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Full Story Behind Tii Tharpe’s Top Fuel Harley Championship

Drama was served up in spades as the 2018 Top Fuel Harley championship was decided between Doug Vancil and Spevco-sponsored Tii Tharpe in a final round run-off for at the National Hot Rod Association’s U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway…

A Look Back at A Thrilling NHRA Top Fuel Nitro Harley Season

On September 3rd, 2018, the NHRA Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley season concluded with the drama and performance we have all come to expect from the big thunder bikes. On the last pass during the last race of 2018…

Filippos Papafilippou Caps Off Stellar Season With Championship on Former Ian King Top Fuel Motorcycle

Filippos Papafilippou of Athens, Greece knew he was in for a daunting challenge when he purchased the Gulf Oil-backed Top Fuel Motorcycle of 10-time champion Ian King.   The young and talented rider exceeded all expectations in his first year…

Flashback – Nitro Harley Front Runners Update

Check out the following article originally published by Cycledrag.com prior to the 2007 season. We stumbled on this right after the 2018 NHRA U.S. Nationals and found it pretty cool that the players all the same. Back then the top…

NHRA U.S. Nationals Video and Photo Coverage

Enjoy some videos and photos from the biggest drag race in the world, the NHRA U.S. Nationals from Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. on Labor Day Weekend. The was the second time NHRA showcased Pro Stock Motorcycles and Nitro…

Veteran Top Fuel Harley Rider Rickey House Thrilled for His First U.S. Nationals

Rickey House has been drag racing motorcycles for years but it wasn’t until the NHRA added the eight-race Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley class to the yearly schedule in 2017 that the humble rider from Humble, Texas, had a…

NHRA Releases 2019 Top Fuel Harley 10-Race Schedule

NHRA officials announced the schedule for the 10-race 2019 Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series, which is set to feature the sport’s only nitromethane-powered two-wheeled bikes at some of the most breathtaking racing facilities across the…

The Dragbike Runs Heard Round the World – First V-Twin Fives!

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, at about 3:30PM, local time, at Tierp Arena in Sweden, Vesa Lipponen of Truku, Finland ran a 5.9205 elapsed time @ 350.65Kpm (217.88 mph) to officially run the first ever 5 second elapsed time in…

CatSpot Nitro Harley Racer Rickey House Races to Semis

CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Fuel Harley racer Rickey House raced to the semifinals of his sponsor’s race, the 31st annual CatSpot Organic Cat Litter NHRA Northwest Nationals on Sunday at Pacific Raceways. House’s CatSpot teammate, Top Fuel dragster driver…

CatSpot Top Fuel Harley rider Ricky House Hopes to Shine Brightest at his Title Sponsor’s Main Event

Top Fuel Harley-Davidson rider Ricky House has one goal left in his 2018 campaign — win this weekend’s 31st annual CatSpot Organic Cat Litter NHRA Northwest Nationals and present the trophy to his friend and sponsor, Tommy Thompson, founder of…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Advances to Final at Rain-Postponed Dragway 42 Event

It was a ritual the team had practiced hundreds of times that culminated with a unique outcome.  Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride and crew made final adjustments to his record-holding, 1,500-horsepower-plus machine and got mentally prepared for what…

Chris Hand Top Fuel Motorcycle Dragway 42 Blog

Longtime Chris Hand crewman Dick Boxell sent along the following blog, detailing the team’s weekend at the ManCup Fast by Gast Nationals from Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. Dick writes – The crew for this race consisted of Crew…

Chris Matheson’s Top Fuel Motorcycle Resets Track Record At Darwin’s Nitro Up North

Drag racers attending the 2018 Nitro Up North event enjoyed summer-like conditions with temps in the 30+ degrees and wearing t-shirts and shorts.   The 2018 Nitro Up North is in its fourth running of this drag racing spectacular and…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Returns to Dragway 42 Looking to Gain Points Lead

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend and 18-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride  is hoping a long-awaited return to a racetrack he has not competed at since the 80s will prove to be a turning point in what has been a challenging Man…

Rickey House’s Semifinal Finish Highlights CatSpot Race Team’s Outing in New England

