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McBride Wins Season-Opener

World record holder and nine-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride began his 31st season of racing with a victory at the AMA Dragbike Bikeweek Nationals from Valdosta, Ga., March 7-8. “When I first started I never dreamed I…

World’s Quickest Grampa

Cycledrag.com would like to congratulate Top Fuel Motorcycle racing legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride on the birth of his first grandchild, Emma Nicole Ward.  Emma arrived on November 11th, 2008 at a height of 20 inches and a weight of 7.3…

McBride Shatters World Record

For the second time in 2008, nine-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride recorded the world’s quickest dragbike run.  McBride’s unprecedented 5.74 elapsed-time came in the final round of the season-ending AMA Dragbike National Finals from Valdosta, Ga., November…

McBride Avenges Atco Loss

One event after being handed his first defeat of the year, Top Fuel motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride reasserted his class dominance with a final round victory over rival Korry Hogan at the AMA Dragbike Fall Nationals from Norwalk, Ohio,…

McBride and Colleagues Dazzle Fans in Atco

Eight-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride and friendly rival Korry Hogan treated AMA Dragbike fans to arguably one of the organization’s greatest final round races at the Orient Express U.S. Nationals from Atco, NJ, September 12-14. The only…

Jimmy Brantley’s Motorcycle Sold

Larry “Spiderman” McBride is reporting that Jimmy Brantley’s “Hulk” Top Fuel bike has been sold to a buyer in Australia. “This buyer was very interested in the machine, so he flew over and we showed him how to take it…

McBride’s Dominance Continues

Eight-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride perpetuated his dragbike dominance by garnering his fourth win of the season at the fifth stop on the AMA Dragbike tour, The Pingel Thunder Nationals from Indianapolis, Ind., August 1st-3rd. As usual…

McBride Overcomes Engine Explosion To Win Third of the Year

Everything was going according to plan for eight-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride at the AMA Dragbike Summer Nationals from Bristol, Tenn, June 20-22. The Spiderman dazzled spectators with an initial run of 5.94 in testing prior to…

Portable Shade and King Racing set new UK record

After the rain curtailed European Championship opener the Portable Shade Top Fuel Bike team elected to run the UK Summernationals to test their new components prior to the Nordic tour. With the Nitro Nationals in Finland fast approaching they needed…

King Racing on Quest for Fourth Championship Crown

King Racing are set to take on the best that Europe can offer with their strongest team ever in their quest for a fourth European Championship crown. An exciting line up of team partners and associates are headed by South…

McBride Racing Through Rough Economy

For racers these are indeed hard times. Eight-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride has battled his share of adversity throughout his storied and world record-setting career.  But never before has the Spiderman experienced a more difficult time to…

Australia’s Upton in Pursuit of World Record

For Top Fuel Motorcycle fans there is no mistaking the one-of-a-kind record setting machine of Australian nitro racer Jay Upton.  With an aerodynamic full fiberglass body, which even covers the front tire, Upton recorded the quickest dragbike pass in Australia…

Shigematsu Has Career Best Event in St. Louis

Veteran Nitro Harley racer Takeshi Shigematsu of Ehime, Japan, assembled a career-best outing at the AHDRA Rendez-Vous Nationals from St. Louis, MO, April 19-20.  Here Shigematsu won the Pro Fuel category and finished runner-up in Top Fuel, while resetting a…

McBride Eyeing Memphis Milestone

The bar has been set. And rather high it is. Larry “Spiderman” McBride, eight-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion, aims to rewrite the record books yet again at the AMA Dragbike Spring Nationals from Memphis, Tenn. May 3-4.  Here McBride will…

Ian King Among New Puma Engineering Management

ragbike engine manufacturer Puma Engineering is to pass into new management under an agreement brokered between Puma Engineering founder Pete Davies, Gerard Willemse and Ian King. The primary assets and intellectual property rights will transfer to Amersfoort, Holland based company…

McBride Runs Quickest Ever Pass in Valdosta

Before the start of the season Larry “Spiderman” McBride said one of his 2008 goals was to be the first to run in the 5.70-zone. He didn’t say he’d do it at the very first race. McBride recorded the quickest…

McBride Reloads for Shot at Ninth Championship

In 2008 motorcycle drag racing icon Larry “Spiderman” McBride is aiming to further cement himself among the all-time greats. This season McBride will vie for an unprecedented ninth Top Fuel Motorcycle championship. “This is why we race, to win,” McBride…

Hogan Reacts to Most Successful Season

Top Fuel Motorcycle racer Korry Hogan has accomplished in a lot in his short drag racing career.  The 30-year-old rider was named AMA/Prostar rookie of the year in 2003 and won back-to-back Funny Bike championships in 2004 and 2005.   However,…

Steve McBride – “Brantley had 5.77 Power”

In 2007 Top Fuel Motorcycle icon Larry “Spiderman” McBride earned an unprecedented eighth AMA/Prostar championship.  One of the men responsible for The Spiderman’s tremendous success is crew chief and brother Steve McBride. Steve McBride has been making the tuning calls…

