There's no slowing down Spider-Man.
Larry “Spider-Man” McBride, 63, recorded the fastest motorcycle run in drag racing history Saturday during the Virginia NHRA Nationals on his home track with a 5.618-second pass at 268.38 mph aboard his Trim-Tex/Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle.
The Poquoson, Va., resident whose office is at Newport News, Va., made the historic exhibition run during the Virginia Nationals just three months after returning from a health-related hiatus. McBride underwent a knee replacement and appendectomy and other energy-sapping health issues.
McBride broke his own record of 265.95 mph, set at South Georgia Motorsports Park at Adel, Georgia, last November.
“To be able to do it here at home was incredible,” McBride said in a published article on NHRA.com. “I've been treated like a king here; it has been awesome that all the Top Fuel car guys and Funny Car guys who have helped me and all the support that I've gotten.
"It was my honor to be here and to be supporting NHRA because I'm a major drag racing fan, you know, right now into the sportsman guys. I just wanna do everything I can do for drag racing. We've had a lot of help from people like Bobby Lagana, Bill Miller Engineering, and (Dave Grubnic). We've had a lot of people who have pitched in to help us a little bit so to get the thing calmed down enough so we wouldn't blow the tire off and we could do the show that we were brought here to do.”