Big year for Master­ton Mo­tor­plex

Wairarapa News - - SPORT - JACK BAR­LOW

The sound of revving en­gines and smell of burn­ing rub­ber will be on dis­play one last time at Master­ton Mo­tor­plex this week­end, as an­other suc­cess­ful drag rac­ing sea­son comes to a close.

The 50th NZ Na­tion­als will be held on Satur­day and Sun­day at the pop­u­lar Master­ton drag strip.

Master­ton Mo­tor­plex event co­or­di­na­tor Bob Wil­ton said it had been a busy year.

‘‘We just had the Auck­land In­va­sion, which was the big­gest pub­lic at­ten­dance in our 20 year his­tory,’’ he said. ‘‘It’ll be pretty hard to beat. ‘‘It’s def­i­nitely good to see the turnout.’’ He said this week­end’s NZ Na­tion­als would see plenty of rare and ex­cit­ing cars ‘‘come out of the wood­work,’’ some of which haven’t been rac­ing for around ten years.

‘‘There will be some funny cars from down south, some top al­co­hol cars ... there will be plenty en­ter­ing on the day, so we’ll see how many turn up,’’ Wil­ton said.

As the only spe­cial­ist drag strip in the lower North Is­land, Master­ton Mo­tor­plex is a mecca for drag rac­ing en­thu­si­asts through­out the re­gion.

It’s also de­vel­oped quite a rep­u­ta­tion through­out the coun­try, as fans of the sport will at­test and this week­end’s event proves.

Last month’s suc­cess­ful Auck­land In­va­sion was a much an­tic­i­pated round of the In­ter­na­tional Hot Rod As­so­ci­a­tion.

It had proved to be one of the track’s busiest events, with packed stands and just un­der 200 en­tries.

Wil­ton said while vis­i­tor num­bers weren’t of­fi­cially counted, there was no doubt it had been a busy sea­son.

‘‘I’d say there were prob­a­bly be­tween 3-5,000 peo­ple at the events this year,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s def­i­nitely been a suc­cess­ful year. It’ll be a bit of a hard act to fol­low.’’

Auck­land In­va­sion en­trant Chris John­son holds the world for Top Al­co­hol Drag­ster with a Big Block Chev en­gine. Right, fans watch the Auck­land In­va­sion at Master­ton Mo­tor­plex last month.

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