During last year’s three-event match race series between Top Fuel legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride and impressive third-year nitro racer Dave Vantine, many would agree, the real winners were the fans.
The talented duo brought the crowd to its feet and set the internet abuzz by producing the sport’s first side-by-side five-second pass.
“It was awesome. Hopefully we can repeat it,” McBride said.
Technically it was Vantine who won the overall season series, bettering his mentor two races to one, after McBride encountered some of the most devastating breakage of his career at Maryland International Raceway in the fall.
“I don’t consider it a win,” Vantine said. “Larry beat himself. I’ll know when I really beat him.”
Vantine is hoping to outrun his riding coach without the mechanical failures this season.
Dragbike racing fans have not seen the last of one of the sport’s most famous and accomplished motorcycles.
Top Fuel legend and 14-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride planned to retire his storied and iconic 21-year-old motorcycle following the season opening race of 2015, two months ago. But when the machine’s 5.76 nearly matched McBride’s career best and the event ended premature due to rain, The Spiderman decided “Blue” needed a more fitting sendoff to retirement.
McBride’s new state-of-the-art motorcycle is ready to go down the track, lacking only a paint job. But with Blue still improving, McBride sees no reason to rush the debut.
The news about the VIP guest list for the 2015 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park, on November 21st 2015 just keeps on coming.
Following announcements about the attendance of American drag racing legends, “Waterbed: Fred Miller (Blue Max Funny Car), Bob Muravez (Freight Train dragster), Ron Hope (Rat Trap and Pure Hell Fuel Altereds) and Bruce Larson (former Funny Car Champion and current Nostalgia Funny Car campaigner), the BDRHoF is excited to confirm that 14-time Top Fuel Drag Bike Champion and world record holder Larry ‘Spiderman’ McBride has booked his flights and tickets. You would have to go back to the 1970s to be in the company of so many American drag racing legends at a UK event.
Will the Spiderman set a new record in Valdosta? Be there to find out.
Eight time European Top Fuel champion Ian King, is a man who goes from nought to 100 km/h in under a second and lives in a world full of nitromethane fuel and 1500 horsepower monstrous engines. King holds two back-t0-back championship titles, two British and one Irish. He holds several speed and time records throughout Europe and is the only Englishman to do the quarter-mile in a shade over 5 seconds! King has garnered a total of 8 victories at the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) European Championships. His bike has a custom-built Puma engine with 4-cylinders and a displacement of 1584cc. However, thanks to nitromethane, this engine chucks out a scarcely believable 1500 horsepower and can rocket him to 400 km/h (250 mph) in under 6 seconds! And yes, his bike is faster than your supercar. Heck, it’s faster than a Formula 1 car!
Ian King has been operating his team under the Gulf Oil banner for four years, now. King went on to say, “It was a great honour to be felicitated by Gulf Oil in India. In terms of delivering heart-stopping adrenalin rush, drag racing is one of the biggest motorsport and provides top of the line performance with high dosage of excitement. The 1500 horsepower Gulf Racing Top Fuel Motorcycle, capable of accelerating from 0 – 250 mph (that is 402+ kmph!) in under six seconds.” And we agree with the Euro champ on the adrenaline part, completely. If you accelerate at that rate, your inner organs would be pushed to the back of your body and they will be pushed forward, again when the parachute pops out. To stop these bikes from flying into air at the start, the speed machines come fitted with a wheelie bar, whose job is to prevent wheelies. Also, these bikes come with a rear tyre that is 14-inches wide!
One event after one of the most frustrating outings of his career, Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride rebounded with one of his best. McBride exited the Motec MANCUP World Finals from Valdosta, Ga., Nov. 14-16 with his 14th championship and a new world record of 5.76.
“I’m trying to catch John Force,” McBride joyfully said, referencing the legendary 16-time NHRA champion.
McBride recorded a 5.81 at a blazing 242 mph off the trailer in Friday’s opening qualifying, which served as a back-up to Saturday’s 5.76, supplanting McBride’s previous world record of 5.79. It’s quite a dichotomy compared to last month at Maryland International Raceway where McBride damaged thousands of dollars worth of parts and failed to make a clean pass.
“I’ve been saying it for years and I had to take my own advice; sometimes you have to back things down to go faster,” McBride said. “We were too aggressive at MIR and the track wasn’t giving us any wheel spin at all. We calmed it down and it all came together.”
