The Marsh Mo­tor­sport/Mount Shop Top Fuel Drag­ster will for­ever be etched in the his­tory books of New Zealand drag rac­ing, hav­ing run not just the first four-sec­ond pass in New Zealand, but also be­ing the first to crack the 300mph bar­rier, cur­rently hold­ing the ti­tle of the quick­est and fastest car ever in New Zealand with a PB of 4.78 sec­onds at 315.12mph. Noth­ing can last for­ever, though, and a deal has been done that’s seen all the me­chan­i­cals and spares from the car sold to an Aus­tralian team, and the rolling chas­sis is now on the mar­ket.

While the sale may come as a sur­prise to some, the Marsh fam­ily, along with friends and spon­sors, have achieved ev­ery­thing they set out to do and a whole lot more, and with the car essen­tially mak­ing too much power for the lo­cal tracks to hold, they were left with a de­ci­sion to make. Ei­ther con­tinue as is, push­ing for lower ETs and burn­ing up parts in the process, or cam­paign the car abroad — the lat­ter of which was sim­ply not fi­nan­cially vi­able, even with the gen­er­ous as­sis­tance of Mount Shop.

Aus­tralian team Pre­miere Rac­ing, who were iron­i­cally meant to bring their own top fuel drag­ster to New Zealand to com­pete in 2017, have pur­chased the team’s three com­plete en­gines and enough spares to fill the base of a 20-foot ship­ping con­tainer.

While it’s a loss to the New Zealand drag rac­ing scene, the team will be back on track again with their nat­u­rally as­pi­rated A-Fueller — a car that’s equally as im­pres­sive in its own right, run­ning a PB to date of 5.37 sec­onds at 272.45mph. Hav­ing bro­ken a gud­geon pin, de­stroy­ing a new block, the last time the car was raced, a full new en­gine combo has been built for the com­ing sea­son, which team prin­ci­pal Tony Marsh as­sures us will not dis­ap­point.

This new en­gine combo is sim­i­lar to that run in the car prior to 2017, the en­gine used in-be­tween prov­ing to be a bit of a hand­ful. Ob­vi­ously, the team would like to ex­tend a huge thanks to their spon­sors and sup­port­ers for their as­sis­tance for the time the car was cam­paigned. And, on be­half of New Zealand drag rac­ing fans, we’d love to ex­tend a heart­felt thanks to the team for giv­ing us all mem­o­ries we’ll never for­get!

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