The Modified Hydroplane Class is one of the largest classes in the NZPBA. Powered by Automotive engines up to 3000 cc, there are no hull restrictions as far as size and weight go. The hulls are between 16 to 18 ft, depending on the hulls age and engine size. Construction is timber frames and fibreglass over ply. Carbon fibre is also starting to appear in the later boats. With top speeds of over 120 mph (195 kph) this is an exciting and affordable class to compete in. With the car and spares imports from Japan there are a lot of great 2 Ltr engines available and a number of boats in Mod H are making use of them with good results. Mod H are also able to compete in Grand National and Grand Prix classes.

Club History

The club was formed 13 years ago due to mainly because of the concern of a group of drivers racing in the old B and E Classes. They were rather concerned about the direction the sport was going and the likely affect it was going to have on their type of boats. The three members whom formatted the club namely Peter McLeod, Nigel Zander and Peter Dudson polled all boats racing in these classes and came up with a format and name for the new class as opposed to that being proposed by the NZPBA at that time. The members at their first AGM set out the aims of the club and of which they are still used today. The club has it's AGM and prizegiving if possible in the last weekend of August.

The Aims

  1. To raise the profile and promote inboard hydroplane racing up to 3 litre.
  2. To encourage sportsmanship and fellowship among members.
  3. To promote full fields of pure class racing wherever possible.
  4. To promote the "Top Gun Series" including the up to 2000cc class.
  5. To give owners and drivers a strong voice at national level.
  6. To encourage the building of new modern race boats and grow the membership.



Modified Hydroplane Drivers Club Contacts





Kilo Speed Records

Zone Driver Boat Speed
National Record Steve Mathieson Midnight 138.189mph (222.393kph)
Northern Zone Kevin Ireland Challenger 136.232mph (219.24kph)
Central Zone Steve Mathieson Midnight 138.189mph (222.393kph)
Southern Zone Allan Wells Endorphin Rush 116.62mph (187.641kph)

New Zealand Modified Hydroplane Champions

Year Driver Boat
2018 Jarred Robinson New Obsession
2017 Daniel Hall Foreno Tapware
2016 Daniel Hall Foreno Tapware
2015 Cliff Jordan Summer Wine
2014 Steve Mathieson Midnight
2013 Allan Ballantyne Rage
2012 Allan Ballantyne Rage
2011 Steve Mathieson Midnight
2010 Tracy Gapper Tempo Too
2009 Janine White Predator
2008 Nigel Zander Helter Skelter
2007 Brody Mathieson Meridian
2006 Alan Lewis Little Cracker
2005 Alan Lewis Little Cracker
2004 Alan Lewis Little Cracker
2003 Steve Mathieson Midnight
2002 Steve Mathieson Midnight
2001 Alan Lewis Little Cracker

Geoff Robinson

Summer Wine
1999 Peter Stilwell Quantum
1998 Peter Stilwell Quantum
1997 Peter Stilwell Quantum
1996 Peter Stilwell Quantum
1995 Nigel Zander Helter Skelter
1994 Robbie Burns Commando