner = 24 points. 2nd place = 22 points. 3rd place = 20 points and it counts back to 2 points. Check out the latest points standings in the pictures!
If you haven't been and checked out Masterton's best-kept quarter-mile racing secret, it's time to get along to the track and check it out!
The AUCKLAND INVASION is a full competition meeting, open to all classes, on both days - 16th & 17th February 2019. Featuring OUTLAW 71! Check out our event page here - www.facebook.com/events/2138276136242968/
*Saturday – Full competition meeting *Sunday – Full competition meeting *Gate entry: $20 per person per day, under 14’s free *Gates open: 9am Saturday, 8am Sunday *Racing starts: 10am Saturday, 9am Sunday *Weather & schedule updates on the day: Check our Facebook page
We should kick this preview off by letting you know that this car is the quickest pump gas (98) rotary in the world, with an ET (elapsed time) of 8.69 seconds @ 155mph!
Jeremy started drag racing in the mid 2000's racing a few different street cars at the Tokoroa drags. Jeremy explains: I inevitably catching the speed bug, and just had to build a full competition car. From following the Puerto Rican drag racing scene, and seeing the crazy things they were doing with the little starlets, the starlet seemed to be a pretty good base for a drag car".
Jeremy's car was fully built at home in his shed, except for the 700hp green brothers built 13b Mazda rotary engine, and the Brinsden automatics prepped Powerglide transmission. It has a full tube chassis, but retains a full steel body, other than the aluminium door skins. Jeremy adds: "It was originally built to show the world that a small displacement turbo car could be consistent and competitive in the world of big consistent v8s in the Super Sedan class, it was awesome to be able to develop it and chase down the world rotary pump gas record, as well as keeping it consistent". Jeremy won the super sedan title for the Meremere competition series in 2015 and many meetings including the 2017 IHRA Nationals, and currently leads the points in the Meremere competion series this season, proving that it is possible!
Jeremy hasn't had much luck at Masterton up until now, and he's hopeful that this year he can turn that around!