Rickey House powered his CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Fuel Harley-Davidson to the semifinals of the sixth annual NHRA New England Nationals Sunday at New England Dragway to pace the efforts of CatSpot Racing, which include Top Fuel dragster pilots…

Filippos Papafilippou Finding Success on Ian King’s Former Gulf Oil Drag Racing Top Fuel Motorcycle

Gulf Oil Drag Racing kicks off the season with a bang! After their foray in the USA Manufacturers Cup series in 2017 the Gulf Oil Top Fuel Motorcycle team returned to the opening round of the FIM European Championship with…

CatSpot Top Fuel Harley Rider Rickey House Already Has His Hands Full in New England

A perennial title contender in the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley Series, Texan Rickey House has proven to be calm under pressure on his 225-mph CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Harley-Davidson. But even a drag racing veteran like House can be…

Chris Matheson Ready To Turn Up The Heat At Nitro Up North

Fresh off his dominating performance at the season-ending Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, Chris Matheson is ready to turn up the heat on his 5 x Championship-winning “Nitro Voodoo” Top Bike, and kick-start a possible sixth title at Hidden Valley’s Nitro…

Father’s Day Bristol Win is Special for Nitro Harley Racer Tii Tharpe

When the Winners’ Circle photos were taken, the media interviews complete, the steaks cooked and the beer drank, there was one thing on Tii Tharpe’s mind. “I want that video,” he said to anyone that seemed able to find it.…

Tii Tharpe Wins Tricky Bristol Thunder Valley Nationals

Tii Tharpe collected his third NHRA Wally of 2018 after a final round triumph over point leader Doug Vancil at the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 17, from Bristol, Tenn. Tharpe crossed the line with a rapid 6.49 at…

CatSpot Top Fuel Harley Racer Ricky House takes Battle for Points Lead to Bristol

Ricky House and the CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Fuel Harley team take the battle for the class championship to Bristol Dragway this weekend for the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. House currently sits fourth on the Mickey Thompson…

Chris Matheson Sweeps Winternationals With Top Fuel Motorcycle

Chris Matheson and his “Nitro Voodoo” Top Fuel Motorcycle dominated the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals with a clean sweep in the Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson Top Bike category at Willowbank Raceway.   Matheson officially wrapped up his 5th Top Bike…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Scores Runner-Up Finish at Hot Rock Weekend

Drag racing is an unforgiving sport. One small mistake can drastically change the outcome of the weekend.  Veteran Top Fuel Motorcycle racer and 18-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride knows this all too well. After seemingly gaining control of a scorching…

Nitro Voodoo Chris Matheson is Prepped and Primed for Winternationals Glory

The lead up to the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals for Chris Matheson and his “Nitro Voodoo” crew has seen a concentrated effort to make things happen. In the lead up to the Winternationals Warm Up, Matheson switched off his…

Adam Layton Looking To Finish 400 Thunder Season On a High at Winternationals

It was 12 months ago Adam Layton attended his first Winternationals. It was his first interstate trip and the sheer size of the event left a huge impression on the Sydney-based rider. “In my rookie Top Bike season I wanted…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Returns to High-MPH Rockingham Dragway Aiming to Regain Point Lead

The last time Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride visited famous Rockingham Dragway in the North Carolina sandhills he stunned the two-wheel racing world with unprecedented speed of 255 mph. The rapid run came last Sept., as McBride was…

Vantine Takes Winning Start and “For Sale” Top Fueler to The Rock

Sure, it may be only one race into the season, but David Vantine and his screaming yellow Vantine Nitrosports bike are undefeated so far this year. And even better, you can buy 2018’s winningest, blown, North American, Top Fuel motorcycle—it’s…

Chris Matheson Set To Become Five-Time Australian Drag Racing Champion At Winternationals

The first time Chris Matheson brings his 1500 plus horsepower “Nitro Voodoo” Top Fuel Motorcycle to the start line at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, he will officially have wrapped up his fifth Australian Top Bike Championship. This is…

