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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. Hoosier Racing Tires supplies John Zappia with tyres and technical assistance to set national Records. Motec for the support over several years with dash, wiring looms and ECU unit for the VP street ute.

Supporting Sponsors

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.

Latest News


Close race decides Nitro Slam as Zappia eyes Australian Nationals in Sydney

A brilliant side-by-side race decided the House and Land Expert Nitro Slam at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night, with John Zappia having to settle for a runner-up following a photo finish with Marty Dack.

Zappia chose to skip the first qualifying session with his Dananni Hotshots/Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro, but emerged for the second session to make a 5.778 top qualifying run. “The weather was incredibly hot, and the reality is there wasn’t much we were going to learn by running on a 140F-temp race track,” Zappia said. “Things cooled down by the second session and we were able to get down the track dead straight.”

While the number one position normally offers some benefits, this time it resulted in a tough opponent as Daniel Gregorini’s Camaro was seeded against Zappia for eliminations.

“Daniel is a tough competitor, who can make some of the quickest runs in the field. This time it wasn’t to be for him as he had a red light and then over powered the track, so we were able to get through to the final with a 5.774.”

Zappia would this time be staging up with Dack’s Ford Mustang, which has made an impressive return to competition this season. “Marty got away from the start line lightning quick with his 0.034 reaction to my 0.106. It wasn’t a bad reaction time on my behalf, but certainly not the best either. He really got moving well early whereas we found our 60 foot time was down; I think we underestimated the improving traction. I was chasing Marty down but we ran out of race track and his 5.890 beat our 5.867.”

Though he was disappointed with the loss, Zappia was happy to see some very tight racing in the Direct Mining and Industrial Summer Slam.“So far this season we have had three different winners from three events. That really keeps things tight in the points and it’s going to be a great show for the rest of the season going forward.”

Meanwhile, in exciting news for Zappia’s east coast fans, he will be attending the Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway on February 11 and 12, where he will be keen to race on the new racing surface. It might mean a couple of weeks in quarantine on return, but Zappia said the effort will be worth it.

“One of my crew guys said to me, why aren’t we going to Sydney?” Zappia explained. “I said that having to isolate wouldn’t be good for any of the crew. But he said he was in, and so I started to ring around with some of our crew in Sydney and we found we could have enough people. This will be the first time we have been back to Sydney Dragway since the start of 2020. We have missed all of our fans there and we can’t wait to be back there to put on a show, alongside the awesome new Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship. It’s great for our national partners Fuchs Lubricants, Crow Cams, Hoosier Tires, Motec and Muscle Car Warehouse, and hopefully we can leave Sydney with a gold Christmas tree to keep me company in isolation.”

Photos: Phil Luyer High Octane Photos,  Phil Reeve;  Paul Carey and Ian Moore














Latest News History


Shift issue holds back Zap after top qualifying

John Zappia’s rollercoaster season in the Dananni Hotshots/Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro Top Doorslammer continued on Saturday at Perth Motorplex, after a gear shifting gremlin cost the team a chance at making the final of Summer Slam round two. Zappia’s day began well with a 5.886 pass in the first qualifying session, which came despite two […]


Zappia lands first strike in Summer Slam

John Zappia has launched his Summer Slam championship defence in strong fashion, winning the opening round of the season on November 7 at Perth Motorplex. Zappia began qualifying with a tyre-shaking 5.91 pass from the Dananni Hotshots/Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro, which was enough to put the team in second position in the field. “It started […]

49th Annual Westernationals at the Perth Motorplex

Zappia primed for Power Palooza

John Zappia’s season launches this Saturday at Perth Motorplex as he takes part in match racing at the Shannons Insurance Power Palooza. Zappia would ordinarily be contesting rounds of the 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship at this time of year, but the series is on hold due to COVID-19, allowing Zappia to concentrate on his […]


Zappia clarifies radial plans as he concentrates on Summer Slam

John Zappia is adding to his stable of race cars with a pair of new projects to dabble in the exciting world of radial tyre drag racing, though his focus remains squarely on his Dananni Hotshots Holden Monaro Top Doorslammer ahead of a new season at Perth Motorplex. The first project is a Holden VP […]


Zappia scores second Summer Slam championship

John Zappia has been declared the WA Summer Slam champion after the series was drawn to an end with one event remaining, following the early declaration of the Perth Motorplex season because of COVID-19. Zappia’s Dananni Hotshots/Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro Top Doorslammer held a slim five point lead from second-placed Daniel Gregorini, but fans were […]


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 […]



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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 […]