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The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will have an international flavour in 2018 thanks to the Pro Slammer category where two overseas drivers will compete.

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There will be no team orders to win a championship according to Top Fuel team owner Santo Rapisarda, with Rapisarda Autosport International star Damien Harris needing to close a 33 point gap to series leader Kelly Bettes to win the 2017-18, 400 Thunder Championship at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals on June 7-10.

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The 2018 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder (May 4-5) was a pivotal event for Jim Read Racing. Depending on the outcome, crew chief Bruce Read had left the door open for a possible appearance at the 51st Winternationals.

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Danny Makdessi's blown Valiant, dubbed the "Devil's Taxi", is one of the most stunning race cars in the country, and now it has just got cooler.

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Building and maintaining just a single Top Fuel team is among the most demanding challenges in the sport of drag racing, but Sydney-based Rapisarda Autosport International will take it to the next level at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals this weekend when they field three of the ground shaking dragsters.

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The 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals Warm Up continued on Sunday June 3, with Gary Phillips in his Pro Alcohol Funny Car having the run of the day with a 5.403/265mph, bouncing back from a disappointing Nitro Thunder event.

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The Porters Racing team has had some time away from the race track in the past season or two, but the family team is happy to say they are making the trip to Willowbank Raceway for the 51st Gulf Western Oils Winternationals, and they aren’t coming just to make up the numbers.


We teased Brendon Luke's new Procharged altered recently, and now it has hit the track in full beast mode.


As the saying goes, you have to crawl before you can walk. For Emilio and Adamo Spinozzi and the Speedmaster Chevelle Pro Slammer, crawling comes at Australia's biggest drag racing event.


Willowbank Raceway's Rob Oberg recently held this revealing sit down interview with doorslammer icon Victor Bray.

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The first time Chris Matheson brings his 1500 plus horsepower “Nitro Voodoo” Top Fuel Motorcycle to the start line at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, he will officially have wrapped up his fifth Australian Top Bike Championship. This is an accomplishment that will go into the drag racing history books and could well be an achievement never to be repeated again in Australia.

Wayne Daley steered the Diamond T Custom Tool Boxes Dodge to the winner’s circle at Sydney Dragway earlier this month, claiming maximum points in the process.


John Zappia comes to the 2018 Winternationals prepared for a fight in the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Holden Monaro.

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Pro Slammer has been shaken up with Scott Maclean dropping the categories quickest ever pass on day one of the Winter Warmups - 5.572.

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Sunoco Race Fuels and the Australian National Drag Racing Association are proud to announce a partnership between the two organisations which will see Sunoco as the official fuel supplier for all ANDRA-sanctioned events.

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On the back of a huge Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car show the Queensland Drag Racing Championship racers had the chance to show off their sportsman racing prowess in front of a great crowd for round three of the series.

It was 12 months ago Adam Layton attended his first Winternationals. It was his first interstate trip and the sheer size of the event left a huge impression on the Sydney-based rider.

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We take unique look at Swan Hill Dragway's Nostalgia Drags event through the lens of young local photographer Nathan Berridge.

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Bill Perdikaris is a quietly spoken, and always somewhat a dark horse in Pro Stock.

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At Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder, Geoff Gradden produced a remarkable string of passes that would make any seasoned bracket racer grin.

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Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder saw a couple unfortunate accidents, and a few have enquired on the condition of the injured racers.

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The popular Kenda Tires 660 Drag Radial Series made the bold move to pull a round off at Benaraby Raceway which involved a change of sanction for many racers normally competing at the Willowbank rounds.

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Brisbane drag racer Steven Ham will be in unfamiliar territory at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals from June 7 to 10 at Willowbank Raceway, the first time he has entered Australia's biggest drag racing event in the Pro Slammer division.

Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder proved a ready challenge for the Mega Pro Stock team, with a strong field entered.

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Lamattina Top Fuel Racing head to the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway with more than the championship on the minds of the team – they continue to support causes outside of championship drag racing.

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The Atura Blacktown NSW Championship Series has reached its midpoint and takes a several month break heading into Winter.

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In an Australian drag racing first, IHRA Australia and 400 Thunder are now going to reward the top five points scorers after the 51st Gulf Western Winternationals with the prestige of running a single digit number for the following season.

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Queensland's Willowbank Raceway rumbled to the sound of ten Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars on May 12, with round three of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships also taking place.

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The lead up to the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals for Chris Matheson and his “Nitro Voodoo” crew has seen a concentrated effort to make things happen.

The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals is a world class event, where over 500 race teams gather across four days in front of over 30,000 spectators to take part in the largest drag racing festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Queensland is proving to be the dominant State in Pro Stock competition right now but a seven event-long stranglehold on the category by one family has been broken, throwing the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals into unpredictable territory.

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An eager crowd, a party in the pits, blazing fast passes and close racing made the Willowbank Raceway round of Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars on May 12 one of the best yet.

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The MacLean Motorsports Holden Monaro has made one of the runs of the year in the Australian drag racing scene with a phenomenal 5.572 during the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals Warm Up at Willowbank Raceway.

Rod Harvey may drive a Toyota Celica but there is nothing pedestrian about this sports compact drag car: it is, in fact, the fastest import car in the southern hemisphere and the fifth quickest in the world.

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Steven Barnett went down in Australian drag racing history with the first six second pass by a 13B powered car in Australia, now he is aiming for the world record.

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Following a hard-fought season, Justin Russell has been awarded the 2017/2018 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Australian Title for the Supercharged Outlaws bracket.


The fascinating battle between Australian teams for the world's quickest street GTR has been knocked ever closer to the six second zone with Anthony Maatouk cracking a 7.17/194mph in KING32 at Sydney Dragway.

Fans of two-wheeled action will not be left out in the cold at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals with 76 motorcycle teams in total to play a part in the event.

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At Sydney Dragway's rotary themed Race 4 Real, Eric Wolf in [TRIPLE] RX3 turned it on in front of the biggest Race 4 Real crowd we have seen at Sydney Dragway in recent memory.

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Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder delivered some spectacular action on May 4 and 5, 2018 - check out the event captured through the camera lenses of Drag News photographers Grant Stephens and Michael Wyllie.

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Team Bray Racing is set for a huge Gulf Western Oil Winternationals at its home track of Willowbank Raceway this weekend.

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Leonard Azzopardi has been leading the way in the no-bar bike scene for over a decade with his famous 'Quicksilver' Hayabusa, now his new creation 'Outrun' is writing its own records.

Drag News Magazine Issue 32 features the racer once known as ‘The Kid’. Ben Bray is the son of Australian drag racing legend Victor Bray but hasn’t let that fact typecast him, exploring areas of the sport beyond the family’s traditional doorslammer lean. In this issue we focus on his Toyota Solara, which is destined for the five second zone using a unique 1FZ Land Cruiser motor!

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While any season with a championship at the end of it is likely to have been a good one, Spencer says this one ranks right up there.


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Peter Xiberras may not be competing at this week’s Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be keeping a keen eye on what is the largest championship drag racing event held outside of the USA.

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John Willard's new supercharged Anglia is a very unique deal in Australia in this age, however they are still a common sight in the UK, and somewhere Willard hopes to race in the future.

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With the 400 Thunder Pro Stock Championship reaching its crescendo at the Winternationals in just a few weeks time, Jason Hedges Racing is pushing hard for a best ever finish.

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With the support of his fellow racers, friends and family however, he was able to hoist a prestigious ANDRA Gold Christmas Tree at the final round of the season last month.