Jay Turner Wins NHRA Heartland Nationals

It was an all Jay Turner Racing final in the Nitro Harley category at the rain-postponed NHRA Heartland Nationals from Topeka, KS. May 18-21. In the final round Turner defeated his teammate Tii Tharpe with a 6.26 at 226 MPH…

Classic Top Fuel Motorcycle Race – Atlanta 1987

Enjoy some historic dragbike racing footage in the Cycledrag.com Classic Top Fuel Motorcycle Fantasy Challenge – Comment With Your Picks! Cycledrag.com has uncovered a gem. The field is set for this classic Top Fuel Motorcycle race. The race took place…

A Look Back At One Of Dragbike Racing’s Scariest Moments – Larry McBride Goes Down at Over 200 MPH

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend and 17-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride recently released some rarely seen footage of his infamous top-end crash from a Prostar race at Gainesville Raceway in the spring of 1992. More than 25 years later, McBride still…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Nitro Voodoo Comes To Life in Sydney

Australia’s National Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Chris Matheson has taken yet another step in the right direction to improve on his performance following the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway. The Brisbane-based racer is the quickest man…

Adam Layton Looking To Break Australian Dragbike Records

Sydney’s Adam Layton has been burning the midnight oil in the lead up to the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway on 4th & 5th May.   Over the past weeks, Layton has been putting in…

Small Steps To Make Bigger Steps for Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Chris Matheson

Drag Racing is a sport that has a start and a finish. The aim is to cover the distance in the quickest time possible and cross the line ahead of your opponent. For Brisbane drag racer Chris Matheson he is…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Finishes Runner-Up at Chilly Season-Opening Race

Multi-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” began his 2018 campaign with a runner-up performance at a chilly and rain-plagued ManCup Exoticycle Spring Cup from South Georgia Motorsports Park, April 6-8. The weekend’s bright spots for the 18-time champion came…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Standout Dave Vantine Aiming for 5.60s

Competitive and talented motorcycle drag racing veteran Dave Vantine has a lofty goal for 2018. The Hamilton, N.Y. based Top Fuel Motorcycle pilot is aspiring to be the second competitor to reach the much admired and celebrated 5.60 zone.  …

Larry “Spiderman” McBride to Begin Bid for 5.50s and 19th Championship

Four-decade Top Fuel Motorcycle veteran Larry “Spiderman” McBride is poised to begin another season of exciting championship chasing and record pursuit at this weekend’s ManCup Spring Cup, April 6-8, from South Georgia Motorsports Park. “I’m ready,” world-record-holder McBride said.  …

Matheson Goes Wild at Santo’s Super Thunder

With no Top Bike championship points on the line at the Santo’s Super Thunder event, Chris Matheson and his crew were able to focus on the “Nitro Voodoo” Top Fuel Motorcycle and attempt to make his bike respond quicker. “We…

Chris Matheson Staying Focused on Winning Championship

After taking out the much-coveted MacTrack Westernationals event earlier this month at Perth Motorplex in Western Australia, No.1 plate holder Chris Matheson is not letting up on his focus on continuing his lead in the Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle 400…

Australian Nitro Harley Drag Racer Adam Layton Selected A GoPro Ambassador

When was the last time you met an ambassador in the sport of drag racing? It’s a title normally reserved for an accredited diplomat who works in a foreign country representing his or her country. However, in the case of…

Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Chris Matheson Extends Points Lead With Westernationals Top Bike Win

The 2018 MacTrack Westernationals was certainly an event that had plenty of nail-biting excitement, especially in the 400 Thunder Championship Pro classes. For Chris Matheson, the current Top Fuel Motorcycle champ came into the event with a to-do list and…

After Record-Setting Season, What’s Next For Larry “Spiderman” McBride?

