Drag News Magazine Issue 27


Issue 27 of Australia’s favourite drag racing magazine featuring Top Fuel’s Kelly Bettes, Modified Bike’s Zoe Nieuwhof, Modified’s Jenny Petrie and Chelsea Leahy, Super Street’s Robyn Phillis, how eyesight affects reaction times and more.

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Drag News Magazine focuses on the women in Australian drag racing who are making an impact for its 27th issue. Our sport is one of the most diverse and we wanted to showcase that fact.

Kelly Bettes takes the cover, having recently ascended to the seat of the Lamattina Top Fuel Racing dragster. There she has been on the learning curve of her life, but the former Australian Modified champion definitely has what it takes to be a future champion.

In editor Luke Nieuwhof’s life, women in drag racing has been anything but unusual as he watched his mother race to state championships on drag bikes. But now it his sister who has taken over and made her mark in the sport.

Bettes is not the only up and coming woman in nitro, with Emma Begley taking on the short wheelbase Funny Cars. We talk to her about the role of her father in teaching her the ins and outs of nitro and how to make progress on a timeline you set.

We also speak with Jenny Petrie, Chelsea Leahy and Robyn Phillis, talk about the role of eyesight in reaction times, and cover the opening rounds of the 400 Thunder and Summit Sportsman seasons at Darwin and Alice Springs.

Drag News Magazine’s print edition is not available in newsagents and must be ordered online. Postage is via Australia Post and may take 3-5 days. Please ensure your delivery address is correct.