2016 Championship Season

11th June Winternationals Saturday Day 3 2016 -  5974-ZF-8051-45416-1-001

2015/2016 was the inaugural championship series for professional Drag Racing under ‘400 Thunder’ leadership.

Seven events were hosted for the newly named category ‘Pro Alcohol”.  

23 Teams competed overall at events held in Darwin, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.


Reed Racing competed at all 7 events and are able to boast finishing 3rd overall.

The glory of winning at Sydney Dragway for the East Coast Nationals in September was a highlight but was quickly followed by disappointment in Perth after damaging a lot of parts at both events held at the Perth Motorplex.  

Our home track Willowbank Raceway saw a ‘Runners Up’ finish at the Easter weekend race – adding to the highlights.  Unfortunately after a brush with the wall at the following event in Sydney during the semi-finals it was back to the workshop for more repairs before heading to Willowbank for the next race. 


The Winternationals which is the largest championship drag racing event held outside of North America and was also the final championship round of ‘400 Thunder’ series season.

Both sides of the track were at capacity and completely jam packed until the final pass of the weekend.  Pro Alcohol didn’t disappoint the crowds with some of the most spectacular runs in history.  Steve was able to comfortably qualify in 3rd position running his quickest et of 5.501 seconds.  This was definitely another highlight of this championship season.


All will kick off for the 2016/2017 ‘400 Thunder’ championship season at Sydney Dragway in November.  Again you will see the Reed Racing team battle it out at the 3 best complexes drag racing has to offer in Perth, Sydney & Brisbane.


With thanks to our associate sponsors for joining us. – Allstar Batteries, AC Delco Batteries, Nulon, Jack Bros Eng, Mobile Flywheel Grinding, Aeromotive,  Marshall Custom Cams, Ridgecrest, Champion Spark Plugs.

Drag Racing Calendar 2015/16

Top Alcohol Champoinship Season 2015/16

JULY 17-18, 2015  -  Hidden Valley Drag Strip, Darwin

OCTOBER 17-18, 2015 - Calder Park

NOVEMBER 6-8, 2015  - Austalian Nationals, Sydney Dragway

FEBRUARY 5-6, 2016  -  45th Westernationals, Perth Motoplex

MARCH 26, 2016  -  Santos Super 3 Extreme, Willowbank Raceway

APRIL 29 - MAY 1, 2016  -  Nitro Champs, Sydney Dragway

JUNE 9-12, 2016  -  Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway

Runner-Up Winternationals 2015

Winters 2015

Steve Reed and the Allstar Batteries Top Alcohol Funny Car enjoyed centre stage in front of a near-capacity crowd at the largest drag racing event held outside of North America at the weekend, making it all the way to the finals at Willowbank Raceway’s Winternationals.


While not taking out the gold ‘Christmas Tree’ trophy on the night, Reed gave it all he had and was in front during the tense final race, before a broken clutch component saw the car slow up – allowing winner Jamie Noonan to edge ahead before the finish line. 

“We had a really good weekend – we had a consistent car, it might not have been the fastest in the place but it was consistent, and in the final we were leading until we had a clutch component break,” said Reed, who qualified second fastest for the event.

“We broke a lever off of the clutch which slowed the car down. When you look at the footage you can see that we are in front of Jamie (Noonan) and it looks like it would have continued that way, but then the component broke and slowed us – otherwise we would have been good for the win.

“The upside is that everything can be rebuilt and repaired, so it is onwards and upwards for us to the next race in July in Darwin to open up the brand new season.”

The result saw the Reed Racing team come away from the event with not only runner-up results at arguably the most prestigious event on the Australian drag racing calendar, but also with third in the national championship – despite only racing at two of the three events of the season.

“To come home third in the championship having only competed at two of the three events is a pretty good outcome, especially when you consider that the two people in front of us – 17 time national champion Gary Phillips and John Cannuli – competed at all three,” said Reed. 

“We are happy with that result – hopefully we can build on that momentum in the new season.” 

Reed Racing were joined on-track across the four days of the Winternationals by valued sponsors ACDelco Batteries and Nulon.

“It was fantastic having some of our sponsors on-track with us and we hope they enjoyed the show we put on for them and for the crowd,” said Reed. 

“The amount of people at Willowbank Raceway across the event was just phenomenal – when you get to race in front of more than 35,000 people it is always a good thing, and we hope our sponsors and supporters enjoyed being centre stage with us in front of such a packed house.” 

Supported by ACDelco Batteries, Nulon, Jack Bros – Specialised Automotive Machining, Aeromotive, Champion Spark Plugs, Mobile Flywheel Grinding, Ridgecrest Engineering and Reed Transport, Reed Racing is based in Brendale, Queensland and headed up by 1994 Top Alcohol champion Steve Reed. The team will next be on-track for round one of the 2015/2016 ANDRA Championship, in Darwin across July 17 and 18, 2015.

X-Champs @ Sydney Dragway

Leaving the demons behind!

Last weekend the Reed team were at Sydney Dragway for the X-Champs.  Looking to move forward from the progress made at Willowbank over the Easter long weekend, where the team won 1 of the 2  B finals on Friday & Saturday nights showdown, finishing off with a strong 5.59 e.t.

The X-Champs began with a drizzle and delayed the progress for qualifying.  Top Alcohol managed 2 of the 3 sessions allocated between rain.  Q1 Reed failed to put a competitive time down after breaking the blower belt.  2nd time out they knew with grey skies setting in this might be their last chance to  qualify into the 8 car field for race day. With 11 Competitors entered for Top Alcohol, Steve put himself in 6th position with a not so pretty 5.81 e.t pedal drive, but still good enough to come back fighting for race day.

Read more: X-Champs @ Sydney Dragway

Winternationals 2014

More than 30,000 race goers packed into Willowbank Raceway last weekend for the largest championship drag racing event held outside America - The FUCHS Winternationals.

Steve went into the weekend 3rd on the Top Alcohol championship leader board and with a strong qualifying pass of a 5.57 e.t, placing him in the top half of the field in 3rd position for race day.

Read more: Winternationals 2014

Season ends Nov 2013

The longest run season is championship Drag Racing history came to an end last weekend @ Sydney Dragway. Some great progress was made throughout the season and the team feel they really have a handle on the direction they are heading for the 2014 season. Steve book ended the season with a win at the Nationals in 2012 and a new PB and top qualifier for the 2013 Nationals.  Steve’s run of a 5.56 ET @ 258.91mph (over 414kmh) has proved they are now more than ever at the top of their game.

Top Alcohol’s calendar is set for next year with rounds in each capital city including 2 in Brisbane & 2 in Sydney, also welcoming back Calder Park in Melbourne to championship Drag Racing - bringing Drag Racing back to our fans in Victoria. 2014 will be Steve’s year to throw it all at the championship title, stay tuned Reed Racing will be doing exiting things in 2014.