...becomes first Top Fuel racer to record six, five-second runs at a single event!
The world’s quickest motorcycle drag racer, Larry “Spiderman” McBride, opened his 34th season of competition with remarkable consistency and dominance over a full field of Top Fuel racers to win the Manufacturers Cup from South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga., April 13-15. McBride became the first Top Fuel racer to record six, five-second runs at a single event.
“I think it’s safe to say my brother (Steve) figured out our problem,” commented McBride on the record-holding motorcycle’s tendency to drop cylinders over the past couple of years.
In the final, McBride faced Harley-Davidson rival Tommy Grimes for a third time in the Cup’s four-race history. As usual, both motorcycles performed brilliantly, and McBride was able to out-motor the Ray Price-owned V-twin with a 5.92 at 240 mph to Grimes’ 6.20 at 231 mph.
“The track was really awesome, and we needed more power in the bike,” McBride said. “We knew Tommy would be tough and we didn’t want to get too aggressive and risk smoking the tire. The track was a lot better than we thought it was going to be.”.... Read More
McBride’s New Bike Close To Completion, Tinwork Done - CycleDrag.com
Top Fuel Motorcycle 10-time champion, Larry “Spiderman” McBride, continues to push forward on the development of his cutting-edge race bike. Randy Randazzo, a protege of McBride’s late, legendary chassis builder, James “Puppet” DiTullio, completed the tinwork, which will serve as a template for the carbon-fiber bodywork.
“Randy did an outstanding job. Anyone who is familiar with Puppet’s work will recognize the same qualities in Randy’s,” McBride said.
McBride’s new fairing is wider than the one he currently utilizes, and the team is still in the process of engineering an extension that will block the grips to keep the wind off of McBride’s hands as he soars down the racetrack.... Read More
Unmasking Spiderman – The Tale of Larry McBride - CycleDrag.com Newport News, Virginia is like many small American cities. Fairly quiet, unassuming, full of hardworking people trying to get by. We’re known for the Newport News Shipyard as well as being home to many military families. There isn’t much past ordinary. Nothing to make us stand out from the crowd. But what you may not know is that, in the heart of this typical city, lies the headquarters of one of the world’s fastest men. A man who has broken more records than bones. A man who, even in his fame, is more down to earth than most. This man is world champion drag racer, Larry McBride.. Read More