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Zappia Racing is proud to represent Dananni Hotshots / Tony’s Auto Wreckers in the Australian ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship Series, and the Thunder 400 Australian Professional Drag Racing Series. The Dananni Hotshots / Tony’s Auto Wreckers HQ Monaro is Australia's quickest Doorslammer, holding the ANDRA National Record of 5.685 seconds, and the Thunder 400 National Record of 5.601 seconds. John "Zap" Zappia is the 10-times back-to-back ANDRA National Champion, and one time 400 Thunder Pro Slammer National Champion. Also the Perth Motorplex track record of 5.585 seconds.

Major Sponsors

Zappia Racing also thanks Major Sponsors below for their continued support and sponsorship. Fuchs Lubricants are suppliers of all the world class lubricants. Crow Cams have a long association with Zap with camshaft and valve train supplies. Noonan Race Engineering assists Zap with billet blocks, Noonan cylinder heads and billet light weight rocker covers. Muscle Care Warehouse is valued sponsors with assistance for East Coast meetings. Hoosier Racing Tires supplies John Zappia with tyres and technical assistance to set national Records. Shacks Automotive Paints for their paint supply to keep the car appearance in showroom condition. Motec for the support over several years with dash, wiring looms and ECU unit for the VP street ute.

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Thank you for helping Zappia Racing and for more details on the Supporting Sponsors and links to their web sites go to "Sponsors" in the top menu.

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Winning the only option for Zappia

John Zappia is approaching the penultimate round of the 2018/19 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship with an understanding that nothing short of winning every round will give him the chance of a 12th national title.

Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Thunder will be a make-or-break event for the veteran driver, whose Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro currently sits second in the points behind New South Welshman Paul Mouhayet.

With just two events left in the series to claw back the 85 point difference, Zappia is leaving nothing on the table.

“I think the car is fresher than it has been for a while,” he said.

“The summer testing we did in Perth showed a few weak links we had and we have basically replaced everything that needed replacing on the car from front to back.

“We are coming to Nitro Thunder with two new Noonan engines and two older engines for spares, along with a four-speed B&J Transmission plus two older three-speeds.”

It was approximately 18 months ago that Zappia ran his personal best time at Sydney Dragway of 5.601 seconds and he would love to be able to return to those performances.

“We probably should have been able to improve from that number since then, but we have been trying lots of different ways to go faster, plus you are always at the mercy of the weather and track conditions,” Zappia said.

“I’d say the track will be pretty good this weekend and we’ve found that the Sydney surface suits the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro better than Perth so we are looking forward to seeing what numbers we can put on the readout boards.”

The Pro Slammer championship is very much on the line this weekend, with Zappia aware that only wins will do.

“Paul needs to make some mistakes and we need to not make any,” he said.

“Paul is in the box seat for the championship right now and it is his to lose. We can win both events but we still need other results to fall our way.”

There will be nine entries in total for the Pro Slammer field including not just championship rivals Zappia and Mouhayet, but also Victor Bray, Ben Bray, Michelle Davies, Geoff Gradden, Steven Ham, Mark Hinchelwood and Emilio Spinozzi.

Teams will compete using the ‘all run format’ which means all nine teams will be on track three times on Saturday.

Fans can find full event information at www.sydneydragway.com.au.

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Zap’s Rat II

NEW SURPRISES – SERIES II by Kim Soia – Perth Street Car Magazine Vol 4 No1 1996 (used with permission and copyright applies) As mentioned previously, John began planning the Statesman by September of that year. Series II was going to be an all new car, but a continuation of the famous Zap’s Rat theme. […]

Zap’s Rat I

The Zappia Chronicles by Kim Soia – Perth Street Car Magazine Vol 4 No1 1996 (used with permission and copyright applies) John Zappia has a long history of crushing his opposition with achievements such as 1990 Drag Racer of the Year, 1995 Top Doorslammer Champion, the World’s first Super Stock car in the sevens, the […]

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1995 Australian Drag Racing Nationals

Nostalia Moment One of the most memorable Top Doorslammer races of all time – in front of 55,000 people, John Zappia takes out the final from Brendan McSweeney by “mowing the grass” at Calder.

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