Fuel Curve Countdown. The Nation’s Top 10 Pro Mods, John Zappia

Pro Mod Madness! Our Fuel Curve Top 10 List, #6 John Zappia

Editor’s Note. This is a ten-part series we will run once per week introducing the Top 10 Pro Mod race cars in our opinion. Series author Steven Bunker knows a thing or two about drag racing, especially Pro Mods. His grandfather Bob Bunker was one of the premier racers in supercharged, steel-bodied, quarter mile door cars which were the precursor to the class. Check back each week as Steven counts ‘em down!

#6 – John Zappia “Zaps Rat”

pro mod madness, fuel curve top 10We’re taking a trek across the pond to Australia for number six on our list. Pro Mod (Top Doorslammer as it’s known over there) is thriving as is drag racing as a whole with world-class facilities and exciting organizations promoting booming events. John Zappia is the rock star down under in the Top Doorslammer class dominating year after year. “Zap’s Rat”, a Holden Monaro model, currently holds the Australian National Drag Racing Association Top Doorslammer record at 5.63-seconds and is the eight-time back-to-back ANDRA Top Doorslammer champion. In total Zap has 10 Top Doorslammer championships. In 2017 Zap’s Rat doubled up with a Top Comp championship as well.

Zappia has always wanted to compete in the states against the best of the best. He will get that chance later this year behind the wheel of the Noonan Racing Engines 1969 Camaro while competiting in the ultra-competitive PDRA Pro Extreme category.

Tune in next week for #5 on our Top 10 Pro Mods

Complete list:
#10 – Danny Rowe
#9 – Todd Tutterow
#8 – Lizzy Musi
#7 – Troy Coughlin

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.