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PRESS RELEASE 6th September 2011 more

Jim Read Racing Press Release – 10/7/2011

Willowbank Raceway in Queensland the Winternationals more



Phil Read's Wrap

Nitro Champs – Sydney Dragway, April 30, May 1 & 2, 2010 more



A new book released 1st June 2013
The perfect gift for yourself or a friend.
Every successful sports person will tell you that to stay at the top of your game you need to stay one step ahead of your competitors, so to understand what it takes to win 16 Australian Top Fuel drag racing Championships and to remain at the top of your career in the competitive arena of professional motor sport for over 40 years is to acknowledge, appreciate and stand by everything you have achieved in it, the Good, Bad and Ugly.

You can get the story of this true Australian icon who has forged the history of Top Fuel Drag Racing in Australia.

Hard Cover - 312 pages - full colour - A4 - over 150 photos


Australian purchasers make your selection below to pay via Pay Pal.

You can also collect your part of Australian Top Fuel Drag Racing History with a personally autographed copy of "The Jim Read Story".

Full Price $35 (This includes delivery Australia-Wide only)

International buyers can contact Denise Read here for their copy.


Some of our Testimonials

What an amazing book, its a must have everyone & use wont be dissapointed. we purchased 2 at the winternationals one for my husband & dad. Thanks Jim for sharing your amazing life story with us all. "the good the bad & the ugly".




Hi Jim and Denise

I purchased a copy of Jim’s biography at the Winternationals and wanted to congratulate both you on a great read (please pardon the pun). Fantastic that you still have great passion for the sport despite the adversity you and your family have faced as a direct consequence of your involvement with drag racing. My partner races regularly at Sydney and we are so very lucky to have such a great venue. This is largely due to your efforts and for this we thank you.




Mr Jim Read,

I have just finished reading your book. What a fantastic story!. I couldn't put it down and had to keep reading every chance I got. My mate finished reading his on the Monday after the Winternationals!!

Willowbank is our local track and there has been many meetings over the years where we have walked away going "How about Jim Read!! How good was that!" and we often said if it wasn't for Jim Read some of those meetings would have been very average.....

I got interested in drag racing when my parents took me to a meeting at Surfers Paradise Raceway in the mid eighties and since then have been hooked. I have raced and intend to start racing again with my boys and am an enthusiastic spectator.

We used to travel down to calder park, eastern creek, attended the first meeting at WSID and we always make the trip down for the nitro champs each year and to support WSID.

We greatly appreciate what you have done for the sport. It is disappointing that the small uneducated minority have made things difficult for you. Glad to see your team back racing.

Respect and thank you.

Kind Regards

Mr Jim Read,
I recently attended the Winternationals, one a very few Americans and received a signed copy of your book. We even chatted for a bit. Thank you very much for that and your time!

A few things I brought away from my trip to Australia and Willowbank Raceway.

Australia was great to me, especially the Australian Drag Race world! The fans, the teams, all welcomed me like I was a long lost cousin. The passion of drag racing is definitely universal! One thing that I learned very quickly, is most teams have virtually little or no sponsorship, unfortunately neither does Jim Read Racing, yet they continue to race, because they love this sport so much.

I new a bit of Jim Read, before Australia, but after meeting you at Willowbank and reading your book, I think I have a fairly good insight about Jim Read. It all sounded so simple, gather the drag race community and build us a track!
I for one, believe every bit of your story, because my gut tells me you are a man of integrity and some of the crap in the book...you just can't make up!
Not sure if it means anything, but I'd like to apologize for the idiots that tried to undermine you, your family and Drag Racing in Australia. I can't even imagine what your life was like. Drag Racing is just an awesome sport, think I love it more then life itself and again I'm truly sorry for everything your had to go through, just trying to improve the greatest sport on the planet!

If I would have followed my passion...sitting in Chess Busheys' TAD when I was about 10 and watching him do long smoky burnouts down Main Street in Ramona, California,, during the Country Fair parade, maybe my life would have turned out a bit different. But for now, I travel the globe, watching drag racing and meeting the Jim Reads', and other legends of the sport and that's ok, I still get my fix, but I truly believe 24/7/365 would bot be enough!

In closing, an awesome book, it will go in my man cave, along with the rest of my Australian drag racing memorabilia! If I ever make it to Australia, and I hope I do, you can bet your ass, it will be at an event...Jim Read will be racing at!

Thank you and God Bless
Most Respectfully,
Walter Bullard


Greg wrote: "1/2 way thru the new book.....up to 1998....wow...warts and all!!....never realized how much "on the road" was involved in those early years!!"


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