Once upon a time in America, there was a great motorcycle race. They said it couldn't be done, simply because it had never been tried before. Ancient motorcycles were given one last chance at freedom, a chance to fulfill their destiny. Over forty riders set out to prove many things, but fortitude, determination, and generosity were the order of the day. Out of the past, modern-day heroes were born. I am honored to have been in the company of such fine people, and to have witnessed your finest hour. The reality of your accomplishment has far surpassed the dream I had. Thank you for your unwavering belief in that dream. Of the hundreds of favorable headlines we received over the past 3 weeks, one stands out: "Motorcycle Cannonball ends on Santa Monica Pier; Motorcycling Won". You should all be proud of the great gift you have given to motorcycle riders everywhere.
Of the 44 1915-and-older bikes that took the green flag in Kitty Hawk , North Carolina , 40 rolled onto the pier in Santa Monica , most under their own power, some with a little help. That statistic in itself illustrates the perseverance of our riders.
Congratulations to the winners:
First Place: Katrin Böhner, 3002 miles, 1907 J.A.P. Katrin may be the only person ever to ride a 100+ year-old motor vehicle, of any type, across a continent.
Second Place: Vince Martinico, 2939 miles, 1914 Pope
Third Place: Paul Ousey, 2605 miles, 1913 Harley-Davidson
First Place: Bradford P. Wilmarth, 3294 miles, 1913 Excelsior. Brad is the Motorcycle Cannonball Grand Champion.
Second Place: Alan Travis, 3294 miles, 1914 Excelsior.
Third Place: Joseph Gardella, 3286 miles, 1914 Harley-Davidson.
First Place: Rick McMaken, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson.
Second Place: Fred Lange, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson.
Third Place: Wayne Stanfield, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson.
Other members of the 3294 Club:
- Steve Huntzinger, 3294 miles, 1915 Excelsior
- David Kleptz, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson
- Mike Madden, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson
- David Fusiak, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson
- Stephen Barber, 3294 miles, 1915 Harley-Davidson
Click HERE for the Final Event Standings.
A number of thank yous are in order:
Jeff Decker of Jeff Decker Hippodrome Studios for providing his sculpture for the Class I trophy.
David Uhl of UHL Studios for providing his paintings for the Class II and III trophies.
Buddy Stubbs (#42) for providing 2nd- and 3rd-place trophies in all three classes.
Michael Lichter of Michael Lichter Photography for his great photography, including the Studio Photographs in Kitty Hawk, the Panoramic Photo at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and the Slide Show at the Farewell Dinner in Santa Monica.
Sidecar Dude Jim Richard for his financial support of that Slide Show.
Loy Norrix and his crew for their video work. We are looking forward to seeing his work covering Motorcycle Cannonball on a major cable network in the Spring.
Felicia Morgan for getting us great press coverage in both motorcycle publications and the mainstream press.
The Alleydude, our Web Master Ken McClellan, with a continuous stream of photos and articles from Felicia, kept our Web Site updated with the latest scores, standings, and stories.
Bill Nugent (#27) and Buzz Kanter (#15) for hosting the Welcome Dinner in Kitty Hawk.
Dale Walksler (#22) for hosting our finish at Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
Event Sponsor Corky Coker and Coker Tire, both for supplying tires to our riders, and hosting our finish at his Museum in Chattanooga , Tennessee . Coker Tire is the world's largest supplier of vintage tires and wheels. Contact Coker Tire at 1-800-251-6336 or on line at www.cokertire.com for all your tire needs, and tell the agent you’re with Motorcycle Cannonball.
Event Sponsor Hagerty Insurance, which was arranged by John Hollansworth (#43). Hagerty is the world’s leading insurer of collector vehicles. Katrin Böhner and Dieter Eckel were almost unable to attend Motorcycle Cannonball because they were unable to obtain U.S. insurance with their European driver licenses. Hagerty stepped up, and they were able to run. Contact Hagerty at 1-800-922-4050 or on line at www.hagerty.com, and tell the agent you’re with Motorcycle Cannonball.
Anita, Mary, and Jill at Covington Travel for arranging our hotel reservations. They booked and kept track of approximately 1000 separate reservations for our riders and staff. Keep them in mind for your future travel needs:
And our volunteer staff, who donated 3 weeks to Motorcycle Cannonball:
Advance crew Rachel Simon, Jeanne English, and John Schmidt, who ran ahead of the motorcycles each day to make sure the route was clear and correct, and to flag down riders (in the rain, of course) when an emergency re-route was required. Jeanne English was also responsible for Course Graphics, producing the Course Instructions. And John Schmidt was also our Chief of Scoring, producing and posting each Stage’s Score Sheet.
The Sidecar Dudes, Jim Richard, Pat "Mongo" Kelly, Gary Haynes, Ed Gorman, Jerry Wieland, Kyle Oanes, Carl Olsen, Tim Yeates, and Dave Jones as well as Joe Sparrow, who were always there just at the right time to lend a hand (or tool).
Our Sweep Crew, Norman Hubbard, Wanda Hubbard, and Bill Wood, who fulfilled their mission of “Leave no bike behind”.
The phrase “next year” has been heard several times in the last week. We’ll keep you informed.
Lonnie Isam, Jr.