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. 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.

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

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 home track where he is targeting the Summer Slam Series.

“I’m excited to be finally able to race at the Power Palooza, as every other year we have been on the road,” he said. “It’s going to be part shakedown and part show for us. We have some brand new Hoosier tyres on the back we need to get scrubbed in and a lot of new fans to reach.”

The Dananni Hotshots-Tony’s Auto Wreckers Monaro will carry a new look into the event, with some fresh paint applied thanks to Shacks Automotive Paints and a new wrap.

“The longer than expected off-season was a good opportunity for us to go over the whole car and give some attention to the details,” Zappia said. “It’s really just like new, and it gives us a lot of confidence heading into the season knowing that it is all in good shape.

“We are proud to have our co-naming rights sponsors Dananni Hotshots and Tony’s Auto Wreckers back on board. Tony’s Auto Wreckers was meant to be with us just for one event last season, but with our new focus being on the local Summer Slam Series they want to be a part of the journey all season long.”

Mechanically, Applied Automotive have freshened the Noonan cylinder heads as well as a new Crow’s Cam and all that is left to do is fill the car with Fuchs lubricants and add the last of the vinyl stickers made by All Signs.

Zappia set the Top Doorslammer track record at Perth Motorplex last season with a stunning 5.585 second run in January, and while he doesn’t expect to be resetting that mark straight away, anything can happen in the cool spring weather. After Power Palooza, the team will have a rapid turnaround to be ready for the opening round of the Summer Slam Series on November 7.

“We aren’t looking to change our tune-up much at all, so hopefully we can roll off the trailer and be straight back into the fives and then look for regular 5.6s when we start the Summer Slam next weekend.

“We are going to be match racing against Wayne Keys, who has no trouble belting out five second runs in his beautiful Camaro, so I think the Power Palooza crowd are going to get a great show.”

The Shannons Insurance Power Palooza begins from 3.30pm on Saturday, with drag racing starting the show and running until 6.30pm, before a burnout show and then speedway kicking off from 7pm.

We are looking forward to seeing as many Sponsors and supporters at this event after the long layoff and make sure to check out our merchandise and model cars which will be available in our Merchandise tent.

Latest News History


Zappia ready to go quick at Winternationals

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Two Championships for Zappia wrapped up as Winternationals Approaches

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Zappia talks about his Ninth ANDRA Championship

Reigning back-to-back Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia talks to Zappia Racing Media Manager and fellow drag racer Paul Carey about his ninth ANDRA Championship. How did qualifying go in Adelaide at the ANDRA Grand Final event? “First pass we put a similar tune up to the 4.88 (1,000 feet) we did previously in Adelaide – […]


Zappia Lining Up Ninth Consecutive Championship

Zappia Racing heads off to Adelaide this week to contest the final round of the 2015/2016 ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship on 9-10 April at Adelaide International Raceway – ahead in points enough that only qualifying is needed to wrap up nine consecutive championships. “We are going to Adelaide prepared as always” said Zappia, “The last […]


Zappia Sets Australian Pro Slammer National Record – 5.683

The Home Group WA 45th Westernationals were run this weekend at the Perth Motorplex under the IHRA sanctioned 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing Series and John Zappia stamped his authority in the Pro Slammer class by re-setting the Australian National Record at 5.683, getting to the final, and maintaining his lead in the series. […]


Zap Shines Bright at 2016 Nationals

In a spiritual renewal, drag racing returned to Calder Park in Melbourne Australia last weekend in a big way with the running of the 2016 Nationals that attracted great crowds on both days and some close competition. Reigning eight times back-to-back ANDRA Champion John Zappia showed why he is the champ in a stunning display […]


Zap has his Eye on the Prize for the Nationals at Calder Park

Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia is on his way to the Australian Nationals at Calder Park this weekend to take on seven other Top Doorslammer teams, and has his eye on the prize. The event is round four of the ANDRA 2015/2016 Championship and the first time the Nationals has been run at Calder […]


WA Top Doorslammer Championship Win for Zappia

Western Australia is the blown alcohol capitol of Australia, with a large contingent of teams competing in the local Top Comp bracket in Top Doorslammer, Top Alcohol and Competition classes – with many record setters and national champions among the group. The standard is high, the knowledge deep, and anybody is encouraged to join the […]