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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Ross Whelan at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Tue Jun 19th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #8-ROSS WHELAN-HAWERA

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"
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #8-ROSS WHELAN-HAWERA

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

 

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Wayne Bach

Look your famous again Ross Whelan

Tony van Helmond - can you do this for you n Andrew Neiman please

Great pics but now everyone knows you look older than you are. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

Max Smith Scuderia

Tuff as

Neil Robertson fuk yea n/A power

Go, Ross. Hawera (South Taranaki area) is quite well known in various folks producing outstanding Hot vehicles

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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Shane Mendoza and 2 others at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Thu Jun 14th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #7- The Mendoza Family- Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt's Mendoza family, Shane Mendoza, Shona Dwight and their children Jacinda and Jasckson run a three car team under The Mendoza Drag Racing banner.

This family team has dad Shane on the spanners, building and maintaining the race fleet and even having the occasional run down the track in Shona's Mazda.

Mum, Shona just loves smoking up her LS3 powered Mazda RX7. The LS3 is force feed by an airwix turbo producing just over 1000 horsepower. The Mazda runs 8.37sec @ 160mph.

Daughter, Jacinda's Mendoza Mechanical built Honda 250 4 stroke powered Front Engine Junior dragster runs 8.92sec @ 72mph.

This season, son Jackson ran10.3 sec in a Junior Dragster borrowed from Upper Hutt Glass. For the coming season, Shane is currently building a Suzuki RGV 250 two stroke powered Junior for Jackson.

And just to keep Shane busy, a new body shell has been purchased for the Mazda. Time to build a new cage and swop over all the running gear for next season
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #7- The Mendoza Family- Upper Hutt

Upper Hutts Mendoza family, Shane Mendoza, Shona Dwight and their children Jacinda and Jasckson run a three car team under The Mendoza Drag Racing banner.

This family team has dad Shane on the spanners, building and maintaining the race fleet and even having the occasional run down the track in Shonas Mazda.

Mum, Shona just loves smoking up her LS3 powered Mazda RX7.  The LS3 is force feed by an airwix turbo producing just over 1000 horsepower.  The Mazda runs 8.37sec @ 160mph.

Daughter, Jacindas Mendoza Mechanical built Honda 250 4 stroke powered Front Engine Junior dragster runs 8.92sec @ 72mph.

This season, son Jackson ran10.3 sec in a Junior Dragster borrowed from Upper Hutt Glass. For the coming season, Shane is currently building a Suzuki RGV 250 two stroke powered Junior for Jackson.

And just to keep Shane busy, a new body shell has been purchased for the Mazda. Time to build a new cage and swop over all the running gear for next season

 

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Shane Mendoza Shona Dwight

Denis Larsen

Drag racing is obviously a family sport,well done team

The man is a dynamo, human energizer battery 🀣

Such a cool family! πŸ˜ŽπŸ’–

Steven Davison

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Wed Jun 6th, 2018

Here’s a sombre but timely reminder on the importance of safety equipment, and not just that it’s in good condition, but also that it’s correctly fitted and used. Racers and crews please take a few minutes to read and share this post.These are two pics that anyone who ever straps into a racecar needs to see, and understand.
They are from a series of leaked pics of the aftermath of Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash. This is what ultimately caused his death. Knowing what happened may save your bacon.
It appears, from what we have been able to gather, that Dale had loosened the lap belt during an earlier caution period, but never retightened it. As a result, when he made contact with the wall, the inertia weight of his body was enough to tear the webbing, sending his torso into the steering wheel and wrenching his neck hard enough to cause the fatal injury.
Immediately following the incident, NASCAR tested over a hundred sets of belts, and only one, that had been deliberately left loose, failed in the way these pics illustrate.
If you're a driver, or your job is to strap a driver in, keep this in mind EVERY TIME you pull those things tight.
If you have friends or family that spend any seat time at all, in competition, please share this.
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Here’s a sombre but timely reminder on the importance of safety equipment,  and not just that it’s in good condition, but also that it’s correctly fitted and used. Racers and crews please take a few minutes to read and share this post.

