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Jim McClure Jim McClure

Accomplished drag racer.

Arguably the most accomplished Harley-Davidson drag racer of all time, Jim McClure was born in 1942 in Doddridge County, West Virginia. He bought his first motorcycle--a new XLCH--in 1960, and started street racing. learning to do his own engine work, McClure won his first national championship in 1979. Since then he has earned 19 national championship titles from various sanctioning bodies, sometimes carrying the number one plate from as many as three different organizations in the same year. He was the first man to exceed 200 miles per hour in a quarter-mile aboard a single engine Harley-Davidson, and in 1989 and 1990, won 21 national meets in succession. Catastrophe struck his career at a race in Orlando, Florida, in 1997 when he crashed and nearly died of his injuries, including a badly bruised heart. He continued to race, earning his best all-time performance in 2000 with an ET of 6.42 seconds and a speed of 226.01 miles per hour at Rockingham, North Carolina. But the injury to his heart has continued to plague MClure, causing him to cease active competition in 2001.