Top Fuel Motorcycle stars Larry “The Spiderman” McBride and Dave Vantine made history last weekend — and McBride some home-soil-history of his own — during the International Drag Bike League’s WPGC Bike Fest at the Maryland International Raceway, as they recorded the quickest-side-by-side pass in the history of the category to thrill the thousands of fans in attendance.
Under the lights on Saturday evening, the two-wheeled duo blistered the MDIR quarter-mile — McBride clocking a career best 5.74 to Vantine’s 5.81. For McBride, the scintillating pass was the quickest wheel-driven motorcycle pass ever recorded in the United States, and second only to Swedish native Peter Svensson globally, who still holds the world standard at 5.70, recorded back in 2012.
The historic run was, as incredible as it may seem, just the second side-by-side five-second pass in Top Fuel Motorcycle history — incredible, of course, given that it’s been 18 years since McBride first broke the five-second barrier; and yet, it’s only been accomplished once before. The irony? The first side-by-side “five” was also recorded at the Maryland International Raceway, by the same two riders — McBride and Vantine — at a MIRock event in 2014. The count in that race, if you’re keeping score, was 5.79 to 5.97, in favor the Spiderman.
McBride clocked three other five-recond runs over the course of the weekend to secure the Bike Fest crown over Vantine.