Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride received some unfortunate news that the burns he sustained during a wild explosion at the IDBL U.S. Nationals from Atco, N.J., Sept. 13, 2015 are worse than initially thought. McBride’s burns have been upgraded by his local doctors from second-degree to third-degree and the 14-time champion will need skin grafting. This likely will cause McBride to miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
“The thought of missing Valdosta kills me, but I’m not sure I have much choice,” said McBride of the Nov. ManCup race. “I’m just not getting better and not feeling great.”
Nitro Harley racer Jay Turner has already filled McBride’s match race position for the upcoming 23rd Annual IDBL Fall Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, Oct 3 -4.
McBride will require multiple skin grafting sessions to heal his burns. His first surgery is set for Friday, Sept. 25.
“I think my body was in shock the first two days. I was walking around just fine at the track when I got back from the hospital. The next day was more painful but I could still get around,” McBride said. “On Tuesday I really seemed to tighten up and the pain got unbearable. Since then it has seemed to get worse. I’m having a difficult time walking.”
McBride said his doctors took note of the depth of the burns and the fact that McBride has no feeling in the center of the wounds. Most of the damage was caused by boiling hot oil running down McBride’s legs.
McBride’s lower body is also covered with bruises. The Spiderman thinks it’s from debris coming off the motorcycle.
The champ still fully understands how lucky he is when looking at the big picture.
“Thank God I had Kevlar in my boots or my feet would have been a mess,” said McBride, who drug his feet while applying the brakes, after his motorcycle caught fire.
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McBride thanked his primary sponsors; Pingel Enterprise, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, Drag Specialties-Parts Unlimited, Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation and Final Swipe Merchant Services.
Web-Cam, Vance & Hines Motorsports, PR Factory Store, Ferrea Valves, Kibblewhite, Precision Machine, World Wide Bearings, Vanson Leathers, Millennium Technologies, Belt Drives Ltd, Simpson Race Products, Nitrous Express, APE, EK Chain, Arias Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, B&J Transmission, Carolina Cycle, L.A. Sleeve, PJ1, Mickey Thompson Tires, Valco, Goodridge, Carlisle Belts and Gates Belts.
So sorry you will miss the rest of the season Larry. Your recovery is the most important thing.
Best wishes from your Limey fans.
Wow sorry to hear this Larry but take care of yourself so you can be back next year
Hoping for a speedy recovery, looking forward to seeing you next year.
Take care of yourself and listen to the Doctors.
Get well soon Larry your health is the important thing right now. Drag racing and bikes will still be here when you heal.best wishes and prayers.
Take care of yourself, you are the man and can’t be replaced. Thanks for everything and looking forward to your return.
Top fuel funny car and dragster drivers wear firesuits, not leathers. Obviously on a bike you need leather for protection, but it does squat in a fire. It’s time for a new suit for nitro bike riders that combines the qualities of leather and a firesuit.
Take care Larry, Get well soon, Very sorry to hear of your accident. Hang in there. You are the king of TF bikes and will be missed. Hope to see you soon. Thanks for all the 5’s Godspeed to you.
Get well soon Larry. Sorry to hear of your accident. Hang in there king of the 5’s.Hope to see you back soon. Take care and godspeed