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Drag racing's accessibility remains one of its most appealing qualities. The sport is still within range of privateer teams, even with professional teams spending huge budgets to go quicker.

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One-day race events are always action-packed from start to finish and the 2018 Goldenstates at the Perth Motorplex was no exception.

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Sydney photographer John Bosher was on the scene at East Coast Thunder to provide his unique take on the action through the lens.

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The South Coast Nationals is round four of the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series and is being held at Portland’s South Coast Raceway this weekend.


Aeroflow Performance and Rocket Industries, two of Australia’s key automotive brands, are proud to announce an agreement with the Perth Motorplex that will see the lanes of the iconic West Australian facility named as the Aeroflow and Rocket lanes.

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A combination of a 400 Thunder Sportsman round and Darren Di Filippo's touring Jet Funny Cars entertained fans at Willowbank Raceway on December 1, 2018.


Mark Drew is arguably Australia's leading Nitro Harley rider, holding the national record for v-twins and a former national champion in Top Bike.

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The Perth Motorplex drag racing season is open once again with the running of the WA Drag Racing Championships.

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The annual Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis brings together the aftermarket industry, teams from across almost every genre of motorsport, and media to network, discuss new products, and generally engage in the business of racing.


Australian Scott Porter has edged closer to putting the first Nissan motor into the fives with a stunning 6.03 pass today at Orlando Speed World Dragway as part of the World Sport Compact Finals.

Tyronne Tremayne took home some good points in the opening round of the 400 Thunder Pro Stock season, despite not quite achieving the finish he wanted.


No prep racing hasn't taken off in Australia yet like it has in the USA, but that may soon change with the Warrnambool And District Drag Racing Association to run an event at Warrnambool Aerodrome with a $10,000 prize pool on January 19, 2019.


Regional drag racing is pumping in Victoria and you don't need a dedicated facility, with Radial Life hosting a wildly popular event labelled No Excuses at Ballarat Airport.

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Queensland's Collin Willshire struck back in the fight for the world's quickest four cylinder sedan at Orlando Speed World Dragway on Thursday night, hitting a new best of 6.200/225mph.

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The title of "Australia's quickest street car" is often a disputed one. Some people believe the car should be regularly used as a street car, while others are happy to see cars come off a trailer and bomb a single pass.

Australia's quickest Nitro Harley rider Mark Drew is ready to make a return to racing at the Perth Motorplex on November 10.

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The journey to his first ever ANDRA Christmas Tree at the recent Goldenstates was an exceptionally smooth one for Top Sportsman racer Chris Roe.


Seventeen year old Hayley Xiberras is following in the footsteps of her father, Peter Xiberras, when it comes to developing a passion for all things drag racing.

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Michelle Davies ticked off a hard fought racing goal to run a five second pass last Friday night at Sydney Dragway.

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Looking for sleek, turbocharged, plastic race cars? This is not the place to find them. The Nostalgia Drags at Willowbank Raceway is a celebration of odd engineering, classic styles and quarter mile fun.

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The World Sport Compact Finals brought together some of the quickest sport compact vehicles in the world to do battle at Orlando Speedworld Dragway, among them a contingent of Australian and New Zealand entries.

Kyle Putland had plenty on his plate before coming out to race at the Perth Motorplex season opener just over a fortnight ago.

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Sydney Dragway and Atlantic Oils are pleased to announce that from 2019, Atlantic Oils will become the naming rights partner of the East Coast Thunder to be held in November at the iconic Sydney venue.

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Rodney Kerr credits being ‘in the zone’ at the recent Sunset Strip Nationals with allowing him to break through for his first ever ANDRA Christmas Tree and is hoping for a repeat performance at his home track for this weekend’s South Coast Nationals.

The race for the 2019 Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship is expected to be wide open and Rob Tucker Racing, anchored by driver Shane Tucker, has opted to take advantage by joining forces with veteran engine supplier and consultant Nick Ferri.

