Co-Naming Rights Sponsors

Zappia Racing are proud to represent Fuchs Lubricants Australia and Dananni Haulage in the Australian ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship Series, and the Thunder 400 Australian Professional Drag Racing Series. The Fuchs/Dananni "Crusher" HQ Monaro is Australia's quickest slammer, holding the ANDRA National Record of 5.693 seconds, and the Thunder 400 National Record of 5.635 seconds. John "Zap" Zappia is the current 10-times back-to-back ANDRA National Champion, and the Reigning 400 Thunder Pro Slammer National Champion.

Major Sponsors

Zappia Racing thanks the above Major Sponsors for their continued support and sponsorship. Dananni Hotshots provide Zap with travel sponsorship for the transporter. Southside Engine Centre is the machine shop of choice for Zappia Racing, having sponsored the team for over 25 years. Noonan Race Engineering provide Zap with billet X1 Noonan cylinder heads and billet light weight rocker covers. Hoosier Racing Tires supplies John Zappia with tyres and technical assistance to set national Records. Crow Cams have a long association with Zap with camshaft supply.

Supporting Sponsors

For more details on the Supporting Sponsors and links to their web sites go to "Sponsors" in the top menu.

Latest News


Rapid rebuild a success, but Westernationals eludes Zappia

John Zappia had the odds stacked against him coming into the 49th annual Westernationals at Perth Motorplex, with a huge rebuild needed following his excursion into the braking area sand trap at the last event.

Many days of toil saw the Tony’s Auto Wreckers/Dananni Hotshots Monaro readied with just hours to spare ahead of the Westernationals, Western Australia’s biggest drag racing event.

“There was a huge list of people involved in getting this car back to the track after our trip to the beach,” Zappia said. “Peter Matulovich must have done two to three weeks of solid work where we cut up the steel plug and remade the front end, and we also have big thanks to Johnny at Allpro Panel and Paint for painting the new and repaired front ends, Windrush Motorsport Composites for making a mould and repairing the existing front end and All Signs for getting all of the signwriting done.

“That’s not to mention the rest of my crew who were there for a big month of work to get this back to looking like a race car. We had to repair the back of the chassis and Matt from TLC made us a new tether for the parachutes which will act as a secondary line of defence if the chassis mount should ever break again.”

With the Tony’s Auto Wreckers/Dananni Hotshots Monaro looking brand new, Zappia was keen to make amends. With the Motorplex track surface in its best condition all season, Zappia admitted he was caught out early.

“We came out a bit soft and underestimated the track, it was way better than the meeting before,” Zappia said. “I pedalled and went 5.88 in the first session. We stepped it up for the second session and it still wasn’t enough, so it rattled again and I shut it off. This time we went back, changed the gearbox though we were still soft we got through without shake for a 5.75/253mph. As a driver it was good to notice the car was driving nice and straight so soon after a major rebuild – even though I think we were still finding sand in places!”

Eliminations saw Zappia taking on Mark Chapman’s Plymouth Fury in the first round, who has been knocking out consistent five second passes recently.

“In round one we felt like we were on the cusp of getting back into the 5.6s,” Zappia said. “We launched well and from the early incrementals it looked like we were going to run around a 5.63. But then as I hit top gear a lack of air in the shifting system saw it stay in second and I hit the rev limiter. I knew I was in front but I couldn’t risk blowing a motor, so I had to push the clutch in, and right on the stripe Mark came past me. Neither of us actually had any idea who had won because it was so tight and there was a big difference in closing speed.”

With the win light favouring Chapman, Zappia had to look on the upside.

“We know the car is driving straight and working as we want it to, and that is important. Daniel Gregorini is chasing us hard in the points, but Mark defeated him too, so that gives us a good buffer heading into the final Summer Slam round on March 21.

“We had six meetings undefeated and that is never easy. It’s time for us to hit the reset button and try to start a new roll.”

Photos: Phil Luyer – High Octane Photos, Owen Ducker – Ducker Drag Racing TV


























Latest News History



John Zappia’s decades of drag racing experience helped prevent a major incident during round four of the WA Summer Slam Series when his Dananni Hotshots/Zappia Racing Monaro lost its parachutes at over 250mph. Zappia had just completed his final round run when a chassis bar at the back of the car was ripped out, leaving […]


Zappia conquers the elements for Summer Thunder win

Water, earth, wind and fire were unable to stop John Zappia from claiming his fifth straight event win at Santo’s Summer Thunder at Sydney Dragway on Saturday. The first battle was against earth and fire. Zappia had to cover the 4000 kilometres from his Perth base to Sydney, but the bushfire crisis threatened to halt […]


Zappia crushes Perth Motorplex track record in family double-up

John Zappia racked up a new track record of 5.585 seconds, his first 260mph pass in Australia, an event win and got to watch nephew Brodie Zappia take out the Junior Dragster bracket in a massive day for the Zappia family at Perth Motorplex on Saturday, January 4 2020. The attack began early when Zappia […]


Hat-trick keeps Perth season perfect for Zappia

A blazing summer day did little to stop John Zappia from racking up yet another win at Perth Motorplex, this time in the Top Comp bracket as part of round three of the WA Drag Racing Championships. Making a wise choice and waiting for the 6pm compulsory qualifying session, Zappia opened his account positively with […]


Summer Slam sweet for Zappia

John Zappia took out the first WA Summer Slam Series event of the season in his Holden Monaro Top Doorslammer, but the veteran racer thinks a performance opportunity may have gone begging. The event started awkwardly for Zappia, as a supercharger backfire in the compulsory qualifying round set the team back early in the night. […]


Zappia runs back to back 5.63 at Perth Motorplex for the win

John Zappia turned around his season’s fortunes in the space of just seven days with a stunning track record performance at Perth Motorplex’s Goldenstate Championships on Saturday. After a patience-testing East Coast Thunder in Sydney, Zappia and his team returned across the Nullarbor to get straight back to the track at Perth Motorplex, where Zappia […]


With great power comes great responsibility for Zappia

John Zappia’s first round loss in the opening round of the 400 Thunder season wasn’t the way the former champion wanted to start his season, but with more power than he can use in his Holden Monaro Pro Slammer, Zappia is optimistic for events to come. Zappia qualified in sixth position at last weekend’s East […]


Zappia successfully tests ahead of new Pro Slammer season

As a new 400 Thunder season beckons with the running of the opening round, East Coast Thunder, this Friday and Saturday, John Zappia believes the championship is wide open.Zappia will take on a field that includes some of Australia’s toughest Pro Slammer racers including Steven Ham, Mark Hinchelwood and Kelvin Lyle. “There’s guys who are […]