Aussie Drag Racing Legend Brett Stevens Sentenced To 13 Years For Involvement In Drug Ring

Aussie Drag Racing Legend Brett Stevens Sentenced To 13 Years For Involvement In Drug Ring

For a time, Brett Stevens was as big a deal as was humanly possible in the world of Australian motorsports and we mean that literally. He ran nitro harley motorcycles, competed in top door slammer, had a blown burnout machine he took to events, he raced alcohol funny car, and his peak, virtually every one of those vehicles had the Jack Daniels company logo down the side.

When the drag racing was flying he owned millions in property, an excavation company, a concrete trucking company, a tattoo shop, a company that chartered boats, and he was even manufacturing parts. Unfortunately at some point, the empire was not self supporting and Brett Stevens has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his involvement in a drug ring that was manufacturing and selling MDMA (ecstasy) pills on Australia’s east coast. It is a pretty incredible story, especially the current chapter because the guy was such a rock star it is nearly impossible to draw a direct comparison to someone here in the USA.

While at this point it is all an academic discussion, the ANDRA (Australian National Drag Racing Association) stripped Stevens of all his titles when the walls started to cave in on him. Many racing fans were furious at this action because they didn’t think his activities off the track had any bearing on his successes on it. While that’s a point that can be debated for days, the larger story here is where Stevens will be spending the next 13 years.

According to Australia’s, the judge went heavy on the sentence for Stevens as a deterrent to others who may be heading down the same path. Apparently this 13 year stint is far harsher than others have received in the past. The Guardian story is fascinating because it really delves into the bones of the operation and when you see the size and scope of what they are reporting and how involved Stevens was in its management the one time drag racer takes on a much more Tony Soprano look.

American drag racing’s most high profile disaster involving a single person was clearly Evan Knoll and Torco Oil. He’s in federal prison on a term that is slated to be about twice what Stevens is slated to serve in Australia due to stealing tens of millions of dollars of tax money from the government. Over in England, a female pro mod racer Amanda Cox was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing nearly 1.75 million British pounds from a company she was keeping the books for.



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7 thoughts on “Aussie Drag Racing Legend Brett Stevens Sentenced To 13 Years For Involvement In Drug Ring

  1. Brendon

    I’m all for strict punishment. Wish we did more of that here in the US. Maybe that would discourage some of the many criminals we have here…

    1. Ken

      The war on drugs is a failure. Stiffer sentences for doesn’t deter (hardly) anyone. There will just be someone else to take the place of the Brett Stevens of the drug world’s place.

  2. Brash

    Just to clear the record, he was charged by ANDRA with bringing the sport of drag racing into disrepute, and the penalty was the suspension of his championship titles and awards pending the outcome of the trial. This was on the basis that every news article on the bust began with ‘Champion drag racer Brett Stevens has…’
    He wasn’t merely ‘stripped of his titles’ as so many claim.

    Either way, it is a sad footnote to what was a stellar career. He was a pretty awesome showman, even having a grand piano performance in his pit area at one event.

  3. Rik in Malta

    Point of order, chaps, but The Guardian is a British newspaper, this piece of reportage is from their Aus-based presence, just as they have Guardian US for you other colonials 😉

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