Angelo Locantro’s dragster survived just long enough to take home a Modified win from the opening event of the season and he is hoping for a more trouble free event at the 45th Annual Goldenstate Championships this Saturday, December 1 at Perth Motorplex.

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Liberal-Nationals coalition leader, Matthew Guy has promised to build the “Colosseum of Drag Racing” in Melbourne if he wins government in next weekend’s Victorian State election.

Willowbank Raceway has released a packed calendar of events for the 2019 season with almost 100 days of drag racing action listed, plus special events including the Queensland Auto Spectacular and blockbuster CMC Rocks country music festival.

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A season of furious bracket racing for the right to be called Sydney Dragway track champion has come to a close with the running of the final Atura NSW Championship Series round.

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Western Australia’s Craig Gilbert will compete in only his second ever Competition Bike event at the Perth Motorplex’s Goldenstates event this Saturday (December 1).

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Both Rob Cassar and Rob Dekert went all the way to the finals at South Coast Raceway in their respective brackets at the weekend’s South Coast Nationals; round four of the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.

Drag racing typically favours small cars with smooth aerodynamic profiles and light weight, but WA Super Sedan racer Jason Lippi has gone in the opposite direction, all in the name of fun.

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The first of three Summit Sportsman Rounds at Perth Motorplex this season took place on Saturday, December 1.

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North Queensland's Palmyra Dragway is back in action following major upgrades to the racing surface and barriers, which had been badly damaged by a cyclone and flooding.

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John Zappia more than made up for a forgettable Sydney trip as he blasted to the winner's circle at Perth Motorplex during the WA Drag Racing Championships.

Kelvin Lyle is Western Australia’s latest Pro Slammer hero, winning East Coast Thunder in Sydney on Saturday – his first ever national victory.

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Willowbank Raceway’s inaugural Dash 4 Cash event saw incredibly close racing despite stifling forty-degree heat stressing drivers, riders and crews to the limit. The difficult conditions were no match for the lure of $7,500 in cash and prizes spread across the Car, Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson Bikes and SCG Racing Parts Junior Dragster as some of the best DYO racers in the land chased the big payouts.


Last week, a group of people announced a plan that would hopefully lead to a dedicated drag strip in Melbourne.


Sunoco Race Fuels has been named the official fuel of the 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series. Sanctioned by IHRA Australia, the 400 Thunder Professional and Sportsman championship racers are in line for a share of the lucrative new contingency program.

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Hot temperatures, hot action, here is a massive East Coast Thunder gallery by Drag News Magazine and Cackling Pipes.

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The Luki Soldatic driven LS Autoworks Honda Civic came perilously close to a seven second pass with an 8.009 at recent Sydney Dragway Full Throttle Friday event.

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The group that proposed and received a pre-election commitment to build the Colosseum of Drag Racing for Melbourne has vowed to continue their pursuit after the Matthew Guy-led Liberal/Nationals coalition was defeated in the Victorian State Election.

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Zara Board has taken the Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster victory at South Coast Raceway on the eve of the first anniversary of her little sister’s passing.

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Spinozzi Racing and their Speedmaster Chevelle achieved their best result yet in 400 Thunder Pro Slammer competition, reaching the semi finals of East Coast Thunder at Sydney Dragway on Saturday.

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On a big weekend of sportsman racing with both ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series and 400 Thunder Sportsman Series rounds being run on opposing sides of the country, the East Coast saw the 400 Thunder Sportsman Series cranked up at Willowbank Raceway in association with a Jet Car feature. 

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Bibra Lakes’ Martin Mirco is hoping for some birthday luck at next Saturday’s 45th annual running of the Goldenstates at his home-track, the Perth Motorplex.

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Coming into the recent 2018 East Coast Thunder event, 5 x Australian Top Bike champ Chris Matheson knew he was behind in the championship and needed to make a move in order to keep a potential sixth title alive.

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Adrian McGrotty got his 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Super Gas campaign off to a perfect start recently with victory aboard his Holden Commodore at the Sunset Strip Nats in Mildura.