Yamaha Mourns The Passing Of Dragbike Racing Legend Jay “PeeWee” Gleason

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is sad to learn that Jay “PeeWee” Gleason, an iconic dragbike racer and member of its Yamaha family of racers, passed away over the weekend. Bob Starr, General Manager of Communication at Yamaha Motor U.S., said,…

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…

Dragbike Legend Ray Price Passes at Age 78

It is with a great measure of sadness Cycledrag.com reports the passing of one of the true pioneers and icons of the sport of dragbike racing, Ray Price. According to spokesperson David Chatham, Price, 78, died in his sleep Wednesday…

Motorcycle Drag Racer Andy Lynch Passes

Cycledrag.com is saddened to report the passing of longtime, successful motorcycle drag racer Andy Lynch of West Columbia, S.C.  Lynch was 52 years old. Lynch was suffering from heart problems and passed away at Richland Memorial Hospital, in Columbia, S.C.…

Remembering Dragbike Racer Dean Frantz

In the glory days of AMA Prostar, Ohio had a well-earned reputation for being the home of some of the world’s most talented two-wheel racers. Dean A. Frantz, 52, of Medina, was certainly a racer who helped gain the Buckeye…

Remembering Kawasaki’s John Hoover

It’s unfortunate such influential and wonderful people in the sport of motorcycle drag racing always seem to leave too soon. Factory involvement is what made AMA Prostar the major league of dragbike racing in its day. One of the key…

Remembering Funny Bike Champion Gary Clark

Great motorcycle drag racing champions seem to leave this world as quickly as they blasted down the quarter-mile. Or maybe that’s just the way it feels due to the unfillable void they leave when they go. Sadly, Funny Bike legend…

Brian and Ann Johnson – a Dragbike Marriage, Together Forever

By all accounts, Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Brian Johnson and his supportive, loving wife Ann were inseparable.  The tight-knit couple was so close and in such unison, perhaps it’s apropos they passed within a month of one other. Ann left…

Remembering Top Fuel Motorcycle Legend Brian Johnson – 1948 to 2015

It was with a large measure of sadness that on April 13th, 2015 I read of the passing of British Top Fuel motorcycle drag racing legend Brian Johnson, via social media.  I had to read and re-read the posting to…

Larry McBride Recalls Humorous Jim Kizer Story

Top Fuel Motorcycle legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of his respected friend, longtime AMA/Prostar top-end official Jim Kizer. So often, McBride relied on Kizer and his watchful eyes. Kizer was there to take…

The First Time I Met Jim Kizer

Cycledrag.com is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Kizer, father of AMA Prostar founder Keith “Scooter” Kizer. Jim Kizer was a fixture at AMA Prostar events, assisting his son in many capacities. He was known for his…

Remembering NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racer John Myers

It was on Aug. 9, 1998, that one of the greatest Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers in the history of drag racing passed away – in a street bike accident, nonetheless. It was on that day that John Myers, at the…

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…

Announcer Joe Plug Passes

Cycledrag.com is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Maryland International Raceway announcer Joe Plug.  God bless Joe and his family. The first few times I announced dragbike events at Maryland International Raceway in 2002, Joe Plug was my…

Godspeed Barry “Georgia Boy” Greene

Cycledrag.com is saddened to report the passing of former MIROCK Outlaw Pro Street racer Barry “Georgia Boy” Greene. On the morning of Friday, June 8th, Greene was involved in an auto accident on I-95 near Savannah, Ga., and later succumbed to head…

Lynn Nickerson Passes

Cycledrag.com is saddened to learn of the passing of announcer Lynn Nickerson. Nickerson passed away on the morning of Friday May 20th, 2011 after a long bout with cancer. Nickerson, of Fort Worth, Texas, was best known in the drag…