Should Terry Schweigert’s 6.19 Catapult Turbo Bikes Into Top Fuel? Experts Debate

Turbo racers are hoping winds of change blow into the Top Fuel Motorcycle class. Many were watching closely as a fresh, new, innovative, modern turbo Funny Bike made its quarter mile debut at the Man Cup Finals, Nov. 16-18 from…

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…

Motorcycle Drag Racing : A History – Book Review

  Thinking of something for that motorcycle speed junkie in your life for Christmas? John Stein’s self-published, hardcover book, Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History hit the book stores in 2011.  This enormous coffee table book covers the full range of…

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…

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,…

Coverage of the HTP Performance Motec Man Cup Nationals from Memphis, Tenn.

Enjoy coverage of the HTP Performance- Motec Manufacturers Cup Nationals from Memphis International Raceway, June 20-21. This marks the return of national event motorcycle drag racing to Memphis for the first time since 2009. Top Fuel Recap –  Session 1…

Ray Price Racing Wins 2014 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Championship

After capturing the teams fifth NHRA win at Mission Raceway Park back in September, the Akea/Ray Price Racing team was excited about their chances of winning the championship. The team prepared for the upcoming NHRA Las Vegas final by competing…

Racers Reminisce about Dragbike legend Elmer Trett

On September 1, 1996 motorcycle drag racing lost perhaps the greatest Top Fuel rider in the sport’s history when Elmer Trett came off his motorcycle at the top end of Indianapolis Raceway Park. Trett was a trendsetting genius in the…

McBride Wants to Retire Iconic Dragbike with 5.60s

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride has amassed 10 championships and numerous world records throughout his illustrious 33-year career.  The Spiderman has achieved the vast majority of his success on his current drag bike – a 1,511 c.c., supercharged…

Industry Leader Web Cam Continues to Expand Business

Web Cam vice president Laurie Dunlap has the perfect outlook and work ethic to keep her company atop the motorcycle industry in innovation and performance. “We are always looking for ways to improve and make more power,” Dunlap said. Web Cam was…

Thundernationals Electrify Indy’s Motorcycle Weekend

  Of all the events going on during this past weekend’s massive motorcycle festival in Indianapolis, nothing—not MotoGP, not AMA Flat Track, not the XDL stunt competition—attracted nearly as many competitive motorcycles as the 684 entries at the NHDRO/Manufacturers Cup…

Hand Joins Five Second Club, Advances to Final with McBride

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…

Tevis Moffett “Sheriff Slim” Passes

Tevis Moffett passed on Feb. 23. He is remembered as being one of those responsible for the first seven second pass. A Key member of the RC Engineering Primary Race Team for many years, including the years of the RC…

A Year in the Life of a Puma Top Fuel Bike Engine

Some of the more usual questions we get from visitors to the King Racing pit area during a race event are “how long does the engine last?” or “do you have to rebuild it between every run like the Top…

Vintage Top Fuel Motorcycle display at zMAX 4 Wide Nationals April 19-21

Frank Spittle, North Carolina veteran motorcycle drag racer, is pleased to announce a collaboration with zMAX Dragway to bring a Vintage Top Fuel Motorcycle display at  NHRA’s The 4 Wide Nationals, April 19-21, 2013. Spittle says, “The bikes will all be displayed…

Chris Matheson wind Round No. 2 of Australian Championship

Australian multiple Top Bike Champion, Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team won at Round 2 of the ANDRA Pro-Series Championship at the Perth Motorplex last weekend. Matheson top qualified with a 6.403 at almost 200mph on a challenging track. …

King Ends Season on a High

Following their impressive top three European Championship finish in their very first year on the all new Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel Bike, the team elected to compete in the British season finale, the ACU / UK…

Ian King Finishes in Top Three

Despite heading the championship chase going into the final round of the 2011 European Top Fuel Bike Championship the Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel Bike team knew that their slender lead was probably not enough to ensure…

AHDRA Northwest Nitro Nationals Aug. 27-28

The All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) is approaching the final four events of the 2011 Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Championship Series.  We are expecting fierce competition at the upcoming AHDRA-Northwest Nitro Nationals Presented by Team Latus Motors Harley Davidson.…

Brancaccio Goes to Semis at Atco

The AHDRA’s  Northeast Nitro Nationals Presented by  Brian’s Harley Davidson at Atco Raceway, Atco, NJ is held at one of the closest tracks to home for the Bammer/Starlight Tattoo Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel drag bike and Larry “Drums” Brancaccio always…

Bell to Support Gulf Oil Drag Racing

In a perfect partnership of iconic motorsport brands Gulf Oil Dragracing are pleased to announce that the Bell Helmets brand will be proudly carried on the Gulf Oil Dragracing – Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel Bike for the 2011 season.…

King Overcomes Graveltrap Crash

Following the rain affected home round at Santa Pod, the Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals team eagerly anticipated the first championship event at the new world class facility at Tierp in Sweden. Both the venue and the weather did…

McBride Rained out in South Carolina

Top Fuel drag bike legend, Larry “Spiderman” McBride attempted to make some exhibition passes at Union County Dragway in Union, S.C., this past Saturday, June 18. Unfortunately for the ten-time champion the event was canceled due to a heavy rain…

Ian King Suffers Rain in the Main

Following the Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals – Top Fuel Bike’s dream debut at the opening round of the European Championship in Hungary all eyes turned to the `Main Event’, the second round at Santa Pod in the UK.…

Larry “Drums” Branccacio Wins at Numidia Dragway

All that experimenting is paying off with a big win for the Bammer/Starlight Tattoo Nitro Harley Drag Race Team featuring Larry “Drums” Brancaccio. The Numidia Dragway in Numidia, PA was the scene of Brancaccio’s first win of the season with the All Harley…