Reigning European Supertwin Top Fuel Champion Zodiac Racing headed to the second race of the 2014 FIM European Dragracing Championship in an unusual low 7th spot in the Championship and knew a lot had to be done to defend their European title. The Alastaro race track, which was getting in a worse state the last few years, was completely resurfaced in a unique Racers Funding project. This did mean the track was "green" and the fact that it had to be resurfaced again few weeks before the event made it even more difficult. But the lack of traction the track provided was compensated by the smooth surface and with this knowledge prior to the event, team principal Ton Pels and his son and crew chief Vincent had time to think about a setup to make the bike leave soft and put in the horsepower gradually into the run. Once at the track some more adjustments were made and the strategy worked, as right off the trailer the bike blasted to a 6.508 @ 210MPH (339km/h), a personal best for Ronny and straight into the #1 spot.Read More
After over five years of incredibly thoughtful and meticulous labor, Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s new, cutting-edge, mostly handmade motorcycle is nearly complete.
In early June the beastly 1,200 horsepower-plus motor fired-up for the very first time.
“It sounds sharp,” McBride said. “Like it could shred a telephone book.”
Known as shrewd perfectionists, the McBride brothers, armed with decades of experience from refining customers’ operations and their own, set out to create the most technologically-advanced Top Fuel Motorcycle in the world.
“It’s the best parts money can buy and my brother has outdone himself putting it all together. The workmanship is bar none, the most impressive I’ve ever seen in Top Fuel Motorcycle drag racing,” McBride said. “We have taken all of the knowledge we gained from things that worked and things that haven’t and put it all into this one.”
In an exciting Pro session we had lots of fast quality runs with very little downtime. Ian King makes his first pass of the weekend with a 6.129 at 221.16. Larry McBride leads the session with a 5.799. Chris Hand Struggled with his first pass and crossed the line at the 1/8 mile. David Vantine and Sam Willis both made personal best passes with a 6.159 and a 6.311. Janette Thornley lead the qualifying session with a 7.435 while Johnny Vickers surprisingly struggle after coming off a win last weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park. In Pro Comp Mark Paquette and Paul Gast lead the field with a 4.151 and a 4.153. Read More
Top Fuel Dragbike legend and 12-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride began his 36th season of motorcycle drag racing in style.
In Friday night qualifying at the MANCUP Spring Nationals, April 11-14, from South Georgia Motor Sports Park in Adel, Ga., McBride posted low-elapsed time of the event with a near career best, 5.79 at 225 mph.
The run nearly matched McBride’s all-time best of 5.74, and surprisingly was far from flawless. The motorcycle dropped a cylinder four seconds into the run.
Top Fuel Dragbike legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride is poised to begin his 36th season of motorcycle drag racing at this weekend’s MANCUP Spring Nationals, April 11-14, from South Georgia Motor Sports Park in Adel, Ga.
McBride will run the entire ManCup series and is extremely pleased with group’s decision to return to SGMP. This will be McBride’s first stop back in Valdosta since the Fall of 2012.
“I love all of the tracks we are going to this year. They are all topnotch. It sure would be nice to break a personal record,” said McBride, who has been as quick as 5.74 at SGMP. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun. This off-season has been way too cold and way too long.”
Will the Spiderman set a new record in Valdosta? Be there to find out.
There isn’t a motorcycle racer who knows more about horsepower than the “Spiderman” Larry McBride, who has won a staggering total of 12 Top Fuel Motorcycle championships and set a bunch of records along the way.
This week the Spiderman is at Bike Week helping to judge the annual Brute Horsepower Shootout and the 2nd annual Bike Build off at the Wyotech Daytona campus in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s 36th year of drag racing will be unlike any he has had before.
For the first time in his career the 56-year-old, 12-time champion will race at the widely popular MIROCK series.
Two of his three MIROCK events will take place at Maryland International Raceway, July 25-27 and Oct. 3-5. McBride is greatly looking forward to a return to the venue. He hasn’t blasted down the Mechanicsville, Md. dragstrip since the mid-90s.
“It’s going to be very cool. It is an awesome track and Jason Miller (MIROCK event director) makes sure the prep is outstanding,” McBride said.
