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  10th August 2022   
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  IHRA Australia Update  
     
 
Wednesday 3rd August 2022
 
Good afternoon to our valued IHRA Australia competitor,

Following on from yesterday’s announcement, we would like to offer an update on how this all works moving forward and what this means for you, the racer.

With everything now being processed here in Australia, we have been able to work out a pricing structure that is sustainable for the sport to continue and grow and offer returns in the sport moving forward. IHRA Australia is committed to providing investment back into the sport with the input and dedicated knowledge and passion of our team in the organisation.

As a result, the following Fee structure will apply (Australian Dollar)  
           
Junior Dragster/ Dragbike   1 Year = $70
Sportsman / Street    1 Year = $140
Real Street   1 Year = $75
Sportsman Licence    1 Year = $250
Professional    1 Year = $350


IHRA Australia will still offer two-and three-year discounted rates as per the brand-new online licence renewal process, available now for all competitors to conveniently use to renew their licence, preferably 2-3 weeks prior to expiry to ensure streamlined processing. This negates the need to handwrite applications, making this process more user-friendly. It can still be found on the IHRA Australia Website under Competitor Forms. https://www.ihra.com.au/competitors-forms.html

We will also allow Sportsman medicals to be valid for three years until the age of 50, when they will be reduced to two years. Professional categories will continue to be two years. Any competitor that has supplied an IHRA medical after January 1, 2022 will be given a 12-month extension to their medical expiration date.

The day-to-day running of the business will still operate under IHRA Australia with no changes being made to the name or the logo as we have known it over the last seven years. Racers will shortly be receiving their brand new IHRA Australia hard card as their new licence. You will still receive an emailed soft copy until your hard card arrives in the post, approx. 7-14 days. Kim Powell will still be assisting in the role of Admin/Licencing.

As announced yesterday, a new downloadable rulebook is currently under construction and we hope to deliver this shortly for everyone’s convenience as a high priority. We will provide a further update asap.

Tim Nielsen will still be handling the technical department and his contact details are available through the website.

I will continue to act as CEO of the company and look forward to working with you all. If you feel you need to reach out, I can be emailed at mallen@ihra.com

In further housekeeping, the Head Office has been relocated from Melbourne to Queensland and our new Admin/Licencing contact phone number is 07 5324 1360, for all enquiries moving forward.

Any correspondence should be addressed to IHRA Australia Pty Ltd, PO Box 200, Coolum Beach, Qld 4573.

Yours in Drag Racing

Maurice Allen
CEO
IHRA Australia
 
     
 
 
     
     
  Australian Drag Racing League Purchases IHRA Australia  
     
 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – ADRL Pty Ltd has completed a purchase of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Australia from IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE). Maurice Allen, a veteran motorsports professional, is the president of the Australian Drag Racing League.

 
     
 

Allen previously served as managing director for IHRA Australia. He brings a wealth of experience to Australia’s No. 1 drag racing organization, which serves as home to both professional and sportsman racing. Under Allen’s leadership, IHRA Australia expanded to over 3,500 members.

 
     
 

“We’ve listened and the desire to have an Australian sanctioning body has been delivered, which represents a great opportunity for the sport to move ahead and grow even more with exciting new opportunities,” Allen said.

 
     
 

Allen began his motorsports career as a Pro Stock motorcycle racer at the age of 20 and later set up the Australia Dragbike School. Prior to joining the IHRA, Allen was the CEO of Australian Professional Drag Racing (APDR) — 400 Thunder, Australia’s premier drag racing series sanctioned by the IHRA.

 
     
 

“This announcement puts drag racing in Australia in a great position to bring direct returns to the biggest stakeholders in the sport, being the passionate racers that support both the tracks and the sanctioning body,” Allen said. “We are excited to be able to implement some direct benefits such as replacing the Australian Supplementary Rulebook app with a dedicated downloadable rulebook on the web, which is currently under construction, simplifying the process, along with a brand new hard card for all competitors moving forward."

 
     
 

IHRA Australia operates at seven different facilities and sanctions the country’s largest drag racing events and series, which include the Aeroflow 400 Thunder Professional and Sportsman Championship Series as well as the Australian Top Fuel Championship.

