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Drag Racing Downunder Milestones

This page is a tribute to the drivers in Australia, New Zealand and the USA who have created a Milestone in the history of Drag Racing, by breaking one of the significant barriers. By significant I mean that I am limiting myself to the first sub x second pass, where x is a number between 9 and 3. ie, first 8 to first 4.
I am also listing the first 200 and 300 mph terminal speeds.

The records are limited to residents of each country, so visitors are not recorded here.

If only the time or speed is listed, I don't know who broke that barrier.
If a name only is listed, it is who I believe broke the record, but I have not proven it, yet.
I welcome any gaps in my knowledge being filled or corrections being suggested.
Submissions should be emailed to: Ralph Smith

  First 8 First 7 First 6 First 5 First 4
USA
Outright
Don Garlits
1957
Don Garlits
1961
John Mulligan
1966
Tommy Ivo
1972
Eddie Hill
1988
USA
Funny Car
Jim Thornton
1965
Don Nicholson
1966
Danny Ongais
1969
Don Prudhomme
1975
Chuck Etchells
1993
USA
Alcohol
Tommy Ivo
1960
Don Garlits
1961
Bill Mullins
1971
Bob Newberry
1989
4
(not yet)
USA
Doorslammer
Ron Bizio
1964
Skip Hess
1969
Tommy Howes
1988
Mitch Stott
2003
4
(not yet)
USA
Motorcycle
Joe Smith
1971
T.C. Christensen
197?
Terry Vance
1984
Larry McBride
1999
4
(not yet)
Australia
Outright
Eddie Thomas
1966
Graham Withers
1967
Jim Read
1973
Jim Read
1980
Graeme Cowin
1993
Australia
Funny Car
Norm Oakey
1973
Rick Jones
1973
Graeme Cowin
1978
Graeme Cowin
1986
Damien Harris
2009
Australia
Alcohol
Graham Withers
1966
Larry Ormsby
1976
Dave Hawke
1981
Allan Dobson
1993
4
(not yet)
Australia
Doorslammer
Warren Goodall
1975
John Payne
1987
John Zappia
1991
John Zappia
2005
4
(not yet)
Australia
Motorcycle
Peter Allen
1978
Peter Allen
1986
Bill Curry
1992
5
(not yet)
4
(not yet)
New Zealand
Outright
Colin Wilson
1974
Lewis Wymer
1976
Lewis Wymer
1981
Garth Hogan
1987
Anthony Marsh
2015
New Zealand
Funny Car
Max Baker
1976
Garth Hogan
1977
Brett Wilson
1981
Willie White
2006
4
(not yet)
New Zealand
Alcohol
Colin Wilson
1974
Mike Gearing
1977
Lewis Wymer
1981
Tim Watkins
2007
4
(not yet)
New Zealand
Doorslammer
Mark Rendle
1986
Chris Tynan
1991
Mark Holland
1996
5
(not yet)
4
(not yet)
New Zealand
Motorcycle
Ray Peterson
1980
Ross Buchanan
2003
Athol Williams
2010
5
(not yet)
4
(not yet)


Country Class First 200 mph Year First 300 mph Year
USA Outright Kent Chatagnier 1960 Kenny Bernstein 1992
USA Funny Car Tom Grove 1968 Jim Epler 1993
USA Alcohol Eddie Hill 1962 not yet  
USA Doorslammer Bill Kuhlmann 1987 not yet  
USA Motorcycle Elmer Trett 1983 not yet  
Australia Outright Ash Marshall 1969 Jim Read 2000
Australia Funny Car Rick Jones 1973 Damien Harris 2009
Australia Alcohol Warren Armour 1972 not yet  
Australia Doorslammer Wayne Rowe 1989 not yet  
Australia Motorcycle Phil Howard 1995 not yet  
New Zealand Outright Garth Hogan 1978 Anthony Marsh 2015
New Zealand Funny Car Garth Hogan 1978 not yet  
New Zealand Alcohol Lewis Wymer 1981 not yet  
New Zealand Doorslammer Mark Holland 1996 not yet  
New Zealand Motorcycle Athol Williams 2010 not yet  


References: Drag Racing Online | The Drag Racing List | Steve Klemetti | Standard 1320
NHRA | ANDRA | Northern Thunder | Rocket Industries | Dragbike.com | Gasser Madness
Dragster Australia | A Brief History of Top Fuel MOTOR-PSYCHOS By Chris Martin
High Performance by Robert Post.
Many thanks to drag racing historian Roger Clark, (02 4736 4507), for confirming the Australian barrier breakers.

Send any additions or corrections to: Ralph Smith
Updated 19/7/15

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