What drives a competitor to push for more after already accomplishing so much? It’s a question Tom Brady and other successful athletes are often asked in the latter stages of their career. “The love of the sport,” is a common…

Chris Matheson On a Mission To Break Australian 6.04 Top Fuel Motorcycle Record

Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Chris Matheson is closing in on Perth, Western Australia to try and break his national record of 6.04 seconds, a record he has held since 2013. A four-time Australian drag racing champion, Matheson is on…

Autralian Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Preparing For Westernationals

Chris Matheson – Australia’s quickest and fastest man on a motorcycle, and current Top Fuel motorcycle champion is preparing to travel from his home base in Brisbane to Perth to compete at the 47th annual Mac Track Westernationals on March…

Doug Vancil and Terry Vance React to Victorious Nitro Harley Debut

After nearly a decade hiatus as a rider, multi-time champion Doug Vancil looked as if he never took a break, motoring his brand new, Vance & Hines / Tucker Rocky Nitro Harley to a debut victory at the NHRA Lucas…

NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals Nitro Harley Coverage and More

Its time to go racing! The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicked with the returning Doug Vancil powering to the Nitro Harley qualifying lead at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto…

Samson Exhaust Teams Up With Nitro Harley Racer Dennis Fisher

Samson Exhaust is excited to announce its partnership with Championship Nitro Harley rider Dennis Fisher (“Dennis The Nitro Menace”) at select NHRA events and six AMRA events in 2018. The Samson Exhaust Top Fuel Harley makes its debut at Daytona…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Chris Matheson’s Runs 6.10 En Route to Victory

It was a fine balancing act for current 400 Thunder Top Bike Champion Chris Matheson at the Santo’s Summer Thunder event at Sydney Dragway. High temperatures made it difficult and uncomfortable for everyone, but in the end, the “Nitro Voodoo”…

Will it be the Year of the Supercharger in Top Fuel Harley?

Racers and fans are poised for what could be a ground-breaking, revolutionary season for the always-popular Top Fuel Harley category. The biggest question is – will this season bring the first Nitro Harley five-second run? One of the most significant…

Vance & Hines Announces Top Fuel Harley Team, Doug Vancil Returns

Vance & Hines is proud to announce a return to Top Fuel racing with rider Doug Vancil and tuner Mike Romine to compete in the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley category of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Chris Matheson On The Right Path For Santo’s Summer Thunder Success

Two weeks ago at Willowbank’s New Years Thunder event Australian Top Bike champion Chris Matheson saw significant improvements in the performance of his Nitro Voodoo V2 Top Fuel Motorcycle.   Matheson had the opportunity to match-race in a nitro dual…

30 Quickest Motorcycle Drag Racers in the World

Here is the updated list of the 30 quickest dragbike racers of all-time. Congratulations to all the outstanding riders on this list.  1. Larry McBride,USA, 5.611, Man Cup, SGMP, 11/19/17 2. Peter Svensson, SWE, 5.709, UEM,Tierp Arena, 08/24/12 3. David…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Shatters World Records, Wins 18th Championship

After nearly four decades of fearless, record-setting motorcycle drag racing, Larry “Spiderman” McBride put in the performance of his career, shattering world records with a 5.61 elapsed-time and 258 mph speed at the ManCup Finals, Nov. 17-19, from South Georgia…

“Rookie to Champ” In Less Than A Year! – Dennis Fisher Recaps his Memorable Nitro Harley Season

So You Want To Ride Top Fuel/Nitro Funny Bike?   Talk about a wild year!  A couple of years ago I wrote an article about my experience riding a Pro Fuel Nitro Harley.  For those of you that recall that…

Locked in Tight Points Battle, Larry “Spiderman” McBride in Search of Championship at ManCup Season Finale

After more than four decades in the sport of dragbike racing and 17 championship titles won, one may question if Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride has the same zeal and enthusiasm he did as a younger man. The…

Larry “Spiderman” Runs Career Best 255 MPH Speed and Wins Rockingham

There is a new speed king in motorcycle drag racing. Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride knew his Trim-Tex-backed team needed to be on its game heading into Rockingham Dragway, Sept. 23-24, to defend a slim five-point lead over veteran Sam Wills in the ManCup…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Ian King Anticipating Rockingham

Following the huge disappointment of the rained out Memphis TN event the Gulf Oil Drag Racing team made the long trip to the inaugural Galot Motorsports Park event in North Carolina with hopes for better luck than the season had…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Rides Slim Point Lead Into Penultimate ManCup Dragbike Race