 
 

While IHRA Australia operates other professional classes, it is also the country’s top organization for grassroots, Sportsman racing. For IRGSE, it was important to find someone with both the knowledge and the commitment to carry on the country’s great tradition of drag racing.

 
     
 

“Maurice has done a phenomenal job over his seven years as the IHRA Australia managing director. With his hands-on approach and vast knowledge of the Australian drag racing scene, he is the most qualified person to take over the ownership of the organization and continue the proud tradition of championship racing," IRGSE CEO Lou Partenza said.

 
     
 
 
     
  7th July 2022  
   
     
 
 
  6th June 2022  
     
   
     
 
 
  Counterfeit SFI Labels Speedys Racewear via Facebook   
     
     
 
 
 
   
     
  "BOWDEN'S OWN" PARTNERS with IHRA AUSTRALIA and REAL STREET  
  6th June 2022  
  In an exciting collaboration, Bowden's Own and IHRA Australia have teamed up to provide some cool incentives for the sport of drag racing over the next 12 months, starting with the iconic GWO Winternationals this week, set to roar at Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich. In exciting news, IHRA Australia CEO, Maurice Allen, stated this is the ultimate launching pad for this partnership, with every category winner at the Winternationals taking home a stunning kit of awesome "Bowden's Own: car cleaning products, ensuring your pride and joy receives the best in the business in car detailing products and essentials. Allen stated this was the first time "Bowden's Own: had committed to a full season of drag racing in Australia.  
   
   
  To further compliment this announcement, "Bowden's Own" has also become the naming rights sponsor for the newly incepted IHRA Real Street category for the next 12 months, with detailing kits on offer for every winner of every round at every IHRA Australia facility that runs the category. This is such a positive step undefined for a category making its championship debut at the Winternationals this year and we can't thank "Bowden's Own" enough, commented Allen, for getting behind the sport of drag racing and, of course, IHRA Real Street running in the 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing Series next season.  
     
  In a statement from "Bownden's Own" Nicholas Granger went on to say. Bowden's Own Car Care is thrilled to be launching a partnership with IHRA for the 2022/23 season. The Bowden's Own Real Street category really draws on our passion for clean cars that get driven and raced. We can't wait for the winner of each round of the Real Street category, as well as the winners of every Premier and Sportsman class at the Winternationals, to receive a bucket kit of our incredible Australian-Made products to spil their ride. Racing on the weekend and turning up clean and shiny to work on Monday morning is what we're all about.  
     
 
 
     
 
NEW SUPERCOMP CLASSES ADDED
26th May 2022
 
Competitors please be advised of new classes added to Supercomp bracket.
 
Ford Barra 98mm and 76mm Turbo Classes  
 
 
  For more information click here.   
     
 
 
 
     
   
  HELMET and HARNESS EXEMPTIONS  
Due to the supply and demand for major brand safety items getting to our shores, IHRA Australia would like to offer racers the following exemptions. 
     
  A proof of purchase order will be required for the 2020 helmets that have been delayed by overseas manufacturers.
Your current 2010 helmet will be inspected for condition before use, once passed your helmet will then be tagged and noted into your Logbook. This will be valid until you receive your new helmet.
 
     
  This also effects major brand racing harnesses that are also on back order from overseas suppliers, your current racing harnesses will be inspected for condition before use, once passed your harness will then be tagged and noted into your Logbook. This will be valid until you receive your new harness.  
     
  Please Note: Proof of purchase order is mandatory  
     
  If you require any further information please don't hesitate in contacting
Tim Nielsen at E: tnielsen@ihraaustralia.com.au
 
     
 
 
     
  New Classes to be added to IHRA Performance Category  
     
  Thursday 17th March 2022  
     
  IHRA Technical are currently formulating new classes specifically for the Barra and LS style engines.  
     
  There will be Turbo Barra classes for Gas, Modified Sedan, Dragsters, and Altered vehicles.  
     
  LS style classes will include both Turbo and Naturally Aspirated for Gas, Modified Sedan, Dragsters, and Altered vehicles.  
     
