Who is the quickest and most tenacious Top Fuel dragbike racer in the world? Fans sought the answer at one of the most highly anticipated international Top Fuel motorcycle confrontations ever, the Man Cup Haltech World Finals from Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 8-10.
Larry “Spiderman” McBride entered the race with a career best run of 5.74, ready to oppose Sweden’s Peter Svensson, who has been 5.70, quicker than any Top Fuel dragbike racer. McBride entered in possession of the official North American, backed-up record at 5.79. Both competitors have the pedigree of a champion.
McBride, known as a gentleman off the track but an incredibly fierce competitor on it, channeled his inner bracket racer with a .038 light in the final, an unheard of reaction time for Top Fuel, and recorded low elapsed time of the event at 5.76 at 227 mph to get to the finish line ahead of his Swedish rival’s 6.02 at 199 mph. It was a comeback story akin to Rocky IV.
“We had to really rush to get the bike put back together to get the run in before dark, so I think being so amped up helped my reaction time. I saw yellow and I was gone,” McBride said. “It was an unbelievable pass. It was absolutely awesome. It’s hard to describe.”
McBride had nothing but praise for Svensson and his team and said it was an honor to compete against them.
Text and photos from: Cycle Drag