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“There’s guys who are finding regular 5.6s and 5.7s and that means every race becomes a tough race,” Zappia said. “Pro Slammers by their nature are so unpredictable, so the guys who can tame them – like Steve Ham right now – are the ones you really have to watch out for.
“We were looking forward to battling with Paul Mouhayet again this season but he is taking a break and we wish him all the best, he and Moits Racing were great competitors.”
Part of the reason for Zappia’s phenomenal success in drag racing has been a commitment to testing, and that has not changed this season. Zappia took the opportunity to hit Sydney Dragway early with the aim of sorting out a gremlin that had been plaguing the Monaro for several events.
“We traced down an electrical glitch that was making the lockup clutch malfunction,” he said. “We did some testing on Tuesday and found the problem, so we just put the manual shift buttons back on and I drove it like I used to. Straight away it went 5.76/249mph even though it rattled and I needed to pedal.
“Then on Wednesday we changed a few things around on the motor, came back out and launched with a .971 60 foot time, carried the wheels a long way and managed a 5.71/254mph in pretty hot conditions. We experimented with stepping it up a little after that but we found the limit and now we have our baseline for East Coast Thunder.”
Joining Zappia Racing once again this season will be major sponsors Fuchs Lubricants, Dananni Hotshots, Crow Cams, Noonan Race Engineering, Hoosier Tires, Muscle Car Warehouse and Speedflow.
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John Zappia produced a winning performance in qualifying at the Tin Top’s in tropical Queensland on the weekend, with super consistent runs in all three sessions – only to be beaten by the rain before the first elimination round. The rain persisted, and the event was cancelled by Willowbank staff. “We ran the Whipple/BAE 5 […]
John Zappia – wild man from the west – drove his race of the season today at the Winternationals, defeating Benny Bray in the Final in his Striker Monaro to take out the ANDRA season closer. And he did it with a five second pass! Zap was on a mission to win the Top Doorslammer […]
John Zappia silenced all skeptics at the Perth Motorplex yesterday, when the Striker Top Doorslammer Monaro fronted for a local meeting with their new Striker engine combination, and promptly ran a five second pass after a test run, and first full pass of 6.057. The TFX block, with the latest Randy Anderson heads (never raced […]
John Zappia gained valuable points for the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship at the Westernationals held last weekend at Perth Motorplex in Western Australia, with a Semi-final finish. The Striker Monaro was unable to continue the Semi-final pass against arch rival Garry Phillips, after the clutch failed reversing from his traditional long smoky burnout. “I was […]
THE REVIVAL by Kim Soia – Perth Street Car Magazine Vol 4 No1 1996 (used with permission and copyright applies) The events that followed were a testament to how well liked and popular John Zappia is. Although the Statesman body was ruined, the chassis was only bent in the front half and all the remaining […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.