Newman Outback Drags                

PO Box 330  Newman WA 6753       Ph/Fax: 9175 2321       Mob. 0419 947 166


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About the Newman Outback Drags:

The Newman Outback Drags is an annual Drag Racing event, held every August in Newman W.A., as part of the Fortescue Festival. Drag racing is conducted along the runway at Newman airport.

Anyone 18 years or over can enter the event, so long as the vehicle passes the scrutineering process. Most vehicles that race in the Newman Outback Drags are street legal.


The Drags are presented by Newman Outback Drags Inc, with the assistance of Newman Mainstreet Project, the Shire of East Pilbara, Newman emergency services, Healthway, Win Television, BHP Billiton, and numerous local businesses and volunteers.


Other Fortescue Festival Events:

The Drags are held on Newmans Fortescue Festival weekend. The Festival includes a wide range of events and activities:


  • Lions Fortescue Festival Ball. Friday 15th August.

  •  Hillview Speedway race meeting and burnout competition. Saturday 16th August, Hilllview Speedway at 7pm.

  •  Lions Club Fortescue Festival family fun day. Sunday 17th August. Fair, side shows, stalls, activities, Show and Shine event, entertainment, food, beer tent, and fireworks in the evening.

  • Drags trophy presentations take place on Sunday 17th August at Capricorn Oval.

  • East Pilbara Race Club Race meeting. Monday 18th August at the Turf Club. Racing starts at midday.

Background Information:

The Newman Blue Light Mile Drags ran successfully and without incident for six years, along Welsh Drive in Newman. The original Blue Light Drags organisers provided us with the basis of what is now the Newman Outback Mile Drags.


Due to safety concerns with the Welsh Drive venue, the event did not go ahead in 2000. This left a huge gap in the Fortescue Festival line-up, as the Drags had become an important and well supported part of the Festival.


Thanks to the huge amount of support we received in 2001 from the community, Newman Mainstreet Project  took up the challenge to reinstate the Drags in 2001 as an ongoing Fortescue Festival event. The Newman Outback Drags event has now been handed over to a dedicated Newman Drag racing body, the Newman Outback Drags Inc.


WA Police Service Drag car Tango 1 smokes it up for the crowd at the 2001 Newman Outback Drags


 As in previous years, Newman Outback Drags entrants  will  race  side  by side along  the  runway at Newman airport, and spectators are able  to view all of  the racing action from alongside the runway. The airport venue offers great unrestricted views of the action.


Major Sponsors:




Small Andra Logo




Shire of East Pilbara


Newman Mainstreet Project

Newman Outback Drags

Next meeting:


Not allowed to use Newman Airport

Looking into building a track for

future events.

 Race classes are:

  • Open Class Cars    (May include nitrous fuel)

  • 8 Cylinder Cars (must be street legal but slicks allowed)

  • 4 and 6 Cylinder Cars (must be street legal but slicks allowed)

  • Ladies Open Cars  (May include nitrous fuel)

  • FORD vs HOLDEN (street legal, late model fuel injected, slicks allowed)

  • Harleys

  • Other Motorcycles

Driver Registrations:

Who can enter: Any driver over the age of 18 years, with a current valid motor driver license can enter the Newman Outback Drags. Drivers must all have a 0.00 breath alcohol analysis. All drivers are breath tested before the event and there will be random breath testing of crew. As with any motor racing, all drivers are required to not consume any alcohol during the 8 hours preceding the start time of the event.  Non Acceptance of Entries:  N. Outback Drags Inc. reserves the right to refuse entry without any reason being given.


How to enter: You will need to fill in a Newman Outback Drags registration form. For registration forms or further information, go to the contacts page. Registration costs $50 per driver (includes compulsory ANDRA driver insurance and entry for two pit crew). $35 per driver for ANDRA members not electing insurance. Registrations close 5pm Friday 08th August 2008.


Print Registration form    ( right click and select 'save target as...' )


Scrutineering: Scrutineering takes place at T.B.A on Newman Drive (opposite the Visitor Centre) from 7.30am to 9.30am on the morning of the event. All drivers and vehicles reporting to scrutineering should be race ready with appropriate credentials, helmets, clothing and any other equipment as required under the ANDRA rules. All drivers must wear a long sleeved shirt, closed in shoes, and a crash helmet. Motorcycle riders should have full leathers. Without full leathers riders are ineligible for benefits under the ANDRA personal accident cover.

Getting to the race venue:  PLEASE NOTE - You will not be able to enter the venue until after 9.30am. Only volunteers assisting with the set up will be allowed entry before 9.30am. The airport is around 13km south of Newman, along the Great Northern Highway.

Competitor and Pit Crew Indemnity:  All competitors, including crew, must read and sign the registration form, paying particular attention to the indemnity information.

Pit Passes:  Driver registration fee includes pit entry for driver and 2 pit crew members.  Passes must be worn in the pit area. If extra pit crew are required, pit passes will cost $5 per extra person. CLOSED IN SHOES ARE COMPULSORY IN PIT AREA.

Burn-outs: Burn-outs are only permitted on the burn-out pad.  BURNOUTS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE RUNWAY. Any burnouts on the runway will result in instant disqualification and removal of your vehicle from the Newman Airport grounds. Newman Airport has only one runway, and we must ensure that this asset is protected. (A burnout competition is held at Hillview Speedway on Saturday evening.)


Entry: Entry to the Drags costs $2 for all spectators over 5 years old (donation to Newmans emergency services). No spectators may enter the venue before 10.30am. Please remember that Newman airport is an operating airport with only one runway. Although pilots are advised that the airport is closed while the Drags are running, if an aircraft needs to land we must temporarily suspend racing.

Conditions of Entry: The Newman Outback Drags is an 'alcohol free' family event. To ensure that we can obtain permission to use the airport venue each year, we must abide by the following conditions: No pets, no alcohol, and all rubbish must be disposed of carefully.  Do not enter restricted areas. There will be a Police presence, and as at any public event, a reasonable standard of behaviour is expected.

How to get there: Follow the signs out of Newman towards the Newman airport (13 km South  on Gt. Northern Highway). Spectator entry is about 1/2 km past the airport main entrance, and is well signposted. Please reduce speed as you near the airport. You will be directed to the large car parking area.

What to bring: A hat and sunscreen are essential. Closed-in shoes are recommended, and essential if you want to visit the pit area. Jacket - it can be cold and windy at the airport. Money - Food, drinks, and Drags merchandise on sale at the venue, including hats, shirts, & stubbie holders. Chair and Sunshade- optional.

What NOT to bring: Please do not bring any pets or alcohol - you WILL be refused entry. Newman Outback Drags is an 'alcohol free' event.

What to expect: Lots of noise, dust, and burning rubber! Some of the Open class vehicles can be pretty loud - be warned! The airport venue is great for spectators. There's a long stretch of viewing area, and the spectator area is close to the start line.

Pit entry: $5 entry fee to pit area. Closed in shoes must be worn. Children must be accompanied by an adult.