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

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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 race facility close to Atlanta operated by ex-pat Brit and former motorcycle dragbike racer Andrew `H’ Smith of H Craft Customs the passage to the event was relatively smooth and eagerly anticipated by the team.

Ian King

Despite the warm and sunny weather, the first days of the event were blighted by high cross winds that prohibited many of the teams (including the Gulf Oil team) from making test and qualification runs, at least under full power for the whole quarter mile.

After no testing on day one, and despite early shut offs in the qualifying runs the team led qualifying with a 6.190 @  198.96 until the very last session that saw them finish in third place overall for race day just behind the local favourite Larry McBride (5.925 @ 233.16) and dragbike veteran Sam Wills (6.001 @ 233.60).

Ian King

However, whilst performing evening pre-race day maintenance the team discovered some tight exhaust valve guides that had been sapping the European Championship winning machine of full power, and having resolved the issue were left in a quandary – should they take some clutch or ignition lead out to compensate for this power hike as they had a setting to get down what was a tricky track with less than its usual degree of traction, or hope the track would come around?

They opted to gamble on the track but that proved to be a mistake when King lost traction in a big way immediately from the hit of the throttle, allowing Dave Vantine in the other lane to take the win almost unopposed.

Ian King

Photos courtesy of Tom McCarthy, Larry Burgey and Bland Bridenstine

The team move on to the next round in Memphis, Tennessee with hopes for better weather conditions and a track on which they can exploit their full potential.


  1. Spring Cup – Valdosta, Georgia, April 7th-9th
  2. Memphis Internationals – Memphis, Tennessee – June 3rd-4th
  3. MTC Nationals – Galot Motorsports Park, North Carolina – July 15th-16th
  4. Rock – Rockingham Dragway, North Carolina – September 23rd-24th
  5. World Finals – Valdosta, Georgia, November 17th-19th


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The Gulf Oil Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history making machine.  The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their participation in the 2017 USA National Championship: –

APE  – The world’s most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for race bikes

BARNSDALE LEISUREThe UK’s Premier Knaus Caravan dealer

BELL HELMETS (UK)The most iconic name in helmets – since 1954

COMETIC GASKETSThe Premier Manufacturer of racing gaskets

GATESThe world’s most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics

GOODRIDGEThe most innovative and the best in fluid transfer systems

GRAND PRIX ORIGINALSThe brand for drive and lifestyle, past and present

GULF OIL INTERNATIONALThe world’s most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants

GRAPHITE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURINGA leader in 3D printed technologies and rapid prototyping

H CRAFT CUSTOMS –- Race car preparation, roll cages, fabrication and custom projects

HOTROD HANGAR – Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch

HYPERPROThe leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes

JE PISTONSThe world’s premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons

JOHN AND DEA MORGAN RACINGThe creators of the world’s most advanced New Age Funnybike

KIBBLEWHITE PRECISION MACHININGThe highest quality valve train components available

MICKEY THOMPSONSimply the best drag race tyres in the world

MRELeaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems

MTC ENGINEERINGManufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world

NITROSHUTTEREurope’s leading dragracing photojournalists

NCTENGINEERINGManufacturer of the world’s leading non-contact motorsport torque sensors

NGK SPARKPLUGS UKThe world’s number one spark plug manufacturer

PAR WILLENMaster webmeister and proprietor of

PORTABLE SHADEThe best custom branded collapsible canopies available

PRO ALLOY MOTORSPORTThe UK’s leading fabricator of alloy tanks, intercoolers and radiators

SCHNITZ RACINGOffering the latest in Motorcycle Performance Products for today’s sports bikes

SCOTT PERRI TRUCKING  – Logistics solutions par excellence

TRIM TEX – The premier manufacturer of vinyl drywall beads & accessories

TRYKA LEDthe UK’s cutting-edge LED lighting manufacturer.

VAN ES MOBILITYThe leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects

VANSON LEATHERSThe most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods

WEB CAMSHAFTS INCSimply THE company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts

WORLDWIDE BEARINGSThe world’s leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing

ZODIACEurope’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts





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