  Specifications are being formulated with controls to limit costs and encourage Performance bracket entry.  
     
  Details for the classes will be released once finalised.  
     
 
 
     
  Heathcote Park Raceway, IHRA Australia Sign Sanctioning Agreement  
     
   
     
  Thursday 17th February 2022  
     
 

HEATHCOTE – VICTORIA -  A Track which is steeped in History and stood the Test of Time from the day in 1975 when the facility was built and swung its gates open to 275 Competitors and over 8,000 strong spectators in attendance for this momentous occasion.

Come forward to 2022 and the Track has Been Purchased by Business Man Mr Lance Warren and has just signed Exclusively with IHRA Australia for the next 3 Years which will see all Facets of Drag racing being catered for at the Facility. Mr Warren commented that he expects to see everything from the Junior Competitors ( the future of the Sport) right through to Jet Powered Vehicles, Nitro Burning Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters all capable of exceeding 500 K/ph over the ¼ Mile Purpose built Dragstrip.

For the last 12 months since taking ownership, Mr Warren has been working feverishly on upgrading the Facility to meet the all Important Safety Standards as outlined by IHRA Australia to cater for all facets of the sport. Warren commented that he has been on a journey with his vision to build the ultimate Drag Racing Facility here in Autstralia and with the upgrades required to meet these standards which include infrastructure such as the Dual Net System, Sand Traps and the Electrimotion emergency shut down system which is designed to save race car drivers. Warren commented that it has been full steam ahead with just over 850 metres of Fresh Concrete walls just being installed per lane as well which replace the old armco that has been there since it was built in the 70’s, All to keep up with the safety standards that IHRA Australia has put in place for facilities like this wanting to Host the kings of the sport and achieve these Incredible times and speeds creating a world wide spectacle.

Mr Warren also commented that with dates locked in for the 400 Thunder Professional and Sportsman Drag Racing Series Its important the facility is on point when the Foxtel and Kayo Cameras start rolling at these events providing not  only HPR with a global audience but also providing Bendigo a thriving city with something truly to be proud of in the International Motor Sport scene. This will secure guaranteed revenue for the 110,000 strong Population of Bendigo full of vibrancy with Hotels,Motels, Clubs, Pubs, service stations etc and tourist attractions all benefiting from this facility proving its weight in Gold !!

CEO for IHRA Australia Maurice Allen is extremely excited about the partnership and building the Vision that Mr Warren has at HPR and he has seen this first hand with many visits to the facility since Warren purchased the Dragstrip  in December 2020. Allen said that he remembers all the way back to his childhood years at the Dragstrip with his father who competed at HPR and that the facility has a special history for him personally as well and to see Mr Warren’s vision unfolding he knew IHRA had to be invloved for the Long Haul and help with the right guidance and technical aspects to build it back up to a truly Internationally renowned facility.

Allen was also excited about the prospect of the National Series continuing to grow and push into the State of Victoria, as well as other Significant Events such as Top Fuel, Jamboree, Grudge Kings, Kenda Series etc that all enjoy a great following.

For all information regarding events,sponsorship and marketing opportunities please visit www.hpr.family

For all Licencing and technical inforamtion please head to www.ihra.com.au

 
     
 
 
     
     
   
     
  EVER WANTED TO WORK IN MOTORSPORT?
Now is your opportunity!
 
 

IHRA Australia is looking for the right people to enhance our existing race-day teams.
The people we're looking for will be trained as IHRA Stewards.


All IHRA Australia Stewards will be SFI Certified


You will need to bring the following skills with you:

  • Technically-minded

  • Attention to Detail
  • Able to think on your feet
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Equally comfortable working in a team environment or on your own
  • The ability to be firm but fair in your dealings with racers
  • Reasonable grasp of our racing classes
  • Good basic understanding of drag racing

A reasonable level of fitness is also needed as you will be on your feet for reasonably long periods while you perform your duties.
Please contact IHRA Australia via email. admin@ihraaustralia.com.au
 
     
 

 
 
Please contact Kim at admin@ihraaustralia.com.au for a REAL STREET licence application form. 
 

