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NEW FUNDING & NEW SURFACE FOR PALMYRA DRAGWAY

The Palmyra Drag Racing Club is pleased to announce it has received $160,000 of funding from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Infrastructure Stream. This funding commitment follows on from the club receiving $120,000 as part of the Palaszczuk Government re-election promise late in…

WADRA CLUB AWARDS NIGHT A SUCCESS

The West Australian Drag Racing Association (WADRA) recently held its awards night following the 17/18 drag racing season.…

WORLD-FIRST CRYPTO SPONSORSHIP DEAL FOR VAN DYK RACING

Van Dyk Racing says it is extremely thrilled to announce its new marketing partnership with crypto start-up company, PLAAK, in what is believed to be a world-first for drag racing and a first for Australian motorsport across the board.…

VALE: STAN SAINTY

The Australian National Drag Racing Association, its members, management and staff, send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Stan Sainty. The patriarch of the Sainty Top Fuel team, Stan was a master machinist whose skills were widely admired and appreciated in not only drag racing…

WADDRA Search For New Home Continues

Warrnambool & District Drag Racing Association’s search for new home continues following VCAT hearing…

Back To The Drawing Board For WADDRA Club

  Yesterday the news delivered a disappointing blow for the Warrnambool & District Drag Racing Association. The Moyne Shire Council notified WADDRA that the proposed site is no longer an option for a purpose-built drag strip.…

Nitro Car To Call Hidden Valley Home

Hidden Valley Drag Strip can now proudly claim it is the home track for a locally owned Nitro Funny Car. Local businessman Peter Coles is the proud owner of the Nitro Funny Car, however, he will be handing over the keys to son Nathan after a successful stint behind the wheel of “Nitro Madness” recen…

Inaugural Harry White Memorial Trophy Awarded To Bryan Finn

On behalf of the South Australian Drag Racers Association Members and Committee, we are honoured to present in the memory of Drag Racer, SADRA President and long-standing ANDRA South Australian Division Director, the Harry White Memorial Perpetual Trophy. The inaugural recipient for 2017 w…

Perfect Portland Holds Best Aeroflow Nitro Meeting Yet

The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car series has returned to the beautiful South Coast Raceway and the 4000 horsepower nitro coupes put on an amazing show for the Victorian fans, culminating in one of the closest final rounds in the series’ history.…

Zappia Resets Track Record at WA Champs

The Perth Motorplex hosted the first round of the new Summer Slam series for the growing number of Western Australian Top Doorslammer teams in Perth, and the WA Drag Racing Championship event this weekend saw eight teams compete for the coveted title.…

Massive weekend for maiden drags at Swan Hill

Australia’s newest drag strip will have its much-anticipated maiden run this weekend as Swan Hill Drag Racing Club hosts the Race for Pride.…

Al McClure an evergreen performer

There is a new green machine on the scene and it’s driven by the closest thing drag racing has to stand up comedian – Al McClure.…

Supercharged Sam a racing Treasure

The Treasure name is synonymous with drag racing in Western Australia and the latest generation of the family is ensuring they will continue to be well known.…

Perth Motorplex welcomes Shannons to Fast Racing Series

For those keen on different kind of motorsport, or perhaps just for the indecisive, the Fast Racing Series has long provided a great value package of speedway and drag racing.…

Swan Hill Dragway’s Race For Pride to be rescheduled

The Swan Hill Drag Racing Club have released the following update regarding the inaugural Race For Pride event originally scheduled for this weekend October 8th and 9th.…

AIR calendar released

Adelaide DragRace Promotions has released their 2016/2017 calendar for Adelaide International Raceway.…

Engines to roar at Swan Hill Dragway October 8-9

The long awaited opening of Swan Hill Dragway; Australia’s newest quarter mile drag strip in regional Victoria, is edging closer with entries set to open for the Race for Pride on October 8-9th.…

Special meaning for Nitro Thunder

Drag racing is more a team sport than most people imagine. It takes a small army of dedicated souls behind the scenes to bring a race vehicle to the track – especially if it happens to burn nitro.…

WADDRA 2016-2017 Membership Forms

The Warrnambool and Districts Drag Racing Association AGM will be held 25 August 2016.…

WADDRA: We will fight on

The Warrnambool and District Drag Racing Association has issued the following update regarding the recent decision by Moyne Shire to withdraw it’s support from a permanent drag strip at the old Koroit racecourse.…

ADRP Shine the lights on Drag Racing at this weekend’s Meguiar’s MotorEx

This weekend sees drag racing showcased in Melbourne by local drag racing branding agency, Australian Drag Racing Promotions (ADRP).…

