To All NZDRA Members
As has been the belief from the
beginning, the issues within drag racing have been about the control and
governance of our sport. To give a rundown of what is on offer to the members
Presently the sport is governed by the
NZDRA Executive Board (6 members) with a Drivers Committee (13 members). All of
these are voted on by you, the members, democratically. Another Committee
within the constitution is open to all tracks/promoters, and this is the Events
Committee. The members of this committee are selected automatically because
they manage racing facilities or promote events.
A proposal for an NZDRA Board restructure
given to MotorSport NZ (MSNZ) by four of the seven current track managers/event
promoters is; 4 track/promoter representatives appointed (not elected) by the
tracks/promoters, and 4 Drivers representatives, selected from the Drivers
Representative Committee (who ARE elected by the members). This is 2
Track/Promoters and 2 Drivers Representatives less than the old constitution.
We have heard MSNZ rejected the restructure proposal but do not have this in
writing, so cannot substantiate it.
A third option has come to light very
recently and this is; MSNZ take over control and governance of Drag Racing in New Zealand.
With the dissension within circuit racing at the moment and their lack of
knowledge of drag racing, this would not be in the best interests of the sport.
Of these 4 tracks/promoters, Fram
Autolite, Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club, Masterton Motorplex, and Top Fuel
Enterprises, only Fram and Pegasus are presently operating outside the NZDRA
sanction. Masterton with the exception of a one-off event this April on the
aerodrome has no track until a new facility is built.
Top Fuel Enterprises (TFE), previously
operating events at Taupo Motorsport Park (TMP), are negotiating with TMP for a
way forward, but have ceased operating on the venue at this time. However,
NZDRA with their own promoter, are able to facilitate events at TMP regardless
of the outcome between TFE & TMP.
Of the three options above;
MSNZ can see the revenue benefits of
our membership numbers. They (of their own admittance) know nothing of our
sport and are likely to hand the day to day operations back to the tracks –
The tracks by removing the present
governance (NZDRA) will do what they please. They did not like NZDRA applying
pressure to them to meet appropriate criteria at the National Series events,
ensuring value to Spectators, Sponsors, and Racers. The tracks/promoters have
never attempted to use the Events Committee system as is set up in the current
constitution (the Drivers Committee system is working very well).
For the past three years, the NZDRA has
tried to raise the profile of the sport at a national level, and in spite of
opposition from the 4 main tracks, the sport was on a positive, upward
direction. A higher profile will result in more sponsorship and spectators,
increasing income for the tracks/promoters, and reducing racers costs.
At this point in time, neither MSNZ nor
the 4 main tracks have consulted with the other 3 regional tracks/promoters,
who are content with governance by the NZDRA, your association.
So, the options available to the NZDRA
Stay with your elected Board to continue with the strategic plan implemented
three years ago,
the tracks to take control of the sport under the guise of equal representation,
MSNZ to take over the sport and fit it within their governance.
The Board urges all members to have
their say by completing the attached form (with any comments) on whom they
believe should govern their sport for the benefit of all, and returning it the NZDRA
If you wish to know more, please call
any of the Board, we are more than willing to discuss any aspects of the