With just two races to go in the ManCup dragbike series, Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride enters this weekend’s race at Rockingham Dragway, Sept. 23-24, locked in a tight championship battle with veteran Sam Wills.  A mere five…

Larry McBride and Dave Vantine Reflect on Record-Breaking Weekend in the IDBL, Eye World Records Oct. 6-8

The excitement continues to build for the upcoming IDBL DME Fall Nationals from Maryland International Raceway, Oct. 6-8, where world records could fall.  Top Fuel Motorcycle fans were treated to a show for the ages at the IDBL Bike Fest…

Dragbike Community Asking for Prayers for Injured Nitro Harley Racer Dean Comunal – Update

Update – Thursday 8:00 PM – Dean Comunal’s girlfriend Susan Adina writes, “Dean is out of surgery and resting comfortably. The dcotors finally felt comfortable with the healing progress of the organs and damage they were so closely monitoring, to…

Matheson Wrestles Croc at Hidden Valley and Sets New Top Fuel Motorcycle Track Record

Multiple Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion, Chris Matheson has taken home a much sort after Crocodile Skull Trophy and a Thunder 400 Christmas Tree, after the Nitro Voodoo Team efforts at Darwin’s Hidden Valley “Nitro Up North” meeting last weekend…

Larry McBride and Dave Vantine Make Motorsports History With Quickest Side-by-Side Dragbike run

July 29th, 2017 will serve as a footnote in the history of motorcycle racing. At the IDBL WPGC Bike Fest from Maryland International Raceway, Top Fuel legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Dave Vantine re-wrote the record book with the quickest…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Takes Pole and Runner-Up Finish at Galot

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend and 16-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride knew his team would be put to the test under the hot summer sun at the ManCup MTC Nationals, July 15-16, from Galot Motorsports Park in South Dunn, N.C.  In the team’s…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride to Debut New Look on his Trim-Tex Top Fuel Motorcycle at Galot

ManCup Top Fuel Motorcycle point leader and 16-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride is ready to get back to work at this weekend’s, July 15-16, MTC Nationals, from beautiful eighth-mile track, Galot Motorsports Park in South Dunn N.C.  The legendary racer will debut a new…

Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Set for Territory

Australia’s current Number 1 Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team are making final preparations for the Nitro Up North season opener in Darwin later this month.     Matheson said he was eager to continue…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Chris Matheson Makes History with 4th Austrailian Title

Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team have made Australian History taking out their fourth Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship. Matheson is the first to succeed in achieving the milestone and will go down in Drag Racing history…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Qualifies No. 1 Prior to Memphis ManCup Rainout

It’s a young season for the 16-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride, but so far the veteran is pitching a perfect game. The season’s only blemish is a rainstorm which washed out the ManCup Blues City Bash from…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Ian King Ready for Memphis After Strong Performance in Valdosta

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team of Top Fuel Motorcycle pilot Ian King started kicked off their 2017 season at the Manufacturers Cup season opener at South Georgia Motorsports Park, Valdosta GA. With the team operation based out of the impressive…

Larry McBride Takes ManCup Points Lead into Memphis Blues City Bash

With the level of competition in Top Fuel Motorcycle on the rise, 16-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride knows every round win is important and coveted. The Spiderman will ride his ManCup points lead into the Blues City Nationals from Memphis International…

Dragbike Legend Terry Kizer Preparing for Top Fuel Motorcycle Debut, Talks About Visionary Ideas

With multiple championships, records and a successful and innovative business, the great Terry Kizer has certainly accomplished enough in the sport of dragbike racing to be considered a legend. From the genesis of his dragbike racing career back in 1978,…

Chris Matheson Sets Sights on Top Fuel Dragbike Winternational Finals

Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Top Fuel Motorcycle Team have continued to dominate the 400 Thunder Australian Championship, racking up yet another race final appearance last weekend at Sydney Dragway. Matheson said he was a little nervous when he…

Top Fuel Dragbike Legend Larry McBride Wins Season-Opening Race

You could say it’s familiar territory. Top Fuel Dragbike legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride began his 39th season of racing the way he has begun so many – with a trip to the winner’s circle. The 16-time champion swept through the…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Ready to Begin 39th Season of Top Fuel Dragbike Racing

