Co-Naming Rights Sponsors

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


Zappia races back to form at Nitro Max

John Zappia was able to blast back into the 5.70s and take a runner-up in Top Comp during testing at the Nitro Max event at Perth Motorplex on Saturday.

After a bunch of tyre-shaking runs at the recent Goldenstates Championship in the Dananni Hotshots/Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro Top Doorslammer, Zappia went back to basics and came away with the results. “It was clear that we had begun to wander away from our safe tuning zone in recent events,” Zappia said. “Before getting too far off track, we find it is best to go back to what we know and then build up once again”.

Qualifying began with some work to do for the Zappia Racing team, when the motor leaned out on one cylinder and backfired the supercharger off the manifold. “We weren’t pushing the motor hard or anything, but in third gear we found the boom. After looking at the Motec data, we could see that one cylinder had got too hot, and we needed to put a new Cp-Carrillo piston in and change a valve. Then we worked on our nozzling to get the fuel distribution in better shape”.

“Fortunately the next pass saw a quality 5.725 run that lifted Zappia to top qualifying honours in Top Comp, a division made up of both supercharged and turbocharged dragsters, altereds, funny cars and, of course, doorslammers. It was a great run and the best way to say our goodbyes and spread the ashes of long-time fan and supporter Frank Earnshaw who sadly passed away at the track recently”.

“We like to test in race conditions, so when the Direct Mining & Industrial Summer Slam is not taking place Top Comp is a great place for us to get runs in. The indexes mean that we are at a disadvantage against most of the competitors, but we still try our hardest to turn on win lights.” Zappia had a bye run in the elimination round, giving him a chance to prove the consistency of the new tune-up with a 5.748. “I thought the run actually felt better than that,” he said.

“The track was a bit tighter and so the 60 foot was a little slower. But I was hitting the shift points and our speed was up, so the signs were pointing in the right direction”.

”The A Final would take place against Moreno Gullotto’s CC/API class Toyota Soarer, running a twin-turbocharged Toyota V8. Gullotto’s handicap meant he would leave a full second ahead of Zappia. “It’s always a little strange watching another car leave the start line while you wait. My reaction time was pretty good and the chase began. The tyres started to rattle a little and then the Dananni Hotshots/Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro turned right, so I needed to shift into second early to settle the car down. I could see I was miles away, and that there wasn’t going to be quite enough distance to catch him. Our 5.790 on a 5.68 index gave it a good shot against his 6.563 on his 6.76 index, which was a great run for Moreno. We would have needed a Top Doorslammer record pass to win!” While there would be no winner’s trophy on this night (with the exception of nephew Brodie Zappia once again taking a Junior Dragster victory), Zappia was happy with the data he learned ahead of the Nitro Slam on
January 8.

“We managed to get a good tune-up on the second NRE engine and to get the car consistently down the track. We are ready for the Direct Mining & Industrial Summer Slam and we will service everything up and make sure it is all where it needs to be.”

“To all our Sponsors, fans and supporters, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, prosperous and safe New Year and we look forward to seeing you all at the next event on January 8^th2022.

Also the Zapsrat store is stocked with the latest merchandise and only 4 Biante model cars left. And can be found on the (  then hit the STORE Tab.  Do your Xmas shopping now”.

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Latest News History


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 […]



John Zappia went back to his match racing roots on a tour of central and northern Australia over the past few weeks in the Fuchs Monaro. With the Grudge Kings event at Sydney Dragway rained out, Zappia instead focused on the ‘northern swing’ that accompanies the opening two rounds of the ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series. […]


Winternationals weather hampers Zappia’s chances

John Zappia’s 2018/19 400 Thunder season did not finish in the fashion he would have preferred, bowing out in the first round of the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway. The event was badly weather affected and the Pro Slammer teams only had one qualifying shot. Fortunately Zappia’s Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro made it into the eight-car field, […]