Revised 2016 Hidden Valley Drag Strip Calendar

  Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association have annoucned a revised 2016 calendar via the following statement:…

Hidden Valley track repairs underway

Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association today announced that the Department of Infrastructure (DOI) have commenced the track rectification works on Hidden Valley Drag Strip.…

Record times and huge crowd pump up Portland

South Coast Raceway rocked to the sound of nitro as a massive crowd filled the beachside facility with tight racing keeping the fans on the edge of their seats with three rounds of spectacular competition.…

Mach 1 Mustangs vs ’57 Chevs – civil war in Portland tomorrow

They are four of the most iconic cars in the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car tour and they have taken aim at each other – the Mach 1 Mustangs of Paul Messineo and Justin Walshe will be looking to take down the ’57 Chevs of Rick Gauci and Shane Olive at Portland.…

Lex Swayn retires after 32 years with Willowbank Raceway

Long-time board member Lex Swayn has this week stepped down from Willowbank Raceway’s board of management after more than 30 years of service to the track and its community.…

Willy White confirmed for Kiwi nitro double-header in Sydney

The quickest and fastest nitro funny car pilot in New Zealand – Willy White – will join fellow countryman, Morice McMillin as the Kiwi duo double the odds of taking the Aeroflow ‘Rocket’ trophies back to the land of the long white cloud.…

Hambridge hands-on for Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars in 2016

With a reputation as one of the country’s best drag racing tuners, Aaron Hambridge is a name that needs no introduction when it comes to nitro-powered racecars but this time, Hambridge is taking his talent to funny cars.  The Australian championship-winning Top Fuel tuner will…

One bad Kiwi makes good on debut

New Zealand’s Morice McMillin has driven some fast cars during his drag racing career but last Sunday the affable Kiwi had his first taste of nitro whilst completing licencing passes at Sydney Dragway and for him and his crew, the Aeroflow Triple Challenge can’t come soon enough.…

QDRC Champions Crowned

  Eight Queensland Drag Racing Champions have been found amid scorching Saturday temperatures at Willowbank Raceway, following a frenetic day of eliminations-style racing for the final round of the QDRC for 2015.…

WA Top Doorslammer Championship Win for Zappia

Western Australia is the blown alcohol capitol of Australia, with a large contingent of teams competing in the local Top Comp bracket in Top Doorslammer, Top Alcohol and Competition classes – containing many record setters and national champions among the group.…

Siblings seeking twin championships in Mum’s honour

When the final round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships hits the track at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday (21 November), siblings Kellie Kidd and Tony Bellert will be looking to secure twin-championships for their family. The 32 year old mum of two and her 35 year old engine building broth…

Elliot looking for strong finish in 2015 Atura Track Champs

This Saturday, November 14th, will mark the concluding round of the 2015 Sydney Dragway Track Championship, sponsored by Atura Blacktown.  Modified racer, Graham Elliot, driver of the GE Corp / Pro Signs dragster, will also be finishing his first full season in competition in the Modified Drags…

Mopar Muscle Ready To Rumble at Willowbank this Sunday

Greg Emberley’s 66 Dodge Coronet is a head-turner in the Australian drag racing scene, and as such it is no surprise that it is the ‘poster car’ for this weekend’s Mopar Sunday (8 November) at Willowbank Raceway.…

Willowbank Street Sedan and Street Bike Champions Crowned

The final round of the Street Sedan and Street Bike title at Willowbank Raceway this weekend has seen Josh Fletcher claim an incredible sixth Street Sedan championship, while Denis Ryan has taken his first in the Street Bike class.…

Bandag Bullet coming to Benaraby Raceway this weekend

The Bandag Bullet is set to thrill race goers this weekend at Benaraby Raceway!…

Max Cranes 660 Series Begins in Whyalla Nov 21

Round 1 Max Cranes 660 Series, Saturday 21st November at the Steel City Raceway – Whyalla.…

Steel City Supercharged Shootout Awesomely Epic

It was an explosive weekend of racing at the Steel City Raceway on the 3rd and 4th October, with 25 of the toughest Supercharged Outlaw cars, Nitro Funny Car, Jet Cars and fireworks ensuring the spectators had a lot to smile about.…

Brotherly love helps Jett Willshere to maiden event win

The Willshire family is all smiles tonight (Saturday 10 October) following the penultimate round of the 2015 Queensland Drag Racing Championships held at Willowbank Raceway.…

