Gate fee is $25 pp, under 15 free, Racing starts at 9 am.

2020/21 Season Dates

28 December - Competition Meeting
2nd of January - Summer Nationals

Reminiscient of Thunderpark days, racers can spend a few days in the holiday region of Taupo, and attend two events only four days apart. The event on the 28th can be used as a test and tune in preparation for the all-important Summer Nationals on the 2nd.

The event on the 28th will be our no-eliminations style where all racers run all rounds, with points awarded at the end of the day. Pairings will be determined by reaction times from the previous round.

The venue is open every day between 7am and 9pm, THE GATE IS LOCKED AT NIGHT.

Racers can arrive and start setting up the day before the event.  Entry will be open about 5 pm - 7.30 pm the day before, and early the following morning.  Please get entry completed as soon as you arrive. Day racers go to scrutineering first.

Racers are reminded to have the Entry/SSP form fully completed before coming to the pit office.  Don't forget to bring your logbook, competitor licence, and civil driver licence (N/A for Juniors).

PLEASE NOTE:  There are NO Pit Runners.  Racers need to check in at the pit office to see who they are paired with for each round.

Driver's briefing is at 8.30 am.


Garages are $100 for the day, and an additional $50 over night.  Please contact Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park directly for garage hire.  Summer Thunder is not involved.


Camp at the venue for $15/person/night on a non-powered site.  A powered site will cost you just another $10 for your stay. Camping is permitted the night before and the night of theevent.  This is done directly with BMMP;

camping rules

BMMP have to abide by the usual health & Safety stuff. If you book for camping, you are considered to have read these;

entry /SSP  FORM

Save yourself some time.  Download, print, and fill out the Entry/SSP form to bring with you to the track;


Print this form, fill it out, and go directly to the scrutineering shed upon arrival at the track (large, unpainted shed near entrance to pits).  After scrutineering, take this form and your driver's licence to Entry.

about  us

Summer Thunder operates at Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park under the rules and regulations of the New Zealand Drag Racing Association (NZDRA). The Summer Nationals (part of the National Championship) is run by Summer Thunder between Christmas and New Year's Eve, depending on public holidays.

Other Summer Thunder events maybe run to a different racing format than that of the National Championship.

the  track  and  facilities

The drag strip uses the back straight of the circuit for the second half of the timed distance and the braking area. The drag strip is approximately 460 m (1500 feet) above sea level, and runs NE to SW. It is a full 1/4 mile drag strip, with approximately 650 m  of braking (2130 feet, more than 3/16 mile) before the turn at the end. The drag strip surface is concrete from the 'waterbox' out to approximately 30 m (90 feet) from the startline, with fine-grade asphalt for the rest of the track.

The venue boasts very large garages with lighting and power, and very good toilet and shower facilities in the pits. The entire pit area is sealed. There is a cafe on site, and other food vendors may attend. Camping is available as BMMP operates a regular camping ground all year round.

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