King Debuts Gulf Oil Top Fuel Bike

The Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals – Top Fuel Bike made a dream debut on the notoriously tricky Kunmadaras track in Hungary when the 1500 horsepower machine (managed by multiple championship winners King Racing) stunned many with an unbelievable…

Sweet Looking Lids

Perhaps nothing at a motorcycle race is more eye-catching and noticeable than a one-of-a-kind, vibrant and unforgettable custom painted helmet. Tag “Tagger” Gasparian, owner of Tagger Designs in Lake Elsinore, Calif., has been stealing the attention of race enthusiasts for…

Studious McBride Aiming to Parlay Off-season Effort into Record Runs

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride hit the books over the winter. Like a college student preparing for a final exam, the 10-time world champion studied every aspect of his team’s performance.  McBride broke down video of his runs,…

Gulf Oil Top Fuel Bike Build Part 1

In the first of a series of articles, Puma Engineering and King Racing bring you a step by step pictorial history of the build of the state of art Gulf Oil / Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel motorcycle. The design…

Grimes Knocks ‘Em Out at Cyclepalozza.

Nitro Harley Drag racer, Tommy Grimes rode the Ray Price Racing Top Fueler to a victory at Mike Lehman’s Cyclepalozza Festival and Drag Race at Moroso Motorsports Park near West Palm Beach, FL, Feb., 19-20. Grimes knocked out the competition…

“The Nine” Prove Drag Bike Racing is Alive and Well and Now Face New Challenges

The Manufacturers Cup proved drag bike racing is alive and well The economy may be slow to fully recover, but fear not, motorcycle drag racing is alive and well.  Truth be told, drag bike racing was never really close to…

Ian King Partners with Gulf

An exciting line up of team partners and associates are headed by iconic oil company  Gulf Oil who have who have joined the team as primary sponsors for their 2011 assault on the UEM European Top Fuel Bike Championship. Normally…

IHRA Welcomes Back Top Fuel Harley

The International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce the fan-favorite, 200 mph-plus Nitro Harleys will return to the IHRA Nitro Jam in 2011 for the first time since 2002. “We are thrilled to be back racing with IHRA this…

McBride Conquers Unpredictable Season, Targets 5.60s in 2011

In his 32 years of racing, Top Fuel legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride had never experienced a season quite like the 2010 campaign. After battling an elusive mechanical problem on the motorcycle for 14 months, which was believed to be a…

Top Fuel Points Race Intensifies in Australia

The Nitro Voodoo Team made the long trek across Australia to the Perth Motorplex to compete in the second round of the Pro-Series Championship. The Perth Rounds carry 50 percent bonus points and can provide the opportunity for competitors to…

Spy Photos – Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s New Top Fuel Dragbike

The dragbike of the future has arrived. Motorcycle drag racing world record-holder Larry “Spiderman” McBride and his brother Steve McBride have been busy building a cutting-edge Top Fuel dragbike the duo hopes to debut sometime in 2011.  Cycledrag.com was fortunate…

McBride puts on a Show at PINKS

PINKS All Out has become one of the most popular televised spectacles in all of motorsports.  Combine PINKS with the superior showmanship of Bill Bader and his Summit Motorsports Park, and fans are treated to a tremendously entertaining event. Now…

McBride Mingles in the Mainstream

Don’t try telling Top Fuel dragbike legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride  it’s been a slow year for motorcycle drag racing. He won’t have time to listen because the 10-time champion is busier than ever. This coming weekend, August 27-28, McBride will…

Regan to the Rescue

A troubled economy, soaring fuel prices and the abrupt closure of the sport’s last remaining national series in late June, are all reasons why 2010 looked to be one of motorcycle drag racing’s gloomiest and pessimistic years. Longtime Murdoch Racing…

What’s Ailing the World’s Quickest Motorcycle?

What’s wrong with the world’s quickest motorcycle? That’s the question Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride and his crew chief/brother Steve have been trying to answer for over a year. McBride’s AMA Dragbike record-holding (5.79, 245 mph) motorcycle hasn’t…

McBride Wins Opener, Aims for 5.60s in 2010

Experts agree fine wine gets better with age. Clearly the career of legendary Top Fuel Motorcycle racer Larry “Spiderman” McBride also gets better as time goes by. McBride began his 32nd season of competition with a commanding and consistent performance…

McBride Finishes Runner-up in Norwalk

The AMA Dragbike Track or Treat Nationals from Norwalk, Ohio, 10-11, proved to be a bit tricky for Top Fuel motorcycle legend and nine-time class champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride. McBride encountered challenging, cold weather, the likes of which the team…

McBride Finishes Runner-Up in Indy, Uncovers Problem

Top Fuel Motorcycle drag racing legend, Larry “Spiderman” McBride, believes his team may have solved what proved to be a mysterious and lingering malady on his record-breaking machine at the AMA Dragbike Pingel Thunder Nationals from Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 1-2.…

Mini Top Fuel Motorcycle?

Check out this very cool miniature Top Fuel Motorcycle that was recently catching a ton of attention at Englishtown Raceway Park.

McBride Wins Michigan

World-record holder Larry “Spiderman” McBride extended his undefeated season by overcoming a mechanical problem to garner his third win of the year at the AMA Dragbike Summer Nationals from US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich., June 13-14. “We have…

New World Record for McBride

Top Fuel Motorcycle drag racing legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride has again made history. At an event dedicated to the Spiderman’s late mentor, the AMA Dragbike Elmer Trett Nationals from Atlanta Dragway, April 4-5, McBride lowered the motorcycle quarter-mile elapsed-time world…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…