Victor Bray

The Man Who Invented Doorslammers


VICTOR BRAY won the first six annual National Top Doorslammer Drag Racing Championships in succession.

His son Ben has subsequently won two.

Bray was the first driver to break the six second barrier in Top Doorslammer leaving it at 5.951secs 


In 1996 he was a member of a drag racing group known as the Wild Bunch which convinced peak body ANDRA to ratify the highly entertaining Doorslammer demonstration division as a Group One category.

Bray won the first six championships, withholding strong assaults from American competitors reputed to be the world’s best.

Bray’s signature car is a 1957 Chevvy. He bought his first for $600 to participate in Canberra’s Summernats but soon progressed to purpose built Doorslammers still with Chevvy shells.

A tomato farmer from Kallangur in Queensland, Bray’s grandson Zac is now entering the sport.