I just noticed a numerical error I made in this post. T/F motorcycles in the 1970s were running in the 7s, not the 5s.The Mancup race at Darlington Dragway is underway. The track length has been shortened to 1/8 mile due to the speeds being turned by these T/F bikes today. When this 1/4 track first hosted all motorcycle drag races in the 1970s top speeds were in the 5 second @ 180 mph range. Today, Larry McBride turned a 3.78 at 206 mph. This shines a light on the 1/8 mile times these bikes are capable of.
The man is constantly raising the bar.Steve definitely has his shit together tuning that bike.Due to rain moving into the Rockingham area tomorrow the eliminations were contested today. Larry beat Dave Vantine with a 5.60 (another new world record elapsed time lowered from his 5.61) at 263 mph again. These times are jaw dropping from 61 year old McBride.
Note: The mph increase is 5 not 6. Still amazing. And the former T/F motorcycle racer/innovator helping out is John Dixon. If the name doesn't ring a bell you weren't a motorcycle drag racing fan in the 1970s.When he reset the world speed record to 258 mph from 255 he increased it 3 mph. New speed records are usually increased one or two mph. 3 mph is an amazing increase. Today, he increased his 258 mph record to 263 mph or 6 mph, absolutely unheard of in modern T/F motorcycle racing if not ever! There is a rumor he has been working with a former T/F motorcycle innovator from the 1970s who has been out of racing for 4 decades and is now a brilliant computer programmer. Interesting.