It’s time once again.  Another season of Top Fuel Motorcycle drag racing is here. Few have been involved in any type of motorsports, or any competition for that matter, longer than 16-time champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride, who has been racing a…

Chris Matheson Set to Run Santo’s Super Thunder Down Under on Top Fuel Dragbike

Australia’s quickest man on two wheels has been quietly working behind the scenes with his Team to perfect his Nitro Voodoo Top Fuel Motorcycle. Matheson said “we have had a couple of wins in the Thunder 400 Series Championship points…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Peter Svensson Update

No dragbike racer has ever been quicker than Top Fuel Motorcycle pilot Peter Svensson, who  recorded a 5.709 seconds at Tierp Arena, Sweden, in Q2 on the afternoon of August 24, 2012.  But where has he been? Since a trip…

European Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Ian King Hoping To Run Entire 2017 U.S. Season

2016 was a momentous year for Ian King and his King Racing – Gulf Oil Drag Racing team. Another record setting 10th FIM European Championship was won, and in doing so Team Principal and rider Ian King became the most…

Swedish Super Twin Bike Rider Per Bengtsson and Tommy Grimes Team up

Swedish Super Twin Bike rider Per Bengtsson has teamed up with the 16-time NHRA Wally winner Tommy Grimes to ride the famous parallel twin “the Beast” during the 2017 season. Grimes, who made an European debut at the Tierp Arena…

Chris Matheson’s Nitro Voodoo Top Fuel Motorcycle Takes Out Santo’s Summernationals

Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team have won two from two Top Fuel Championship rounds at Sydney Dragway, the latest at the 400 Thunder Santo’s Summernationals on Saturday 21 January 2017. Matheson said “it was a week of ups…

Mitch Brown Announces Dennis Bradley’s 2017 Top Fuel Motorcycle Team

Longtime motorcycle drag racing veteran Mitch Brown is realizing a dream. “I’m very happy to announce the formation of the new Dennis Bradley Racing Top Fuel Motorcycle Team,” Brown said. The team owner is Dennis Bradley from Pine Bluff, Ark.…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Ian King Gets Magazine Coverage

The 10 time European Championship and now World Land Speed Record holding Gulf Oil Dragracing team enjoyed extensive coverage in the press this month with the publication of the latest editions of Fast Bikes Magazine and Fast Facts. Fast Bikes…

A Comeback for the Ages – Larry “Spiderman” McBride Reflects on Capturing 16th Career Championship

The look on Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s face after the ManCup season-opener in April said it all –  “This won’t be easy.” Back racing again for the first time since a near career ending explosion and debuting a new motorcycle, more…

McBride Wins 16th Championship and Runs Career Best Run on New Bike

Larry “Spiderman” McBride and team made a long night of Thursday maintenance pay off with Star’s best run yet at 5.83 at 247 mph to take the pole during the opening night of qualifying at the ManCup Finals from Valdosta,…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Crew Put in Long Day of Testing and Wrenching Prior to ManCup Finals

Larry “Spiderman” McBride is known as a very punctual racer who arrives to events well in advance. The Spiderman is extremely thankful he decided to depart his Newport News, Va. shop early in the week after a laborious and demanding…

Elmer Trett to be Honored During the 40th annual Mann Hill Garage ManCup World Finals

The ManCup motorcycle drag racing sanction is pleased to announce a new award of high honor available to Top Fuel motorcycle drag racing pilots.  The annual, Elmer Trett Memorial, Top Fuel Motorcycle, Top Performer award has been created in 2016…

McCarthy’s Take – Clash of Dragbike Titans: Sam Wills Vs. Larry McBride (Kind of)

Dragbike racing journalist and photographer Tom McCarthy gives us his take on the exciting season-sending points battle in Top Fuel Motorcycle. Coming into the weekend of Nov. 11-13 at the event billed as the 40th annual ManCup, Mann Hill Garage,…

