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This is to advise the date change for all competitors for the upcoming Alice Springs Titles drag race meet.
Due to some technical areas, admin could not update the website, we wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

The new race date has been moved to the 22nd October, 2016.
This date change was due to the upcoming events in Alice Springs as well as the Masters Games.

We hope to see you all out at the track on the 22nd October, for the CADRA Points Round #5 and to enjoy a great last meeting for the year!
If you've been to Alice Springs Inland Dragway (ASID) in the last few months, you may have noticed a few new and improved features such as; our resurfaced staging lanes and our newly resurfaced international standard track. The amount of work that has been accomplished and the amount still going on out at ASID is incredible.

We have just installed a new building which will replace the original Ticket Booth and will also be used as a food and drink stall and a merchandise stand, combining them all in one! This building will soon be completed with signage from our very important and supportive sponsors. The new building will provide spectators and patrons the ability to get a bite to eat, a drink or even some ASID merchadise without missing a single race! The original bar below the tower will still be in use, and is getting a fresh coat of paint.

The track prep has been underway for a long period now, and is due to be completed before Desert Nationals on the 16th-17th July. The Desert Nationals event, which is the biggest meeting to ever be held at the facility, will bring with it 11 Top Doorslammer's, a Nitro Funny Car, Junior Dragsters, Mod Bikes, Super Sedan and Supercharges Outlaws, just to name a few (Click HERE to see entries). These machines will be competing for points in the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Group One Championship, as well as exhibition passes by Matthew Abel in his Nitro Funny Car and includes Round 2 of the Summit Racing Equipipment Sportsman Championship.

In addition to the new building and the International standard track, spectators will be able to hear uninterupted commentary with brand new speakers installed and timing/score boards  being installed soon! Spectators will never miss a second of the action and will be up to date with what is happening on the track!

Keep your eyes on the CADRA website for more details of ASIDs renovations, upcoming Race Dates and full details for Desert Nationals (16th - 17th July).

Huge thanks to Malachi McMurtrie for the pictures and information from his Green Machine Racing page!



John Zappia is a drag racing legend in Australia.
He is the current ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer National Champion.
His 2014/2015 season was the eighth consecutive championship for the man known as “Zap”.
John Zappia grew up in Fremantle – Western Australia. John left High School early, securing an apprenticeship with ALCOA as a Mechanical Fitter, and became a fully qualified tradesman at nineteen years of age.
Zappia will be bringing CRUSHER Top Doorslammer – SCF Race Car Fabrication chrome moly chassis, Zappia Racing Suspension System, carbon fibre composite body. TFX 511 Hemi, PSI Screw Blower, B & J 3 Speed transmission.

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Just confirmed, Nitro Funny Car, Top Door Slammer and 5 second pass member, Matthew Abel will be bringing two of his powerful machines to Alice Springs for the 2016 Desert Nationals.

With our new track, Abel, will quite possibly have the fastest pass we ever seen.
Abel hoping for a 5.5 seconds, with previous passes being 5.8 seconds, down the 1/4 mile!

Make sure you have your weekend booked and ready at Alice Springs Inland Dragway, to see Abels' Nitro Thunder shake things up and our amazing line up of interstate and local drag racers!

to go to Desert Nationals Information Page

Our Committee meets Tuesday evenings, every fortnight at the Gap View Hotel, Alice Springs from 6:30pm.
If you have any queries or concerns please send a Facebook message and it will be brought up at the next committee meeting.
Alternatively, you can attend a General Meeting on the following dates. General Meetings are for CADRA members. If you are not a member and you would like to become one, please click HERE and bring your completed form to the next race meeting.

The following dates are subject to change;

7th June - Committee only meeting

21st June - General Meeting

5th July - Committee only meeting

19th July - General Meeting

2nd August - Committee only meeting

16th August - Committee only meeting

30th August - General Meeting

13th September - Committee only meeting

27th September - General Meeting

11th October - Committee only meeting

25th October - General Meeting


Jamie de Brenni vice-president Motorsport NT, Heidi Williams, Country Liberals candidate for Namatjira and Mark (Yak) Probst, president of Central Australia Drag Racing Association, at the Alice Springs Drag strip.

THERE will be top-quality Doorslamming action at the third Desert Nationals drag meeting in July.

Top Doorslammer drivers will be lured to the event with the help of extra funding granted by the NT ­Government.

They include John Zappia, in the world’s fastest Top Doorslammer, and Peter Kapiris.

Check out the full story by clicking HERE
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