Super Street leader Tschutura readying for QDRC

Willowbank Raceway will this Saturday (10 October) host the second to last round of the 2015 Queensland Drag Racing Championships (QDRC), with more than 100 local racers set to be battling it out for victory as the title chase speeds towards its conclusion.…

Luppino delivers Australian record at Pro Street Shootout

Domenic Luppino has officially become Australia’s fastest radial racer during Saturday’s APSA Pro Street Shootout event at Willowbank Raceway.…

Pro Street rivalries set to explode at Willowbank Raceway

The APSA Pro Street Shootout at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday (3 October) is set to settle the score in some tense on-track rivalries, with a special buy-in grudge match set to pit the heavy-hitters against each other in a race for big cash prizes.…

Final Round 2015 Track Championship at Hidden Valley

This weekend will be the last time Darwin drag racers hit the strip this year with the 2015 Track Championship Season Finale featuring Saturday night at Hidden Valley Drag Strip.…

Dale Gummow Returns To Perth Motorplex

Dale Gummow will return to Perth Motorplex in a professional capacity as Event Coordinator for Drag Racing, Burnout and Special Events. Dale, whom last worked at Perth Motorplex in 2009, has never lost her spark, passion, and desire to return to the nuts and bolts of drag racing event coordination i…

Gauldie overcomes sickness to win QDRC

Kallangur’s David Gauldie has taken victory in the Super Gas category of the weekend’s round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships (QDRC) at Willowbank Raceway, despite battling a bad case of the flu.…

Fast Femmes rev up for QDRC at Willowbank Raceway

This Saturday (19 September) the latest round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships will come to Willowbank Raceway, and when it does, there are two fast femmes on which fans would be well advised to keep their eye on.…

Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars Spectacular Willowbank debut

The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars have made a spectacular debut at Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway at the weekend, with great weather treating a big crowd to some scintillating performances from the nitro-powered 11-car field.…

Local Funny Car heroes look for home track advantage

When the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars come to Willowbank Raceway this Saturday, the Series’ local drivers will be enjoying their first opportunity to race at their home-track.…

Nitro Funny Cars delight young fans at Hyperdome

An abundance of young race fans have enjoyed a chance to get up close and personal with their outlaw nitro funny car driving heroes at the Hyperdome shopping centre on Saturday, ahead of next weekend’s Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car show at Willowbank Raceway.…

New Tasmanian 1/8 mile electric vehicle record set

An inaugural Tasmanian record has been set for Electric Vehicles over the 1/8 mile on 29 August 2015. Christopher Walkden in his 70kw all electric Subaru Brumby set the record of 12.377 seconds.…

De Roo to debut new bike amid Street Series title hunt

The battle for the 2015 Street Series will come to a head at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday 5 September, with more than 100 local drag racing heroes set to fight to secure their ticket to the finals by placing amongst the ‘top eight’ in the Street Sedan, Street Bike or Powder Puff (ladies only…

Jamboree completed under blue skies at Willowbank Raceway

The 25th running of the Brisbane Jamboree has concluded today (Sunday 30 August) at Willowbank Raceway under beautiful blue skies.…

Jamboree celebrates quarter-century at Willowbank

The popular Brisbane Jamboree – Australia’s largest automotive lifestyle event and now the longest running independently-run drag racing event in the country – will celebrate its 25th birthday when it hits Willowbank Raceway this Saturday (29 August).…

Local Sportsman racers come out on top at NT Titles

Local Sportsman racing was an action packed affair at Hidden Valley this weekend as the 2015 NT Titles was hosted over Friday and Saturday nights.…

TAS Dragway to support electric vehicle record attempt

Following on from the launch of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Electric Vehicles Association (AEVA) on 15 August, Tas Dragway will be supporting electric vehicles to set an official Tasmanian drag racing record for electric cars, and unofficial National record.…

QDRC on for young and old this Saturday at Willowbank

This Saturday (22 August) the latest round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships will hit Willowbank Raceway, hosting more than 100 local heroes of all ages. Making his debut on the race track this weekend is eight year old Rustie Willshire – son of prominent drag racing identity and Jambore…

Steel City Raceway Supercharged Shootout

The Steel City Supercharged Shootout is being held on Sunday 4th October, 2015 at the Steel City Raceway, Mullaquana Road, Whyalla and features over 20 blown cars plus AUS vs USA jet cars.…

Stoodley shooting for Street Series success

Following a successful celebration of nostalgia drag racing at the weekend, Willowbank Raceway is now gearing up for the latest round of the Street Series this Saturday (15 August) – pitting local heroes and their street-based machines against each other for glory.…