Another benefit for the Spiderman is MIR is just a three-hour drive from his Newport News, Va. speed shop.Read More
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 6, 2013) – It has recently been confirmed that reigning AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Brad Baker will attach his No. 1 plate to the heavily sought-after Factory Harley-Davidson XR750 for all 12 AMA Pro Expert Twins events scheduled for 2014. Baker becomes the latest addition to ride for arguably the most elite race team in all of flat track as Factory Harley-Davidson’s list of previous riders include the likes of Chris Carr, Scotty Parker, Jay Springsteen, and Kenny Coolbeth; all of whom hold multiple Grand National Championships.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity and to be the next guy in line to fill the shoes of such great riders who have ridden for the factory team in the past.” said Baker. “On top of it all, I get to enter the season with the No. 1 plate! At 20-years-old, this almost feels like a dream come true. I’m ready to go out there in 2014 and hopefully keep the No. 1 plate on the Factory Harley-Davidson XR750.”Read More
Top Fuel Motorcycle 11-time champion, Larry “Spiderman” McBride is getting closer to unveiling his brand new, state-of-the-art nitro dragbike.
“We are almost done,” McBride said. “I’m getting really excited. This bike uses a lot of new technology.”
One of the biggest changes is the new fairing that will keep the wind off of McBride’s hands to make the motorcycle more aerodynamic and to help McBride hang on easier. Unlike his current ride, this dragbike will utilize a full belly pan like the ones found on Top Fuel Harleys.Read More
Who is the quickest and most tenacious Top Fuel dragbike racer in the world?
Fans sought the answer at one of the most highly anticipated international Top Fuel motorcycle confrontations ever, the Man Cup Haltech World Finals from Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 8-10.
Larry “Spiderman” McBride entered the race with a career best run of 5.74, ready to oppose Sweden’s Peter Svensson, who has been 5.70, quicker than any Top Fuel dragbike racer. McBride entered in possession of the official North American, backed-up record at 5.79. Both competitors have the pedigree of a champion.Read More
On Friday, November 8th, 2013, at a drag strip located in Bradenton, Florida in the USA, a clash of Top Fuel motorcycle teams will occur. The two quickest Top Fuel motorcycles on planet earth will meet for the first time since 1998. There’s a lot more at stake here than an event victory, but to comprehend this you have to understand the contestants.
First there’s current reigning king of Top Fuel motorcycle racing, Larry “Spiderman” McBride, from Virginia, born and raised right here in the USA. Larry pilots the first Top Fuel bike ever to break into the sub-six-second elapsed time zone. He’s also the first Top Fuel bike pilot to enter into the prestigious MTC 5 Second club which has only eight slots. Larry has won many Top Fuel championships here in the USA and has covered the quarter miles drag strip as quick as 5.79 seconds. Up until September 24th, 2012, Larry was the quickest drag bike on planet earth.Read More
Brad Baker (Dodge Bros Racing /Harley-Davidson) capped off his most remarkable AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season to date Saturday night. Under the lights at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., the Eatonville, Wash. product earned a hard-fought victory in the night's main event to bring the Law Tigers AMA Pro Flat Track Finals to a close, capturing the coveted No. 1 plate and overall Grand National Championship in the process.
"That was probably the best race of the entire season right there," said an ecstatic Baker. "Bryan (Smith) and I were going at it the whole time and I couldn't have asked for a better competitor. There's no better way to finish off the championship than with a big win. I really have to thank my team, Dodge Bros Racing, for everything they've done for me this season and making all of this possible.Read More
With only Santa Pod Raceway's European Finals left on the schedule, the Zodiac Racing team had a firm lead in the SuperTwin Top Fuel FIM European Championship. But the team knew the task was not done yet. Ronny Aasen, the Norwegian rider of the the 1000+ horsepower Zodiac Nitro Harley, had a one round advantage over Dutch native Job Heezen as well as Vesa Lipponen from Finland. Then there were Finnish rider Samu Kemppainen and Christian Jäger from Germany that still had a realistic chance of winning the championship. So the goal for the weekend was to try and qualify in the front half of the field and go at least two rounds, to keep matters in their own hands. Read More
At the Man Cup/NHDRO Pingel Thunder Nationals from Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 16-18, Top Fuel veteran Chris Hand realized a life-long dream by becoming the eighth member of the exclusive MTC Five Second Club.
In final qualifying, Hand recorded a 5.89 at 230 mph to take the No. 1 qualifying position, ahead of his rival Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s 5.97 at 221 mph. The run makes Hand the fifth quickest dragbike racer in the world.
“I’m really happy for Chris,” McBride said. “It’s great for him and it’s great for our sport.”
