John Zappia will have both the Striker Crushing and Screening Top Doorslammer HQ Monaros on display this weekend at the annual Motorvation spectacular, with a good range of merchandise for race fans.
Motorvation is one of Australia’s greatest Street Machine and Custom Car shows, and returns to the Perth Motorplex this Saturday and Sunday. Motorvation 24 has it all – a huge Burnout comp, Tint a Car Miss Motorvation, Alberts Car stereo Sound Off, Dyno comp, Crusiing, the Elite Pavilion and over 800 Street Machines.
“We enjoy this event as it’s pretty low key for us” said Zap, “and we get a chance to talk to a lot of fans and other motoring enthusiasts. This is the first time ever both race cars – my old faithful “Zap’s Rat”, and Craig Pedley’s new “Crusher” – will be on display together”.
Zap comes off a weekend of Top Comp racing, where his performances at the event place him equal point’s leader in the Championship on 365 points alongside Wayne Keys.
Friday night’s qualifying at the Top Fuel event saw Zap haze the tyres on the hit, but recovered with a huge pedal and drove it out the back door for a 6.312 @ 237.46mph.
“Well that run was interesting. I made a very well educated prediction on the tune, and Gerry and I worked out the clutch setting we wanted – but the track was just not there and quicker than an eye can blink the Crusher lost traction. The second run was better after corrections to the tune and setup, with a 5.840 @ 245.23mph getting us back in the “five eight” zone again”.
Saturday’s racing started with a compulsory qualifier at 6pm, and Zap was unable to better his time set on Friday going 5.854 @ 244.56mph, with 60 foot times a little slower.
“That put us 5th in the Top Comp qualifying list – 0.580 under my 6.420 handicap index., behind hard chargers Pilko, Minogue, Rowland and Gregorini who all ran six tenths or quicker under their indexes”.
“I drew Shane Weston first round in his AA/D dragster and won with another “five eight” – three in a row! The 5.886 @ 243.90mph was too good for Weston’s 5.935 @ 235.60mph, but not enough for a final’s berth. Our good friend Jeffrey Clarke picked up the A Final win in his super hot AA/D dragster, and nearly managed his first five second pass, running 6.000 @ 229.59mph”.
“We are pretty happy to run those three consecutive “five eights” – all within five hundredths of each other. Sets us up nicely for the ANDRA Pro Series Top Alcohol meeting on 29/30th Jan 2010, and the Top Doorslammer Round 4 meeting at the Summernationals in Sydney on 12/13th Feb 2010″.
Fans are welcome in the main pavilion where back-to-back Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia will be available for autographs and a chat.