Mopar Madness set to strike this weekend

The original ‘one-marque’ celebration at Willowbank Raceway – Mopar Sunday – will return to the Ipswich facility this Sunday (26 July) following a successful All Ford Day at the venue at the weekend.…

A new face and fresh look for Jamboree

Collin Willshire joins the leadership of Australia’s favourite Fast Fours & Rotaries event. Owner of Jett Racing and prominent drag racing personality Collin Willshire has become a shareholder and partner of Australia’s largest automotive lifestyle event brand – the Jamboree.  Willshi…

Green light for Drag Racing at Calder Park

Calder Park Drag Racing is pleased to announce the first event for 2015 has been scheduled, as work gets under way on the much-anticipated upgrade of the iconic Melbourne track.…

Willowbank Raceway transforms to blue oval mecca on Sunday

Willowbank Raceway will transform into a holy grail for Ford enthusiasts this Sunday (19 July) for the 33rd running of the All Ford Day – set to host more than 1000 Blue Ovals from historic through to new 2016 models for thousands of motoring enthusiasts.…

Willowbank Raceway ready to rumble this Saturday

Willowbank Raceway will play host to more than 100 local drag racers this Saturday (11 July) for the third round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships.…

Sydney Dragway appoints new General Manager

Sydney Dragway has appointed a Peter Beaumont as their new General Manager. Peter has experience working in both corporate and professional sport, having spent the last 8 years working in the NRL as a General Manager (Commercial) at both The Cronulla Sharks and The Canterbury Bankstown&nbs…

68 track records smashed at Fuchs Winternationals

  While providing an exciting and action filled spectacular for more than 35,000 fans recently, the Fuchs Winternationals also saw a flurry of National and track records broken across a wide range of drag racing classes.…

CADRA flick the switch on new lights

The Central Australian Drag Racing Association have issued the following statement through the CADRA newsletter following the official lighting ceremony at Alice Springs Inland Dragway.…

More to come at Willowbank following epic Fuchs Winternats

More than 35,000 race fans packed into Willowbank Raceway over the Queen’s Birthday weekend for the 48th running of the Fuchs Winternationals, and there is plenty still to come on the calendar at Queensland’s premier drag racing facility.…

Race against the weather for HVDRA Track Championship Round 2

Round 2 of the Track Championship Series was run on Saturday night at Hidden Valley Drag Strip and while there was a strong racer turnout in all fields it was a race against the weather.…

SA Motorsport Park Development Gets the Green Light

The South Australian Development Assessment Commission (DAC) has approved the multi-million dollar motorsport development in Tailem Bend SA.…

Bonus Pro Street event announced for Willowbank

The Australian Pro Street Association and Willowbank Raceway have today announced a new addition to their respective calendars with the creation of an additional round for the 2015 APSA Series to be held at Queensland’s premier drag racing facility on Saturday the 3rd of October.…

Hidden Valley season opener results are in!

The 2015 drag racing season kicked off in style Saturday night for Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association with over 70 racers across all brackets and the crowd was also treated to the sights and sounds of the Aussie Bandit Wheelstander running a 1/4mile up on two wheels.…

Holz shaping up for QDRC defence ahead of Winters shot

Defending Super Street Queensland Drag Racing Champion Lucas Holz will be looking to continue his dream run from the opening round of the championship this weekend when he gets on-track for round two (Saturday 16 May) before returning just weeks later to take-on the Fuchs Winternationals (June 4-7).…

Hidden Valley Season Opener this Saturday

After the traditional wet season break, plenty of teams are eager to dust off their race suits and get down the track in what will be the first competition round of 2015.…

Lights, camera, action in the Red Centre

The Central Australian Drag Racing Association are set to receive a $1.1 million war chest handed down in the 2015 Budget to improve Alice Springs Inland Dragway to international standards.…

Bumper weekend at Willowbank Raceway, Street Series ahead

Willowbank Raceway has hosted a bumper weekend of racing, with round two of the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series hosting a record-breaking 207 entrants before 150 machines of yesteryear hit the track in the hotly-anticipated return of Nostalgia drag racing to the facility.…

New Swan Hill facility scheduled to open end of 2015

Swan Hill Drag Racing Club Vice President Lucas Woodburn shares an update on the progress of the brand new race track under construction at the exisiting motorsport facility at Chisholm Reserve in Swan Hill, Victoria.…

Triple-threat at Willowbank Raceway this weekend

Willowbank Raceway will this weekend host not one but three events, with a Friday night test ‘n’ tune (Friday 24 April), the latest round of the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series (Saturday 25 April) and the postponed running of the hotly-anticipated Nostalgia Drags (Sunday 26 April).…