McBride Runs Record Speed, Ends Season With a Victory

Top Fuel Motorcycle icon Larry “Spiderman” McBride is like a fine wine.  He just keeps getting better with age. The 49-year-old eight-time AMA/Prostar champion scored his seventh win of the season and recorded a record speed of 246 mph at…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Veteran Carl Ahlfeldt Passes

Top Fuel Motorcycle veteran racer and crew chief Carl “Big Carl” Ahlfeldt, 65, passed away October 10th at his home in Oklahoma City. Big Carl was involved in motorcycle drag racing for the past forty-some years. He owned and operated…

Webb and Ahlfeldt Run Career Best 6.04

16-year Top Fuel veteran Ron Webb grabbed a fist full of throttle and fought his 1200-plus horsepower Trett/Motorcycle Unlimited machine down the quarter-mile to a near five-second awe-inspiring blast of 6.04 at a blazing 227 mph at the 2003 AMA/Prostar…

McBride Captures Eighth Career Championship with Atco Win

The world’s fastest motorcycle drag racer Larry “Spiderman” McBride dominated the competition at the AMA/Prostar U.S. Nationals from Atco, NJ, winning the event and securing an unprecedented eighth Top Fuel championship. “I’m very proud of No. 8,” McBride said.  “It…

Marlowe Racing To Sell Entire Operation

Mitch Marlowe owner of Marlowe Racing is putting up his entire race program for sale at the end of the 2007 Screamin’ Eagle Nitro Harley AHDRA season. Marlowe’s teams have been recognized as serious contenders which Marlowe says makes the…

Tommy Smith Explains Rigors of Nitro Racing

Tommy Smith is exactly the type of rider the anemic import Top Fuel motorcycle class is crying out for.  He’s got over 27 years of motorcycle drag racing experience and machinery formerly owned and ridden by a legend.  So what’s…

Unblemished McBride Wins Career First Columbus

Seven-time Top Fuel motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride maintained his unbeaten season with his fifth consecutive victory of the season, and first ever at National Trail Raceway, during the AMA/Prostar Cyclefest from Columbus, Ohio. With three races left to go…

McBride Doubles At Hometown Race

Larry ‘Spiderman” McBride took home a pair of event victories in front of dozens of friends and family members at the AMA/Prostar Lucas Oil Spring Nationals/ MTC Elmer Trett Nationals from Petersburg, Va, April 28-29. It wasn’t the first time…

Broken Wire Halts Shigematsu’s Impressive Season Debut

Screamin Eagle Nitro Harley racer Tak Shigematsu enjoyed a solid first event of 2007, qualifying No. 2 and advancing to the second round at the AHDRA Arizona Bikeweek Nationals. A broken wire halted the success. After missing the AHDRA season…

“Chicago” Joe Released From Hospital

After coming off his motorcycle at the AHDRA Bikeweek Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 2nd, Cycledrag.com is pleased to report that veteran Nitro Harley racer “Chicago” Joe has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably at his…

Breckenridge Scores in Phoenix

2006 West Coast Pro Fuel champion John Breckenridge was eager for a trip to the winner’s circle after being defeated by Jay Turner in the Gainesville final a month prior. “I’m very happy. We’re trying out a new motor and…

Vancil Hungry for Championship

Rider of the Vance and Hines/Drag Specialties Nitro Harley Doug Vancil came one step closer to earning a career first AHDRA championship in three years with a win at round No. 2 of the series, The Arizona Bikeweek Nationals the…

For Sale – The Quickest Dragbike in the World

Jimmy “The Hulk” Brantley is taking a hiatus from racing and putting his 5.80-proven Top Fuel dragbike up for sale. 2005 AMA/Prostar Top Fuel Champion Jimmy Brantley has decided to sell his Cycle Specialist/McBride-built record smashing nitro Kawasaki.  Last November…

McBride Victorious at AMA/Prostar Opener

Larry “Spiderman” McBride added yet another win to his impressive resume at the AMA/Prostar Bikeweek Nationals.  Here, McBride gives us some insight into the season-opening race and brings us up-to-date on Jimmy Brantley. Larry “Spiderman” McBride, seven-time AMA/Prostar Top Fuel…

Malloy, Turner and Ellis Shine at AHDRA Opener

Persistent rains forced AHDRA officials to cancel the Friday night and Saturday pro qualifying sessions. On a beautiful sunny race day Bob Malloy captured his first AHDRA Top Fuel win since 2001, G-Squared rider and Pro Gas winner Chip Ellis…

Armon Furr’s Most Valuable Tool – His Father

After winning the 2006 AHDRA Pro Fuel Championship, Armon Furr says his greatest asset in the pits isn’t in his tool box, or the laptop in the trailer – it’s his father After a tremendously successful championship season in AHDRA…

Pippin Scores Fifth AHDRA Dragbike Championship

AHDRA Pro Mod Racer Junior Pippin has been virtually unstoppable for the last three seasons. With another title added to his resume in 2006 Junior Pippin has become one of the most successful AHDRA racers of the new millennium. Pippin…

