About NZHL Drag Racing Team
Car: 1923 T Altered (vehicle based on narrowed version of a Ford 1923 T Bucket)
Engine: 540 Big Block Chev 1800HP
Class: Supercharged Outlaws Division
Driver: Allan Hartley
Since the inception of Allan Hartley’s 1800 horse powered drag car, three years ago the team has grown. Hartley Racing includes racers Nathan Hartley (Allan’s younger brother – and current NZDRA Junior champion 3 years running), Sarah Ward and Abbie Davies both running in the junior dragster division & when Murray Hartley finishes building his 71 Mustang Drag car the team will pack even more horsepower into the stable!
Allan Hartley the franchise owner of NZHL – Hutt Valley with two, third place NZDRA series finishes to his name has had a steep learning curve to achieve a personal best of 6:96 seconds and 197MPH over the ¼ mile drag strip.
6 second and 200MPH passes are on the goals list for the 2016/17 season for Allan, and Nathan hopes to do well adjusting from a Junior Funny Car to 1982 Mustang running a big block ford well into the 9 second 1/4 mile zone.
Allan Hartley : Car Owner and Driver
Allan is a 40 yo Owner of the NZHL Hutt Valley office situated in Lower Hutt. Allan ss married with two boys under 6 years old. As team owner, Allan pulls everyone together in order to achieve the goal of a sub 7 second pass, and a consistent performing race car for the season.
In addition to driving Allan takes direction from David Crew Chief on in-between rounds engine maintenance, starting with the spark plug inspection, valve lash check and analysing the results to see where engine tune should head. This season a data logger has been added in order to help tune for more consistency.
2017 Season Events
|18th/19thh March 2017||NZ Nationals||Masterton||NZDRA|
|8th/9th April 2017||Top Alcohol Challenge||Masterton||NZDRA|
Racing Report - Central Nationals December 5th and 6th
This event was rained off after practice and qualifying runs, Allan’s car didn’t make it to this meeting, awaiting replacement parts before reassembling.
Nathan was doing his best to get a perfect reaction time producing 2 red light runs (leaving before the light turns green) Sarah took a .017 reaction on a light, which is sharp, and Baylee performed consistently and despite the rain out on the Sunday, a good Saturday was had by all.
Property Tutors have sponsored the NZDRA Junior series and as a sponsor of our team also, we thank them, as that provides the juniors some prize money!
Fellow competitor (also awaiting replacement parts) Upper Hutt Glass, Davison Family, have sponsored the Supercharged Outlaws Class, for the NZDRA season also!
Check out facebook page for more photos, Next meeting Taupo 27/28th December.
Jodi Hartley : Pit Liaison
Allan’s wife, and back-up babe, Jodi is currently a stay at home Mum with the boys, and part time administration of Allan’s office. Jodi spends most of her time at the track, taking pictures, organising the kids, and making sure we make time to have a sandwich.
Karen Green : Support Car Driver
Allan’s Mum, Support car driver, Grandma, Parachute packer assistant. After Allan rockets to the end of the ¼ mile, the chase car arrives to tow the race car gently back to the pit area, Karen does this as well as helping with the parachutes and looking after the boys, as well as the staging lane towing that occurs prior to the race.
Nathan Hartley : 1982 Mustang Driver
Nathan is a 16 year old 2 time NZDRA National Campion seeking his third win in Junior Dragster division.
Marie Hartley : Crew
Allan’s Step Mother and Nathans mother, Nana Marie, helping where ever possible. On Race days Marie makes sure Nathan is organised and the parachute is packed.
Abbie Davies : Junior Dragster Driver
This is Abbies 1st season racing the Hartley Racing Junior helped by her family John Dillion and Janelle Eastham. She’s already notched up a runner up trophy!
David Green : Crew Chief
Allan’s Step Father, married to Karen Green, David is the Chief Crewman, Mentor, and Grandad, is in charge of race pit, maintaining and tuning the engine, as well as being the voice of experience in helping Allan get the car down the strip as quickly and safely as possible.
David is on the start line making sure everything is going to plan from burnout to take off. David is also doing a lot of work ensuring we get the car ready to race in the first place.
Mark Cheesman : 2IC of Allans Car
Marks a huge helping hand, putting in the hours behind the scenes, preparing the car before race meetings. At the track, Mark is assisting with parachute packing and in-between rounds maintenance as well as support car duties.
Back Up Babe / Drivers Assistant
This position is filled, by various team members depending on availability, and this person has a key role of back up duties, which means after Allan performs the burnout to heat the tyres the back up babe and David guide Allan through hand signals, back to the start line in the stickiest part of the track. Also this job entails pit lane driver assistance, from drink fetcher to umbrella holder.
This role performed by either, or combination of Jodi Hartley or Indi Purchase.
Murray Hartley : Crew Chief for Nathan
Allan and Nathan’s Dad, Pop for the boys, also an experienced drag racer, is around to lend a hand where ever necessary, mostly as Nathans Crew Chief
Sarah Ward : Junior Dragster Driver
This is Sarah’s fourth season in the Junior Dragster division. Sarah also has her family helping at the coal face, Greg, Karen and Emma.