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NZDRA NATIONAL SERIES READY TO ROLL
The New Zealand Drag Racing Association is pleased to announce a professional promoter, Legends Events & Media Ltd, has been engaged by the Board to promote our sport to the benefit of our members and tracks in gaining sponsors, spectators and racers. We have taken a practical long term approach beginning with the 2015/16 NZDRA national series promotion with our plans extending through the 2018/19 Season.
Legends Events & Media Ltd are the current promoter of the very successful NZ Truck Show & Racing Festival at Taupo and in the past four years has been very active at Hampton Downs promoting the Triumph Classic Festivals, Barry Sheene Trans-Tasman and Mike Pero Motorcycle Classic events, plus the MV Agusta Classic at Taupo. During this historic motorcycle era company principle Robert Cochrane worked on a daily basis with the Classic Motorcycle President at the time, Peter Lodge. ‘Peter was an inspiration, a guy who got on with the job and is also a brilliant bike tuner. You all know him as one of the pioneers of the New Zealand drag scene and I look forward to working for all the other passionate competitors out there in the sport. I am on a learning curve regarding the technical side of drag racing, but the principles of effective promotion are the same no matter which motorsport I am involved with. I look forward to meeting many of you at the ‘Central Nationals’ in Masterton in December.
Since the early 1990s Robert Cochrane has been involved in a range of motorsport promotion projects that have included, Longtrack racing, Wellington Speedway promotion for a few seasons, Boxing Day bikes Wanganui, classic motorcycle scrambles and trials and now more recently promoted Central Muscle Cars, Pre ’65 and NZ Super Truck Championship. The NZDRA Board are looking forward to having his business involved with our sport and giving us a fresh set of eyes to assist us in reaching our goals for the national sport over the next few seasons.
LATEST NEWS FROM TAUPO
Drag Racing 2015/16 at Taupo Motorsport Park
With the 2015/2016 Drag racing season just around the corner the team at Taupo Motorsport Park are gearing up for two big Drag racing meetings.
The 1st being the NZDRA Summer Nationals on the 27th and 28th of December. Being the second round of the NZDRA point’s series it’s a chance for racers to get a good start to their championship.
The 2nd and final event of the season, for only the second time in history, Taupo Motorsport Park will host the NZDRA NZ Nationals! The 19th and 20th of March will not only bring the 48th edition of the most prestigious event in NZ Dragracing it is also the final event of the National series and will decide who is the true NZ Champions in each class.
The biggest and exciting news coming out of Drag racing at Taupo this year is full track prep! Yes that is correct the entire quarter mile will be fully prepared and VHT’ed to provide the best racing surface possible. And for all you Super Sedan drivers don’t you worry there will be NO “no burnouts over the start line rules” at this track. In fact we encourage it, the bigger, longer and smokier the better.
Pre Entry will open for the Summer Nationals in two weeks so start making your plans now. See you in Taupo!
22 September 2015
The Board of NZDRA feel that we need to respond to Meremere Dragway’s press release of last week.
When Meremere Dragway Board (MDI) advised NZDRA in April 2015 of their decision not to reunite with NZDRA they advised that both parties should refrain from participating in a public war of words and NZDRA have respected their choice to remain with IHRA. Our members have since voted at the AGM not to participate in a joint points series with MDI.
Whilst there are always two sides to a story, NZDRA wish to advise our members that we did our upmost to comply with all of MDI’s requests and felt that we had complied in all respects. The NZDRA attempted to reunify the sport as per the Heads of Agreement signed between both parties with the backing of Motorsport NZ, in every aspect and was extremely disappointed this did not occur.
NZDRA Board wish to advise you, our members, that we are moving on and looking to a bright future and whilst we are focussed on our core business, we are also focussed on building our National Series to be the most exciting race series on the motorsports calendar.
NATIONAL SERIES DATES
Super Street Nationals. Tokoroa.
28th November 2015 29th Rain Date.
Central Nationals. Masterton.
5 & 6th December 2015
Summer Nationals. Taupo
27 & 28th December 2015
Southern Nationals. Motueka
Groups 2,3 n 4
6th February 2016 7th Rain Date.
48th New Zealand Nationals. Taupo
19 & 20th March 2016