It’s been nearly a decade since 11-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride had to prepare for back-to-back race weekends.
Not only will McBride propel his record-setting, nitro machine down the quarter-mile on consecutive weekends, he won’t even get a chance to stop home in between.
McBride will be featured at the illustrious Summit Motorsports Park Night Under Fire from Norwalk, Ohio, on Aug. 1oth, and afterwards, he will drive straight to Indianapolis for the Man Cup/NHDRO Pingel Thunder Nationals Aug. 16-18.
“With fuel prices being so high, it just doesn’t make sense for Steve (McBride) and I to drive home from Ohio and turn around and start driving to Indianapolis a couple days later,” said McBride, who is based out of Newport News, Va.Read More
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 by the Earl of March in order to bring motor racing back to the Goodwood estate — a location steeped in British motor racing history. Shortly after taking over the estate in the early 1990s, Lord March (as he is formally known) wanted to bring back motor racing to Goodwood Circuit, but did not have the necessary permit to host a race there. Therefore, he instead hosted it on his own grounds. The Festival of Speed is now the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, motorcycles, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ to create the largest automotive culture event in the world. Held in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House, this annual event is a true celebration of motor sport and all things automotive. Read More
AMA Pro Grand National rider #12 Brad "The Bullet" Baker gives us his take on competing at his home track and also what it will take to win at "The Rock!" Not only did Brad arrive in Washington with friends and family eager to see him, he showed up as the current expert class points leader.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (July 6, 2013) - Brad Baker (Dodge Bros Racing/Harley-Davidson) was in a different area code all night during Round 4 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles' main event. The Washington product claimed his first career Grand National Expert main event victory under the lights at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Md. Baker redefined the term domination tonight as just when you thought his lead couldn't get any bigger, he seemingly increased it almost every lap. Baker's margin of victory was a clean 6.77 seconds over second place finisher Jake Shoemaker (Kawasaki) by the end of the race and his lead was never in jeopardy.
"It feels amazing, I haven't been in the game very long as far as the expert level goes," said Baker. "But it feels like it took forever to get that first win. My motorcycle was absolutely top of the line tonight and I can't thank my team and sponsors enough. It was definitely the most comfortable I've felt on a motorcycle in a long time. I've been so eager to get this first win out of the way for a long time now and it just feels amazing to finally get it."
Guys that ride nitromethane burning motorcycles are completely nuts. This video shows British rider Ian King making an awesome 5.98 second lap at the Tierp Arena in Sweden during last weekend’s racing action. There is no crash, no great save, no weirdness…other than the fact that this is a freaking nitro burning motorcycle and everything about it is weirdness! The machine itself is sponsored by Gulf Oil and is a “Puma Yamaha”. We have not the faintest idea what that means, but we do know that it really hauls down the course. The acceleration is nuts when King throws the clutch out and he keeps the throttle pinned for most of the run. It seems to us like he was out of it early on the top end. Despite that fact, the King became just the second rider outside of North America and the first rider from the UK to make a sub six second lap on one of these bikes. That’s way cool. King is a dominant European rider with six championships to his credit.Read More
The East Coast Cup, from Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Va., June 21-22, turned out to be less of a race and more of a successful test session for 11-time Top Fuel Champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride. A heavy storm moved in Saturday night and forced the cancellation of eliminations.
McBride’s best run of the weekend came on Friday night with a field-leading 5.99 at 238 mph. An oil down pushed the program off schedule, so those in attendance were treated to a rare, nighttime pass, when one can see nitro flames shoot out of the exhaust like water out of a fountain.
#12 Brad Baker nearly gets his first National win, but his fellow Washingtonian, #7 Sammy Halbert, moved past him to take the checkers late in the race. This was Brad's 4th straight 2nd place going back to Pomona 2012. Baker is in second place in the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship presented by J&P Cycles with 48 points.
The 11-time Top Fuel champion and world record holder, Larry “Spiderman” McBride, is like a kid counting down the days till Christmas.
The Spiderman can’t wait to unveil what is sure to be a gift for the ages – a brand new, state-of-the-art Top Fuel motorcycle. McBride loves his current motorcycle dearly, but is beyond excited at the performance potential of a more modern machine. He has been racing his current ride since 1994 and propelled the marvel of engineering to a best E.T. of 5.74 and a top speed of 248 mph. Read More
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 11, 2013) – Saturday night’s AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship Main Event displayed an old-fashioned dogfight between Sammy Halbert (Graham, Wash.) and Brad Baker. Two of the sport’s finest riders went neck and neck for the majority of the race and it was Halbert who pulled away with five laps remaining to clinch his first victory of the young season.
