In the latest issue of NZV8 magazine we announced that NZDRA and IHRA have kissed and made up, but it appears we jumped the gun. What we should have said was that a deal is on the table, that subject to certain criteria being met by an agreed date (April 30, 2015) the reunification will take place. However, until those criteria are met, nothing changes. Our apologies to both parties involved. We look forward to bringing you positive news come the start of May.
Here’s the official press release:
NZDRA, Meremere Dragway Inc and Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club are very pleased to announce to all our mutual members that a Heads of Agreement has been signed, subject to the NZDRA making certain changes by April 30, 2015, that a reunification of our sport is on schedule for May 1, 2015.
This is as a result of a lot of hard work by members of the NZDRA and Meremere Dragway Inc/Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club boards over the past two years to come to an agreement that is greatly beneficial to the sport of drag racing whilst being mutually beneficial to all involved.
It will start with a joint points series at the Spring Nationals at Meremere on November 29 and 30, 2014 and another at Ruapuna Raceway hosted by Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club on January 25, 2015.
The 2015–’16 season will see us competing as one entity allowing for a great National points series to be held at many tracks around New Zealand. The NZ Nationals will once again be held at Meremere in 2016 with the final points round being held at Masterton Motorplex.
Licencing for the 2015–’16 season will be business as usual for the current NZDRA licence holders with the IHRA licence holders completing a transfer of licence form (if their licence has not expired) free of charge until their expiry date of their IHRA licence. Those IHRA licence holders that have expiring licences as at June 30, 2015 will apply using the current NZDRA online form.
If an IHRA licence holder wishes to compete at a NZDRA sanctioned event this season they can simply complete a transfer of licence form free of charge and if applicable have their vehicle tech inspected by NZDRA.
We, Meremere Dragway Inc, Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club and NZDRA are sure you will all join us with a positive attitude and your full support for a united future.
The Board Committee
Meremere Dragway Inc NZDRA Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club