Nostalgias rates highly among old school fans

The Perth Motorplex Nostalgias will go down as one of the best old school events yet held in Western Australia with a great turnout of cars and spectators on a brilliant April day.…

Test & Tune Brings Taste Of Whats To Come In 2015

Hidden Valley put on a show Friday night giving the crowd a taste of what’s to come at the 2015 Season Opener on the 16th of May.…

WA Season Finale Washed Out

Well it has to be said we have been pretty lucky when it comes to our drag racing track championship and the weather, but Mother Nature had some other ideas on April 11.…

Wroe siblings go for gold

The Wroe siblings have made a big impression on Super Street this season with their three car team, all in the familiar yellow colours of Thornlie Automotives – and two of them have a shot at the Super Street championship this Saturday at the WA Grand Final, the last major drag racing event o…

Cadillac limo aims for world record attempt at Nostalgias

The Nostalgias at Perth Motorplex will see a wacky attempt at a Guinness World Record when Chris Boucher aims to make his 1953 Cadillac the quickest stretched limousine over a quartermile.…

Drag Racing Returned To Hidden Valley On Good Friday

Drag racing returned to Hidden Valley on Friday night with over 80 racers hitting the quarter mile for the first time in 2015.…

Allen, McClure on hunt for first titles

  The WA Grand Final could see several first time championship winners this Saturday night and hoping to join that lucky group are Modified Bike racer Brett Allen and Junior Dragster driver Connor McClure.…

A tale of two Camaros at the WA Grand Final

The WA Grand Final will be the stage for a number of exciting championship scenarios to play out this Saturday at Perth Motorplex.…

Hidden Valley Good Friday – Test & Tune / Off Street Event

The Hidden Valley drag racing season will be kicking off this Friday with the traditional Good Friday combined Test & Tune and Off Street Event.…

Go retro at The Nostalgias on April 19 at Perth Motorplex

Excitement is cranking up for The Nostalgias on April 19 at Perth Motorplex with categories confirmed and a range of activities lined up for fans of all things retro.…

Ben Bray to make comeback this Easter

Ben Bray will make his comeback to the drag strip this Easter Saturday (April 4) as part of the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race Event, presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes.…

Flame throwers warm up cool Motorplex Night of Fire

The Night of Fire at Perth Motorplex delivered up four toasty hot jet dragsters to warm up the crowd on what was a rather cold night out in Kwinana.…

‘Go Hire’ Signs Onto Lane 1 at Hidden Valley Drag Strip

The 2015 drag racing season kicks off on a high next month at Hidden Valley Drag Strip with the announcement that the rapidly growing equipment hire company, ‘Go Hire’ has taken up naming rights on Lane 1.…

Haynes: Fans will be winners from massive jet show

Chuck Haynes has been coming to Western Australia to put on jet dragster shows for over two decades, but it is with mixed emotions he will return for the Night of Fire on March 21.…

Night of Fire crucial in Modified championship brawl

The Night of Fire might be named for its four flame throwing 450kmh jet dragsters, but it also forms the penultimate round of the WA drag racing championship.…

Pro Street double duty for Cortina starting this weekend

Toowoomba Pro Street racer Scott Cortina has a busy few weeks ahead, entered in both this weekend’s Pro Street Shootout (21 March) and Easter Saturday’s (4 April) Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race Event presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes – for which he is the reigning Pro Street cla…

Allison prepares for blast off at Night of Fire

Rhiannon Allison might still be the rookie for the Night of Fire at Perth Motorplex on March 21 but the young driver of the Felicity Dragwell jet dragster has been rapidly ticking off goals on her high speed list.…

Psycho III is coming to Day of the Drags

A hit with drag racing fans and guaranteed to create excitement at any drag strip, Graeme and Wendy Cowin’s Psycho III will once again be appearing at Day Of The Drags on Sunday, March 29 at Sydney Dragway.…

Fast Racing Series breeding future talent

Perth Motorplex’s Fast Racing Series is a breeding ground for the skilled drag racers of the future and no more so than in Junior Dragster where kids from eight to 16 years old do battle in half scale dragsters.…

CMC Rocks kicks off massive 3 months at Willowbank

When the nation’s biggest country music festival gets underway at Willowbank Raceway this week (13-15 March), it will signal the beginning of an intense three months at the venue.…

Harvey looking to take on the world at Easter spectaclar

When New Zealand’s Rod Harvey hits the track at Willowbank Raceway on April 4 for the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race Event presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes, he will be doing so with the aim of taking on the world.…