Chris Matheson wins IHRA 400 Thunder East Coast Nationals in Australia

Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Top Fuel Motorcycle Team won the IHRA 400 Thunder East Coast Nationals.  Matheson Top Qualified with a 6.59 to head the field into Eliminations. Matheson struggled in qualifying with his set up, then closed…

Tenacious McBride Fighting for 16th Top Fuel Championship at Season Finale

It’s a comeback that would make Rocky Balboa proud. Dragbike legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride has overcome a mountain of adversity over the past 14 months to put himself in a position to potentially win an unprecedented 16th Top Fuel Motorcycle title…

Top Fuel Harley Dragbike Legend Larry “Drums” Brancaccio Passes

Cycledrag.com is saddened to report the passing of talented, colorful and memorable Nitro Harley legend Larry “Drums” Brancaccio.  According to friends, the 58-year old former dragbike racing champion suffered a heart attack on October 25. The Nutley N.J.-native spent most…

Peter Geiss Wins Ray Price Top Fuel Title at the Rock

All the big guns went out early and Peter Geiss of Huntington, N.Y., beat Tii Tharpe of East Bend, N.C., to win the AMRA Ray Price Top Fuel championship Sunday in the 25th annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at…

IDBL Top Fuel Grudge Race On – McBride and Vantine Welcoming Another Opportunity at Dragbike Racing History

July 27th, 2014 is a footnote in motorcycle drag racing history. Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride and then second-year racer Dave Vantine roared down Maryland International Raceway in unison, producing the sport’s first side-by-side five-second run, with McBride…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Ian King Secures 10th European Championship

Despite the final round exit in the previous German round the Gulf Oil Dragracing team entered the final and home round of the FIM European Dragbike Championship with a small lead over nearest rivals the RG Engineering team of Rikard…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Captures First Victory on New Motorcycle

The ManCup MTC Nationals from Rockingham, N.C, Sept. 17-18, could not have gone much better for Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride. After more than eight years of precise, careful labor on a new, state-of-the-art motorcycle, McBride’s “Star” finally…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Striving to End Win Drought in Rockingham

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride is not accustomed to being in this position. Heading into the ManCup MTC Nationals, Sept. 17-18, the ever-dominant, 15-time champion has not reached the winner’s circle in more than a year.  In fact…

Silver for Ian King in NitrOlympX

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team entered the penultimate road of the FIM European Dragbike Championship with a slender lead over their closest rivals but experienced a less than smooth path towards their goal of securing another Championship crown due to…

Top Fuel Motorcycle Racer Ian King Smokes Goodwood Festival of Speed – Wild Burnout

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team were once again honoured to be invited by the Earl of March and Kinrara to appear at the world’s biggest and most diverse motorsport event – the Goodwood Festival of Speed within the grounds of…

More Top Fuel Motorcycle Fives, Another Win for Dave Vantine

For three years in a row, David Vantine and his screaming yellow Vantine Nitrosports bike have laid down three 5-second passes in the heat at Maryland International Raceway during IDBL’s WPGC Bike Fest. “Apparently, the yellow bike likes MDIR,” said…

The Sturgis Celebration Lives On

Mix nitrous oxide with a healthy dose of tattoos and testosterone, then liberally apply the concoction to high-dollar motorcycles and men, and you have all the ingredients for a cocktail of drag racing, accompanied by clouds of smoke, roars of…

Jay Turner Wins IHRA Nitro Harley Championship Despite Not Qualifying

The Northern Nationals was not short on suspense and unexpected twists and turns throughout the day and night. The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) season-ending professional finale came down to the final runs and teams having to overcome some challenging…

Jay Turner Closing in on Fifth Nitro Harley Championship, Bob Malloy Still in Contention

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Drag Racing Series will wrap up the 2016 season with four championship titles yet to be determined in the final event of the year at the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in…

Ray Price’s History Featured in Harley-Davidson Museum Exhibit “Drag Racing: America’s Fast Time”

The drag bike that earned Ray Price the 1979-‘80 NHRA championship is on display during a special summer exhibition at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum. “Drag Racing: America’s Fast Time” runs through September 5, 2016.     Motorsports racing legend and hall…