With the upcoming drag calendar overflowing with dates, and a ton of serious cars set to run the quarter, Bob Wilton and the team at Masterton Motorplex have been busy making the already world-class facility even better ahead of the first event.
The previously 70-metre run-off section has been extended to a generous 200-metre section that is also angled uphill to aid with stopping. The concrete side barriers that contain the cars in the event that things go pear-shaped have been raised, for both driver and spectator safety. Plenty of trees were planted during the off season, which will, Bob says, “make the place a bit more like a park” — offering more shade and a scenic atmosphere among the ruckus.
Things will kick off with a test and tune 9–10 November 2019, with an on-site swap meet going down on the Saturday. All classes will be run on both days. That will be followed by a full competition meeting that includes the Outlaw 71 class on 7–8 December.
Dragstalgia follows with the return of the Wild Bunch class on 4–5 January 2020, and the IHRA/NZDRA Joint National Championship Series will kick off 15–16 February with the Auckland Invasion.
A full competition meeting on 21 March will feature the final round of the Joint National Championship Series as well as eight Australian nitro funny cars running for Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars.
All events are $20 per person per day at the gate. For full event details and further updates from Masterton Motorplex, visit mastertonmotorplex.co.nz.