 

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musta been a hell of a force created by his body to do that R.I.P Dale

Dallas Graham u boys πŸ‘ˆπŸ½

Daniel Burmeister

Darren Stephens

Chad Tully

Nick Tansey 😯❀

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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Simon Carson at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Mon Jun 4th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #6- Simon Carson-Marton

Simon's 1962 Commer Cob was languishing under a lemon tree in the backyard, when he was told to put a V8 in it for shits and giggles. Daniel Southall then talked Simon into drag racing and he hasn't stopped since.

Simon races under the Si-Co Racing banner, with the Commer Cob running a 308 Holden stroked to 355 cubes, with a small pro charger producing 420 hp.

Simon has run 11.1sec @122mph at the Marsterton Motorplex

Simon's major sponsor is Matt Tasker of Danny Auto's in Palmerston North. Si-Co Racing also wish to thank Dan Southall and Aaron Jackson for their continued support and inspiration.

The 2018-2019 Season will see Simon and his #1 supporter Ange back in action at Masterton
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #6- Simon Carson-Marton 

Simons 1962 Commer Cob was languishing under a lemon tree in the backyard, when he was told to put a V8 in it for shits and giggles. Daniel Southall then talked Simon into drag racing and he hasnt stopped since. 

Simon races under the Si-Co Racing banner, with the Commer Cob running a 308 Holden stroked to 355 cubes, with a small pro charger producing 420 hp.

Simon has run 11.1sec @122mph at the Marsterton Motorplex

Simons major sponsor is Matt Tasker of Danny Autos in Palmerston North. Si-Co Racing also wish to thank Dan Southall and Aaron Jackson for their continued support and inspiration. 

The 2018-2019 Season will see Simon and his #1 supporter Ange back in action at Masterton

 

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Awsome Simon Carson Ange Carson bloody tuff machine this one,hard to beat this at street drags hooks up hard

Fully agreed

Cool mate

And goes fast backyard aye Ross Whelan lol

Go the mighty cob!!! 🏁

Matthew Tasker πŸ™‚

WOOHOO! Yeah Carson 🀘

I can remember one being run at the old kopuku strip at Meremere ran a mk111 zephyr in it I have pics here of a blown flywheel in it. I can't correctly remember the guys name but I think it was eather a Laurie or a Brian

Great work mate

One of the coolest rods out there

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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Mitch King at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Wed May 30th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #5-BERT KING-UPPER HUTT

Long time drag racer, fifty eight year old Bert King promotes his business, Powder Surfaces of Upper Hutt in his wheel standing dragster.

Bert runs a 509 cubic inch cast iron big block Chev with a PSI Supercharger, getting the drive through a Powerglide transmission.

With his never get out of the throttle driving style, Bert has run a best time of 5.84 sec @ 243mph
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #5-BERT KING-UPPER HUTT 

Long time drag racer, fifty eight year old Bert King promotes his business, Powder Surfaces of Upper Hutt in his wheel standing dragster.

Bert runs a 509 cubic inch cast iron big block Chev with a PSI Supercharger, getting the drive through a Powerglide transmission.

With his never get out of the throttle driving style, Bert has run a best time of 5.84 sec @ 243mph

 

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Top man.

Burts a good bugger,,,be like Burt

Really, with a glide? Top guys even the crew....

Mitch King

just a top guy always in it to win it

Yip true legend

One of my all time favourite racers!

Not scared of a Tui either

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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Dwane Garrett at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Fri May 25th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #4-DWANE GARRETT-MASTERTON

Dwane started drag racing in 1999 with a 355 tunnel rammed t-bucket, then stepped up to the ex Soap 240inch dragster, before having Kiwi Race Cars build the Torquingheads car

The car initially ran a 540bbc with a 14/71 blower and a mag. Dwane was hitting 6.50's with this set up.

Two seasons ago, the car was repowered, a bae hemi with a 16/71 blower ,44 amp mag and a clutch was fitted once again improving the performance.

Dwane ran 6.02sec @227mph at the final meeting of the season. As always, with the support of his crew Andrew, Shane, Elise & Kevin making it happen.

Into the Fives for 2018-2019!
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #4-DWANE GARRETT-MASTERTON 

Dwane started drag racing in 1999 with a 355 tunnel rammed t-bucket, then stepped up to the ex Soap 240inch dragster, before having Kiwi Race Cars build the Torquingheads car

The car initially ran a 540bbc with a 14/71 blower and a mag. Dwane was hitting 6.50s with this set up.
 