Huffman Wins Fifth Dragbike Championship in Three Years

In 2006 AHDRA standout bracket racer Donnie Huffman won two champions in a single season for the second consecutive year. Prominent AHDRA sportsman Donnie Huffman’s drag racing career is like a fine wine.  It keeps getting better as time goes…

Top Fuel Dragbike Crewchief Steve McBride Hospitalized

On Tuesday December 5th crew chief and brother of multi-time AMA/Prostar Top Fuel champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride, Steve McBride underwent an emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. The operation was a success and after spending a few days in…

Rick Moore Wins Pro Dragbike Championship in Rookie Year

Some try for an entire lifetime to win a national championship.  Rick Moore did it in his very first year as a Pro. After a stellar season that included six wins, two runner-ups and a quarter-mile ET record of 7.13…

Romine’s Less Aggressive Top Fuel Dragbike Tune-ups Pay Off in 2006

Mike Romine won back-to-back AHDRA Top Fuel championships by learning to ignore his desire to go faster. Consistency wins championships – It is that drag racing cliché which best sums up Mike Romine’s second consecutive title run in 2006. Romine…

Kile Finishes Strong

Nitro Harley racer Tracy “The Bad Apple” Kile assembled a successful late season charge that helped him to land the No. 6 spot in the  competitive AHDRA points chase and post a career best 6.27 in October. After a dismal…

2006 AHDRA Dragbike Special Recognition Awards

Mac Tools Sportsman Wrench of the Year     Bob Drapp Mac Tools Pro Wrench of the Year     Dale Nungesser Sportsman Rookie of the Year     Douglas Horne Pro Rookie of the Year     Jim Fagan AHDRA Lady of the…

Romine – Take Two – Nitro Harley Dragbike Championships

Mike Romine’s early to mid-season consistency earned him a second straight AHDRA Nitro Harley championship. It’s good to be king. When Mike Romine won the opening round of this year’s AHDRA series in Gainesville, Fla. he effectively began 2006 the…

McBride on Dragbike Championship No. 7 – “This one is the sweetest.”

“Hello, this is the fastest man in the world and I need to talk to the quickest man in the world?” That’s how the conversation started when newly-crowned seven-time AMA/Prostar Top Fuel champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride called Jimmy “The Hulk”…

Steve Speaks on Top Fuel Dragbike Weekend

An interview with Team Spiderman crew chief Steve McBride following the team’s record performance at the AMA/Prostar National Finals, Nov. 3-5, 2006. CycleDrag – Your team recorded an astonishing nine five-second runs, and Jimmy Brantley ran the quickest pass ever. …

Monumental Top Fuel Dragbike Weekend for Team Spiderman at Prostar Finale

Team Spiderman put on a show at the AMA/Prostar finale that won’t soon be forgotten. Larry “Spiderman” McBride earned an unprecedented seventh career Top Fuel championship and teammate Jimmy ‘The Hulk” Brantley recorded the quickest dragbike run to-date with a…

McBride Fueled by Racing – A Profile on the World’s Quickest Dragbike Racer

“I love the thrill. I love the rush.” – Larry McBride It takes a courageous and tenacious type of individual to throw a leg over a 240-mph, nitro-guzzling Top Fuel motorcycle. Six-time AMA/Prostar champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride has been piloting…

Rain Halts Record-breaking Harley Race at Cecil County

There’s no question the Northeast was the place to be for making horsepower during the last weekend of September.  The NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle field was the quickest ever in Reading, Pa., and just an hour south in Rising Sun,…

Jay Turner Doubles in Virginia Nitro Categories

The true mark of excellence and consistency for any drag racer is to win two classes at the same event. Typically, although rare, the feat is accomplished by sportsman racers competing in index classes and ET. However it’s even more…

Takeshi Shigematsu Runs Quickest Nitro Harley Pass Ever

It was during the opening round of qualifying at the AHDRA S&S Jim McClure Nationals that Ehime, Japan-based Top Fuel rider Takeshi Shigematsu memorized fans with the quickest Nitro Harley run ever at 6.245 at 212 mph. “I knew we…

AHDRA to Pay Homage to the Late Jim McClure

One of the all-time greats of motorcycle drag racing will be honored this weekend at one of AHDRA’s most important events of the year. As the Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Championship Series prepares for the upcoming national event at Virginia…

Pole-sitter McBride runs first Atco Five – Gast and Stoll also No. 1

This year’s 40th running of the Orient Express US Nationals from Atco, NJ, includes everything that has made it one of the most popular races of the season – record smashing performances, beautiful South Jersey weather, and one of the…

McBride Anticipating Return to Atco

Five-time AMA/Prostar Top Fuel champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride is eagerly anticipating his return to the fabled Atco Raceway in New Jersey for the 40th running of the all-motorcycle US Nationals. “I’ve always loved Atco,” McBride said. “There is so much…