It's with extremely heavy hearts that we learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of one of our friends and enthusiastic photographers, Jacqui McGuigan, AKA Photography By a Fantail. Jacqui will be sadly missed by all of her extended drag racing family at the track, and we all pass on our deepest sympathies to all of her family and friends. Rest in Peace. ... See MoreSee Less
OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #19- ROD BENJES- UPPER HUTT
Rod Benjes is the driver and co-owner of "Childs Play" with John Dillon.
"Childs Play" is a '92 Chey Beretta Top Door Slammer, and is the current NZDRA Top Door Slammer record holder.
Powered by a 526 Hemi, TFX block, Bryant billet crank, GRP rods, BAE pistons, Crane cam, Noonan cyclinder heads with Victory titanium valves and PAC springs, DMPE spec'd PSI D-series supercharger, JBR carbon fibre injector hat, Waterman fuel pump and MSD 44 magneto ignition.
All the power gets to the ground via a 3 disc Crower clutch, 3 speed Lenco, Strange Engineering drive shaft and custom fabricated chromoly diff housing with Strange Engineering components.
The body is a mix of steel, fiberglass and carbon panels wrapped around an owner built dual rail chromoly chassis. Suspension is a combination of Strange Engineering front struts, a custom 4-linkand anti nroll bar, 104" wheelie bars and QA1 coil overs in the rear. Traction comes from a set of 17" x 34.5" Hoosier slicks.
Rod has a PB of 6.28sec @ 229mph and is keen to get back on track this season. ... See MoreSee Less
Pretty small couldn’t you have gotten bigger ones lol awesome
Cool,good purchase 😎
Good work people. That will please a lot of your loyal watchers
Ye ha 😎
Great to see they not small
Awesome! Great work!
Mitch King will be happy 😜😜
They look fantastic!
Awesome stuff mmp!
hell yeah that will be a massive improvement for spectators and drivers crew etc. well done
Josh Elliott awesome!!
WOW!! be able to see those from Gladstone, very impressive
Oh awesome purchase
Joseph John Nixon
This is awesome .the crowds will love it knowing the times
Brett McDonald bloody awsome ah
missed them, great stuff
Nice work mmp!Racers,pitcrew & spectators will love these bad boys..Reckon things will run smoother now everybody knows the times cars run,wont get so many people hanging around to & blocking up return road to hear there cars time!😉Awesome investment👍👌
Masterton Motorplex is looking for new members to join us on the Board. If you are interested in how you can contribute and give back to the Racing Community then consider giving your time and knowledge to help us continue to run one of New Zealand’s best Drag Racings’ facilities.
The positions will require someone who: • Is passionate about giving back to their community • Attend Monthly Board Meetings in Masterton (2-3 hours) during the racing season • Attend the Annual AGM • Attend at least one Working Bee per year • Prepared to take an active role in events hosted by MMP and being involved with organisation of running these events • Board Members will be assigned a portfolio or area of responsibility to manage
To apply for these positions please send an email to: email@example.com Please include your contact details and a brief summary of what you can offer to the Masterton Motorplex Team. ... See MoreSee Less
Have you thought about giving drag racing a go but never seem to get around to it? Always wanted to get out on the drag strip but been unsure where to find the basics to give it try?
The Test & Tune Meeting, coming up in November, is the perfect time to get out there and give it a go. There's no pressure, and you'll get plenty of time to practice throughout two days. To help get you started our website has a page that's dedicated to helping new racers get onto the track. If you're keen to give it a shot, check this page out now! www.mastertonmotorplex.co.nz/getting-started/... See MoreSee Less
OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #18- BRUCE RIDDICK- NEW PLYMOUTH
Bruce caught the drag racing bug about 25 years ago at the New Plymouth street drags in his T Bucket. Bruce still owns the T Bucket which now run consistent 10.9s When officials started getting grumpy with Bruce running under 11sec, Bruce looked about for a new car.
In 2014, Bruce and wife Jo, bought the T Altered from Simon Fowke in Christchurch. The first time Bruce drove, he hated it and decided to repower and tidy it up.
The car now named ADDICTIVE as Bruce can't get into it enough, runs a BBCC 479cui, Powerglide trans with 5500 stall, Enderele hat with port injection taking care of the methanol. 9" diff with 4.86 gears.
Bruce currently holds the NZDRA A/MA class record at 8.201sec @157 47mph set at the Central Nats 2017. Bruce has a PB of 8.115sec @161.99mph.
Bruce, Jo and the family will be back at the track for another fix in 2018 -2019 ... See MoreSee Less
OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #17 BARRY PLUMPTON-AUCKLAND
Back in his 20's, Barry could be found thrashing his cars down the drag strip for a couple of years. Fast forward to 2010 and Barry purchased the HQ Holden, started improving and upgrading the car. Ran the HQ in the Fathers Day Drags and won Top 8 Australian shootout in 2011 and 2015 ("broke shit most years lol")
Barry purchased the Monte Carlo in 2012, becoming NZDRA Super Stock 2012/2013 Champion, and IHRA Top street National Champion.
Turning on the nitrous Barry and the Monte Carlo entered the Top Door Slammer Class and has enjoyed considerable success in both the NZDRA & IHRA National competitions.
Barry's currently competing in the 1968 Camaro built by Jerry Bickle Race Cars, running a 959cu in Musi nitrous motor with Bruno/Lenco transmission.
At Masterton in 2018, Barry achieved the fastest Door Slammer pass in New Zealand at 6.120sec.
Barry enjoys the challenges of competing with big inch nitrous motors and the unknown. He is supported by family and the families of the crew. The crew of great mates, nearly always laughing, enjoying their competing and challenging themselves.
Barry is sponsored by Focus Construction Group, Brave Design, Heron Plumbing & Team Cabling. ... See MoreSee Less
Check out this awesome video featuring loads of Masterton Motorplex footage, shot and edited by none other than Mr Dragclicks Cloady, who can be seen at most drag meetings behind some pretty darn fancy video gear.
Watch out this season as he plans to drive up to 5 cameras at any one time!Drag Racing Highlights From Masterton Motorplex Dragstrip New Zealand. A huge Thanks goes out to Checaine for the use of the Track in this video.Check out th... ... See MoreSee Less
Step back in time! A Graham Berry Racecars Almac 427 Cobra replica built in Upper Hutt - on show at a drag meet in Masterton, November 1989 - 29 years ago!A Graham Berry Almac 427 race car built in Upper Hutt on show at a drag meet in Masterton, November 1989. ... See MoreSee Less
Graeme Kidd built and seen here in drivers seat. Basic kit was from Berry.
Also , yellow Mazda ute in background , originally built by Russ Clarke with work done by Graeme Berry . Ran small block Chev , turbo 350 , 9 inch diff , , , looked very mild ! Owned by Ian Hammond at time of pic.
Rover in background built by Ian Hammond and Ross Picard for Ross.ran smallblock chev , turbo 350 and 9inch , later owned by Kevin Algar .
Holden ute was built and owned by Paul Railton .
And , , , looks to be a young Raymond Bush standing at back of Mazda ute.