Two seasons ago, the car was repowered, a bae hemi with a 16/71 blower ,44 amp mag and a clutch was fitted once again improving the performance.

Dwane ran 6.02sec @227mph at the final meeting of the season. As always, with the support of his crew Andrew, Shane, Elise & Kevin making it happen.

Into the Fives for 2018-2019!

 

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Sexy car and awesome crew. Bring on the 5s!

Goes to show what’s required to loose 1/2 a second in the big league, well done team

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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Tue May 22nd, 2018

The Masterton Motorplex Burout Pad hosted the NZBC Burnout Masters Grand Final on the 31st of MarchMy article & photos on the NZBC Burnout Masters Grand Final in the latest Petrolhead ... See MoreSee Less

The Masterton Motorplex Burout Pad hosted the NZBC Burnout Masters Grand Final on the 31st of March

 

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Rosso

Are you guys going to combine any burnout events after the drags this year

Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Arran Brattle and Pauline Lane at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Sun May 20th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #3 -ARRAN BRATTLE & PAULINE LANE-UPPER HUTT

It's been 4 years since racing couple Arran Brattle & Pauline Lane set up the Angry Azz Drag Racing NZ team and imported their 2010 Mark William's 200 inch FED.

Running a 502 big block Chevy Crower methanol stack injection, producing roughly 800 horsepower. All feed to the rear wheels via a Reid powerglide transmission and MW modular 9 inch diff.

Arran & Pauline share the driving duties at each meeting, giving each other lots of support and encouragement.

Arran has run 7.66sec @169mph, with Pauline running 7.76sec @169mph

Angry Azz Drag Racing NZ are sponsored by Panhead Custom Ales Dzine Signs Quickstart Auto Electrical & KJ Lally Contracting
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #3 -ARRAN BRATTLE & PAULINE LANE-UPPER HUTT

Its been 4 years since racing couple Arran Brattle & Pauline Lane set up the Angry Azz Drag Racing NZ team and imported their 2010 Mark Williams 200 inch FED.

Running a 502 big block Chevy Crower methanol stack injection, producing roughly 800 horsepower. All feed to the rear wheels via a Reid powerglide transmission and MW modular 9 inch diff.

Arran & Pauline share the driving duties at each meeting, giving each other lots of support and encouragement.

Arran has run 7.66sec @169mph, with Pauline running 7.76sec @169mph  

Angry Azz Drag Racing NZ are sponsored by Panhead Custom Ales Dzine Signs Quickstart Auto Electrical & KJ Lally Contracting

 

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And all round great people too 😁

Yep and awesome people keep it coming with these profiles that's how they keep sponsors.

Cool story, awesome doing double driving duties πŸ‘

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Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip is with Alan Marshall at Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip.
Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

Tue May 15th, 2018

OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #2- ALAN MARSHALL-WELLINGTON

Wellington builder, Alan Marshall, a stalwart of drag racing for the past 20 years likes to build and race his own cars.

Alan scratch built his 1966 American 2 door Ford Falcon XR with assistance from Gary Cawthra. Running a 351 Cleveland with twin 1050 dominators, a fogger nitrous system, with a trans braked 5500 stall power glide. The current set up has the potential to produce around 900hp

Alan has run 9.33sec at 145mph.

After putting a leg out of bed at the final meeting of the season, Alan will be back for the 2018-2019 season going even stronger.
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OFF-SEASON RACER PROFILE #2- ALAN MARSHALL-WELLINGTON 

Wellington builder, Alan Marshall, a stalwart of drag racing for the past 20 years likes to build and race his own cars.

Alan scratch built his 1966 American 2 door Ford Falcon XR with assistance from Gary Cawthra.  Running a 351 Cleveland with twin 1050 dominators, a fogger nitrous system, with a trans braked 5500 stall power glide. The current set up has the potential to produce around 900hp

Alan has run 9.33sec at 145mph.

After putting a leg out of bed at the final meeting of the season, Alan will be back for the 2018-2019 season going even stronger.

 

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Nice falcon

FORD V8!

Good rite up again a Alan Marshall

What beast good to see it run again

Is he racing this season

Sharon Mike Cload

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