“It was just an awesome race,” said an ecstatic Halbert. “Coming off my knee surgery, it’s been a long road of rehab. I’m still not quite 100% healthy but my bike certainly was 100% perfect tonight. I want to say thanks to the California crowd who came out and supported me. It’s always fun racing in this state. My team and I really got a good win here and it’s definitely something to build off of.” Read More
Kibblewhite Offers Performance Valvetrain Components For Harley-Davidson® Flathead Motors
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What a long, strange trip it's been...6540 miles over the course of 18 days.
We had been in preparation for this Daytona trip since the end of the last season. I knew going into my rookie season as an expert that we had to prepare two Grand National quality bikes for the Singles program.
I was previously on a team where they supplied race ready bikes and all I had to do was show up and meet the team at the track. I had found myself having to completely build two bikes from the ground up all at in a short amount of time.
We worked on the bikes and my van until the minute I had to leave. Once on the road I headed straight to Savannah, Georgia to Oglethorpe Speedway. It was a long 44-hour drive. The Bonneville Performance, Factory Triumph Race team met me two days prior the actual race event to test and tune on the Triumphs and to continue making the adjustments to help me feel comfortable on the bikes. This was only my second time on the bikes. 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
While the battle went to Wiles, the war fell to Woody Kyle Racing/Fredericktown Yamaha’s Sammy Halbert, who’s solid fifth-place finish from the second row and its 14 attendant points were enough to earn him the AMA Pro Racing Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Expert Singles Championship. “I was able to work up to fifth,” said Halbert, “and that gave me top-five finishes in all the Singles races. Along with three wins, it was enough to give me the title.” Johnson finished just five points back in the Expert Singles championship, 175 to Halbert’s 180.
Halbert’s lead in the overall combined championship increased to eight over Jared Mees (Lucas Oil/National Cycle/Rogers Lake Racing)... Read More...
If there was one race on the AMA Grand National Championship schedule that Sammy Halbert had circled, it was the Castle Rock TT. Halbert wanted desperately to win his home race and last night he did just that, the Fredericktown Yamaha rider turning in a near perfect night as AMA racing returned to the Northwest.
Halbert beat his rival in the AMA Grand National Championship, Jared Mees, by 2.142 seconds in the National after earlier beating Mees in the points-paying Dash For Cash and Halbert now holds a 10-point lead in the championship over Mees, 251-241, after gaining six points on the night. Jake Johnson, sixth at Castle Rock, is third with 231 points. Last night's win was Halbert's fourth of the season 13-race-old season.
Rookie Brad Baker finished third last night on his Magor League Moto-backed Honda, the Washington rider ending up just .6 of a second behind Mees.
Henry Wiles, in his second race back from knee surgery, finished fourth ahead of semi-retired Washington legend Joe Kopp.
Johnson was sixth with Kenny Coolbeth, Chris Carr, Scooter Vernon and Robert Pearson rounding out the top 10.
Here are all the winners results for the 2011 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building in the FreeStyle, Modified Harley, Production Manufacturer and Custom Classes. Kibblewhite Precision Machining would like to congratulate all the winners and contestants from this year's contest!
The Dime City “Four Hundred” - 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport – Cafe Racer TV
Eric Bostrom’s Review: After riding the little cafe 400 Honda, I’m fairly certain this has to be one of the coolest motors ever built. The extra beans from the Yosh kit installed by the Dime City crew no doubt accentuated this sensation. But that’s exactly what this bike is to ride, a sensation. Read More...
Eric Gorr, author, inventor, engineer and owner of Forward Motion is known for his technical writings on late model 4-stroke dirt bikes, in print and on the net. He has written for Dirt Rider (USA), Performance Bike (UK), MX Sport (ESP) and Australian Dirt Bike (AUS). In 2005, Dirt Rider magazine featured Eric's cylinder head repair and top end rebuild series. As a moderator at DirtRider.Net, he counseled owners of thumpers on engine rebuilding and tuning issues. In 2006, the CRF PERFORMANCE HANDBOOK was published by Motorbooks and received rave reviews in motorcycle magazines like Racer X.