 
 

 
   
IHRA STATEMENT
 
In the overall interest of the sport and the parties involved, IHRA seeks to correct several untrue public statements made regarding this week's settlement of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court) legal proceedings in respect to Sydney Dragway.
 
From the outset, IHRA affirmed its position communicated in writing to the previous Western Sydney International Dragway (WSID) board, initially on 6 July 2021 and throughout, that retort to legal action was its absolute last resort.  
 
The previous WSID board's continued response was to provide assurances that it had not entered into any discussions or agreements with ANDRA, which in evidence before the court was shown not to be true.
 
The previous WSID board's shift to ANDRA was calculated and premeditated.  
 
A letter of intent and confidentiality deed was signed between WSID and ANDRA in July 2021 (at the same time, IHRA was advised in writing this was not the case).  
 
At that time, WSID's previous board was not only aware of the likelihood of a legal proceeding commencing but had sought assurances from ANDRA that it would "pay for all costs" should IHRA pursue a claim for loss of revenue.  
 
IHRA was notified on 29 September 2021 that the previous WSID board had unilaterally and unlawfully terminated its agreement and entered into a deal with ANDRA, despite a legally binding and exlusive contract with IHRA remaining in place until 31 December 2023.
 
On 20 October 2021, IHRA issued proceedings in the Court, and IHRA's solicitors also wrote to ANDRA that day, putting them on notice of the potential impact of these proceedings on their purported agreement.  
 
ANDRA was also copied into all court documents and attended the initial hearing in November 2021. It is not true ANDRA was not aware of the proceedings and what IHRA was seeking.  
 
The above is a disappointing reflection on those involved and establishes the unfortunate factual situation IHRA was confronted with during this period. IHRA did not want to initiate legal action but had no option but to do so.  
 
IHRA regrets the unavoidable impact this issue has had on many members but congratulates the new WSID board for the responsible and professional way it has managed this issue in the interests of Sydney Dragway.
 
As its exclusive sanctioning body until 31 December 2024, IHRA looks forward to working with the new WSID board, event promoters, and all key stakeholders to grow the sport and the prominence of Sydney Dragway into the future.  
 
IHRA welcomes the opportunity for Top Fuel Australia and others to operate unders its sanction at Sydney Dragway and accross all IHRA sanctioned venues on the eastern seaboard in a strategic and connected approach while providing an exciting platform for the future growth of the sport.  
 
IHRA Australia Statement  
 
 

   
 
WESTERN SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL DRAGWAY LTD
AND
IHRA ENTERTAINMENT LLC AND IHRA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
 
Date: Feb 2, 2022
 
The Board of Western Sydney International Dragway Ltd. trading as Sydney Dragway, and IHRA Entertainment LLC and IHRA Australia are pleased to announce the return of IHRA as the exclusive santioning body of Sydney Dragway until 31 December 2024.
 
This announcement comes as a result of the parties reaching a settlement on the matters subject to proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. These proceedings will be dismissed.
 
The parties look forward to continuing its long-standing  releationship and growing the sport as a result of this ongoing parnership.
 
TONY BEUK
CHAIRMAN
WESTERN SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL DRAGWAY LTD
  MAURICE ALLEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR
IHRA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
 
 
 
   
Reciprocal Event Licences
Attention Racers
Reciprocal Event Licences are available for all Sportsman racers with an alternative sanctioning body, who wish to compete in a IHRA Australia Sanctioned Event.
You can DOWNLOAD and complete this document and send to admin@ihraaustralia.com.auwarm a

 Click Here to Download Form

  • One-Day Event Licence for Sportsman Categories
  • Cost of IHRA Australia Event Licence is ONLY $50.00 to the Racer
  • Technical Inspect (100% Scrutineering) to be completed at Track by an IHRA Technical Officer (Valid for Event Only).
  • A Reciprocal Event Licence can ONLY be purchased twice in the same season
  • A current Licence and Logbook in date from an Alternative sanctioning body must be provided
  • Request and payment for a Reciprocal Event Licence must be completed prior to the Event.
  • Allocated times will be made available for the vehicle to be inspected
  • Teams responsibility to ensure the vehicle meets all IHRA Australia class regulations and class designations
  • IHRA Australia reserves the right to disallow any vehicle not compliant with class regulations and class designations
 

 
   
 New Multi Day Reciprocal Event Licence
Attention Racers
IHRA Australia has introduced a new Multi Day Reciprocal Event Licence (MDREL), which is available for all Sportsman racers, with current alternative sanctioning body credentials, who wish to compete in a IHRA Australia Sanctioned Event.
 
