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Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend cancelled

By SM Staff, 13 Mar 2020 Drag Challenge

Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend cancelled

Drag Challenge Weekend at Sydney Dragway has been cancelled due to COVID-19

WE REGRET to announce that Drag Challenge Weekend 2020, originally set down for 3-5 April in Sydney, will be cancelled due to health and safety issues around the COVID-19 pandemic. All entries will be refunded promptly, and no action is required from entrants for this.

While Drag Challenge Weekend isn’t a large event in terms of spectator numbers, our staff and racers are in close personal contact multiple times over the weekend, presenting an unacceptable risk to all involved. The proposed ban on events of over 500 people would obviously impact us as well. 

Street Machine would like to thank Drag Challenge entrants, sponsors and fans, and Sydney Dragway for their ongoing support. At this stage we are planning to run our five-day Drag Challenge in Victoria in November, subject to how the COVID 19 health emergency plays out. We’ll endeavour to run another Drag Challenge Weekend early in 2021.

Thanks again to our sponsors; we couldn’t bring you these events without them – Haltech, Tuff Mounts, K&N Filters, Turbosmart, Pacemaker Headers and our new Six-Cylinder class sponsor, Speed Pro.

Read next: Drag Challenge Weekend FAQs

Drag Challenge Weekend



REGISTRATION for the event will be from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday, 2 April at Sydney Dragway. This is mandatory for all racers to get everyone scrutineered, stickered up and ready to race. Entrants are permitted to stay with their cars at the track overnight.


RACING starts at 9am and the lanes will stay open for six hours. Once each entrant is happy with their timecard they must hand it in to race control, who will give them a route map to follow. The route (minimum 300km) is mandatory, with two checkpoints along the way. Entrants can choose to stay out on the road, at home if they live close by, or bring their car straight back to the track.


AGAIN, racing will run from 9am to 3pm, followed by another 300km+ road route. Remember, Drag Challenge is for street cars, so be prepared for a challenging road route that could well include some big hills and nasty traffic.


RACING starts at 10am and runs through until 4pm, after which we will crown the winners! There will be a chrome bumper car show on this day – any spectator with a chrome bumper car will be given access to the best seats in the house.

Drag challenge weekend


IF YOU have never entered the event before, read the rules carefully before you commit. You can read them all here, but the very crux of the event is that once racing starts for the weekend, competitors cannot use car trailers or access support vehicles without disqualification. Other biggies are to observe all road rules and the zero blood alcohol reading during competition.

Drag Challenge weekend


THE class structure remains the same as for our last event, namely:

  • K&N Dial-Your-Own
  • Pacemaker Radial Aspirated
  • Outlaw Aspirated
  • Haltech Radial Blown
  • Turbosmart Outlaw Blown
  • Tuff Mounts 235 Blown
  • 235 Aspirated
  • Six Cylinder

Drag Challenge weekend


EACH day’s racing is open to spectators. Adults are $20 per day, kids 13 and under free. You can purchase a three-day pass on the first day for $70 and score a bonus Drag Challenge Weekend 2020 T-shirt. Please note, there is no spectator parking in the pits with the competition vehicles.

Drag Challenge weekend 

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