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Australian drag racing mourns loss of Gary Miocevich

The Australian drag racing community is mourning the loss of Gary Miocevich.

A long time competitor and Nationals finalist in Competition Eliminator, Miocevich drove a variety of vehicles over his career including dragsters, altered and funny cars, but is perhaps best known for known for his jet-powered truck, Thunder from Down Under.

Outside the cockpit, Miocovich was one of Australia’s most revered administrators and was instrumental in making the world-class Perth Motorplex a reality through his vision, passion and relentless effort.

In 1983, Miocevich, his brothers, Kevin Prengerdast and Peter Collings purchased the Ravenswood strip, and turned it into one of the nation’s most successful tracks.

After buying a majority share in Claremont Speedway, Miocevich rallied the West Australian Government to invest in a world-class drag racing and speedway facility to replace Ravenswood and the showground – the Perth Motorplex running its first event in December 2000.

In 2012, as managing director and chairman of the Motorplex, Miocevich was named as one of WA’s 50 most influential people

His involvement with ANDRA spanned more than 35 years, with Miocevich serving on the National Control Council, National Executive Committee and Promoters Association.

He was inducted into the ANDRA Hall of Fame in 2014.

Just Drag Racing offers its most sincere condolences to the Miocevich family; Gary’s wife Anne, and children Daniel and Melanie.


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