 
MAXIMUM 3 DAY EVENT  
 
   
  1. Download MDREL form
  2. Send to IHRA Australia Head Office with $75.00 fee
  3. Present Vehicle/Bike at Track for Full IHRA Audit
  4. SEND IT

        CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM 

 
  • Request and Payment for a MDREL form, must be completed prior to the event.
  • A current Licence and Logbook in date from an Alternative Sanctioning Body must be provided.
  • Teams responsibility to ensure that vehicle meets all IHRA Australia Class regulations and Class designations.
  • Technical Inspect (100% Scrutineering) to be completed at Track by an IHRA Technical Officer (Valid for Event Only).
  • IHRA Australia reserves the right to disallow any vehicle not compliant with regulations and class designation. 
 

 
 
COUNTERFEIT SFI LABELS
 
 
Date: July 14, 2021

To: SFI Member/Affiliate Sanctioning Bodies, Consumers, and Manufacturers

From: SFI Foundation, Inc.
 
Notice of Counterfeit SFI Labels on Driver Restraints Sold by SLAPCO through Amazon.com

Please note that SFI has found harnesses sold by SLAPCO which bear counterfeit
SFI labels stating that the manufacturer certifies that their products meet the applicable SFI
Specs.

SLAPCO harnesses have not been submitted for testing by SFI, and
SLAPCO is not enrolled in any SFI program.

It should be noted that for any spec program, certification that products meet the
minimum standards is made by the submitting manufacturer. Products are NOT certified,
endorsed, or approved by SFI

Necessary measures should be taken to ensure that items purchased from this source are not allowed
to be used where compliance with the relevant SFI Specifications are required. Please contact SFI
with any concerns or inquiries about questionable product.

Counterfeit products may appear with or without brand names. Genuine SFI
conformance labels contain hidden security features and slightly different fonts and
materials, but the following illustrations should assist in visually identifying the affected
parts:
 
   
 
15708 Pomerado Road, Suite N208, Poway, CA 92064 • (858)451-8868 FAX# (858)451-9268
website: www.sfifoundation.com email: sfi@sfifoundation.com
 
COUNTERFEIT SFI LABELS
 
 
Date: June 22, 2021

To: SFI Member/Affiliate Sanctioning Bodies, Consumers, and Manufacturers

From: SFI Foundation, Inc.
 
Notice of Counterfeit SFI Labels on Driver Restraints Sold by RASTuning Parts through Amazon.com

Please note that SFI has found harnesses sold by RASTuning Parts which bear counterfeit
SFI labels stating that the manufacturer certifies that their products meet the applicable SFI
Specs.

RASTuning Parts harnesses have not been submitted for testing by SFI, and
RASTuning Parts is not enrolled in any SFI program.

It should be noted that for any spec program, certification that products meet the
minimum standards is made by the submitting manufacturer. Products are NOT certified,
endorsed, or approved by SFI

Necessary measures should be taken to ensure that items purchased from this source are not allowed
to be used where compliance with the relevant SFI Specifications are required. Please contact SFI
with any concerns or inquiries about questionable product.

Counterfeit products may appear with or without brand names. Genuine SFI
conformance labels contain hidden security features and slightly different fonts and
materials, but the following illustrations should assist in visually identifying the affected
parts:
 
 
 
15708 Pomerado Road, Suite N208, Poway, CA 92064 • (858)451-8868 FAX# (858)451-9268
website: www.sfifoundation.com email: sfi@sfifoundation.com
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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This App is available for download via the App Store and Android devices.
 
 
 
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